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Materials: Rowan 4 Ply Soft 4(4,5,5) skeins of 389 (MC-brown) 1 skein of 392 (CC-salmon); 191 yds/skein; US 5/3.75mm circular needles – at least 24”
Sizes: XS (S, M, L)
Finished bust measurements: 32 (34, 36, 38)
Gauge: 6.5st/in; 8.5 rows/in
NOTE: CO method used is the ribbed long tail cast on, using 2 different colors, each double stranded (only use 2 strands for CO, the rest is knit single stranded). Must roll CC skein into 2 separate balls.
CO 13st (CC) [*k2 p1* k1] 68 (74, 80, 86)st (MC) [*k1 p1*] 13st (CC) [k1 p1 *k2 p1* k2]
Note: be sure to use the method of intarsia to combine the MC with the CC
Rows 1 &2: k the k and p the p
Row 3: Work st as they appear for side panels and knit MC
Knit side panels as they appear and knit st. st MC for 5 (5, 6, 6.5) inches. Knit more rows for longer and less rows for shorter. Piece should currently measure about 2” below waist.
Maintain the same pattern for the side panels. Below is the waist shaping directions within the MC (center body panel) only:
Row 1: k18 (20, 22, 24) ssk PM k1 PM k2tog k22 (24, 26, 28) ssk PM k1 PM k2tog k18 (20, 22, 24)
Knit 9 rows st. st
Row 11: k17 (19, 21, 23) ssk k1 k2tog k20 (22, 24, 26) ssk k1 k2tog k17 (19, 21, 23)
Knit 15 rows st. st
Row 27: k18 (20, 22, 24) m1R k1 m1L k22 (24, 26, 28) m1R k1 m1L k18 (20, 22, 24)
Row 37: k19 (21, 23, 25) m1R k1 m1L k24 (26, 28, 30) m1R k1 m1L k19 (21, 23, 25)
Knit until piece measures 15 (15, 16, 16.5) inches or until desired length from armpit down
BO 5 st. slip last BO stitch to left needle – ssk. Knit st as they appear until 5 st remain k2tog BO remaining st. carrying brown in back - purl back with brown – end of side panels.
Place stitches on hold
Complete back the exact same as front up until current point.
Dec every other row 6x
(RS)Rows 1,3,5,7,9,11: s1 ssk knit until 3 st remain k2tog k1 (-12)
(WS)Rows 2,4,6,8,10,12: s1 purl back
Dec on every 4th row 3x (RS)
(RS)Rows 13,17,21: s1 ssk knit until 3 st remain k2tog k1 (-6)
(WS)Rows 14,16,18,20,22: s1 purl back
(RS)Rows 15,19: s1 knit across
Knit in st. st for 4”
Place all stitches on hold
Size XS(S) – Increase every other row 22x as follows:
*(RS) s1 m1L knit across until 1 st remains m1R k1
(WS) s1 purl back*
Size M – Increase every other row 20x in the same manner as above, and increase every row 2x as follows:
*(RS) s1 m1L knit across until 1st remains m1R k1
(WS) s1 pick up bar front to back p1 tbl purl across until 1st remains pick up bar back to front with left needle p1*
Size L – Increase every other row 20x and every row 4x in the same manner as above.
Knit 6 rows st st
Join Front and Back:
Pick up stitches from back so that all of your live stitches are on one needle.
Knit in round for 1.5”
Knit 5 rows twisted (knit all stitches through back loop)
Sew in ends and block.
Sew in ends and block.