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July 2024

Summer Tunic

SummerTunicDress.jpg

Long-line tunic with a deep ribbed welt made in fine cotton. If a knitted dress sounds too hot for the sun, then you could easily knit it shorter as a conventional simple-shaped sweater.

Instructions

3 sizes - larger sizes are given between brackets -
eg Small (Medium, Large).

Back

Using 3 mm needles and white yarn, cast on 99 (105, 111) stitches and work in rib:
1st row (right side): p1, * k1, p1; repeat from * to end.
2nd row: k1, * p1, k1; repeat from * to end.
Repeat these 2 rows until work measures 8½ (, 9) inches [21 (22, 23) cm] from beginning, ending with a row 1 of rib pattern.

Next row (increase): Rib 4 (8, 10); [increase in the next stitch, rib 8 (10, 14)] 10 (8, 6) times; increase in the next stitch, rib 4 (8, 10).
[1110 (114, 118) sts]

Change to 4½ mm needles and blue colour yarn.
Working in stocking stitch (1 row plain, one row purl), beginning with a knit row, work 26 (28, 30) rows in blue, then work the striped pattern of * 26 rows white, 26 rows blue *.
Repeat from to * to * once, then work another 26 rows in white.
Now continue in blue until work measures 35 (36, 36½) inches, [89 (91, 93) cm ] from the beginning, ending with a purl row.

Shape Neck and Shoulders by casting off 8 stitches at the beginning of the next 4 rows.
5th row: Cast off 8, knit until there are 11 (12, 13) stitches on the right needle, and leave these for the right back; cast off the next 40 (42, 44) stitches, knit to end.
Continue on these last 19 (20, 21) stitches which now remain at the end of the needle for left back.
Cast off 8 stitches at the beginning of the next row and 3 stitches at neck edge on the following row.
Cast off the remaining 8 (9, 10) stitches to complete shoulder slope.

Rejoin the blue yarn to the neck edge of the right back stitches, and cast off 3; purl to end.
Cast off the remaining 8 (9, 10) stitches.

Front

Work as for back until 12 rows fewer have been worked than on back to beginning of shoulder shaping, thus ending with a purl row.

Next row: knit 46 (47, 48) and leave these stitches on a spare needle for the left front. Cast off the next 18 (20, 22) stitches, knit to end.

Continue working the right front on the 46 (47, 48) stitches now remaining on the needle and work 1 row.
** Cast off 3 stitches at the beginning of the next row; 2 stitches at the same edge on the next 4 alternate rows; and 1 stitch on next alternate
row.

Continue to decrease at the neck edge on next 2 alternate rows, but,
at the same time, cast off for the shoulder 8 stitches at the beginning of the next, and following 2 alternate rows.
Work 1 row then cast off the remaining 8 (9, 10) stitches.

Rejoin yarn to the neck edge of the left front stitches, and complete as for right front from to ** to end.

Sleeves

Using 4½ mm needles and white cast on 68 (72, 76) stitches, and begin working in stocking stitch (no rib welt).
Work 26 (28, 30) rows in white, and then 26 (28, 30) rows in blue.

Change to white and increase 1 stitch at each end of every following 3rd row, 25 times, at same time continuing in the striped sequence of 26 rows white, 26 rows blue, and 26 rows white.
Cast off these 118 (122, 126) rows stitches.

Making up and neck border

Join the right shoulder seam.

Neck border:
With right side of work facing and using 3 mm needles and blue yarn, pick up and knit 60 (62, 64) stitches around front neck edge and 49
(51, 53) stitches across the back neck. [109 (113, 117) sts]
Beginning with a 2nd row, work in rib for 5 rows, then cast off loosely in rib.

Join the left shoulder seam and ends of neck border.
Pin cast-off edge of sleeves to sides of sweater placing the centre of the sleeve level with the shoulder seam and ensuring that the sides of the sleeves reach to the same position of the pattern at each side.
Sew in place and then join side and sleeve seams, matching stripes. Fold up the first stripe on the sleeve to the wrong side forming a deep hem and slip-stitch in place.

[Editor's note: You can see in the photo that the sleeve is worn rolled up to the right side, forming a cuff.]

