Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Lauren

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Lauren is a close-fitting long-sleeved sweater in a textured fancy rib pattern. It is knitted in double knitting and is flattering and stylish.

To fit sizes small 32” (medium 36”, large 40”)
Knitted sizes
Bust 78 (88, 98) cm / 31 (35, 39) inches
Length to shoulder 53 (55, 57) cm / 21 (22, 22.5) inches
Sleeve seam 45 (47, 49) cm / 18 (18.5, 19) inches

Materials
10 (12, 14) balls of DK (I used James C. Brett Pure Merino double knitting in plum – 124 metres / 135 yards per ball)
3.75mm (US 5) straight needles

Tension
32 sts and 32 rows to 10cm (4 inches) measured over pattern using 3.75 mm needles. The fabric stretches horizontally. The tension is measured over the unstretched fabric.

Abbreviations
k = knit
p = purl
sts = stitches
sl = slip
tog = together
tbl = through back of loop
psso = pass the slipped stitch over

Fancy Rib pattern
Row 1: *p2, k1, p2, k3, repeat from * to last 5 sts, p2, k1, p2.
Row 2: *k2, p1, k2, p3, repeat from * to last 5 sts, k2, p1, k2.
Row 3: *p2, k1, p2, sl1, k2tog, psso, repeat from * to last 5 sts p2, k1, p2.
Row 4: *k2, p1, k2, (p1tbl, k1, p1) all into next st, repeat from * to last 5 sts, k2, p1, k2.
These 4 rows form the pattern throughout.

Important note
The third row of the pattern decreases the number of stitches on the needles. This should be taken into account when increasing and decreasing at the ends of rows.

BACK

Using 3.75mm needles cast on 125 (141, 157) sts.
Work in fancy rib pattern for 20 (22, 24) rows.
Keeping pattern as set correct make the following decreases.
Decrease at each end of next row and 5 following 6th rows. 113 (129, 145) sts.

Work 5 rows without shaping.

Increase at each end of next row and 5 following 8th rows. 125 (141, 157) sts.

Continue straight until the work measures 34 (35, 36) cm.

Shape armholes
Cast off 5 sts at the beginning of next 2 rows. 115 (131, 147) sts
Dec 1 st at each end of next 6 (8, 8) rows
Dec 1 st at each end of following 5 (5, 6) alternate rows. 93 (105, 119) sts**
Continue straight until armhole measures 19 (20, 21) cm

Shape shoulders and back neck
Cast off 8 (9, 10) sts at the beginning of the next 6 rows.
Leave the remaining 45 (51, 59) sts on a stitch holder.

FRONT
Work as given for back to **
Work straight for 6 rows.

Divide for neck
Pattern 36 (39, 42) sts, turn. Leave the remaining 57 (66, 77) stitches on a separate stitch holder.
Decrease at neck edge on next 6 rows. 30 (33, 36) sts
Decrease at neck edge on next 3 alternate rows. 27 (30, 33) sts
Decrease at neck edge on 3 following 4th rows. 24 (27, 30) sts
Pattern without shaping until the front measures the same as the back to the beginning of the shoulder shaping, ending with RS facing for next row.

Shape shoulders
Cast off 8 (9, 10) sts at beginning of next and following alternate row. Work 1 row. Cast off remaining 8 (9, 10) sts.
Rejoin yarn to remaining 57 (66, 77) sts. Pattern across, placing centre 21 (27, 35) sts on a separate stitch holder. Working on remaining 36 (39, 42) sts only complete to match left side of neckline, reversing shaping.

SLEEVES
Using 3.75mm needles cast on 53 (61, 69) sts.
Work in fancy rib pattern for 12 rows.
Keeping pattern correct, increase at each end of next and 14 (16, 16) following 6th rows. 83 (93, 101) sts
Continue straight until sleeve measures 45 (47, 49) cm.

Shape armholes
Cast off 5 sts at beginning of next 2 rows. 73 (83, 91) sts
Decrease 1 st at each end of next 4 (6, 6) rows. 65 (71, 79) sts
Decrease 1 st at each end of next 4 (4, 6) alternate rows. 57 (63, 67) sts
Decrease 1 st at each end of 4 following 4th rows. 49 (55, 59) sts
Decrease 1 st at each end of next 4 alternate rows. 41 (47, 51) sts
Decrease 1 st at each end of next 4 rows. 33 (39, 43) sts
Cast off 3 sts at the beginning of next 4 rows. 21 (27, 31) sts
Cast off remaining 21 (27, 31) sts.



MAKING UP
Join right shoulder seams.

Neckband
With right side facing pick up and knit 31 (35, 39) sts down left side of front neck. Working the 21 (27, 35) sts on the holder at front of neck, k2 tog 5 (6, 9) times, k1 (3, 3), k2 tog 5 (6, 9) times.
Pick up and knit 31 (35, 39) sts from left side of front neck.
Working the 45 (51, 59) sts on holder from back of neck, k2 tog 11 (12, 14) times, k1 (3, 3), k2 tog 11 (12, 14) times. 96 (112, 130) sts.
Work 8 rows in k1 p1 rib.
Cast off in rib.

Join remaining shoulder seam.
Set sleeve into armhole.
Join side and sleeve seams.

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