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Under spencer from Cornelia Mee's Exercises in Knitting

Updated Version

The sample photographed above was worked with the following:

US size 1 straight knitting needles.

1 ball of Lion’s Brand Wool-Ease sportweight yarn (140 grams/435 yards)

Gauge: 7 sts per inch; 12 rows per inch (6 garter stitch ridges)

With the following completed (tiny!) measurements:

Outside Sleeve Length (measured from neck edge to cuff edge): 10.5 inches

Inside Sleeve Length (measured from armpit to cuff edge): 8.5 inches

Bust (measured around chest at armpit): 29 inches

Waist (measured around bottom edge without gathering): 24 inches

Front Length (measured from neck to waist): 6 inches

Back Length (measured from neck to waist): 9 inches

Sleeves (Make 2)

Sleeve for Under spencer from Cornelia Mee's Exercises in Knitting

Cast on 40 sts.

Rows 1-6: Knit across.

Row 7-26 (20 rows): * K2, P2, repeat from * to end.

Rows 27-32 (6 rows): Knit across.

Row 33: K3, yo, k2tog, * k4, yo, k2tog, repeat from * to last 5 sts, K5. (40 sts)

Row 34: K1, Kfb, knit to last 2 sts, kfb, k1.

Rows 35-39: Knit across.

Row 40: K1, Kfb, knit to last 2 sts, kfb, k1.

Rows 41-128: Repeat rows 35-40 (72 sts).

Row 129: Bind off 18 sts, knit to end (54 sts).

Row 130: Bind off 18 sts, knit to end (36 sts).

Rows 131-137: K2tog, k to end. Repeat this row until there are 24 sts.

Bind off. Sew sleeve seam.

Back

Back for Under spencer from Cornelia Mee's Exercises in Knitting

Cast on 28 sts.

Rows 1-3: Knit across.

Row 4: K3, * yo, k2tog, k6, repeat from * 3 times, k1.

Row 5-10: Knit across.

Row 11: K3, kfb, k to last 4 sts, kfb, k3.

Row 12: Knit across.

Rows 13-64: Repeat rows 11 & 12 (82 sts).

Row 65: K3, k2tog, k to last 5 sts, k2tog, k3 (80 sts).

Row 66-81: Knit across.

Row 82: K3, k2tog, k to last 5 sts, k2tog, k3 (78 sts).

Row 83-109: Repeat row 82 (24 sts).

Bind off.

Front (Make 2)

Front for Under spencer from Cornelia Mee's Exercises in Knitting

Cast on 52 sts.

Rows 1-3: Knit across.

Row 4: K3, * yo, k2tog, k6, repeat from * to last st., yo, k1 (53 sts).

Row 5-16: Knit across.

Row 17: K11, kfb, knit to end.

Row 18-20: Knit across.

Row 21: K12, kfb, knit to end.

Row 22-24: Knit across.

Row 25: K13, kfb, knit to end.

Row 26-28: Knit across.

Row 29: K15, kfb, knit to end.

Row 30-32: Knit across.

Row 33: K17, kfb, knit to end.

Row 34-36: Knit across.

Row 37: K18, kfb, knit to end.

Row 38-40: Knit across.

Row 41: K19, kfb, knit to end.

Row 42-44: Knit across.

Row 45: K20, kfb, knit to end (61 sts).

Rows 46-53: Knit across.

Row 54: Knit 45, bind off 9 sts, k2tog, knit to end.

For back of armhole:

Row 1: Knit across.

Row 2: K2tog, knit to end.

Repeat these two rows until there is only one stitch remaining. Pull thread through remaining stitch. Break yarn.

For front of armhole:

Returning to the 45 stitches from row 54:

Row 55 (Armhole edge): K2tog, knit across.

Row 56: Knit across.

Rows 57-69: Repeat rows 55 & 56 seven times, ending with a decreasing row (37 sts).

Row 70 (Neck edge): Bind off 10 sts, k1, k2tog, knit to end (26 sts).

Row 71: Knit across.

Row 72: K1, k2tog, knit to end.

Rows 73-82: Repeat rows 71 & 72 (20 sts).

Row 83 (Armhole edge): K1, kfb, knit to end.

Row 84: Knit across.

Rows 85-93: Repeat rows 83 & 84 (27 sts).

Bind off.

Finishing

Button Bands

Left:

Starting at the bottom, pick up and knit 34 sts along left front.

Rows 1-3: Knit across.

Row 4: K3, yo, k2tog, knit to end.

Rows 5-9: Knit across.

Bind off.

Right:

Starting at the bottom, pick up and knit 34 sts along right front.

Rows 1-3: Knit across.

Row 4: K3, yo, k2tog, (k5, yo) 4 times, knit to end.

Rows 5-9: Knit across.

Bind off. Sew back and fronts together at side and shoulder seams.

Neck Band

Pick up and knit 177 sts around the neck.

Rows 1-3: Knit across.

Row 4: K4, * yo, k2tog, k6, repeat from * and end with yo, k2tog, k4.

Row 5-12: Knit.

Bind off. Sew sleeves into armholes.

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