Bamboo Cropped Jacket

Tip: This unique yarn knits to an individual tension. Substituting other yarns will change the ‘To Fit’ and result in an unsatisfactory garment.

TENSION
This handknit has been designed at a tension of 32 sts and 42 rows to 10cm over patt, using 3.25mm needles.

BACK
Using a pair of 3.25mm needles, cast on 107 (120-134-148-162) sts.
Work 5 rows garter st (1st row is wrong side).
Next Row: K8 (7-9-11-13), * inc in next st, K4,
rep from * to last 4 (3-5-7-9) sts,
K4 (3-5-7-9) … 126 (142-158-174-190) sts.

Beg Back patt:
1st Row: (wrong side): Purl.
2nd Row: Knit.
3rd Row: P2, * K2, P2, rep from * to end.
4th Row: K2, * P2, K2, rep from * to end.

Last 4 rows form patt for Back.
Cont in patt until work measures 26cm from beg, working last row on wrong side.

Beg Inc for Sleeves:
Keeping patt correct and working extra sts into patt, inc one st at each end of next and foll alt rows until there are 134 (150-166-182-198) sts, then in every row until there are 152 (168-184-200-216) sts.
Change to 3.25mm circular knitting needle.

Note: A circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of stitches, work backwards and forwards in rows not rounds.

Cast on 4 sts at beg of next 2 rows …
160 (176-192-208-224) sts.
Work 72 (76-80-84-90) rows patt, working
last row on wrong side.

Shape Shoulders
Note: When pattern specifies ‘turn’ – proceed as follows (to avoid holes in work) – take yarn under needle and onto other side of work, slip next st onto right hand needle, take yarn under needle and back to original position, slip st back onto left hand needle, then turn and proceed as instructed in patt.

1st Row: Patt to last 14 (16-17-19-20) sts, turn.
2nd Row: Patt to last 14 (16-17-19-20) sts, turn.
3rd Row: Patt to last 28 (31-34-37-40) sts, turn.
4th Row: Patt to last 28 (31-34-37-40) sts, turn.
5th Row: Patt to last 41 (46-51-55-60) sts, turn.
6th Row: Patt to last 41 (46-51-55-60) sts, turn.
7th Row: Patt to end.
8th Row: Patt across all sts to end.

Leave sts on circular needle, noting that first and last 54 (61-67-73-80) sts are for shoulders.

LE FT FRONT
NOTE: In order to keep front edges neat, we recommend joining yarn at side edge rather than front edge.

Using a pair of 3.25mm needles, cast on 60 (67-74-81-88) sts.

Work 5 rows garter st (1st row is wrong side).
Next Row: K3 (4-5-6-7), * inc in next st, K4, rep from * to last 7 (8-9-10-11) sts, K7 (8-9-10-11) … 70 (78-86-94-102) sts.

Beg Left Front patt:
1st Row: (wrong side): K8, purl to end.
2nd Row: Knit.
3rd Row: K8, * P2, K2, rep from * to last 2 sts, P2.
4th Row: * K2, P2, rep from * to last 10 sts, K10.

Last 4 rows form patt for Left Front.
Cont in patt until work measures 26cm from beg, ending with same patt row as for Back to beg of sleeve inc.

Beg Inc for Sleeve:
Keeping patt correct and working extra sts into patt, inc one st at beg (side edge) of next and foll alt rows until there are 74 (82-90-98-106) sts, then at same edge in every row until there are 83 (91-99-107-115) sts.
Cast on 4 sts at beg of next row …
87 (95-103-111-119) sts.
Work 48 (50-52-54-58) rows patt.

Shape Neck
1st Row: (wrong side): K8, place these 8 sts on a stitch holder and leave for Left Front Band, patt to end …79 (87-95-103-111) sts.
2nd Row: Patt to last 2 sts, patt 2tog.
3rd Row: Cast off 5 sts, patt to end.
4th Row: As 2nd row.
5th Row: Cast off 3 sts, patt to end …
69 (77-85-93-101) sts. Dec one st at neck edge in every row until 58 (66-72-78-86) sts rem, then in foll alt rows until 54 (61-67-73-80) sts rem.
Work 2 rows patt

Shape Shoulder
1st Row: Patt to last 14 (16-17-19-20) sts, turn.
2nd Row: Patt to end.
3rd Row: Patt to last 28 (31-34-37-40) sts, turn.
4th Row: Patt to end.
5th Row: Patt to last 41 (46-51-55-60) sts, turn.
6th Row: Patt to end.
7th Row: Patt across all sts to end.
Leave sts on a stitch holder.

