Instructions are given for size 12 UK in double knitting. To make it bigger or smaller, vary the size of the hook and the guage of the material.
50g main colour A
100g contrast colour B
50g contrast colour C
50g contrast colour D
Made in one piece, beginning at centre back.
Using 4.50 hook and A, make 6chains and join into a circle.
Do three chains to count as the first treble, 13 trebles into the circle, join with slip stitch to 3rd of initial 3chains – makes 14 stitches.
3 ch to count as first tr. 1 treble into first of these three chains, 2 tr into top of each tr to the end, join with ss to the 3rd of 3ch, makes 28 stitches.
3ch to count as first tr. 1 tr into first chain, miss 1 tr. *2 tr into next tr, 1 ch, miss 1 tr. Repeat from * to end. Join into a circle as before, making 14 groups of 2 trebles. Break off yarn A and join yarn B to the space between first two treble groups.
4 chains, 1 tr into first of these chains. 2 chains *(1 tr, 1 ch, 1 tr) between 2 tr of group. 2 ch. Repeat from * to end, join with ss to 3rd of 4 ch.
4 ch, 1 tr between tr, 3 ch. *(1 tr, 1 ch, 1 tr) called 1 group – in 1 ch space of group. 3 chains. Repeat from * to end, join into a circle as before.
4 ch. 1 tr between tr, 4 ch. * 1 gr in 1 ch space, 4 ch. Rep from * to end and join into a circle as before.
As 6th but working 5 ch between groups instead of 4ch.
As 6th but working 6 chains between groups.
As 6th but working 7 ch between groups. Break off yarn B and join C.
4ch, 1 tr between trebles, 3 ch. * 1 group in 7 chain loop, 3 ch. I group in 1 ch space, 3 ch. Rep from *, ending with 1 group in 7 chain loop. 3 chain, join as before, making 28 groups.
11th to 14th round
Same as 6th to 9th. Break off C and join D.
As 10th, making 56 groups. Break off D and join B.
Divide for armholes
4 ch. 1 tr between tr, 4 ch. * 1 gr in 1 ch space, 4 ch. Rep from * 34 times more. 1 group in 1 ch space, Turn, leaving 19 grs unworked for back section.
4 ch, 1 tr between tr, 5 ch. * 1 group in 1 ch space, 5 ch. Rep from *, 34 times more. 1 group in 1 ch space. Turn.
Same as 17th but working 6 ch between each gr.
As 17th but working 7 ch between each gr. Break off B and join yarn A.
4 ch, 1 tr between tr, 3 ch. *1 gr in 7 ch loop, 3 ch. 1 gr in 1 ch space, 3 ch. Repeat from *, omitting 3 ch at end of last repeat. Turn. 73 groups.
4 ch, 1 tr between tr, 3 ch. *1 group in 1 ch space, 3 ch. Rep from *, omitting 3 ch at end of last repeat. Turn.
Rep 21st row 9 times more, working 4 rows A, 1 row C and 4 rows D.
Break off D and join B.
Make 36 ch. Into 5th chain from hook work 1 tr, 3 ch. Miss 3 ch. *1 gr into next ch. 3 ch, miss 3 ch. Rep from * 6 times more. Work in pattern to end of row. Using a separate length of B, make 32 ch and fasten off yarn. Return to main yarn and work across these 32 ch with ** miss 3 ch, 3 ch, 1 gr in next ch. Rep from ** to end. Turn.
Same as 21st, working across all stitches, including straps. Fasten off.
Return to where 19 gr were left. With right side facing, miss first 4 groups, rejoin B and pattern as given for 21st row across 11 groups. Turn and leave remaining 4 groups unworked.
Continue across these 11 groups, rep 21st row 4 times more. Fasten off.
To make up
Join ends of straps to each side of top of back section. Using B and with RS facing, work one row in double crochet around all edges. Press with care.
Using 2 strands of B, make a chain of chains, 20 inches long. Fasten off. Thread through the edges at front waist to tie.