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Kitschy Apron in Cotton Chenille
by Grenadine Girl

DESIGNER NOTES:
I love cooking almost as much as I love knitting.
Almost.
Cooking might be my favorite activity if I didnít make such a mess of myself in the process. Many pairs of pants have been over-washed due to my messy style of cooking, which adds to all the laundry I have to do. And laundry sorry-to-say is not as pleasant as knitting.
Knit in garter stitch on circular needles to carry the weight, the apron is a great project for those who want to try something more complicated like a sweater, but want to start with something less scary. There is a little increasing, simple seaming, and picking up of stitches, which are techniques typically used in sweaters.

Now my apron gets messy when I cook. And this isnít a problem, because this Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille is washable by hand or by washing machine on the gentle cycle in a lingerie bag. Simply dry flat and youíre ready to get messy again.

Sizes
XS [S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X] Shown in Medium

Finished Measurements
Waist: 25 [27, 28, 31, 32.5, 35, 38.5] inches

Materials
[AC] Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille [100% Cotton; 98 yd per 50g skein];color:7366 Rose: 1[1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2] skeins
[BC] Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille color:1109 Bubblegum: 1[1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2] skeins
[CC] Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille color:2054 Lipstick: 1[1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2] skeins
[DC] Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille color:6752 Blush: 1[1, 1, 1, 1, 3, 3] skeins
[EC] Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille color:5509 Clear Pink 1[1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2] skeins

1 35" US #7/4.5 mm 26 Crystal Palace Bamboo Circular needle
1 set(s) US #7/4.5 mm straight needles
1 size G Crochet Hook

Notions
tapestry needle
2 split ring stitch markers

Gauge
16sts/36 rows = 4" in garter stitch

Pattern Notes
The adjustable nature of waist-ties makes each size variable.

Instructions

The Apron
With color AC and circular needle cast on 59 [64, 66, 73, 77, 82, 85, 90] stitches.
Row 1: Knit all stitches
Row 2: k1, m1, knit to last stitch, with yarn in front slip the last stitch as if to purl.
THE LAST STITCH OF EVERY ROW WILL BE SLIPPED IN THIS FASHION TO CREATE A SMOOTH EDGE.
Rows 3,4,5: k1, m1, knit to last stitch, with yarn in front, slip the last stitch as if to purl.
Rows 6 and 7: knit even as established.
Rows 8 and 9: k1, m1, work even as established.

Alternate 2 increase rows and 2 even rows until piece measures 2.25 [2.5, 2.5, 2.75, 2.75, 3, 3.25] inches, ending with a WS row.

RS: Knit one row even with Color BC.
Next: Knit 2 increase rows, still slipping the last stitch as before.
Then: Knit 2 rows.
Then: Knit another 2 increase rows.
Knit 2 rows even.
Knit 0 [0, 0, 0, 2, 4, 6] more increase rows, alternating 2 increase rows with 2 even rows.
Knit even in color until section measures 1.5[1.5, 1.75, 1.75, 2, 2, 2.5] inches, ending on a wrong side row.

Next:
Using Color CC, knit every row, slipping the last stitch as if to purl. Knit until section of color measures 1.5[1.5, 1.75, 1.75, 2, 2, 2.5] inches.
Continue knitting every row, switching colors every 1.5 [1.5, 1.75, 1.75, 2, 2, 2.5] inches. Make sure to start a new color on the RS. The color sequence in the photo is as follows: (AC) Rose, (BC) Bubblegum, (CC) Lipstick, (DC) Blush, (EC) Clear Pink, (BC) Bubblegum, (CC) Lipstick and (AC) Rose.

Waist-Ties

With Color DC, cast-on 12[15, 15, 17, 17, 19, 20] stitches; knit every row, slipping the last stitch of every row as if to purl to create a smooth edge. Knit until piece measures 55.5[58.5, 60, 64.5, 67.5, 72, 76.5] inches. Wrap the tie around your waist and tie as if in use to ensure adequate length. If the ties are too short, continue knitting until desired length is achieved.
Finishing
Weave in ends.
Attach the waist-tie to the apron:
Weave in all ends then fold the apron in half. Place a split ring marker at the mid point at the top of the apron.
Fold the waist-tie in half. Place a split ring marker at the mid point.
Align the 2 markers and pin the 2 pieces together, right sides facing each other. Sew together with Color DC.

Edging:

With color BC, single crochet around the edge of the apron.
Pocket: (photos shows apron before pocket added - pocket is optional)

Three color bars down, 2.5 inches from the left edge; pick up 20 [21, 23, 23, 24, 26, 28] stitches. With Color EC knit every row until pocket measures 4 inches. Seam the sides of the pocket to the apron.
Block lightly if desired.

Designed and knit for Crystal Palace Yarns by Grenadine Girl
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copyright 2007 Crystal Palace Yarns/Straw Into Gold, Inc. - We are happy to share this  pattern with knitters. The pattern may be used for non-commercial personal or knitting guild use. It is not to be used in any publication in print nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format without permission. Knitting Shops carrying Crystal Palace Yarns Cotton Chenille are welcome to use this free pattern for their customers.

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