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Sleeveless Top by Posh Frocks

This pattern is for all Standard Gauge Machines with a ribber.

YARN USED

1 x 500 grm cone of French Crepe, which is enough for all sizes

. You are knitting with 3 strands throughout

SIZES Bust 32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48)ins with ease

Top, size 34 weighs 270 grms

TENSION At tension 2 on both beds, with fine ndl bar inserted, working in full needle rib with slide lever to 1, the machine is set with the main carriage to knit and the ribber with the right PR lever to upper position and the small lever to the left of the main ribber dial to the upper P position. Check Top back for cast on details. On steaming the swatch lengthwise I achieved a tension of 21 sts and 68.5 rows to a 4 inch square swatch, knitting with 3 strands of Crepe with 2 strands in one tension mast and the 1 in the other.

ABBREVIATIONS

Carr - carriage; CL - Carr - left; CR - Carr right; Beg - beginning; Decr - decrease; Hold - all ndls forward as far as they will go; Incr - increase; L - left; MT - main tension; Ndls - needles; Patt - Pattern; Pts - points; rem - remaining; R - right; RC- row counter; Sts - stitches; T - tension; WP - working position; 18/18 st - count 36 sts, 18 sts either side of '0':

METHOD FOR FULLY FASHIONED DECREASE

Take 3 prong transfer tool and move both end 3 stitches in one needle (towards centre of bed) on both beds. Return empty ndls on both beds to rest position. On Main bed and ribber there will be 1 needle with 2 stitches on.

METHOD FOR FULLY FASHIONED I N C R E A S E

Take 3 prong transfer tool and move both end 3 stitches out one needle on both beds. On empty ribber ndl pull down a loop from Main bed to make a ribber stitch. On Main bed pull up a stitch from the ribber. No empty ndls

TOP BACK

1.Thread machine with 3 strands of Crepe through separate tension masts or together

Bring 42/42 (45/45, 47/47, 50/50, 52/52, 55/55, 58/58, 61/61, 64/64)sts to WP on both beds ready for full needle rib. Racking lever set on 5 and Half Pitch Lever to H so ndls do not collide. Main Carr to knit and Tension 1 on both beds. Slide lever to 1 Knit 1 row. Insert cast on comb . Push in right hand part (slip) button on MC and left Cam lever to PR on ribber. Same tension knit 3 circular rows. Hang on weights.

RC to 000

2.With both beds still on T1 knit 12 rows full ndl rib

Change the setting on the ribber, push right hand PR to the upper position so it slips alternate rows, and the small lever to the left of the main dial to the upper P position. Tension remains unchanged. Knit to RC 252

3.Cast off 3 (4, 5, 6, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11)sts both sides on both beds knitting 2 rows and return these ndls to NWP.

RC 254 39/39 (41/41, 42/42, 44/44, 46/46, 47/47, 49/49, 51/51, 53/53)sts

4.Decr 1 st both sides on both beds every 4th row. You need to decrease on the row where the ribber tucks the ndls, this gives a more professional finish. UNTIL

31/31 (34/34, 35/35, 36/36, 38/38, 39/39, 39/39, 41/41, 41/41)sts and Knit to RC 260

5.Continue straight to RC 393. Incr tension to 10/8 and cancel all ribber settings. Knit 1 row, holding work down well. Then with a fine waste yarn knit 10 rows MT. Run work off machine and latch loops through each other. You must have a loose cast off edge because this is a Tucked fabric and stretches widthwise tremendously. Remove waste yarn.

TOP FRONT with round neck

1.Work as for back until pt 4 is completed.

RC 260 31/31 (34/34, 35/35, 36/36, 38/38, 39/39, 39/39, 41/41, 41/41)sts

2.Knit to RC 346

3.CL. Bring to hold ndls on main bed from 7 right to end st on the right, Take a nylon cord and knit back these main bed ndls in hold to NWP. Now knit the corresponding ndls on the ribber to NWP . You do not want to knit these ndls for the first side of the neck. Hook a long claw weight onto these centre sts and move up work as you knit to ensure they always knit off.

4.Knit 1 row on ndls remaining in work. Now cast off centre 6/6 sts on both beds, cast these off very very loosely. I transferred them to the mainbed then wrapped the yarn round the ndl twice behind the latch and once in the latch. You now need to decrease on the same side for neck shaping work as follows. 25 (28. 29. 30. 32. 33. 33. 35. 35) sts left

5.Decr on the right only 1 st every alternate row until using the fully fashioned method on the Tucked row 17 (20, 21, 22, 24, 24, 25, 25, 27) then knit to RC 366

6.Decr on the right only 1 st every 3rd row until using the fully fashioned method on the Tucked row 13 (17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 21, 21, 22) then knit straight to RC 393

7.Cast off very loosely as for back. Remove the cast on comb if not already removed and re weight the remaining side.

8.With the left side of work complete, return all of those ndls to NWP. Take empty carriage to the right, and thread with MY. Carefully pull the cord to release the sts knitted back with nylon cord. Return these ndls to WP.

With CL. RC back to 346. reset ribber carriage, ensure your settings are correct and you are in the correct pattern sequence, 1 tuck row, one knit row.

