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FINISHED SIZE 35 (37, 39, 41, 43)" bust circumference. This is a variable-ease garment; the back and shoulders are standard-fitting with 3" of ease, the front is very loose-fitting.

Garment shown measures 35", modeled with 1" negative ease.

YARN Handmaiden Mini Maiden (50% silk, 50% wool; 547 yd [500 m]/3 1/2 oz [100g]; (1)): sweet tea, 4 (4, 5, 6, 6) skeins.

HOOK Size E/4 (3.5 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge. 

NOTIONS Yarn needle.

GAUGE 4 V-sts and 9 rows = 4" in Offset V-st patt.

Notes

Sweater body is worked in one piece from the top down starting with the back. Then the piece is turned and worked sideways from the right armhole across the front to the left armhole. Sleeves are worked separately from the top down with a shoulder cap worked in rows and then continued in turned rounds for the sleeve to the cuff.

Adjust front drape by working fewer or more rows for front straight piece, ending with a RS row.

Stitch Guide

Shell (sh): 3 dc in indicated st.

V-st: (3 dc, ch 3, dc) in same ch-3 sp.

Row-end inc: Yo, insert hook in 3rd ch of tch, yo and draw up lp, [yo and draw through 1 lp] 2 times (makes 2 ch), [yo and draw through 2 lps] 2 times (makes 1 dc), 2 dc in last ch of new ch-2.

Offset V-st patt (multiple of 4 sts + 3):

Ch 27 for gauge swatch.

Row 1 (set-up row): Ch 3, dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next ch, *(dc, ch 3, dc) in next ch, sk next ch, dc in next 2 ch; rep from * to last ch, dc in rem ch.

Row 2: Ch 5 (counts as dc, ch-2 throughout), V-st (see Stitch Guide) in each ch-3 sp across, ending with sh (see Stitch Guide) in 3rd ch of tch, turn.

Rep Row 2 for patt.

Pattern

BACK

Ch 55 (59, 63, 67, 71) loosely.

Row 1: (WS) Work Row 1 of Offset V-st patt (see Stitch Guide), turn.

Row 2: Work Row 2 of Offset V-st patt—13 (14, 15, 16, 17) V-sts and 1 sh.

Rows 3-11 (13, 13, 15, 15): Rep Row 2.

Shape armholes:

Row 12 (14, 14, 16, 16) (inc row): (RS) Ch 6, V-st in 6th ch from hook, V-st in each ch-3 sp across, V-st in 3rd ch of tch, work row-end inc (see Stitch Guide)—2 V-sts inc'd.

Row 13 (15, 15, 17, 17): Rep Row 2.

Rep last 2 rows once more—17 (18, 19, 20, 21) V-sts and 1 sh.

Body:

Work 5 rows even in Offset V-st patt as est.

Bust to waist shaping:

Dec row: (WS) Ch 5, dc in next ch-3 sp, V-st in each ch-3 sp across to last ch-3 sp, dc in last ch-3 sp, sh in 3rd ch of tch, turn—2 V-sts dec'd.

Work 6 rows even in Offset V-st patt.

Next row (dec): (RS) Rep Dec row—13 (14, 15, 16, 17) V-sts and 1 sh rem.

Work 5 rows even in Offset V-st patt.

Waist to hip shaping:

Next row (set-up row): (RS) Ch 5, sk first 3 dc, dc bet 3rd and 4th dc, V-st in each ch-3 sp across, dc in ch-5 sp, sh in 3rd ch of tch, turn.

Next row (inc row): Ch 5, V-st in 4th dc and in each ch-3 sp across, V-st in last dc, sh in 3rd ch of tch, turn—2 V-sts inc'd.

Work 2 rows even in Offset V-st patt.

Rep last 4 rows two more times—19 (20, 21, 22, 23) V-sts and 1 sh.

Work 7 rows even in Offset V-st patt, ending with a RS row. Do not turn. Do not fasten off.

Front:

Rotate work 1/4 turn clockwise so that back bottom edge becomes right edge. Work along new top edge (side edge of back) towards armhole as foll:

Row 1: (RS) Ch 5, V-st in first ch-5 sp, dc in next ch-5 sp, *V-st in next 7 ch-5 sps, dc in next ch-5 sp; rep from * once more, V-st in last ch-5 sp, turn: 16 V-sts.

Row 2 (inc): Ch 5, V-st in 4th dc and in each ch-3 sp across (skipping all other dc), sh in 3rd ch of tch, turn.

Row 3: Work even in Offset V-st patt.

Row 4: Ch 5, dc between 3rd and 4th dc, V-st in each ch-3 sp across, sh in 3rd ch of tch, turn.

Shape right armhole:

Sizes 41 (43)" only:

Row 5 (inc row): (RS) Ch 5, V-st in each ch-3 sp across and in last dc, sh in 3rd ch of tch, turn: 17 V-sts and 1 sh.

Row 6: Ch 5, dc in next dc, work even in Offset V-st patt across.

All sizes:

Row 5 (5, 5, 7, 7) (inc row): (RS) Ch 5, V-st in each ch-3 sp across and in last dc, sh in 3rd ch of tch, ch 22 (26, 26, 26, 26), turn—17 (17, 17, 18, 18) V-sts and 1 sh.

Row 6 (6, 6, 8, 8): Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next ch, (dc, ch 3, dc) in next ch, [sk next ch, dc in next 2 ch, (dc, ch 3, dc) in next ch] 4 (5, 5, 5, 5) times, then cont in Offset V-st patt across rem row, turn—6 (7, 7, 7, 7) ch-3 sps and 17 (17, 17, 18, 18) V-sts and 1 sh.

