Alder

Skill Level: 
Experienced
Project Type: 
Women’s Clothing
Designer: 
Berroco Design Team

Knit from side to side, Alder's horizontal cables lend a bit of sophistication to a summer outfit.

Shown in size Small


Sizes

Directions are for women’s size X-Small.  Changes for sizes Small, Medium, Large and X-Large are in parentheses


Finished Measurements

Bust (closed) – 34(38-42-46-50)”

Length – 22½" for all sizes


Materials

8(9-10-11-12) Hanks Berroco Linsey (50 grs), #6552 Bluefish

Straight knitting needles, size 7 (4.50 mm) OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Crochet hook, size 4.00 mm (G-6)

Cable needle (cn)

Sewing needle and matching thread


Gauge

26 sts = 4”; 24 rows = 4” in Cable Pat

TO SAVE TIME, TAKE TIME TO CHECK GAUGE


Note 1

Bothstitch and row gauge are extremely important to assure that your garment measures correctly.


Note 2

This garment is worked from side to side.  The back is worked from left cuff to right cuff.  The left front is worked from left cuff to center front.  The right front is worked from right cuff to center front.


Back

Left Sleeve:  With straight needles, cast on 65 sts.  Knit 2 rows.  Work even following chart for Cable Pat until piece measures 5” from beg, end on WS.

Note:  Please read through this next section before starting to knit.

Shape Shoulder and Underarm:  Mark beg of row for underarm and end of row for shoulder.  Inc 1 st at beg and end of next row.  Adding incs in charted pat, continue to inc 1 st at shoulder edge every other RS row 3(0-0-0-0) times, every 6th row 2(5-2-0-0) times, every 8th row 0(0-3-4-1) times, then every 10th row 0(0-0-1-4) times.  AT THE SAME TIME, continue to inc 1 st at underarm edge EVERY row once more, then every RS row 4 times.  When all underarm incs have been completed, end on WS.

Body:  Cast on 68 sts at beg of next row.  Add sts in charted pat and continue to work incs at shoulder edge.  When all shoulder incs have been completed, end on WS – 145 sts.  Piece should measure approximately 9(10-11-12-13)” from beg of sleeve.  Mark beg of last row for beg of neck.  Work even until piece measures 9” above marker, end on WS.  Mark beg of last row for end of neck.

Shape Right Shoulder:  Dec 1 st at end of next RS row – this is shoulder edge.  Continue to dec 1 st at this edge every 10th row 0(0-0-1-4) times, every 8th row 0(0-3-4-1) times, every 6th row 2(5-2-0-0) times, then every other RS row 3(0-0-0-0) times.  AT THE SAME TIME, when piece measures 2½(3½-4½-5½-6½)” above marker at end of neck, end on WS. 

Right Sleeve:  Bind off 68 sts, work to end.  Continuing to work decs at shoulder edge, dec 1 st at beg of next RS row – this is underarm edge.  Dec 1 st at this edge every other RS row 3 times more, then EVERY row twice.  When all shoulder and underarm decs have been completed, work even on 65 sts until right sleeve measures 5” above last dec, end on WS.  Knit 2 rows.  Bind off.


Right Front

Work same as back until last shoulder inc has been completed, end on RS – 145 sts.  Piece should measure approximately 9(10-11-12-13)” from beg of right sleeve.

Shape Front Neck:  Row 1 (WS):  Bind off 5 sts, work to end – 140 sts.  Bind off 15 sts at beg of the next 2 WS rows, then 14 sts at beg of the following 3 WS rows, end on WS.  Bind off remaining 68 sts.


Left Front

Left Sleeve:  With straight needles, cast on 65 sts.  Knit 2 rows.  Work even following chart for Cable Pat until sleeve measures 5” from beg, end on WS.

Note:  Please read through this next section before starting to knit.

Shape Shoulder and Underarm:  Mark beg of row for shoulder and end of row for underarm.  Inc 1 st at beg and end of next row.  Adding incs to charted pat, continue to inc 1 st at shoulder edge every other RS row 3(0-0-0-0) times, every 6th row 2(5-2-0-0) times, every 8th row 0(0-3-4-1) times, then every 10th row 0(0-0-1-4) times.  AT THE SAME TIME, continue to inc 1 st at underarm edge EVERY row once more, then every RS row 4 times.  When all underarm incs have been completed, end on RS.

Body:  Cast on 68 sts at beg of next row.  Add sts in charted pat and continue to work incs at shoulder edge.  When all shoulder incs have been completed, end on WS – 145 sts.  Piece should measure approximately 9(10-11-12-13-14)” from beg of sleeve.

Shape Front Neck:  Row 1 (RS):  Bind off 5 sts, work to end – 140 sts.  Bind off 15 sts at beg of the next 2 RS rows, then 14 sts at beg of the following 3 RS rows, end on WS.  Bind off remaining 68 sts.


Finishing

Sew front to back along shoulder and sleeve edges, leaving 9” open at center of back for neck.  Sew side and sleeve seams.

Left Frontband:  With straight needles, cast on 27 sts.  Work even following chart for left frontband until piece, when slightly stretched, reaches from lower edge of left front to center back neck, end on WS.  Bind off.

Right Frontband:  Work same as left frontband, following chart for right frontband.  Sew bound-off edges of frontbands tog.  Fold frontbands in half lengthwise along purl st and sew edges tog using needle and thread.  With RS facing, using crochet hook, beg at lower edge of right front, work in sc along right front edge, across back neck edge, then down left front edge.  Fasten off.

Joining Frontbands:  Hold frontbands so that St st sections are on the WS.  With RS facing, using crochet hook, join yarn in first st on right front edge with a sl st.  Sl st in same sc, * ch 3, sl st in edge of right frontband, working through double thickness, ch 3, skip 1 sc, sl st in next sc, rep from * across until both frontbands are joined to fronts.  Fasten off.