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Leave It to Me

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Design by Svetlana Avrakh

Diamonds, eyelets and leaves add fun to this empire look.

Skill Level

Intermediate

Sizes

Woman’s small (medium, large, extra-large, 2X-large) Instructions are given for smallest size, with larger sizes in parentheses. When only 1 number is given, it applies to all sizes.

Finished Measurements

Chest: 36 (40 1/2, 44 3/4, 48, 52) inches
Length: 19 (19 1/2, 19 1/2, 20, 20 1/2) inches

Materials

  • Light worsted weight yarn* (102 yds/65g per ball): 8 (9, 10, 10, 11) balls sea #85219
  • Size 6 (4mm) 24-inch circular and set of 4 double-point needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Stitch holders
  • Stitch marker

*Sample project was completed with Silk Bamboo (70% bamboo/30% silk) from Patons.

Gauge

22 sts and 28 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in St st.
To save time, take time to check gauge.

Special Abbreviations

Make 1 (M1): Insert LH needle from front to back under horizontal thread between last st worked and next st, k1-tbl.

Knit in front and back (kfb): Inc by knitting in front and back of next st if st is a knit st or purling in front and back of next st if st is a purl st.

Pattern Note

Sweater is worked in 1 piece from neck to lower edge. Lower edging is worked separately and sewn in place.

Neckband

With dpn, loosely cast on 64 (64, 72, 72, 80) sts. Join being careful not to twist sts. Place marker on first st.

Rnd 1: *K1, p1; rep from * around.

Rnds 2-4: Rep Rnd 1.

Set up pat

Rnd 1: *P1, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1; rep from * around -- 96 (96, 108, 108, 120) sts.

Rnd 2 and all even-number rnds: Knit the knit sts and purl the purl and yo sts.

Rnd 3: *P1, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2; rep from * around -- 128 (128, 144, 144, 160) sts.

Rnd 5: *P1, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3; rep from * around -- 160 (160, 180, 180, 200) sts.

Change to circular needle.

Rnd 7: *P1, k4, yo, k1, yo, k4; rep from * around -- 192 (192, 216, 216, 240) sts.

Rnd 9: *P1, k5, yo, k1, yo, k5; rep from * around -- 224 (224, 252, 252, 280) sts.

Rnd 11: *K1, yo, ssk, k4, yo, k1, yo, k4, k2tog, yo; rep from * around -- 256 (256, 288, 288, 320) sts.

Rnd 12 and all even-number rnds: Knit around.

Rnd 13: *K1, M1, k1, yo, ssk, k9, k2tog, yo, k1; rep from * around -- 272 (272, 306, 306, 340) sts.

Rnd 15: *K4, yo, ssk, k7, k2tog, yo, k2; rep from * around.

Rnd 17: *K5, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k2, M1, k1; rep from * around -- 288 (288, 324, 324, 360) sts.

Rnd 19: *K6, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k5; rep from * around.

Rnd 21: *K1, M1, k6, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k6; rep from * around -- 304 (304, 342, 342, 380) sts.

Rnd 23: *K9, yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k7; rep from * around -- 304 (304, 342, 342, 380) sts.

Rnd 25: *K1, yo, ssk, k14, k2tog, yo; rep from * around.

Rnd 27: *K2, yo, ssk, k12, k2tog, yo, k1; rep from * around.

Rnd 28: Knit around.

Small size only

Rnd 29: *K3, yo, ssk, k10, k2tog, yo, k2; rep from * around.

Rnd 30 and all even-number rnds: Knit around.

Rnd 31: *K4, yo, ssk, k8, k2tog, yo, k3; rep from * around.

Rnd 33: *K5, yo, ssk, k6, k2tog, yo, k4; rep from * around.

Rnd 35: *K6, yo, ssk, k4, k2tog, yo, k5; rep from * around.

Rnd 37: *K5, k2tog, yo, k6, yo, ssk, k4; rep from * around.

Rnd 39: *K4, k2tog, yo, k8, yo, ssk, k3; rep from * around.

Rnd 41: *K3, k2tog, yo, k10, yo, ssk, k2; rep from * around.

Rnd 43: *K2, k2tog, yo, k12, yo, ssk, k1; rep from * around.

