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Archive entry for July 2019

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July 2019

Sun Set

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The era of the "set" — a sweet and quirky twin set for you to enjoy while soaking up the sun.
[I would, but I have a serious case of teeny tiny waist envy].

Instructions

This is a two-piece: a bolero with pointed edge, and a sleeveless top with back and front V-neck.

Bolero Back

Begin at the back of the neck.
With two No 12 (2¾mm) needles, cast on 36 stitches fairly loosely, and work 1 row in k2, p2 rib.

With right side facing, continue in rib, casting on 18 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows, then 6 stitches at the beginning of the
following 10 rows for shoulders. [132 sts].
Work straight in rib for 7½ inches from the end of the shoulder shaping.

With right side facing, shape for armholes by increasing 1 stitch at the beginning of the next 8 rows, then cast on 8 stitches at the beginning of the following 2 rows, taking the extra stitches into the
rib as they are made. [156 sts].
Work 10 rows straight.

** Here divide for points:

Next row (right side facing): rib 78, turn, and leave remaining stitches on a spare needle, or stitch holder.

Continue to work backwards and forwards on these 78 stitches using
three needles thus: rib 39 stitches on to 1st needle; with 2nd needle sl1, k1, psso, rib to end; * with spare needle, rib to last stitch of next needle, purl this stitch; with spare needle sl1, k1, psso, rib to end.
Repeat from * until all stitches are gone. Fasten off.

With right side facing, rejoin wool to last 78 stitches and
work to correspond with first half. **

Bolero Fronts

Left bolero front: Begin at the shoulder.
With two No 12 (2¾mm) needles, cast on 18 stitches and work row in k2, p2 rib.

With wrong side facing, continue in rib, casting on 6 stitches at the
beginning of the next and following 4 alternate rows. [48 sts].
This completes shoulder shaping.

With right side facing, continue in rib and shape front edge by increasing 1 stitch at the beginning of the next row (front edge) then on every following 4th row, 18 times in all, taking the extra stitches into rib as they are made; afterwards keep the front edge straight. When the armhole (straight edge) measures 7½ inches from the end of the shoulder shaping, with wrong side facing, increase 1 stitch at the beginning of the next and following 3 alternate rows, then cast on 8 stitches at the beginning of the following alternate row. [78 sts].
Work 10 rows straight.

With right side facing, shape as for back by working from to .

Right bolero front: Work as for left, reversing all shapings.

Sleeves (two alike)

With two No 12 (2¾mm) needles, cast on 116 stitches and work
3½ inches in k2, p2 rib.

Continue in rib, shaping the top by casting off 4 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows, then decrease 1 stitch at the beginning of every row until 66 stitches remain, then at each end of every row until 32 stitches remain.
Cast off.

Sun Top (back and front alike)

With two No 13 (2¼mm) needles, cast on 126 stitches and work
4 inches in k2, p2 rib.
Change to two No 12 (2¾mm) needles and continue in rib, shaping sides by increasing 1 stitch at each end of the 7th and every following 4th row until there are 156 stitches. Work straight until piece measures 11¾ inches from the start.

Here divide for points exactly as given for back of by working from ** to ** .

Making up

Press parts only very lightly on the wrong side under a damp cloth.

Join shoulder and sleeve seams of bolero and side seams of sun top.
With crochet hook and white wool, work edging all round points of sun top; all round points, up fronts and round back of neck on bolero
thus:-
Join wool to edge of knitting, 6 chain, * miss 2 stitches of knitting, 1 treble in next stitch, 3 chain; repeat from * ending 1 treble in last stitch of knitting; fasten off.

Cords: Take 6 strands of Viridian each 60 inches long and twist tightly together; then fold in half allowing two halves to twine round each other to form a cord; thread through holes in crochet edging on inside edges of points of sun-top; make a similar cord for back inside edges, then two more in red for outer edges of points.
Knot ends together on shoulders. In the same way make a red cord to go round front points and all round back of neck of
bolero, then make one in viridian to go round points of
back.
Secure ends on wrong side at underarms.
Join crochet edgings together from underarm for inches to form side seams of bolero. Insert sleeves. Turn back cuffs and press lightly in position.
Press all seams.

Materials

3ply fingering:-
Bolero: 5oz in white and small amounts in Viridian (blue-green) and Lipstick Red.
Sun Top: 4oz in white and small amounts in Viridian and Lipstick Red.

A set of 4 No 12 (2¾mm) needles.
One pair of No 13 (2¼mm) needles.
One No 13 crochet hook.

Tension

Equivalent to a basic tension of
34sts x 42 rows to 4 inches over stocking stitch on 2¾mm needles.

Size matters

One size only to fit 34-35 inch chest;
length from top of shoulders to point on bolero: 17 ins;
from top of point to lower edge on sun top: 18½ ins;
sleeve seam: 2 ins (cuff turned back).

Abbreviations

k2tog or p2tog: work 2 sts together to decrease.

sl1: slip one stitch by passing it between the needles without knitting it.

psso: pass the slipped stitch over.

sl1, k1, psso: slip 1, knit 1, pass the slipped stitch over; also known as "ssk" (slip, slip, knit).

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.

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© Christina Coutts 2007

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