RIGHT FRONT
Using a pair of 3.25mm needles, cast on 60 (67-74-81-88) sts.
Work 5 rows garter st (1st row is wrong side).
Next Row: K10 (12-13-14-15), * inc in next st, K4, rep from * to last 0 (0-1-2-3) st/s, K0 (0-1-2-3) … 70 (78-86-94-102) sts.

Beg Right Front patt:
1st Row: (wrong side): Purl to last 8 sts, K8.
2nd Row: Knit.
3rd Row: P2, * K2, P2, rep from * to last 8 sts, K8.
4th Row: K10, * P2, K2, rep from * to end.
Last 4 rows form patt for Right Front.
Cont in patt until work measures 26cm from beg, ending with same patt row as for Back to beg of sleeve inc.

Beg Inc for Sleeve:
Keeping patt correct and working extra sts into patt, inc one st at end (side edge) of next and foll alt rows until there are 74 (82-90-98-106) sts, then at same edge in every row until there are 83 (91-99-107-115) sts.
Work 1 row patt.
Cast on 4 sts at beg of next row …
87 (95-103-111-119) sts.
Work 46 (48-50-52-56) rows patt.

Shape Neck:
1st Row: (right side): K8, place these 8 sts on a stitch holder and leave for Front Band, patt to end … 79 (87-95-103-111) sts.
2nd Row: Patt to last 2 sts, patt 2tog.
3rd Row: Cast off 5 sts, patt to end.
4th Row: As 2nd row.
5th Row: Cast off 3 sts, patt to end …
69 (77-85-93-101) sts. Work 1 row.

Dec one st at neck edge in every row until 58 (66-72-78-86) sts rem, then in foll alt rows until 54 (61-67-73-80) sts rem. Work 1 row patt

Shape Shoulder:
1st Row: Patt to last 14 (16-17-19-20) sts, turn.
2nd Row: Patt to end.
3rd Row: Patt to last 28 (31-34-37-40) sts, turn.
4th Row: Patt to end.
5th Row: Patt to last 41 (46-51-55-60) sts, turn.
6th Row: Patt to end.
7th Row: Patt across all sts to end.
Leave sts on a stitch holder.

Join Shoulder Seams:
Slip sts for Left Front shoulder onto a 3.25mm needle. With right sides of Back and Left Front facing each other, using 3 needle cast-off, cast off 54 (61-67-73-80) sts for first shoulder, working 2tog from Back and Left Front. Slip sts for Right Front shoulder onto 3.25mm needle. With right sides of Back and Right Front facing each other, cast off for second shoulder, working 2tog from Back and Right Front.

SLEE VE BANDS
With right side facing and using a pair of 3.25mm needles, knit up 102 (108-114-120-124) sts evenly along sleeve edge.
Work 6 rows garter st.
Cast off loosely knitways.

NECK BAND
With right side facing and using a pair of 3.25mm needles, slip 8 sts from right front neck stitch holder onto right hand needle, join yarn at this point, then knit up 31(33-35-37-39) sts evenly along right front neck shaping to shoulder seam, knit across sts from back stitch holder – dec 10 sts evenly across, knit up 31 (33-35-37-39) sts evenly along left front neck shaping, then knit across sts from left front neck stitch
holder …120 (126-134-142-148) sts.
Work 2 rows garter st.

3rd Row: Knit to last 5 sts, cast off 2 sts, K3.
4th Row: K3, turn, cast on 2 sts, turn, knit to end … 1 buttonhole.
Work 2 rows garter st.
Cast off loosely knitways.

TO MAKE UP
NOTE: We recommend using mattress stitch to sew up your handknit.
Join side and sleeve seams. Sew on button.