Rnd 45: *K1, k2tog, yo, k14, yo, ssk; rep from * around.

Rnd 47: K2tog, *yo, k16, yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso; rep from * to last st, yo, k2tog (working over last st and first st of next rnd).

Medium size only

Rnd 29: *K3, yo, ssk, k5, M1, k5, k2tog, yo, k2; rep from * around -- 320 sts.

Rnd 30 and all even-number rnds: Knit around.

Rnd 31: *K4, yo, ssk, k9, k2tog, yo, k3; rep from * around.

Rnd 33: *K5, yo, ssk, k5, M1, k2, k2tog, yo, k9, yo, ssk, k7, k2tog, yo, k4; rep from * around -- 328 sts.

Rnd 35: *K6, yo, ssk, k6, k2tog, yo, k11, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k5; rep from * around.

Rnd 37: *K5, k2tog, yo, k8, yo, ssk, k9, k2tog, yo, k7, yo, ssk, k4; rep from * around.

Rnd 39: *K4, k2tog, yo, k10, yo, ssk, k7, k2tog, yo, k9, yo, ssk, k3; rep from * around.

Rnd 41: *K3, k2tog, yo, k12, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k11, yo, ssk, k2; rep from * around.

Rnd 43: *K2, k2tog, yo, k14, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k13, yo, ssk, k1; rep from * around.

Rnd 45: *K1, k2tog, yo, k16, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k15, yo, ssk; rep from * around.

Rnd 47: K2tog, *yo, k18, yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k17, yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso; rep from * to last st, yo, k2tog (working over last st and first st of next rnd).

Large size only

Rnd 29: *K3, yo, ssk, k5, M1, k5, k2tog, yo, k2; rep from * around -- 360 sts.

Rnd 30 and all even-number rnds: Knit around.

Rnd 31: *K4, yo, ssk, k9, k2tog, yo, k3; rep from * around.

Rnd 33: *K5, yo, ssk, k7, k2tog, yo, k4; rep from * around.

Rnd 35: *K6, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k5; rep from * around.

Rnd 37: *K5, k2tog, yo, k7, yo, ssk, k4; rep from * around.

Rnd 39: *K4, k2tog, yo, k9, yo, ssk, k3; rep from * around.

Rnd 41: *K3, k2tog, yo, k11, yo, ssk, k2; rep from * around.

Rnd 43: *K2, k2tog, yo, k13, yo, ssk, k1; rep from * around.

Rnd 45: *K1, k2tog, yo, k15, yo, ssk; rep from * around.

Rnd 47: K2tog, *yo, k17, yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso; rep from * to last st, yo, k2tog (working over last st and first st of next rnd).

Extra-large & 2X-large sizes only

Rnd 29: *K3, yo, ssk, k5, M1, k5, k2tog, yo, k2; rep from * around -- 360 (400) sts.

Rnd 30 and all even-number rnds: Knit around.

Rnd 31: *K4, yo, ssk, k9, k2tog, yo, k3; rep from * around.

Rnd 33: *K5, yo, ssk, k5, M1, k2, k2tog, yo, k4; rep from * around -- 378 (420) sts.

Rnd 35: *K6, yo, ssk, k6, k2tog, yo, k5; rep from * around.

Rnd 37: *K7, yo, ssk, k2, M1, k2, k2tog, yo, k6; rep from * around -- 396 (440) sts.

Rnd 39: *K8, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k7; rep from * around.

Rnd 41: *K7, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, ssk, k6; rep from * around.

Rnd 43: *K6, k2tog, yo, k7, yo, ssk, k5; rep from * around.

Rnd 45: *K5, k2tog, yo, k9, yo, ssk, k4; rep from * around.

Rnd 47: *K4, k2tog, yo, k11, yo, ssk, k3; rep from * around.

Rnd 49: *K3, k2tog, yo, k13, yo, ssk, k2; rep from * around.

Rnd 51: *K2, k2tog, yo, k15, yo, ssk, k1; rep from * around.

Rnd 53: *K1, k2tog, yo, k17, yo, ssk; rep from * around.

Rnd 55: K2tog, *yo, k19, yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso; rep from * to last st, yo, k2tog (working over last st and first st of next rnd).

