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Waikiki V-Neck Sleeveless Drop Shoulder
Free knitting pattern


Finished Chest Measurements: 32 (34,36)"


MATERIALS: Crystal Palace Waikiki (cotton/rayon), 50gm skeins (100 yds) - 7(9,9)
skeins, or Breeze 100% cotton, 50gm skeins (110 yds) - 7(9,9) skeins.
Crystal Palace Bamboo Needles single point sizes 4 and 6, 16" circular size 4, stitch holders.


GAUGE: 5.5 sts = 1" in Stockinette stitch (St st) on larger needles. Take time to check gauge.

Abbreviations:

sl: slip stich
psso: pass slip st over
y fwd: yarn forward
y bak: yarn to back
tog: together
beg: beginning
cont: continue
dec: decrease
rem: remaining
rep: repeat
alt: alternate
foil: following

BACK: With smaller needles cast on 95(107,117) sts. Work k1,p1 ribbing for 2 ".On last row increase 38(42,42) sts evenly across last row, 133(149,159) sts. Change to larger needles.

1st row: K5(2,7),*p2, k9 ,rep from * ending last rep with k5(2,7) instead of k9.
2nd row: P5(2,7), *k2, p9, rep from * ending last rep with p5(2,7) instead of p9.
Last 2 rows form rib pattern.
Continue in rib patt until work measures 9.75" from beg, ending with a purl row.

Beg body pattern.
1st row: Rib 62(70,75), k4, y fwd, sl 1, k1, psso, k3, rib 62(70,75).
2nd row (and all even rows): Knit all sts and purl sts as they appear.
3rd row: Rib 62(70,75), k2, k2 tog, y fwd, k1, yfwd, sl1,k1, psso, k2, rib 62(70,75).
5th row: Rib 62(70,75), k1, k2 tog, y fwd, k3, yfwd, sl 1, k1, psso, k1, rib 62(70,75).
7th row: Rib 62(70,75), k2 tog, y fwd, k5, y fwd, sl 1, k1, psso, rib 62(70,75).
9th row: Knit all knit sts and purl all purl sts as they appear.
11th row: Rib 51(59,64), (k4, yfwd, sl 1, k1, psso, k3, p2) 3 times, rib 49(57,62).
13th row: Rib 51(59,64), (k2, k2 tog, y fwd, k1, y fwd, sl 1, k1, psso, k2, p2) 3 times, rib 49(57,62).
15th row: Rib 51(59,64), (k1, k2 tog, y fwd, k3, y fwd, sl 1, k1, psso, k1, p2) 3 times, rib 49(57,62).
17th row: Rib 51 (59,64), (k2 tog, y fwd, k5, y fwd, sl 1, k1, psso, p2) 3 times, rib 49(57,62).
19th row: As 9th row.
21st row: Rib 40(48,53),( k4, y fwd, sl 1, k1, psso, k3, p2) 5 times, rib 38(46,51). Keeping patt correct and introducing further patterns in foil 10th row, work a further 19 rows patt.

Shape neck: Next row: rib 18(26,31), (k4, yfwd, sl 1, k1, psso, k3, p2) 4 times, k4, turn. Continue on these 66(74,79) sts. Keeping pattern correct and introducing further patterns in foil 10th rows 1(2,2) times, dec at neck edge in alt rows until 36(43,46) sts rem. Work 1 row patt.

Shape shoulder: Keeping pattern correct, cast off 7(8,9) sts at beg of next and alt rows 3 times in all, then 6(8,9) sts at beg of foil alt row, at same time, dec at neck edge in alt rows 3(3,2) times. Work 1 row. Cast off. Slip next st (center st) on to a stitch holder and leave. Join yarn to rem sts and k4, (p2, k4, yfwd, sl 1, k1, psso, k3) 4 times, rib to end. Cont on these 66(74,79) sts. Keeping patt correct and introducing further patterns in foil 10th rows 1(2,2) times, dec at neck edge in alt rows until 35(42,45) sts rem. Keeping patt correct, cast off 7(8,9) sts at beg of next and alt rows 3 times in all, then 6(8,9) sts at beg of foil alt row, at same time, dec at neck edge in alt rows 2(2,1) times. Work 1 row. Cast off.

FRONT: Work same as for back.

FRONT NECKBAND:
With right side facing and smaller needles, pick up and knit 71(73,77) sts evenly along left side of neck, knit st from stitch holder (center st), then pick up and knit 71 (73,77) sts evenly along right side of neck. 143(147,155) sts.
1st row:
*k1, p1, rep from * to last st, k1.
2nd row: Work 2 tog, rib to within 2 sts of center st, y bk, sl1, k1, psso, k1 (center st), k2 tog, rib to last 2 sts, work 2 tog.
3rd row: rib to within 2 sts of center st, k2 tog, p1, k2 tog tbi, rib to end.
Rep 2nd and 3rd rows 6 times. 101(105,113) sts. Cast off in rib.

BACK NECKBAND: Work as for Front neckband.

Armhole Bands: Join shoulder seams. Mark position of armholes 12.25" up from lower edge on both front and back. With smaller needles and right side facing, pick up and knit 139(141,145) sts evenly between markers. Work 11 rows k1, p1 ribbing. Cast off in ribbing. Repeat for other side.

FINISHING: Sew side seams.

Sweaters in photo: Waikiki on the right and Breeze on the left.


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