Row 7 (7, 7, 9, 9): Work even in Offset V-st patt—23 (24, 24, 25, 25) V-sts and 1 sh.

Work 58 (58, 58, 56, 56) rows even in Offset V-st patt, ending with a RS row.

Shape left armhole:

Row 1 (dec row): (WS) Work in Offset V-st patt across 17 (17, 17, 18, 18) ch-3 sps, sh in next ch-3 sp, turn—17 (17, 17, 18, 18) V-sts and 1 sh rem.

Row 2: Work even in Offset V-st patt.

Row 3 (dec row): Work in Offset V-st patt across to last ch-3 sp, dc in last ch-3 sp, sh in 3rd ch of tch, turn—16 (16, 16, 17, 17) V-sts and 1 sh rem.

Row 4: Work even in Offset V-st patt.

Sizes 41 (43)" only:

Rows 5-6: Rep Rows 3-4 once more—16 V-sts and 1 sh rem.

All sizes:

Work 2 rows even in Offset V-st patt. Fasten off, leaving a 24" tail for sewing side seam.

SLEEVES

Shape cap:

Ch 10.

Row 1: (RS) Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next ch, (dc, ch 3, dc) in next ch, sk next ch, dc in next 3 ch, turn.

Row 2: Ch 5, dc in next dc, V-st in next dc and ch-3 sp, sk next dc, dc in next dc, sh in 3rd ch of tch, turn—2 V-sts and 1 sh.

Row 3: Ch 5, dc in next dc, V-st in next dc and next 2 ch-3 sps, sk 2 dc, V-st in next dc, dc in last dc, sh in 3rd ch of tch, turn: 4 V-sts and 1 sh.

Row 4: Ch 5, sk next dc, V-st in next dc and next 4 ch-3 sps, sk 2 dc, V-st in next dc, sh in 3rd ch of tch, turn—6 V-sts and 1 sh.

Sizes 35 (37)" only:

Row 5: Ch 5, dc in next dc, V-st in each ch-3 sp across, sk 2 dc, dc in next dc, sh in 3rd ch of tch, turn.

Row 6 (inc): Ch 5, V-st in next dc and each ch-3 sp across, sk 2 dc, V-st in next dc, sh in 3rd ch of tch, turn—2 V-sts inc'ds.

Rows 7-8: Work even in Offset V-st patt.

Rows 9-14: Rep Rows 5-8, then work Rows 5-6 once more—12 V-sts and 1 sh.

Sizes 39 (41)" only:

Row 5 (inc): Ch 5, sk next dc, V-st in next dc and each ch-3 sp across, sk 2 dc, V-st in next dc, sh in 3rd ch of tch, turn—2 V-sts inc'd.

Row 6: Ch 5, dc in next dc, V-st in each ch-3 sp across, sk 2 dc, dc in next dc, sh in 3rd ch of tch, turn.

Row 7 (inc): Rep Row 5—10 V-sts and 1 sh.

Rows 8-9: Work even in Offset V-st patt.

Row 10: Rep Row 6.

Rows 11—15: Rep Rows 7-10, then work Row 5 once more—14 V-sts and 1 sh.

Size 43" only:

Row 5 (inc): Ch 5, sk next dc, V-st in next dc and each ch-3 sp across, sk 2 dc, V-st in next dc, sh in 3rd ch of tch, turn—2 V-sts inc'd.

Row 6 (inc): Rep Row 5—10 V-sts and 1 sh.

Row 7: Work even in Offset V-st patt.

Row 8: Ch 5, dc in next dc, V-st in each ch-3 sp across, sk 2 dc, dc in next dc, sh in 3rd ch of tch, turn.

Rows 9-11: Rep Rows 6-8—12 V-sts and 1 sh.

Row 12 (inc): Rep Row 5—14 V-sts and 1 sh.

Rows 13-14: Work even in Offset V-st patt.

Row 15: Rep Row 8.

Row 16 (inc): Rep Row 5—16 V-sts and 1 sh.

All sizes:

Row 15 (15, 16, 16, 17): Work even in Offset V-st patt.

Fold piece in half and sl st in top of tch at beg of row to join, turn: 12 (12, 14, 14, 16) V-sts and 1 sh.

Next rnd: Work even in Offset V-st patt across, sl st in top of tch, turn.

Cont even in patt as est until sleeve measures 10 3/4 (10 3/4, 10, 9 1/2, 9)" from join.

Next rnd (dec): Ch 5, dc in next ch-3 sp, work in Offset V-st patt as est across, sl st in top of tch, turn—11 (11, 13, 13, 15) V-sts and 1 sh.

Work 11 rnds even in Offset V-st patt.

Next rnd: Ch 5, work in Offset V-st patt to last ch-3 sp, dc in last ch-3 sp, sh in top of tch, turn—10 (10, 12, 12, 14) V-sts and 1 sh.

Work 1 (1, 3, 5, 7) rnds even in Offset V-st patt. Fasten off.

FINISHING

With WS facing, lay back flat, fold front at right armhole across front, twist the front 180 degrees so that left armhole edges match. Match top edges and measure 2 1/2 (3, 3 1/2, 4, 4 1/2)" from each armhole edge towards center for shoulders. Sew shoulders. Sew left side seam. Sew in sleeves.

Edging:

Join yarn to center back neck. Ch 1 and sc evenly around the whole back, front, and bottom edges of sweater, working a sc3tog at each shoulder seam, sl st to first sc. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Chart and SchematicChart

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