All sizes

Knit 3 (5, 5, 2, 5) rnds even.

Divide for body & sleeves

Next rnd: Place first 61 (64, 70, 77, 80) sts on holder (or length of yarn) for sleeve; k91 (100, 110, 121, 140) for front; place next 61 (64, 70, 77, 80) sts on holder (or length of yarn) for sleeve; k91 (100, 110, 121, 140) -- 182 (200, 220, 242, 280) sts for body.

Place marker for beg of rnd.

Body

Eyelet band

Rnd 1: Purl around.

Rnd 2: *K2tog, yo; rep from * around.

Rnd 3: Knit around.

Rnd 4: *Yo, ssk; rep from * around.

Rnd 5: Purl around.

Knit 2 rnds.

Body pat

Rnd 1: *K1, yo, ssk, k11 (7, 8, 8, 11); rep from * around.

Rnd 2 and all even-number rnds: Knit around.

Rnd 3: *K2, yo, ssk, k10 (6, 7, 7, 10); rep from * around.

Rnd 5: *K3, yo, ssk, k9 (5, 6, 6, 9); rep from * around.

Rnd 7: *K4, yo, ssk, k8 (4, 5, 5, 8); rep from * around.

Rnds 8 and 9: Knit around.

Rnd 10: *K10 (6, 7, 7, 10), k2tog, yo, k2; rep from * around.

Rnd 12: *K9 (5, 6, 6, 9), k2tog, yo, k3; rep from * around.

Rnd 14: *K8 (4, 5, 5, 8), k2tog, yo, k4; rep from * around.

Rnd 16: *K7 (3, 4, 4, 7), k2tog, yo, k5; rep from * around.

Rnds 17 and 18: Knit around.

Rep Rnds 1-18 of body pat until body measures 12 inches from dividing ending with Rnd 9 or 18 of pat. Bind off.

Bottom Edging

Cast on 6 sts.

Row 1: K3, yo, k1, yo, k2 -- 8 sts.

Row 2: K1, p5, kfb, k1 -- 9 sts.

Row 3: K2, p1, k2, yo, k1, yo, k3 -- 11 sts.

Row 4: K1, p7, kfb, k2 -- 12 sts.

Row 5: K2, p2, k3, yo, k1, yo, k4 -- 14 sts.

Row 6: K1, p9, kfb, k3-15 sts.

Row 7: K2, p3, k4, yo, k1, yo, k5 -- 17 sts.

Row 8: K1, p11, kfb, k4 -- 18 sts.

Row 9: K2, p4, ssk, k7, k2tog, k1 -- 16 sts.

Row 10: K1, p9, kfb, k5 -- 17 sts.

Row 11: K2, p5, ssk, k5, k2tog, k1 -- 15 sts.

Row 12: K1, p7, kfb, k2, p1, k3 -- 16 sts.

Row 13: K2, p1, k1, p4, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1 -- 14 sts.

Row 14: K1, p5, kfb, k3, p1, k3 -- 15 sts.

Row 15: K2, p1, k1, p5, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1 -- 13 sts.

Row 16: K1, p3, kfb, k4, p1, k3 -- 14 sts.

Row 17: K2, p1, k1, p6, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k1 -- 12 sts.

Row 18: P2tog, bind off 5 sts, p3, k2 -- 6 sts.

Rep Rows 1-18 for edging until piece is long enough to fit along bottom edge of garment, ending with Row 18 of pat. Bind off.

Beg at 1 side sew edging in position. Sew ends of edging.

Sleeve

With RS of work facing, sl 61 (64, 70, 77, 80) sts from st holder onto 3 dpn. Join, marking beg of rnd.

Rnd 1: Purl around, dec 1 (0, 0, 1, 0) st(s) -- 60 (64, 70, 76, 80) sts.

Rnd 2: *K2tog, yo; rep from * around.

Rnd 3: Knit around.

Rnd 4: *Yo, ssk; rep from * around.

Rnd 5: Purl around.

Rnd 6: Knit around.

Bind off purlwise.

Rep for other sleeve.

Finishing

Pin garment pieces to measurements. Cover with a damp cloth, leaving cloth to dry.

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