Knitted Blouse

Free Knitting Pattern

Size: Size 14, 16, 18
Bust: 36, 38, 40 inches
Width of back at underarm: 17 1/2, 18 1/2, 19 1/2 inches
Materials: Bucilla Twinkle Sheen thread (175 yards per ball)
Size 14 = 7 balls, Size 16 = 8 balls, Size 18 = 9 balls
One tube of tinsel for the cords
No. 1 knitting needles
Size 16 steel crochet hook
 K  knit
 P  purl
 sts  stitches
 ch  chain
 sk  skip
 dc  double crochet
 sl st  slip stitch
Gauge: 9 sts equal 1 inch
25 rows equal 2 inches

Cast on 161 (169 – 177) sts.
The pattern is a multiple of 4 plus 1.

* K 3, p 1; repeat from * across row, end k 1. Repeat this row for pattern. Work even until 12 inches from beginning.

Spread out to specified width when measuring length.

Mark for underarm at center of work.

Bind off 12 sts at beginning of each of next 2 rows; 137 (145 – 153) sts. Work even until 4 1/2 (4 3/4 – 5) inches above marker. Bind off in pattern.

Cast on 169 (177 – 185) sts. Work same as back. Bind off 145 (153 – 161) sts.

Cast on 133 (137 – 141) sts. Work even in pattern until 2 inches from beginning. Bind off 12 sts at beginning of each of next 2 rows; 109 (113 – 117) sts. Work even until 4 1/2 (4 3/4 – 5) inches above underarm. Bind off.

Block each piece separately by laying each flat on ironing board, wrong side up. Pin edges to board if necessary. Steam with moderately hot iron over a wet cloth but do not allow the weight of the iron to rest upon any one spot.

Sew side edges of sleeves to armhole edges of front and back, sewing underarm sts together. Sew underarm seams.

Join in first st to left of left back armhole seam. Ch 4, sk first st on sleeve, * 1 dc in next st, sk 1 st; repeat from * around neck always working a dc in each k rib and in center st between k ribs; join with sl st in third st of ch 4 at beginning. Fasten off. Beginning at underarm seam, work beading on lower edge of sleeves in same way.

With tinsel make a ch 52 (55 – 58) inches long for neck and 2 chs each 12 (12 1/2 – 13) inches long for sleeves. Run cords through beading on neck and sleeves running under k ribs. Take cords together at sleeve seam. Knot ends of neck cord.


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