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Ladies Sweater Top 33-38
Free Knitting Pattern
by KarensVariety.com

Size: To fit 33-34 (35-36) (37-38) inch bust
Length from top of shoulders 20 (21) (21) inches
Sleeve seam 3 1/2 inches all sizes
Materials: 8 (9) (9) ozs 4-ply fingering yarn.
Pair of No. 10 and No. 12 knitting needles
Four No. 12 knitting needles pointed at both ends for neck ribbing
Cable needle
Tension: 7 sts and 9 rows to an inch in stocking stitch on No. 10 needles
Abbreviations:
 k  knit
 p  purl
 ins  inches
 st(s)  stitch(es)
 tog  together
 ktog tbl  knit 2 together through back loop

Knit a short sleeve sweater top with cable down the front extending from ribbed V-neck, with waist and arm bands in ribbing. Wear alone as a top over a skirt or pants, or under a jacket.

BACK:
With No. 12 needles, cast on 104 (110) (116) sts and work 4 ins. k1, p1 ribbing.
With right side facing, change to No. 10 needles and stocking stitch, starting with a knit row, and shape sides by increasing 1 st at each end of 15th and every following 8th row until there are 114 (122) (130) sts. Work straight until back measures 12 (13) (13) inches down centre.
With right side facing, shape armholes by casting off 3 sts at beginning of next 2 rows.
Next Row: K2, k2tog, knit to last 4 sts, k2tog through back of loops, k2.
Next Row: Purl.
Repeat these last 2 rows until 88 (94) (102) sts remain. Work straight until back measures 20 (21) (21) ins. down centre.
With right side facing, shape shoulders by casting off 9 (10) (11) sts at beginning of next 6 rows. Cast off remaining 34 (34) (36) sts loosely.

FRONT:
With No. 12 needles, cast on 104 (110) (116) sts and work 4 ins. k1, p1 ribbing.
With right side facing, change to No. 10 needles and pattern as follows:
Row 1: k47 (50 (53), p2, k6, p2, k47 (50) (53).
Row 2: p47 (50) (53), k2, p6, k2, p47 (50) (53).
Repeat these 2 rows twice more.
Row 7: k47 (50) (53), p2 slip next 3 sts on cable needle to back of work, k3, then k3 from cable needle, p2, k47 (50) (53).
Row 8: As Row 2.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 three times more. These 14 rows form pattern.
Continue in stocking stitch and cable pattern and shape sides by increasing 1 st at each end of next and every following 8th row until there are 114 (122) (130) sts, taking increased sts into stocking stitch. Work straight in pattern until front measures 12 (13) (13) ins. down centre.
With right side facing, continue in pattern and start to shape armholes by casting off 3 sts at beginning of next 2 rows. Continue shaping armhole and neck as follows:
Next Row: k2, k2tog, k45 (49) (53), turn and leave remaining stitches on a spare needle.
Next Row: Purl.
Continue on first half of work as follows:
Next Row: k2, k2tog, knit to end.
Next Row: Purl.
Repeat the last 2 rows twice more: 45 (49) (53) sts.
Next Row: k2, k2tog, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog.
Continue shaping armhole by decreasing 1 st at this edge on following 5 (6) (6) alternate rows, then keep this edge straight, and at the same time shape neck edge by decreasing 1 st at this edge on every following 4th row until 27 (30) (33) sts remain. Work straight until front measures same as back.
With right side facing, shape shoulder by casting off 9 (10) (11) sts at beginning of next and following 2 alternate rows, armhole edge.
With right side facing, rejoin wool to remaining sts, cast off centre 10 (10) (10) sts, knit to last 4 sts, k2tog tbl, k2. Finish to correspond with first shoulder.

SLEEVES:
With No. 12 needles, cast on 78 (80) (80) sts and work 1 1/2 ins. k1, p1 ribbing.
With right side facing, change to No. 10 needles and stocking stitch, starting with a knit row, and shape sides by increasing 1 st at each end of 3rd and every following 4th row until there are 88 (90) (90) sts. Purl back.
With right side facing, shape top by casting off 2 (3) (3) sts at beginning of next 2 rows.
Next Row: k2, k2tog, knit to last 4 sts, k2tog tbl, k2.
Next Row: Purl.
Repeat the last 2 rows until 44 (44) (44) sts remain.
Next Row: Purl.
Next Row: k2, k2tog, knit to last 4 sts, k2tog tbl, k2.
Next Row: p2, p2tog tbl, purl to last 4 sts, p2tog, p2.
Repeat the last 2 rows until 22 (22) (22) sts remain. Cast off.

NECK RIBBING AND COLLAR:
Join shoulder seams. Using the set of four No. 12 needles, with right side facing, pick up and k 76 (76) (76) sts up right side of neck on 1st needle, 36 (36) (38) sts across back of neck on 2nd needle, 76 (76) (76) sts down left side of neck on 3rd needle. Work 13 rows k1, p1 ribbing. With right side facing, cast of 52 (52) (52) sts in ribbing, rib 84 (84) (86) sts, cast off 52 (52) (52) sts in ribbing. Break wool.
With No. 10 needles and wrong side facing, rejoin wool to centre 84 (84) (86) sts and work a further 3 ins. in ribbing. Cast off loosely in ribbing.

TO MAKE UP:
Join side and sleeve seams. Insert sleeves. Cross neck ribbing, right side over left, and sew in position to cast-off sts at centre front.

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