Materials: J. & P. Coats Knit-Cro-Sheen, 6 balls. Clark's O.N.T. or J. & P. Coats Six Strand, 1 skein of a contrasting color for trimming. Milward's steel crochet hook No. 6. 10 small buttons and 4 larger buttons.
Gauge: A d c-group and a lace stripe make 1 inch; 4 rows of d c make 1 inch.
Back. Starting at waistband, ch 31, turn. 1st row: S c in 2nd ch from hook, s c in each ch across. Ch 1, turn. 2nd row: S c in each s c across, picking up only the back loop of each s c. Ch 1, turn. Repeat 2nd row until waistband measures 12½ inches without stretching. Then, working along long side of band, work 124 s c across. Turn and work in pattern as follows: 1st row: Ch 5 (to count as d c and ch-2), s c in next s c of previous row, * ch 2, skip 1 s c, d c in each of next 5 d c, ch 2, skip 1 s c, s c in next s c. Repeat from * across, ending row with ch 2, skip 1 s c, d c in last s c (15 d c-groups in all). Ch 5, turn. Hereafter in working d c-groups, pick up only the back loop of each d c. 2nd row: D c in 1st d c, * d c in 1st d c of next d c-group, ch 2, d c in same place as d c just made, d c in each of next 4 d c, ch 2, d c in same place as d c just made. Repeat from * across, ending row with d c in 3rd st of turning ch, ch 2, d c in same place as d c just made. Ch 5, turn. 3rd row: * Skip next ch-2 sp, s c between next 2 d c, ch 2, d c in each of next 5 d c, ch 2. Repeat from * across, ending row with ch 2, d c in 3rd st of turning ch. Ch 5, turn. These last 2 rows constitute the pattern. Repeat these 2 rows alternately, increasing 1 st at both ends of 1 row every inch until there are 17 d c-groups in the row. (To increase 1 st at beginning of row, ch 3, turn and make 1 d c in 1st d c, and continue in pattern across. To increase 1 st at end of row, make 2 d c in last st instead of 1 d c.) Then work in pattern straight until work measures 9 inches from top of waistband.
To Shape Armholes: 1st row: Sl st across 1st d c-group and next lace stripe (1 pattern decreased). Ch 3, and work in pattern across to within last lace stripe and d c-group (another pattern decreased). Ch 3, turn. 2nd row: D c in last d c of d c-group (½ pattern decreased). Continue in pattern across to within last d c-group (½ pattern decreased). Ch 3, turn. 3rd row: Skip lace stripe and continue in pattern across to within last lace stripe. Ch 3, turn. Next row: Work in pattern straight. Break off.
Front. Work exactly as for back.
Front Yoke: Starting at armhole edge, ch 51 (to measure about 5½ inches), turn and work as for waistband but increasing 1 s c at one edge only on every 4th row for 8 times (this edge to form shoulder line), keeping opposite edge perfectly straight. Then work 2 rows straight (shoulder line should measure 4 inches without stretching, if not work a few more rows straight). On next row, starting at straight edge, work s c in each s c to within last 14 s c (this is neck edge). Turn. Next row: Sl st across 1st 3 s c (3 sts decreased), s c in each s c across. Ch 1, turn. Then work as before, decreasing 1 s c at neck edge every row until 31 s c remain. Then work straight until straight edge measures ½ blouse front across top edge. Here after increase 1 s c at neck edge every row for 10 times. Then on next row at neck edge, ch 4, turn and work s c in 2nd ch from hook, s c in each ch and in each s c across. Work another row of s c. Ch 15, turn. Following row: S c in 2nd ch from hook, s c in each ch and in each s c across. Ch 1, turn. Hereafter work as before, but decreasing 1 s c at shoulder edge every 4th row for 8 times. Work 1 row straight. Break off.
Back Yoke: Work as for front yoke until shoulder line measures same as shoulder line of front. Then to shape neck, decrease 1 s c at neck edge every row for 9 times. Then work straight until work measures 6 inches in all. On the next row, make 3 buttonholes at equal distances apart.
(To make a buttonhole, ch 4, skip 4 s c, s c in each s c across; then on the next row, make s c in each s c and in each ch st.) Work another row of s c. Break off. This completes right side of yoke. For left side of yoke, make another piece same as this, omitting buttonholes.
Sew front yoke to front of blouse. Sew back yoke to back of blouse, having buttonholes extend beyond left side. Sew up underarm and shoulder seams.
Neck Band. Ch 15, turn and work 2 rows of s c as for waistband. Next row: Make a buttonhole as before 3 sts in from one edge. Hereafter continue to work as before until neck band is long enough to go around neck edge. Break off. Sew edge of neck band to neck edge, having buttonhole in line with buttonholes of yoke.
Sleeves. Starting at band, ch 13, turn and work as for waistband until work measures 10 inches. Then, working along long side of band work 90 s c across. Hereafter work in pattern as for blouse for 2 inches. Then to shape top of sleeve, decrease ½ pattern at beginning of each row until 2 patterns remain. Break off.
Sew up sleeve seams and sew sleeves in. Sew buttons on yoke to correspond with buttonholes. Make 5 ch-8 loops on each side of front waistband. Sew buttons on back waistband to correspond. To trim neck band, work desired initials with the Six Strand, using satin stitch.
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