SIZES: Directions for size 8. Changes for sizes 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 are in parentheses.
Body Bust Size: 31 1/2″ (321/2 “-34″-36″-38″-40”).
Blocked Bust Size: 33″ (34″-36″-38″-40″-42″).
MATERIALS: Fingering yarn, 3 ply, 8 (8-9-9-10-11) 1-oz. skeins. Crochet hook No. 3 or F. Lining material (optional). Matching sewing thread.
GAUGE: 4 meshes = 1″; 7 rows = 2″.
To Bind Off: At beg of row, sl st loosely across each mesh to be bound off, then ch 3 and continue across row; at end of row, work in pat to within specified number of meshes to be bound off.
To Dec 1 Mesh: At beg of row, ch 2, sk first dc, dc in next dc (counts as 1 dc), ch 1, dc in next dc (one mesh); at end of row, work to last dc, ch 1, pull up a Ip in last dc, pull up a Ip in 3rd ch of turning ch, (yo and through 2 Ips on hook) twice.
To Inc 1 Mesh: At beg of row, ch 3, dc in first dc; at end of row, (ch 1, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch) twice.
To Make Meshes: Dc in dc, ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next dc (1 mesh); ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next st for each additional mesh.
To Make Blocks: Dc in each of 3 sts (1 block); dc in each of next 2 sts for each additional block.
Chart Notes: Meshes are shown on chart as open squares, blocks by black squares.
BLOUSE: BACK: Beg at lower edge, ch 137 (141-149-157-165-173).
Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across-134 (138-146-154-162-170) dc. Ch 4, turn.
Row 2: Sk first 2 dc, * dc in next dc, ch 1, sk next dc, repeat from * across, end dc in top of turning ch— 67 (69-73-77-81-85) meshes. Ch 4, turn. Check gauge; piece should mea-sure 16 3/4″ (17 1/4″ 18 1/4″-19 1/4″-20 1/4″-21 1/4″) wide.
Row 3: Sk first dc and ch-1 sp, dc in next dc (1 mesh), * ch 1, dc in next dc, repeat from * across, end ch 1, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch. Ch 4, turn.
Rows 4-46: Repeat row 3. Piece should measure about 14″ from start.
Shape Armholes: Keeping to mesh pat, bind off (see To Bind Off) 4 (4-5-5-6-6) meshes each side of next row. Dec 1 mesh (see To Dec 1 Mesh) each side every row 6 (6-6-7-7-8) times—47 (49-51-53-55-57) meshes. Work even until armholes measure 5″ (5-5 14″-5 1/2″-5 1/2″-5 3/4″) above first row of armhole shaping.
Shape Neck and Shoulders: Work 13 (13-14-14-15-15) meshes, dc in next dc, drop yarn; sk next 19 (21-21-23-23-25) meshes for center neck; join another strand of yarn in next dc, ch 2, dc in next dc, work in mesh pat across – 13 (13-14-14-15-15) meshes each side. Working on both sides at once, with separate strands of yarn, dec 1 mesh each neck edge every row 5 times – 8 (8-9-9-10-10) meshes each side. Bind off 4 meshes each arm side once. End off.
FRONT: Work same as for back for 2 rows.
Row 3: Sk first dc and ch-1 sp, dc in next dc (1 mesh), * ch 1, dc in next dc, repeat from * 9 (10-12-14-16-18) times, put a marker in last dc; following chart (see Chart Notes), work from right to left (Left-handed crocheters: work from left to right), put a marker in last dc worked, work in mesh pat across remaining 11 (12-14-16-18-20) meshes. Ch 4, turn.
Row 4: Work in mesh pat to marked st, work chart from left to right (Left-handed crocheters: work chart from right to left), finish row in mesh pat. Ch 4, turn. Repeat last 2 rows to end of pat row 46.
Shape Armholes: Keeping to pat as established, shape armholes same as for back-47 (49-51-53-55-57) meshes.
When the 61 rows of chart are completed, work in mesh pat until armholes measure 1 row less than back to start of neck shaping.
Shape Neck: Work same as for back -8 (8-9-9-10-10) meshes each side. Work 1 row even.
Shape Shoulders: Bind off 4 sts each arm side once. End off.
SLEEVES: Beg at lower edge, ch 51 (51-55-55-59-63).
Row 1: DC in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across-48 (48-52-52-56-60) dc. Ch4, turn.
Row 2: Sk first 2 dc, * dc in next dc, ch 1, sk next dc, repeat from * across, end dc in top of turning ch—24 (24-26-26-28-30) meshes. Work in mesh pat, inc 1 mesh each side every 4th row 13 (13-14-15-15-15) times-50 (50-54-56-58-60) meshes. Work even until piece measures 17″ (17″-17 1/2″-17 1/2″-18″-18″) from start or desired length to underarm. Check gauge; piece above last inc row should measure 12 1/2″ (12 1/2 “-13 1/2″-14″-14 1/2″-15”) wide.
Shape Cap: Bind off 4 (4-5-5-6-6) meshes each side of next row. Dec 1 st each side every row 15 (15-16-17-17-18) times-12 meshes. End off.
FINISHING: Block pieces. Using back and front for patterns, cut lining, allowing 1/2″ on all edges for seams and 1″ for 1/2″ darts at waistline and bust; assemble lining. Weave shoulder seams; sew in sleeves. Sew side and sleeve seams. From right side, work 1 rnd dc around neck edge, being careful to keep work flat. Turn under 1/2″ on all edges of lining; slip-stitch in place to sweater.