Grey Top with Fancy Back
125 (150) 175g of grey-blue yarn (53% silk, 43% cotton, 4% polyester; 110m/25g);
Knitting needles 3;
Crochet hook 3.
Size: S (M) L.
Structured pattern: 1st row: 1 selvage st, * 2 knit sts, 2 purls*; repeat from * to *, 2 knit sts, 1 selvage st;
2nd row: as sts face;
3rd row: 1 selvage st, * 2 purls, 2 knit sts*; repeat from * to *, 2 purls, 1 selvage st;
4th row: as sts face.
Repeat 1st-4th rows.
Stitches control: garter stitch: 27 sts x 56 rows = 10 x 10 cm;
Structured pattern: 29 sts x 49 rows = 10 x 10 cm.
Cast on 126 (142) 158 sts and for lower placket, start with WS row and work with 4,5 cm = 25 rows of garter stitch. Then, make 2 rows of stockinette stitch, decrease 1 x 1 st in the 1st row from both sides = 124 (140) 156 sts and continue work with structured pattern. In the 9th row from lower placket, decrease 1 x 1 st from both sides, then, 22 (11) 0 x 1 st in every 8th and 10th row by turn, 0 (16) 32 x 1 st in every 6th and 8th row by turn, 2 x 1 st in every 6th (6th) 4th row. At the same time, in 19 cm = 92 rows from lower placket, bind off the central 2 sts for V-shape neck-hole and finish left side. Decrease 10 (13) 16 x 1 st in every 4th row for chamfer from inwards, then, bind off 10 x 1 st in every 6th and 4th row. In 26 (28,5) 31 cm = 128 (140) 152 rows from the beginning of chamfer, bind off the rest 16 sts. Make the second side in symmetry.
Cast on 144 (149) 154 sts and work with 4,5 cm = 25 rows of garter stitch, start with WS row. Bind off sts as for stockinette stitch. The length of cord is 53 (55) 57 cm. Make the second cord in the same way.
Work with crochet hook. Make 80 (86) 92 chain sts and work with single crochets, make the 1st single crochet in the 2nd chain st from the crochet hook in the 1st row = 79 (85) 91 single crochets. Make 1 extra chain st increase after every row. Make 1 row of shells pattern in 4 rows in the following ways: * 1 single crochet, skip 2 sts of the previous row, 5 double crochets in the next single crochet, skip 2 sts*; repeat from * to *, 1 single crochet = 13 (14) 15 shells. Fasten the second side of chain with 4 rows of single crochets and 1 row of “shells” pattern. The length of strap = 35 (37,5) 40 cm, the width of strap = 4 cm. Makethesecondstrapinthesameway.
Sew the upper edges. Fasten the upper edges of neck-hole with 2 rows of single crochets, make 3 single crochets together in the 1st row before and after the central line of front, make the central 2 single crochets together in the 2nd row. Sew straps to the lower edge of placket. Fasten all the edges of front with 1 row of single crochets.