Felicity

Long-line lacy blouse

The Knitter - - Contents - PAT MENCHINI

THE STYLE of Pat Menchini’s sum­mer top harks back to the knits of the 1950s. The deep rib­bing and the lace pan­els down the sides com­bine to give a flat­ter­ing, elon­gated ap­pear­ance to the gar­ment. The pretty lace pan­els con­sist of di­a­mond eye­lets on a re­verse stock­ing stitch back­ground, framed with a bor­der at each side in twisted rib. The ends of the neck ties can be dec­o­rated with small but­tons or beads if de­sired.

STITCH PAT­TERNS DI­A­MOND PANEL

(worked over 18 sts) Row 1 (RS): P2, yo, P2­tog, P4, Tw2, P4, P2­tog, yo, P2. Row 2 and ev­ery alt row: K8, P2, K8. Row 3: P3, yo, P2­tog, P3, Tw2, P3, P2­tog, yo, P3. Row 5: P4, yo, P2­tog, P2, Tw2, P2, P2­tog, yo, P4. Row 7: P5, yo, P2­tog, P1, Tw2, P1, P2­tog, yo, P5. Row 9: P6, yo, P2­tog, Tw2, P2­tog, yo, P6. Row 11: P4, P2­tog, yo, P2, Tw2, P2, yo, P2­tog, P4. Row 13: P3, P2­tog, yo, P3, Tw2, P3, yo, P2­tog, P3. Row 15: P2, P2­tog, yo, P4, Tw2, P4, yo, P2­tog, P2. Row 17: P1, P2­tog, yo, P5, Tw2, P5, yo, P2­tog, P1. Row 19: P2­tog, yo, P6, Tw2, P6, yo, P2­tog. Row 20: K8, P2, K8. These 20 rows form the Di­a­mond Panel. FRONT Us­ing 3.25mm nee­dles, cast on 104 ( 116: 128: 136: 148: 160) sts. Row 1 (RS): K3, (P2, K2) to last st, K1. Row 2: K1, (P2, K2) to last 3 sts, P2, K1. Rep these 2 rib rows un­til work meas 14cm, end­ing af­ter row 1. Next row (WS): Purl, inc 7 ( 7:7: 9: 9: 9) sts evenly across. 111 ( 123: 135: 145: 157: 169) sts. Change to 4mm nee­dles. Work in pat­tern: Row 1 (RS): K5 ( 8: 12: 16: 19: 23), *(P1, Tw2) twice, work row 1 of Di­a­mond Panel, (Tw2, P1) twice *, K41 ( 47: 51: 53: 59: 63), work from * to *, K5 ( 8: 12: 16: 19: 23). Row 2: P11 ( 14: 18: 22: 25: 29), work row 2 of Di­a­mond Panel, P53 ( 59: 63: 65: 71: 75), work row 2 of Di­a­mond Panel, P11 ( 14: 18: 22: 25: 29). Rows 3-20: Rep rows 1-2, 9 times, but work­ing rows 3-20 of panel. These 20 rows set the pat­tern. ** Cont in patt un­til work meas 38cm from cast-on edge, end­ing af­ter a RS row.

DI­VIDE FOR NECK OPEN­ING

Next row (WS): Patt 55 ( 61: 67: 72: 78: 84), cast off next st neatly knit­wise, patt to end. Cont on last group of 55 ( 61: 67: 72: 78: 84) sts only for left half of front. Next row (RS): Patt to last 7 sts, P1, (Tw2, P1) twice. Next row: P7, patt to end. These 2 rows set the patt for neck open­ing. *** Rep these 2 rows un­til work meas 52cm from cast-on edge, end­ing at neck edge.

SHAPE NECK

Next row: Cast off loosely 12 ( 13: 14: 15: 16: 17) sts, patt to end. 43 ( 48: 53: 57: 62: 67) sts. Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 5 rows. 38 ( 43: 48: 52: 57: 62) sts. Cont straight un­til Front meas 58 ( 58: 59: 60: 60: 61) cm from cast-on edge, end­ing at side edge.

SHAPE SHOUL­DER

Cast off loosely 6 ( 7:8: 9: 10: 11) sts at beg of next row, and the 4 foll alt rows. Work 1 row straight. Cast off rem 8 ( 8:8: 7: 7: 7) sts loosely. With RS fac­ing, neatly re­join yarn at front edge of rem 55 ( 61: 67: 72: 78: 84) sts. Next row (RS): P1, (Tw2, P1) twice, patt to end. Next row (WS): Patt to last 7 sts, P7. Com­plete as left half work­ing from *** to end, not­ing that 1 row more should be worked be­fore shap­ing shoul­der.

BACK

Work as Front to **. Cont straight in patt un­til work meas same as Front to shoul­der shap­ing, end­ing af­ter a WS row.

SHAPE SHOUL­DERS

Cast off loosely 6 ( 7:8: 9: 10: 11) sts at beg of next 10 rows, then 8 ( 8:8: 7: 7: 7) sts at beg of next 2 rows. Slip rem 35 ( 37: 39: 41: 43: 45) sts on a holder.

NECK­BAND

Join the shoul­ders. Us­ing 3.25mm nee­dles, and with RS fac­ing, pick up and K35 ( 38: 39: 41: 42: 46) sts evenly round right front neck, knit across 35 ( 37: 39: 41: 43: 45) sts on stitch holder, fi­nally pick up and K35 ( 38: 39: 41: 42: 46) sts evenly round left front neck. 105 ( 113: 117: 123: 127: 137) sts. Knit 2 rows. Cast off evenly knit­wise.

TIES (make 2 alike) Us­ing 3.25mm nee­dles, cast on 48 sts. Knit 1 row. Cast off knit­wise.

ARM­HOLE EDG­INGS

Place a marker 52 ( 56: 60: 63: 67: 71) rows down from shoul­der seams at each side edge. Us­ing 3.25mm nee­dles, and with RS fac­ing, pick up and K79 ( 85: 91: 96: 101: 107) sts evenly be­tween 1 set of mark­ers. Knit 8 rows, dec 1 st at each end of WS rows. Cast off knit­wise.

TO MAKE UP

Press work lightly on WS, fol­low­ing any yarn care in­struc­tions on the ball band. Join side seams in­clud­ing arm­hole edg­ings. Sew ties to each end of neck­band. Op­tional: at­tach small but­tons or beads to each end of ties. Press seams.

Pat Menchini Felicity

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