Materials

DK equivalent cotton yarn, 50g balls:
9 (10, 11) in white
6 (7, 8) in navy blue

One pair each of No 11 (3mm) and No 7 (4½mm ) needles.

Tension

21 sts x 26 rows to 4 inches on 4½mm needles

Size matters

To fit chest:
32 (34, 36) inches;
actual measurement
shown on diagram in cm.

Abbreviations:

k: knit
p: purl
increase: knit twice into next stitch.
decrease: knit two stitches together.

A Word on the Wool

The original yarn was a 100% cotton with a tension on the ball band indicating a light weight double knitting yarn. For this pattern it's more loosely knitted on 4½mm needles, giving more of an aran or worsted weight tension.
The quoted yardage was 100 meters, (110 yds), per 50g ball.

Disclaimer
(well...almost))

In transposing any pattern it is always a risk that errors will be introduced, in spite of dedicated proof reading.
If you have any problems with this pattern, please and I will try and assist.

SummerTunicDiagram.jpg

June 2024

Fresh pinks

FreshPinks.jpg

Perfectly wholesome fifties styling - with her white gloves and fresh bouquet of pinks (or possibly carnations...). All ready for a leisurely trip in a punt up the Cam, followed by a Fortnum's picnic on the bank.

The pattern is a sweet little "blouse" worked in one piece using very fine yarn. It has a back neck zip - the front band being a faux opening with clusters of tiny pearl buttons decorating it.
I can't deny that for the inexperienced knitter this could be a rather daunting lace pattern, even though the back is knitted plain.

Instructions

Three sizes - instructions for larger sizes given in brackets. Where one set of figures is given, this applies to all sizes.

Lace Pattern

1st row: (p1, kb2) twice, p1, * k1, wf, k1, slip1, k1, psso, p1, k2tog, k1, wrn, p1, wb, slip1, k1, psso, p1, k2tog, (wf, k1) twice , k1, (k3, wf, k3tog, wf) 3 times, k1; repeat from * to *, (p1, kb2) 5 times, p1; repeat from * to *, k1, (k3, wf, k3tog, wf) 3 times, k1; repeat from * to *, (p1, kb2) twice, p1.
2nd row: (k1, pb2) twice, k1, * p5, k1,p1,k1,p3,k1, p4 *, p20; repeat from * to *,(k1, pb2) 5 times, k1; repeat from * to *, p20; repeat from * to *, (k1, pb2) twice, k1.
3rd row: Rib 7 as before, k1, wf, k1, slip1, k1, psso, p1, k2tog, k1, p1, wb, slip1, k2tog, psso, wf, k3, wf, k1 *, k1, (wf, k3tog, wf, k3) 3 times, k1; repeat from * to *, rib 16 as before; repeat from * to *, k1, (wf, k3tog, wf, k3) 3 times, k1; repeat from * to *, rib 7 as before.
4th row:: Rib 7, p7, k1, p2, k1, p4 *, p20; repeat from * to *, rib 16; repeat from * to *, p20; repeat from * to *, rib 7.
