Saturday, March 28, 2009

Romantic Mood

Romantic Mood
Summer softness in the delicate lacy texture of a Princess blouse

Materials: Of Patons Princess, 9/10/11/12 (1/2-oz) balls Petite Pink 5722.
Pair No.9 Milwarmds Disc needles. Length of ribbon for collar and cuffs.

Measurements: To fit 33-34/35-36/37-38/39-40 inch bust: length from top of shoulders, 21.5/22/22.5/23 inches;sleeve seam, 15 inches, all sizes.

Tension: This pattern in based on a standard stocking-stitch tension of 7 sts and 9 rows to an inch on No.9 needles.

Cast on 85/91/97/103sts and k1 row.
Work in pattern as follows:-
1st row: right side facing, K5*(k1 winding wool 3 times round needle)3 times, k3; rep. from * to last 2 sts, k2.
2nd row:k5*(k1 dropping extra loops off needle)3 times, k3; rep. from * to last 2 sts, k2.
3rd row-k2*(k1 winding wool 3 times round needle)3 times, k3; rep. from * ending last repeat, k2.
4th row: k2 *(l1 dropping extra loops off needle) 3 times, k3; rep. from * ending last repeat, k2. These 4 rows form pattern.
Continue straight in pattern until work measures 14 inches at centre, ending with a 2nd or 4th row of pattern.
With right side facing, shape armholes by casting off 15 sts at beg. of next 2 rows.
Continue straight until work measures 19.5/20/20/5/21 inches at centre, ending with 2nd or 4th pattern row.
Here shape neck:-Next row: pattern 13/16/16/19. cast off 29/29/35/35, pattern to end.
Continue on last 13/16/16/19sts. until work measures 21.5/22/22.5/.23 inches. Cast off.
With wrong side facing, rejoin wool to remaing sts and work to correspond with first side.

Cast on 61/67/73/79 sts and k1 row.
Work straight in pattern as for main part until sleeve measures 15 inches at centre. Place a marker at each end of last row.
Work straight until sleeve seam measures 3 inches from markers, ending with 2nd or 4th pattern row.
Cast off loosely using a larger needle.

Cast on 127/127/139/139 sts, and k1 row.
Work 8 rows in pattern. Cast off.

Do not press.
Join shoulder seams. Insert sleeves, sewing the 3 inches above markers to the 15 cast off sts of main parts, then sew straight edge round armhole edge, easing as required.
Join side and sleeve seams. Join collar into a ring and sew cast off edge to neck, with seam at centre back.
Press seams very lightly.
Thread ribbon through 1st pattern row of collar and sleeves, as shown in photograph.

Soft gathering with narrow velvet ribbon adds the Victorian look to this very pretty blouse-ideal for warm summer days.
The gentle easy-fitting style makes a very feminine design in the fashionable romantic trend.
Originally Published in Stitchcraft 1968

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