Materials: Clark's O.N.T. Boucle, 9 balls of color 721 White Ivory (for blouse) and 26 balls of 346 Skipper Blue (for jacket and skirt). Milward's Casein knitting pins, l pair No. 2 (2¾ mm. size). 1 circular steel needle No. 2. Milward's steel crochet hook No. 3. A 1-piece blue buckle.
Gauge before Blocking: 7 sts equal 1 inch; 9 rows equal 1 inch.
Back. With straight needles cast on 96 sts. K 1 row, p 1 row, k 1 row, p 1 row (plain rib). P 1 row, k 1 row, p 1 row, k 1 row, (purl rib). Work 1 plain rib but on the last row work every 15th and 16th sts together, across the row (6 decreases). Work 1 purl rib. Work 1 plain rib. Work 1 purl rib, but on the last row work every 14th and 15th sts together across row (6 decreases). Work 1 plain rib and l purl rib without decreasing. Work 1 plain rib but on the last row work every 27th and 28th sts together across row (3 decreases). Work 1 purl rib, 1 plain rib, 1 purl rib without decreasing, 1 plain rib but on the last row work every 26th and 27th sts together. Work 1 purl rib without decreasing and change to k 1 row, p 1 row for remainder of suit (78 sts). Now increase 1 st each end on this and every 5th row for 18 times (114 sts). When work measures 9 inches from top of last rib to needle, measuring up through center, start the armholes.
Armholes. Cast off the first 7 sts on the k row. Cast off the first 7 sts on the p row. Then decrease 1 st each and every k row for 11 times (78 sts). When armhole measures 5 inches from first row up through center of work, increase 1 st each end. Repeat these 2 increases once more when one inch from first increase. Work edges even for one inch, then shape for shoulders, cast off the first 4 sts on every k and every p row until 34 sts remain. Cast these off at once.
Right Front. With straight needles cast on 54 sts. Work pattern as on back but on the 2nd rib, the first row, be sure to k only the first 2 sts on row, p across row. On the following row, k all but the last 2 sts, p these. 3rd rib, first row: K 2, p 2, k across row. 2nd row: P across row, k 2, p 2. Be sure to work this purl rib and k rib at edge of neckline. 4th rib, first row: * K 2, p 2, k 2, p across row. 2nd row: K across, p 2, k 2, p 2, repeat from * once more. 5th rib, first row: * K 2, p 2, k 2, p 2, k across row. 2nd row: P across, k 2, p 2, k 2, p 2. Repeat from * once more. 6th rib: * K 2, p 2, k 2, p 2, k 2, p across row. 2nd row: K across, p 2, k 2, p 2, k 2, p 2. Repeat from * once. 7th rib: * K 2, p 2, k 2, p 2, k 2, p 2, k across row. 2nd row: P across, k 2, p 2, k 2, p 2, k 2, p 2. Repeat from * once again. 8th rib: * K 2, p 2, k 2, p 2, k 2, p 2, k 2, p across. 2nd row: K across, p 2, k 2, p 2, k 2, p 2, k 2, p 2. Repeat from * once more. 9th and the following ribs: Ribs at neck edge the same as 8th rib directions. But change ribs across rows as before, decreasing 2 sts across the row on the 9th, 10th, 12th and 14th ribs (46 sts). After the 14th rib, change to k 1 row, p 1 row, so that the ribs running parallel to neckline, first rib at neckline to be k 2, when on the knit row of front. Increase 1 st every 10th row at underarm seam for 8 times, keeping 4 k ribs and 4 p ribs at neckline. When work measures 9 inches from top of last rib across row at waistline to needle, start armholes.
Armholes. Cast off the first 8 sts on the p row. Decrease 1 st at the end of every k row for 12 times. Now divide sts as follows for dart. Run first 20 sts on k row at neckside on a stitch holder, and the remaining 14 sts at armhole side on another stitch holder. Work these two pieces separately.
Armhole Piece. Decrease one st every 5th row at dart edge for 12 times and increase 1 st every 5th row at armhole edge for 10 times (12 sts). When these are completed, cast off the first 4 sts on every p row for 3 times.
Neckside Piece. Work dart edge straight and increase 1 st every 10th row at neckedge for 4 times, adding new ribs as there are sufficient sts at neck. When the plain rib of neckline measures 6 inches from first increase, cast off the first 2 sts on the next 7 k rows, starting at neckedge. Increase 1 st every 4th row at dart edge starting on same row as cast off's—until 2 sts have been added at dart edge. When 12 sts have been cast off at neckside, cast off the first 4 sts on every row starting at dart edge, until the 12 remaining sts have been taken off.
Left Front. Make exactly the same way but reverse shapings. Be sure to change squared corners of pattern to end of rows, instead of starting rows. Carry ribs at end of k rows up the front. Watch reversing of darts and neck shaping.
