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Mandarin Blouse

An Asian take on a simple-to-knit ribbed top.

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The body is worked as one piece to the armholes, then the back and fronts are worked separately. Curve-hugging ribbing makes a strong vertical impression, while I-cord ties add a funky touch to the classic style. Annie's signature double-knit slipped-stitch edging makes an uncluttered finish along the front opening.
Finished Size: 30 (35, 40 1/2, 45 1/2, 51)" (76 [89, 103, 115.5, 129.5] cm) bust circumference. Sweater shown measures 30" (76 cm). Note: This garment has minimum wearing ease for a close, body-conscious fit.
Yarn: S. Charles Victoria (60% cotton, 40% viscose; 70 yd [64 m]/50 g): #101 taupe, 9 (10, 12, 13, 15) skeins. Yarn distributed by Tahki/Stacy Charles.
Yarn weight: #4 - Medium
Gauge: 18 1/2 sts and 26 rows = 4" (10 cm) in rib pattern using smaller needle.
Needles: Body—size 8 (5 mm): 24" (60-cm) circular (cir) and set of 5 double-pointed (dpn). Neckband—size 9 (5.5 mm): 24" (60-cm) cir.
Notions: Tapestry needle; markers (m); stitch holders; sharp-point sewing needle and matching thread; eight 1/2" (1.3-cm) metal dressmaker's hook-and-eye sets; safety pins (optional, for use as small stitch holders).
Originally Published: Interweave Knits, Spring 2006

SKU: EP0449

Author/Speaker/Editor: Annie Modesitt

Format: eProject