9.Decr on the left 1 st every alternate row until using the fully fashioned method on the Tucked row 17 (20, 21, 22, 24, 24, 25, 25, 27) then knit to RC 366

10.Decr on the left 1 st every 3rd row until using the fully fashioned method on the Tucked row 13 (17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 21, 21, 22,) then knit straight to RC 393

11.Cast off very loosely as for back.

TOP FRONT with zipper

My zip was 25 cm long, if you are using a different length, I suggest knit your back and press your back. Lay the zipper on the back allowing 2.25inches for the collar and mark with waste your knitting. Now calculate how many rows, so you know where to divide for the zips'slit

1.Work as for back for pt 1 then knit to RC 220

RC 42/42 (45/45, 47/47, 50/50, 52/52, 55/55, 58/58, 61/61, 64/64)sts

2.CL. Bring ndls from 3 right to end WP ndl to hold on main bed. Take a nylon cord and knit back these main bed ndls in hold to NWP. Now knit the corresponding ndls on the ribber to NWP . You do not want to knit these ndls for the first side of the neck. Hook a long claw weight onto these centre sts and move up work as you knit to ensure they always knit off.

3.Knit 1 row on ndls remaining in work. Now cast off centre 2/2 sts on both beds, cast these off very very loosely. I transferred them to the mainbed then wrapped the yarn round the ndl twice behind the latch and once in the latch.

40 (43. 45. 48. 50. 53. 56. 59. 62) sts

4.Working on ndls left only, regularly moving up weights knit to RC 252

5.Cast off 3 (4, 5, 6, 6, 8, 9, 10,11)sts left on both beds knitting 2 rows and return these ndls to NWP. RC 254 37 (39, 40, 42. 44. 45. 47. 49. 51)sts

6.Decr 1 st left on both beds every 4th row. You need to decrease on the row where the ribber tucks the sts, this gives a more professional finish. UNTIL

30 (32. 33. 34. 36. 37. 37. 39. 38)sts and Knit to RC 346

7.Knit 1 row CR and cast of 4 sts on both beds at the neck edge, see pt 3 for cast off details. 26 (28. 29. 30. 32. 33. 33. 35. 34)sts

8.Decr on the right only 1 st every alternate row using the fully fashioned method on the Tucked row 18 (20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 25, 27, 26) then knit to RC 366

9.Decr on the right only 1 st every 3rd row until using the fully fashioned method on the Tucked row 13 (17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 21, 21, 22.) then knit straight to RC 393

10.Cast off very loosely as for back. Remove the cast on comb if not already removed and re weight the remaining side.

11.With the left side of work complete, return all of those ndls to NWP. Take empty carriage to the right, and thread with MY. Carefully pull the cord to release the sts knitted back with nylon cord. Return these ndls to WP.

With CL. RC back to 220. reset ribber carriage, ensure your settings are correct and you are in the correct pattern sequence, 1 tuck row, one knit row.

12.Now work the remaining side of your top reversing all shapings

JOIN shoulder seams tapering the seam from zero at the neck edge to about 1 inch at the shoulder seam. Join both shoulders on the zipper top, and just one on the round neck top.

(The Tucked side is the right side)

COLLAR

Cast on 50/50 ( 50/50. 50/50. 51/51. 52/52. 53/53. 54/54. 54/54. 55/55) sts in full ndl rib working as for Back. At MT knit 20 rows all just plain full ndl rib

At MT plus one dot knit 5 rows, then at MT + 2 dots knit a further 5 rows.

Push the right hand part button on the main carriage and the left hand button up on the ribber, knit 2 circular rows. Incr to MT+2 and knit a further 16 rows (8 circular rows).

Run the mainbed sts onto nylon cord , then waste knit and run off machine. If you use the ribber carriage and keep bringing these ndls to hold they will knit..

Now transfer the ribber sts to the main bed. Knit 1 row at MT+3 and take off machine on garter bar or waste.

Re hang neckline evenly over these sts with the right side towards you (the Tucked side is the right side). Take collar just knitted, turn and rehang the opposite way round. Now knit the sts through the sts picked up from the neckline. Take the remaining edge on waste and hang up the sts from the nylon cord. Knit 1 row and cast off loosely, particularly the round neck jumper. Join second shoulder on round neck top

ARMHOLE HEM TRIM

Bring 50/50 (52/52, 54/54, 56/56, 59/59, 64/64, 68/68, 72/72, 72/72) Sts to WP. Hang armhole equally over sts evenly along a line of sts with wrong side facing you. With 3 crepe at MT+3 and regular feeder, Knit 10 rows. Pick back up the line you originally picked up, knit 1 row, cast off loosely with MY. Repeat for other half. Press this trim hard and flat.

Zipper trim

Work as for armhole trim but over less sts, for the 25 cm zip I used 30/30 sts. Make a note of your collar sts , so they match and always follow a rib line.

Final finishing

Steam press all pieces except the neckline, to avoid making the rib 'soggy', On the zipper front tack in zip before machining - they slip so easily. You should have a ½inch gap at the front for the zipper teeth to show.

I successfully joined on the knitting machine, using 2 strands of Crepe or join with zig zag st on a sewing machine) then insert elastic. Close elastic channels and sew in all ends. Final press flat on the board, not over it to avoid stretching.

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