Knit a cropped jacket per­fect for the warmer weather

Our tex­tured jacket in a bas­ketweave pat­tern is quick to knit in a cot­ton-rich yarn.

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MEA­SURE­MENTS

To fit sizes: 81/89 cm (32/35 ins), 91/99 (36/39), 104/112 (41/44), 114/122 (45/48), 127/134 (50/53). Ac­tual size: 97 cm (38¼ ins), 109 (43), 122 (48), 135 (53¼), 148 (58¼).

Length: 48 cm (19 ins), 49 (19¼), 51 (20), 52 (20½), 54 (21¼).

MA­TE­RI­ALS

4 (5,5, 5, 6) 100-gram balls of Style­craft Jeanie Denim Look (shade Dixie, 9349). One pair 5 mm (No. 6) knit­ting nee­dles. Two but­tons from Dut­tons for But­tons tele­phone 01423 502092 e-mail michelle@ dut­tons­for­but­tons.co.uk.

For yarn stockists tele­phone 01535 609798 or e-mail info@style­craftltd. co.uk.

TEN­SION

22 sts and 28 rows to 10 cm mea­sured over pat­tern us­ing 5 mm nee­dles.

ABBREVIATIONS

Alt – al­ter­nate; beg – be­gin­ning; dec – de­crease; g-st – garter-stitch (knit every row); K– knit; P– purl; patt – pat­tern; st(s) – stitch(es); rem – re­main; rep – re­peat; st-st – stock­ing-stitch (knit 1 row, purl 1 row); tbl – through back of loop; tog – to­gether.

Im­por­tant Note

Di­rec­tions are given for five sizes. Fig­ures in brack­ets re­fer to the four larger sizes. Fig­ures in square brack­ets [ ] re­fer to all sizes and are worked the num­ber of times stated. When writ­ing to us with your queries, you must en­close a stamped, ad­dressed en­ve­lope if you would like a re­ply.

With 5 mm nee­dles, cast on 57 (64, 71, 78, 85) sts.

1st, 3rd & 5th sizes only – 1st row (right side) – K8 (th­ese sts will form front bor­der and are al­ways worked in g-st), ★ K7, P1, [K1, P1] 3 times, rep from ★ un­til 7 sts rem, K7.

2nd row – K8, ★ [P1,

K1] twice, P1, K9, rep from ★ un­til 21 sts rem, [P1, K1] twice, P1, K16.

3rd - 10th rows – Rep 1st and 2nd rows 4 times.

11th row (on which patt is re­versed) – K8, ★ P1, [K1, P1] 3 times, K7, rep from ★ un­til 7 sts rem, P1, [K1, P1] 3 times.

12th rows – [K1, P1] 3 times, ★ K9, P1, [K1,

P1] twice, rep from ★ un­til 9 sts rem, K9.

13th - 20th rows – Rep 11th and 12th rows 4 times. Th­ese 20 rows form pat­tern. 2nd & 4th sizes only – 1st row (right side) – K8,

★ P1, [K1, P1] 3 times, K7, rep from ★ to end.

2nd row – K8, ★ [P1,

K1] twice, P1, K9, rep from ★ to end.

3rd - 10th rows – Rep 1st and 2nd rows 4 times.

11th row (on which patt is re­versed) – K15, ★ P1, [K1, P1] 3 times, K7, rep from ★ un­til 7 sts rem, P1, [K1, P1] 3 times.

12th rows – [K1, P1] 3 times, ★ K9, P1, [K1,

P1] twice, rep from ★ un­til 16 sts rem, K16.

13th - 20th rows – Rep 11th and 12th rows 4 times. Th­ese 20 rows form pat­tern. All sizes – Con­tinue in patt un­til work mea­sures 19 cm from be­gin­ning, end­ing af­ter a wrong-side row.

Work but­ton­hole – K3, cast off 3 sts, patt to end.

Next row – Work in patt cast­ing on 3 sts neatly over those cast off.

Work straight un­til front mea­sures 25 cm from beg, end­ing af­ter a wrong-side row.

