Thursday, July 5, 2012

Sleeveless Slouchy Cowlneck

This one from Berrocco...perfect for the office!

Shown in size SmallSIZESDirections are for women's size X-Small. 
Changes for sizes Small, Medium, Large, 1X and 2X are in parentheses
FINISHED MEASUREMENTSBust - 32(36-40-44-48-52)"Length – 21½(22-23-23-24-24½)" with lower edge folded under
6(7-8-9-10-11) Hanks BERROCO SEDUCE (40 grs), #4472 Black Walnut
Straight knitting needles, size 7 (4.50 mm) OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE

16" Length circular knitting needle, size 7 (4.50 mm)2 St holders1 St marker
GAUGE20 sts = 4"; 28 rows = 4" in St st
TO SAVE TIME, TAKE TIME TO CHECK GAUGEBACKWith straight needles, cast on 80(90-100-110-120-130) sts. 
Work even in St st for 2", end on WS. 
Mark begand end of last row for turning point. 
Work even until piece measures 6(6-6½-6½-7-7)" from beg, end onWS.
Dec Row (RS):  K2, k2 tog, k to last 4 sts, SSK, k2 - 78(88-98-108-118-128) sts.  Rep this dec every 1½"twice more - 74(84-94-104-114-124) sts. 
Work even until piece measures 11(11-11½-11½-12-12)" frombeg, end on WS.Inc
Row (RS):  K2, M1k, k to last 2 sts, M1k, k2 - 76(86-96-106-116-126) sts.  Rep this inc every 1½"twice more - 80(90-100-110-120-130) sts.  Work even until piece measures 15(15-15½-15½-16-16)" frombeg, end on WS.

Shape Armholes:  Bind off 4(5-5-6-6-7) sts at beg of the next 2 rows, then 2 sts at beg of the following
2rows - 68(76-86-94-104-112) sts. 
 Dec 1 st each side every RS row 4(5-8-9-12-13) times - 60(66-70-76-80-86) sts.  Work even until armholes measure 7½(8-8½-8½-9-9)", end on WS.
Shape Shoulders:
Bind off 2(3-3-4-5-6) sts at beg of the next 4 rows, then 1(2-4-5-5-6) sts at beg of thenext 2 rows. Sl remaining 50 sts to holder for back neck.

FRONTWork same as back until armholes measure 7½(8-8½-8½-9-9½)", end on WS - 60(66-70-76-80-86) sts. Mark center 40 sts on last row.
Shape Shoulders and Neck: 
Next Row (RS):  Bind off 2(3-3-4-5-6) sts, k to first marker, sl center 40 ststo holder for front neck, join another hank of yarn and k to end.  Working both sides at once, bind off 2(3-3-4-5-6) sts at beg of the next 3 rows, then 1(2-4-5-5-6) sts at beg of the next 2 rows. 
AT THE SAME TIME,dec 1 st at each neck edge EVERY row 5 times.

FINISHINGSew shoulder seams.

Neckband:  With RS facing, using circular needle, beg at left shoulder seam, pick up and k8 sts along leftfront neck edge, k40 sts from front holder, pick up and k8 sts along right front neck edge, then k50 sts fromback holder - 106 sts.  Mark for beg of rnd and carry marker up. 
Work even in St st (k EVERY rnd) until bandmeasures 4". 
Bind off.  Fold band in half to WS and sew in place.

Armhole Band: 
With RS facing, using circular needle, pick up and k95(100-105-105-115-120) sts aroundentire armhole edge.  Knit 1 row.  Bind off.  Sew side and armhole band seams.  Fold lower edge 2" to WS at markers and sew in place.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Summer Striped Tank

You'll be cool and collected (even if your location is ovwer 100 degrees), in this fabulous TSC pattern!
SIZE Small (Medium, Large, XL)
MATERIALS• 4 (4, 5, 5) balls S. Charles CollezioneSOLARIS 70% rayon, 30% linen(1.75oz/50g; 108yds/100m) in color#01 pearl (MC)
• 2 (2, 2, 2) balls S. Charles CollezioneCRYSTAL 85% polyester, 15% cotton(0.88oz/25g; 144yds/131m) in color#03 silver mist (A)
• One pair size 5 (3.75mm) needlesOR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE• One size 5 (3.75mm) circular needle,16”/40cm long for Neckband andArmholes• Stitch holder• Stitch markers
• Yarn needle

KNITTED MEASUREMENTSBust 33½ (37½, 42, 45½)”/85 (95.5, 106.5, 115.5) cmLength 21½ (22, 22½, 23)”/54.5 (56, 57, 58.5) cm
PATTERN STITCHESGarter stitch (Garter st) Knit every row.Stockinette stitch (St st) Knit on RS, purl on WS.K1, p1 rib (multiple of 2 sts)

GAUGE21 sts and 24 rows = 4”/10 cm in Stockinette stitchTAKE TIME TO CHECK GAUGE

Stripe Pattern*Work 26 rows in St st in MC, beg with a knit row, then 10 rows in Garter st in A; rep from * for Stripe Pattern.
BACKUsing A, cast on 88 (98, 110, 120) sts. Knit 9 rows.(RS) Change to Stripe Pattern; work even until piece measures 14” from beg, end with a WS row.Shape Armholes(RS) Bind off 4 (5, 7, 8) sts at beg of next 2 rows, then dec 1 st each side every other row 5 (6, 7, 9) times – 70 (76, 82, 86) sts rem.Work even until 4 stripes have been worked in A. Change to MC, work even until Armholes measure 7½ (8, 8½, 9)” from beg, end with a WS row.Shape Shoulders and Neck(RS) Bind off 13 (16, 19, 21) sts at beg of next 2 rows. Place rem 44 sts on holder for BACK neck.

Work as for BACK to beg of Armhole shaping, end with a WS row. Pm either side of center 6 sts.Shape Armholes and NeckNOTE: Armhole and Neck shaping are worked at the same time; please read entire section through before beginning.(RS) Shape Armholes as for BACK and AT THE SAME TIME, work across to marker, join a second ball of yarn, bind off center sts and work to end. Working both sides at the same time, bind off 2 sts at each Neck edge once, dec 1 st at each Neck edge every other row 14 (13, 12, 11) times, then every 4th row 3 (4, 5, 6) times – 13 (16, 19, 21) sts rem each side for shoulders.Work even until Armholes measure same as for BACK to shoulder shaping.Bind off all sts.

Block pieces to measurements. Sew shoulder seams. Sew side seams.

Armhole Edging
With RS facing, using circular needle and MC, pick up and knit 70 (76, 82, 90) sts around Armhole edge. Join for working in the rnd; pm for beg of rnd. Beg k1, p1 rib.Work even for 2 rows. Bind off all sts in Rib.NeckbandWith RS facing, using circular needle and MC, beg at right shoulder, pick up and knit 122 (124, 132, 136) sts around Neck shaping, including sts on holder; beg k1, p1 rib.Work even for 2 rows. Bind off all sts in Rib.Weave in ends.

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