5th row: Rib 7, * (k1, wf) twice, slip1, k1, psso, p1, (k2tog) twice, wf, k5, wf, k1 *, k1, (k3, wf, k3tog, wf) 3 times, k1; repeat from * to *, rib 16; repeat from * to *, k1, (k3, wf, k3tog, wf) 3 times, k1; repeat from * to *, rib 7.
6th row: Rib 7, * p8, k1, p1, k1, p5 *, p20; repeat from * to *, rib 16; repeat from * to *, p20; repeat from * to *, rib 7.
7th row: Rib 7, * k1, wf, k3, wf, slip1, k2tog, psso, p1, won, k1, slip1, k1, psso, p1, k2tog, k1, wf, k1 *, k1, (wf. k3tog, wf, k3) 3 times, k1; repeat from * to *, rib 16; repeat from * to *, k1, (wf, k3tog, wf, k3) 3 times, k1; repeat from * to *, rib 7.
8th row: Rib 7 *, p4, k1, p. 3, k1, p7 *, p20; repeat from * to *, rib 16; repeat from * to *, p20; repeat from * to *, rib 7.
9th row: Rib 7, * k1, wf, k5, wf, slip1, k1, psso, k1, slip1, k1, psso, p1, k2tog, k1, wf, k1 *, k1, (k3, wf, k3tog, wf) 3 times, k1; repeat from * to *, rib 16; repeat from * to *, k1, (k3, wf, k3tog, wf) 3 times, k1; repeat from * to *, rib 7.
10th row: Rib 7, * p4, k1, p2, k1, p8 *, p20; repeat from * to *, rib 16; repeat from * to *, p20; repeat from * to *, rib 7.
11th row: Rib 7, * k1, wf, k1, slip1, k1, psso, p1, k2tog, k1, wrn, p1, wb, slip1, k1, psso, p1, k2tog, (wf, k1) twice *, k1, (wf, k3tog, wf, k3) 3 times, k1; repeat from * to *, rib 16; repeat from to , k1, (wf, k3tog, wf, k3) 3 times, k1; repeat from * to *, rib 7.
12th row: As 2nd row.
13th row: Rib 7, * k1, wf, k1, slip1, k1, psso, p1, k2tog, k1, p1, wb, slip1, k2tog, psso, wf, k3, wf, k1 *, k1, (k3, wf, k3tog, wf) 3 times, k1; repeat from * to *, rib 16; repeat from * to *, k1, (k3, wf, k3tog. wf) 3 times, k1; repeat from * to *, rib 7.
14th row: As 4th row.
15th row: Rib 7, (k1, wf) twice, slip1, k1, psso, p1, (k2tog) twice, wf, k5, wf, k1 *, k1. (wf, k3tog, wf, k3) 3 times, k1; repeat from * to *, rib 16; repeat from * to *, k1, (wf, k3tog, wf, k3) 3 times, k1; repeat from * to *, rib 7.
16th row: As 6th row.
17th row: Rib 7, * k1, wf, k3, wf, slip1, k2tog, psso, p1, won, k1, slip1 k1, psso, p1, k2tog, k1, wf, k1 *, k1, (k3, wf, k3tog, wf) 3 times, k1; repeat from * to *, rib 16; repeat from * to *, k1, (k3, wf, k3tog, wf) 3 times, k1; repeat from * to *, rib 7.
18th row: As 8th row.
19th row: Rib 7, *k1, wf, k5, wf, slip1, k1, psso, k1, slip1, k1, psso, p1, k2tog, k1, wf, k1*, k1, (wf, k3tog, wf, k3) 3 times, k1; repeat from * to *, rib 16; repeat from * to *, k1, (wf, k3tog, wf, k3) 3 times, k1; repeat from * to *, rib 7.
20th row: As 10th row.

