Tunic-length knitted pullover

This fitted sweater is knitted in the round from luxuriously cosy Malabrigo merino wool and features twisted-stitch detailing at the yoke.

Knitted tunic-length pullover: 2 of 3
Body
With smaller needle and A, cast on 144 (160, 176, 192, 216, 240) sts. Join, placing marker to note start of round.
Work in k2, p2 rib for 2 rounds, inc 2 sts  in last round of ribbing – 146 (162, 178, 194, 218, 242) sts.
Change to larger needles.

Establish slip stitch colourwork pattern (Chart A)
Est rib: With A, k1, *p2, k2, repeat from * over next 36 (40, 44, 48, 56, 60) sts, end k1, place yellow marker (pym), k35 (39, 43, 47, 51, 59) sts, pym, k1, (p2, k2) over next 36 (40, 44, 48, 56, 60) sts, end k1, place blue marker (pbm), k35 (39, 43, 47, 51, 59) sts to end of round.
Round 1: With A, work in rib to ym, sm, k1, (sl 1, p1); rep to 1 st before next ym, k1, sm, work in rib to next marker, sm, k1, (s1, p1); rep to 1 st before end of round, end k1.
Rounds 2 and 4: With B, work in rib as est and work in St st between two yellow markers and two blue markers over slipped stitch sections.
Round 3: With A, work in rib to ym, sm, (sl 1, p1); rep to next ym, sm, work in rib to next marker, sm, (s1, p1); rep to end of round.
Rep last 4 rounds until piece measures 3-3/4 (3-3/4, 4, 4, 4-1/4, 4-1/2)" / 9.5 (9.5, 10, 10, 11, 11.5) cm from cast-on.

Tip: The yellow markers note the edges of the centre front panel; the dec for hip and inc for bust happen on either side of the yellow markers. The blue markers note the edges of the centre back panel; the dec for hip shaping happens on either side of the blue markers.

Hip shaping
Next round:
Cont in pats as est with A only, (work in rib to marker, sm, k2togL, work in pat to 2 sts before next marker, k2togR, sm) twice, dec of 4 sts – 140 (156, 172, 188, 212, 236) sts.
Cont in pat as est and always working sts on either side of marker as knit sts, work 3 rounds even with no shaping. Rep last 4 rounds until 124 (140, 156, 176, 200, 224) sts rem.

Waist shaping
Work even with no shaping until piece measures 11-3/4 (11-3/4, 12-1/2, 13, 13-3/4, 14)" / 30 (30, 32, 33, 35, 35.5) cm from cast-on.

Bust shaping
Next round:
Cont in pat as est, work in rib to yellow marker, sm, inc 1, work in pat to next yellow marker, inc 1 st, sm, work rem sts in pats as est, inc of 2 sts – 126 (142, 158, 178, 202, 226) sts.
Next round: Cont in pat as est, always working sts on either side of marker as knit sts.
Rep last 2 rounds until there are 144 (160, 176, 192, 216, 240) sts. At the same time, when piece measures 19-3/4 (19-3/4, 21, 22, 23-1/4, 23-1/2)" / 50 (50, 53.5, 56, 59, 59.5) cm from cast-on, divide Front and Back as follows.

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Excerpted from Romantic Hand Knits by Annie Modesitt. Copyright 2007 by Annie Modesitt. Excerpted with permission from Potter Craft, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced except with permission in writing from the publisher.

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