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Stella's Blouse

Retro style top with fitted waist and gathered sleeves

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Small pleats that flare from a fitted waist, sleeves that gather slightly at the shoulders, and tiny buttons on the collar give this pullover a retro feel. Changing to a larger needle size after completing the waistband adds ease to the bodice, and a zipper hidden in the side seam simplifies getting the pullover on and off. An unmercerized cotton, soft and cool, is the perfect yarn to make this blouse as comfortable to wear as it is pretty to look at.
Finished Size: 34 (36??, 39??, 42??, 45??)" (86.5 [92.5, 100.5, 108, 115.5] cm) bust/chest circumference. Sweater shown measures 36??" (92.5 cm).
Yarn: Rowan Cotton Glace (100% cotton; 125 yd [115 m]/50 g): #725 ecru, 8 (8, 10, 11, 12) balls. Yarn distributed by Westminster Fibers.
Yarn weight: #2 - Fine
Gauge: 22 sts and 30 rows = 4" (10 cm) in St st on larger needles; 31 sts and 38 rows = 4" (10 cm) in pleats patt on larger needles; 28 sts and 40 rows = 4" (10 cm) in smocking patt on smaller needles.
Needles: Body and sleeves—Size 4 (3.5 mm). Smocking pattern—Size 3 (3 mm): straight and 24" (60-cm) circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Tapestry needle; open-ring markers (m) or safety pins; two 3/8" (1-cm) buttons; 7" (18-cm) zipper; matching sewing thread and needle; size E/4 (3.5-mm) crochet hook.
Originally Published: Interweave Knits, Spring 2004

SKU: EP0167

Author/Speaker/Editor: Robin Melanson

Format: eProject