These 20 rows form the pattern.

Front and Back in One

With No 14 (2mm) needles cast on 141 (145, 149) stitches using two needle method but do not knit into the backs of the stitches.
Work l¼ inches k1/p1 rib, then change to stocking stitch and continue straight until work measures 2½ inches from the start, ending with a purl row.
Next row: Make hem by knitting 1 stitch from needle, together with 1 loop from the cast-on edge all across.

Change to No 12 (2¾mm) needles.
Next row: p4 (6, 8), (k1, p2) twice, k1, p52, (k1, p2) 5 times, k1, p52, (k1, p2) twice, k1, purl twice in next stitch, p2 (4, 6). [142 (146, 150) sts]

With right side facing, change to lace pattern and keeping a panel of stocking-stitch at each end work as follows:

1st row: k4 (6, 8),work as on 1st row of lace pattern, k4 (6, 8).
2nd row: p4 (6, 8), work as 2nd row of lace pattern, p4 (6, 8).
3rd row: k4 (6, 8), work as 3rd row of lace pattern, k4 (6, 8).
4th row: p4 (6, 8). work as 4th row of lace pattern, p4 [6] “8”.

Continue thus repeating the 20 rows of the lace pattern throughout and shaping the sides by increasing 1 stitch at each end of next and every following 10th (8th, 6th) row, 6 (8, 10) times in all, taking the increased stitches into the stocking stitch panels as they are made.
[154 (162, 170) sts]

Continue straight in pattern until 5 complete patterns and up to the 8th row of the 6th pattern has been done from the start.
Then continue in pattern casting on 17 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows for the sleeves, thus finishing at the end of the 10th pattern row. [188 (196, 204) sts]

Here introduce a leaf pattern up each sleeve edge as follows:

Next row: k1; repeat from * to * as 11th row of lace pattern; p1, k9 (13, 17); then work in pattern to the last 27 (31, 35) stitches, k9 (13, 17), p1; repeat from * to * as 11th row of lace pattern, k1.
Next row: k1; repeat from * to * as 12th row of lace pattern, p1, p9 (13, 17); then work in pattern to the last 27 (31, 35) stitches, p9 (13, 17), p1; repeat from * to * as 12th row of lace pattern, k1.

Continue in pattern thus until sleeve edge measures 5 inches from cast-on stitches.

Next row: Pattern 81 (85, 89), cast off 26, pattern to end.
Continue in pattern on last 81 (85, 89) stitches, decreasing 1 stitch at the neck edge on the next and every alternate row until 73 (77, 81) stitches remain.
Work a few rows straight in pattern until sleeve edge measures 6½ inches.

With wrong side facing, shape shoulder as follows:
Next row: Pattern 33 (35, 37) stitches, cast off 13 (14, 14) stitches, pattern to end.
Next row: Pattern 27 (28, 30) stitches.
Next row: Cast off 13 (14, 15) stitches, pattern to end.
Next row: Pattern 14 (14, 15).
Cast off. Break yarn.

Right Shoulder and Back Neck: with right side facing, rejoin wool to remaining 33 (35, 37) shoulder stitches, cast on 61 (63, 65) stitches for shoulder and back of neck.
Continue as follows on these 94 (98, 102) stitches for the back, keeping continuity of the lace pattern in the sleeve (the back is in plain stocking-stitch... [Editor's note: ...you will be relieved to hear] ...).

Next row (right side facing): knit to the last 18 stitches, p1, pattern 16, k1.
Next row: k1, pattern 16, p1, purl to the last stitch, k1.

Continue thus until work measures 4 inches from cast-on stitches for back of neck, (this forms the back opening), ending with right side facing. Break yarn.

Left Shoulder and Back Neck: with wrong side facing, rejoin wool to remaining 81 (85, 89) stitches for left shoulder, pattern to end.

Work to correspond with right half ending at end of back opening with a row on the right side.
Here join stitches for back together.
Cast on 1, work across 94 (98, 102) stitches of right side of back.
[189 (197, 205) sts]

Continue straight in stocking-stitch over all stitches with leaf pattern at each end until sleeve edges on back measure same as front.

With right side facing, cast off 17 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows, then work 54 (48, 50) rows straight in stocking stitch over all stitches.
Now shape the sides by decreasing 1 stitch at each end of the next and every following 10th (8th, 6th) row, 6 (8, 10) times in all.

Work 5 (5, 5) rows straight, decreasing 1 stitch at each end of the last row. [141 (145, 149) sts].

With right side facing, change to No 14 needles and work a further 1¼ inches straight in stocking-stitch, then work 1¼ inches straight in k1/p1 rib.
Cast off loosely in rib.

Collar and Sleeve Edging

Join shoulder seams.

Collar: With right side facing and No 14 needles, starting 3 stitches away from centre stitch on front, pick up and knit 79 (79, 79) stitches round right half of neck to within 3 stitches of the back opening.

1st row: k1, * kb2, p1; repeat from * to last 3 stitches; kb2, k1.
2nd row: k1, * pb2, k1; repeat from * to end.
3rd row: Increase in 1st stitch, * kb2, p1; repeat from * to last 3 stitches, kb1, increase in next stitch, k1.

Keeping a knit stitch a each end of every row, continue in twisted rib, increasing thus at each end of every alternate row until there are 93 (93, 93) stitches.
Rib 1 row. Break yarn.

Starting at back opening, with right side of collar facing, pick up and knit 13 stitches along shaped edge, knit across stitches on needle, then pick up and knit 13 stitches along other side of collar. [119 (119, 119) sts]
Work 3 rows stocking stitch over all stitches, starting with a purl row; then work 3 rows k1/p1 rib.
Cast off in rib.

Work the other half of the collar to correspond.

Sleeves: with No 14 needles and right side facing, pick up and knit 126 (126, 126) stitches along the edge of the sleeve.
Work 3 rows in stocking stitch, starting with a purl row, then work 3 rows k1/p1 rib. Cast off in rib.

