SIZE 12-14 YEARS
Materials: J. & P. Coats Knit-Cro-Sheen (5 balls) or Clark's O.N.T. Cronita (6 balls), White. Milward's steel crochet hook No. 4. 16 small pearl buttons.
Gauge: 8 sts or 1 pattern equal ¾ inch. 3 rows equal 1 inch.
Ch 155, turn. 1st row: 1 d c in 4th ch from hook, 1 d c in each of next 2 sts, * in next ch make 1 tr taking off 2 loops only, skip 2 sts, 1 d c in next st taking off 2 loops 4 times, ch 2, 1 d c through the joining or center of the last d c and tr (this completes the cross st), 1 d c in each of the next 4 sts repeat between *'s ending with the cross st, then 1 d c in last st (19 patterns in all—a pattern consisting of a cross st and a 4-dc group). Ch 3, turn. 2nd row: 1 d c in 1st st, * 2 d c over the first ch-2 loop, 1 d c in next st, 1 tr in 1st st of d c group, taking off first 2 loops only, skip 2 d c, 1 d c in the last st of group, take off 2 loops 4 times, ch 2, 1 d c in center of the d c and tr, 1 d c in next st, repeat from *, making last d c in same place with the d c base of cross st. 3rd to 25th rows incl: Repeat 2nd row. Armhole. Break thread. Skip 1 edge pattern, attach thread at beginning of next pattern, work to within 1 pattern from end, making 1 d c in same place with the d c base of last cross st (17 patterns). Ch 3, turn. Work back and at end of row decrease ½ pattern by working the tr taking off 2 loops only, skip 2 sts, 1 d c in next st, taking off 2 loops 4 times (½ cross st). Ch 3, turn. Begin next row with a cross st over the first 4-dc group, and continue across decreasing ½ pattern as before. Decrease ½ pattern at end of each of next 2 rows by working 1 d c over ch-2 of last cross st. Ch 3, turn. Rows will now begin with 4 d c (same as 2nd row), and there will be 15 patterns to a row. Work 15 rows straight (6 inches from underarm). Shoulder. 1st row: Sl st over 1 pattern, ch 2, 1 half d c over next ch-2, d c in d c, and work across in pattern to within 1½ patterns from end, make ½ cross st over next 4-dc group, ch 1, turn. 2nd row: Sl st over 1½ patterns and continue as for 1st row to within 2 patterns from end and finish as for 1st row. Turn. 3rd row: Sl st over ½ pattern, ch 2, 4 d c over next cross st, ½ cross st over next 4-dc group, ch 3, turn. 4th row: ½ cross st over 4-dc group. Break and fasten thread. Work 3rd and 4th rows on other shoulder to correspond.
Ch 179, turn. Work same as for Back (22 patterns in a row) through the armhole shaping. Mark center of next row (for neck opening) and work pattern to this mark back and forth for 11 rows (no decreases). Neck Shaping. Decrease 1 pattern at neck edge on this row, and decrease ½ pattern at neck edge each following row until 3 patterns in all are decreased at neck edge (working armhole edge straight). Then shape shoulder as for back, continuing with the ½ pattern decreases at neck edge. Work other side of front to correspond.
Sew up side and shoulder seams, leaving 2 inches open at waistline.
Front. Ch 28, turn. 1st row: S c in 2nd ch from hook, s c in each st of ch, ch 1, turn. 2nd row: S c in back loop of each st across, ch 1, turn. Repeat 2nd row until band is one-half inch less than half of waist measurement. Back. Same as front band. Sew bands to blouse, easing in evenly any blouse fullness.
Ch 115, turn, and work 14 patterns across. Work evenly for 12 rows. Then, on next 2 rows, decrease ½ pattern at each end. Work 1 row evenly. Repeat last 3 rows until 4 patterns remain in a row. Break off. Bands. Ch 13, and work as for waistband for 9½ inches. Sew bands to sleeves. Sew sleeve seams and sew into blouse.
Ch 30, turn, and work row of s c across. 2nd row: 1 sl st in back loop of each of first 3 sts, s c in back loop of each st across, ch 1, turn. 3rd row: S c in back loop of each s c, sl st in back loop of each of last 3 sl sts. Ch 1, turn. Repeat 2nd and 3rd rows alternately, thus having all the sl sts on same edge, until the sl st edge measures about 14½ inches. Break off. Work a row of sps (* ch 2, skip 1 ridge, d c in next ridge, repeat from *) along sl st edge, holding in work to measure 13 inches. Sew collar to neckline.
Work a row of s c around neck opening, making 6 buttonhole loops of ch-4 each with s c between each loop on right edge. Sew buttons on opposite edge to correspond. Make 5 loops on each side of front band and sew buttons on back band to correspond.
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