Sleeves. Starting at cap, with straight needles, cast on 30 sts. K 1 row, p 1 row, casting on 2 sts at the end of every k and p row, until there are 88 sts on needle. Decrease 1 st each end every 8th row for 20 times (48 sts). Meanwhile, when sleeve measures 19 inches, change to pattern. This time pattern has only 3 rows in each rib. * (K 1 row, p 1 row, k 1 row.) (K 1 row, p 1 row, k 1 row.) Repeat from * until there are 7 plain ribs and 7 purl ribs. Cast off the 48 sts at once. Make the other sleeve the same.
Collar. Cast on 50 sts. Work in ribbing of k 2, p 2, for 14 rows. Cast off the first 2 sts on every row until 16 sts have been taken off. Cast off the remaining 34 sts at once.
After blocking, sew dart edges together. Sew shoulder seams. Be careful to place right front of jacket to right seam of back and left front to left seam of back. Sew these together. Sew sleeves into armhole and sew underarm seams of sleeves together. Place uneven edge of collar to neckedge as follows: center 34 sts of collar to 34 sts across back of neck. Remaining 8 sts of collar at each edge must be sewn to rever edge at neck, matching ribs. Work 2 rows of s c around entire jacket (collar and revers, too) and cuff edges. Belt. Make a chain 3½ inches long. S c in each ch st and work until belt measures 1½ inches wide. Break off. Chain 4½ inches; s c in each ch st, work around end and to end of this side of chain, turn and work back around same end (keeping one end straight, rounding other end) until belt measures 1½ inches wide. Sew straight edge of shaped belt to right jacket front at top of pattern ribs and on the last st of ribs at inside edge. Place other belt at opposite edge on left front and sew buckle to end of this belt.
Back. With straight needles cast on 108 sts. K 48, p 4, k 4, p 4, k 48. On the following row p 48, k 4, p 4, k 4, p 48. Repeat these two rows, working the three center ribs for entire back. Decrease 1 st each edge (side seams) every 5th row for 6 times (96 sts). Decrease 1 st each end every 3rd row and 2 sts on every 26th row each end until all the sts are worked off.
Front. Same as Back.
Yoke. With straight needles cast on 80 sts. Work ribbing of k 2, p 2, for entire yoke, until piece measures 7½ inches. Then increase 1 st in every st across the row (to increase, k front and back of each st), 160 sts now on needle. Work with k 4, p 4 for remainder of yoke. When piece measures 10½ inches, divide the sts as follows: 40 sts on first needle, 80 sts on second needle, 40 sts on third needle. Work these three pieces separately. 1st Needle: Keep edges even at outside; cast off the first 2 sts on every row that starts at inside edge (next to 2nd needle) until all the sts are worked off. 2nd Needle: Decrease 1 st each end every 4th row for 7 times (66 sts). When this part measures 3 inches from place where sts were divided, cast off the 66 sts at once. 3rd Needle: Work exactly the same as the first needle. Make another yoke piece exactly the same as this, start this piece with p 2, k 2.
After blocking, sew the 3-inch lower edges of blouse back and front together (where 6 sts were decreased). Hem 1¾ inches at top edges of yokes. Place the 17-inch edge of yoke to decreased edge of blouse front, other edge to back of blouse at decreased edge. Seam yoke and blouse edges together, allowing ¼-inch seams. Sew other yoke on in same manner. Sew underarm seams of yoke together and sleeve seams. Work 2 rows of s c around bottom of blouse.
Pom Poms. With Blue wrap over a piece of cardboard 2 inches long—400 times. Take a strong thread and tie very tightly under all 400 wraps (while on cardboard) at center of 2 inches on each side of board. Cut at ends of board and then trim.
Cord. With Blue, chain 44½ inches. S c into ch for 2 rows. Pull cord thru neck hem on blouse and sew Pom Poms to each end.
With circular needle and Blue, cast on 168 sts. Join being careful sts are not twisted. Work as follows (making a front and back gore): K 72, p 4, k 4, p 4, k 72, p 4, k 4, p 4. Continue this way every row. When work measures 1 inch, * increase 1 st in the center of each of the 6 ribs (4 p ribs, 2 k ribs) always knitting and purling one more st in the 6 ribs after an increase row. Repeat from * every inch until there are 13 sts in each of the 6 ribs. Change and work an increase row every 2 inches until there are 21 sts in each of the 6 ribs. Work without increasing now, until skirt measures 31 inches or 2 inches shorter than desired length. (This is allowed for stretching in blocking.) Cast off loosely.
Work 3 rows of s c around bottom of skirt and one row at top. * Ch 5, sl st in 8th row on wrong side and 4 sts to left. Ch 5, sl st in 8th st from last st at top edge, repeat from * forming V's for elastic casing. Block skirt to fit.
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