Making Up

Press work very lightly on wrong side under a damp cloth taking care not to spoil the lace pattern.
Fold under the 3 rows of rib round the collar and sleeves to wrong side and slip-hem.
Join side and underarm seams.
Fold under ribbing across lower edge of back and slip-hem in position, leaving sides of hem open for elastic. Thread elastic through hem, join ends neatly and sew up opening.

Sew zip in position down back opening.

Decorate front of jumper down centre of rib panel with pearl buttons in groups of three as in photograph.

Press seams.

Materials

4 (5, 5) oz 2ply
(in pale pink)

One pair each of No 12 (2¾mm) and No 14 (2 mm ) needles.

4 inch zip fastener.
15 pearl buttons.
Elastic for waist.

Tension

36 stitches x 44 rows to 4 inches on 2¾mm needles

Size matters

To fit chest:
33-34 (35-36, 37-38) inches.
Length from top of shoulders 17 inches.

Abbreviations:

k/p: knit/purl
kb/pb: knit/purl into back of stitch
k2/3tog: knit 2/3 stitches together to decrease one/two stitches.
wb: yarn to back.
won: yarn over needle.
wrn: yarn round needle.
wf: yarn to front.
slip1: slip the next stitch.
psso: pass the slipped stitch over.

A Word on the Wool

The original yarn was a standard UK 2ply for which a baby 2ply or some kind of lace weight yarn could be substituted (always checking the tension).

Disclaimer
(well...almost))

In transposing any pattern it is always a risk that errors will be introduced, in spite of dedicated proof reading.
If you have any problems with this pattern, please and I will try and assist.

May 2024

Batwing Summer Wrap

BatwingStole.jpg

All the benefits of a shawl or stole, but with sleeve closures to keep it securely on your shoulders - here we have a completely simple, batwing stole, knitted in two pieces with a centre back seam. There is a little bit of decreasing to shape the armholes, but the whole garment is knitted in garter stitch.
The photo shows it knitted in stripes but, for even more simplicity, it could be a single colour - maybe using a self striping yarn.

Instructions

One Size only.
Note: Carry colours not in use loosely up side of work.
B: Main shade (blue); G: 1st contrast (grey); W: 2nd contrast (white).

Left Side

Using No 10 (3¼mm) needles and main shade Blue (B), cast on 116 stitches and noting that 1st row is a wrong side row, work 7 rows in garter stitch (every row knit).

Change to No 7 (4½mm ) needles and continue in garter stitch and stripes of 6 rows 1st Contrast Grey (G), 4 rows 2nd Contrast White (W) and 8 rows main shade Blue (B), until work measures 7 inches, ending with the right side facing for the next row.

Keeping continuity of stripes, shape armhole by decreasing 1 stitch at the beginning of the next and every alternate row until 66 stitches remain.

Work 2 rows.
Cast off.

Right Side

Work as for Left Side but shaping the armhole by decreasing at the end of the rows instead of the beginning.

Making up and borders

Do not press.
Using a flat seam, join the straight side edges to form the centre back seam.

Arm Borders: With right side facing, using No 10 (3¼mm) needles
and B, knit up 84 stitches along the shaped edges.
Work 6 rows garter stitch.
Cast off.

Fold Arm Borders in half (right sides inside) so that the short side edges meet the cast-off edges.
Join these edges together with a fine back-stitch seam.

A Word on the Wool

The original yarn was a standard double knitting yarn, 25% wool , 75% acrylic. For this pattern it's loosely knitted on 4½mm needles.

 

Materials

DK 50g balls:
3 in main shade
2 in 1st contrast
1 in 2nd contrast

One pair each of No 10 (3¼mm) and No 7 (4½mm ) needles.

Tension

21 sts x 28 rows to 4 inches over stocking stitch on 4½mm needles

Size matters

To fit chest:
32 (34, 36) inches
actual measurement
shown on diagram in cm.

Disclaimer
(well...almost))

In transposing any pattern it is always a risk that errors will be introduced, in spite of dedicated proof reading.
If you have any problems with this pattern, please and I will try and assist.

BatwingStoleDiagram.jpg

© Christina Coutts 2007

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