Shape front slope – Next (dec) row – K7, K2­tog tbl, work to end. Rep dec row on every fol­low­ing 4th (4th, 4th, alt, alt) row un­til 60 (69, 75, 83, 90) sts re­main, then on every fol­low­ing 4th row for all sizes un­til 53 (59, 65, 70, 76) sts re­main. Work straight un­til front mea­sures 48 (49, 51, 52, 54) cm from beg, mea­sured through cen­tre of work and end­ing at sleeve edge. Shape shoul­der – Cast off 9 (10, 11, 12, 14) sts loosely at beg of next row and the 3 fol­low­ing alt rows – 17 (19, 21, 22, 20) sts.

Work 1 row.

Cast off 9 (11, 13, 14, 12) sts at beg of next row – 8 sts.

Work 18 (20, 22, 24,

26) rows straight for back neck bor­der. Cast off.

LEFT FRONT

With 5 mm nee­dles, cast on 57 (64, 71, 78, 85) sts.

1st, 3rd & 5th sizes only – 1st row (right side) – ★ K7, [P1, K1] 3 times, P1, rep from ★ un­til 15 sts rem, K15. 2nd row – K16, ★ P1, [K1, P1] twice, K9, rep from ★ un­til 13 sts rem, P1, [K1, P1] twice, K8.

3rd - 10th rows – Rep 1st and 2nd rows 4 times.

11th row (on which patt is re­versed) – [P1, K1] 3 times, P1, ★ K7, [P1, K1] 3 times, P1, rep from ★ un­til 8 sts rem, K8.

12th rows – K9, ★ P1, [K1, P1] twice, K9, rep from ★ un­til 6 sts rem, [P1, K1] 3 times.

13th - 20th rows – Rep 11th and 12th rows 4 times. Th­ese 20 rows form pat­tern. 2nd & 4th sizes only – 1st row (right side) – ★ K7, [P1, K1] 3 times, P1, rep from ★ un­til 8 sts rem, K8. 2nd row – ★ K9, [P1,

K1] twice, P1, rep from ★ un­til 8 sts rem, K8.

3rd - 10th rows – Rep 1st and 2nd rows 4 times.

11th row (on which patt is re­versed) – ★ P1, [K1, P1] 3 times, K7, rep from ★ un­til 8 sts rem, K8.

12th rows – K16, ★ [P1, K1] twice, P1, K9, rep from ★ un­til 6 sts rem, [P1, K1] 3 times.

13th - 20th rows – Rep 11th and 12th rows 4 times. Th­ese 20 rows form pat­tern. Com­plete to match right front omit­ting but­ton­holes, and note front slope dec row will be – Work un­til 9 sts rem, K2­tog, K7.

BACK

With 5 mm nee­dles, cast on 105 (119, 133, 147, 161) sts.

All sizes –

1st row – K7, ★ [P1, K1] 3 times, P1, K7, rep from ★ to end.

2nd row – K8, ★ P1, [K1, P1] twice, K9, rep from ★ un­til 13 sts rem, P1, [K1, P1] twice, K8.

3rd - 10th rows – Rep 1st and 2nd rows 4 times.

11th row (on which patt is re­versed) – ★ P1, [K1, P1] 3 times, K7, rep from ★ un­til 7 sts rem, P1, [K1, P1] 3 times.

12th rows – [K1, P1] 3 times, ★ K9, P1, [K1,

P1] twice, rep from ★ to last st, K1.

13th - 20th rows – Rep 11th and 12th rows 4 times. Th­ese 20 rows form pat­tern. Con­tinue in patt un­til work mea­sures 25 cm, end­ing af­ter a wrong-side row. Shape sleeves – Work­ing ex­tra sts in g-st, work 8 rows inc 1 st at each end of every row – 121 (135, 149, 163, 177) sts.

Work straight un­til back mea­sures same as fronts to shoul­der shap­ing, end­ing af­ter a wrong-side row.

Shape shoul­ders – Cast off 9 (10, 11, 12, 14) sts loosely at beg of next 8 rows, then 9 (11, 13, 14, 12) sts at beg of next 2 rows – 31 (33, 35, 39, 41) sts. Cast off loosely.

TO COM­PLETE

To Make Up – Do not press. Join shoul­ders, side seams and sleeve shap­ings. Sew bor­ders to back of neck stretch­ing edge of bor­der as you stitch. Join cast-off sts to form cen­tre back seam. Sew on but­tons. n

Next week: knit this sum­mer cardi­gan

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