Truly Madly Deeply Deep-V Sweater

ABBREVIATIONS:
beg = beginning;
dec = decrease;
K =knit;
mm= millimeters;
P = Purl;
pat = pattern;
psso = pass the slipped stitch over;
rem= remaining; rep = repeat;
sl = slip;
St st = Stockinette stitch (K on right side rows; P on wrong side rows.);
st(s) = stitch (es);
tbl = through back lps;
tog = together;
yo = yarn over;
* or ** = repeat whatever follows the * or ** as indicated;
[] = work sts in brackets the number of times specified.

SPECIAL ABBREVIATION:
C4F = slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold at front of work, K2, then K2 from holder.

BACK:

With smaller needles, cast on 55 (59, 63) sts.
Row 1: K1 (3, 5), [P4, K3] 7 (8, 8) times, P4 (0, 0), K1 (0, 2).
Row 2 (Right Side): P1 (0, 2), K4 (0, 0), [P3, K4] 7 (8, 8) times, P1 (3, 5).
Row 3: Rep Row 1.
Row 4: P1 (0, 2), [C4F] 1 (0, 0) time, [P3, C4F] 7 (8, 8) times, P1 (3, 5).
Rows 5-12: Rep Rows 1-4 twice more. Change to larger needles and work in St st, beg P row, until 13 (131/2, 14)” from beg, end P row.

Shape Armholes:

Bind off 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows, 2 sts at beg of next 2 rows, then dec 1 st at each end of next 2 K rows – 41 (45, 49) sts. Work even until 211/2 (22, 231/2)” from beg, end P row.

Divide for Neck/Shoulders: K14 (15, 17); turn and put rem sts on a holder. Bind off 5 (5, 6) sts at beg of next row – 9 (10, 11) sts. K 1 row. P 1 row. Bind off. With right side facing, join yarn and bind off center 13 (15, 15) sts, K to end. P 1 row. Bind off 5 (5, 6) sts at beg of next row – 9 (10, 11) sts. P 1 row. Bind off.

FRONT:Work same as Back until 53/4 (6, 61/4)” from beg, end P row.
Divide for Neckline-Left Front: Row 1-Right Side: K25 (27, 29), K2tog, turn and put rem sts on a holder. Dec 1 st at neck edge every 4th row 12 (13, 14) times AND AT THE SAME TIME when 13 (13 1/2, 14)” from beg shape armhole at opposite edge by binding off 3 sts at beg of a K row, P 1 row, bind off 2 sts at beg of next row, then dec 1 st at same edge on next 2 K rows – 9 (10, 11) sts at end of all shaping. Work even until same length as back to shoulder, end P row. B ind off.

Right Front: With right side facing, leave center st on a holder, join yarn to rem sts; sl 1 K1, psso, K to end. Complete to correspond to first side reversing shapings.

SLEEVES: With smaller needles, cast on 29 (31, 33) sts.
Row 1: K2 (3, 4), [P4, K3] 3 (4, 4) times, P4 (0, 0), K2 (0, 1).
Row 2 (Right Side): P2 (3, 4), [K4, P3] 3 (4, 4) times, K4 (0, 0), P2 (0, 1).
Row 3: Rep Row 1.
Row 4: P2 (3, 4), [C4F, P3] 3 (4, 4) times, [C4F] 1 (0, 0) time, P2 (0, 1).
Rows 5-12: Rep Rows 1-4 twice more inc 5 sts evenly spaced on last row – 34 (36, 38) sts. Change to larger needles and St st, beg P row, shaping sides by inc 1 st each end of every 6th row 8 (9, 10) times –50 (54, 58) sts. Work even until 141/2 (15, 151/2)” from beg, end P row.

Shape Cap: Bind off 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows, 2 sts at beg of next 2 rows, then dec 1 st at each end of next 6 (7, 8) K rows. Bind off 2 sts at beg of next 6 rows, 3 sts beg of next 4 rows – 4 (6, 8) sts. Bind off.

FINISHING-Neck Edging: Sew left shoulder seam. With right side facing and smaller needle, pick up and K26 (28, 30) sts across back neck, 56 (60, 62) sts down left front, place marker, K1 from center holder, place marker, pick up and K56 (60, 62) sts up right front – 139 (149, 155) sts.

Row 1: * P1, K1; rep from * to 2 sts before marker; K2tog, sl marker, P1, sl marker, sl 1, K1, psso, ** K1, P1; rep from ** to end.

Row 2: K1, * P1, K1; rep from * to 2 sts before marker; P2tog, sl marker, K1, sl marker, P2tog tbl, K1, ** P1, K1; rep from ** to end.

Rep Rows 1 and 2 for 11/2″. Bind off dec each side of center st as before.

Sew rem shoulder and neckband seam. Sew side and sleeve seams. Set in sleeves.