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With 3/4mm(US 3) needles cast on 97(107:117:127) sts. Beg with a k row, work in st st. Work 6 rows.

Dec row (right side) K10(ll:12:13), skpo, k to last 12(13:14:15) sts, k2tog, kl0(ll:12:13). Work 7(9:9:11) rows.

Rep the last 8(10:10:12) rows until 81(89:97:107) sts rem. Cont straight until back measures 23(29:31.5:35)cm/ 9(ir/:12M33/Qin from cast on edge, ending with a right side row.

Dec row P4(4:8:2), [p2tog, p4(3:3:3)] 12(16:16:20) times, p2tog, p3(3:7:3). 68(72:80:86) sts. Change to 2Kmm(US 2) needles. K 6 rows.

Change to 3Mmm(US 3) needles. Cont straight until back measures 26(32:34:38)cm/ 10M(12&13&15)in from cast on edge, ending with a p row. Shape armholes

Cast off 4 sts at beg of next 2 rows.

Dec one st at each end of the next and every foil alt row until 42(48:54:58) sts rem.

Back opening

Next row K21 (24:27:29) sts, turn and work on these sts for first side of back opening. Next row K2, p to end. Next row K to end.

Repeat the last 2 rows until back measures 33(40:43:48)cm/13(153<:17:18*)in from cast on edge, ending with a wrong side row.

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Shape neck

Next row K to last 8(8:10:10) sts, leave these sts on a holder, turn.

Next row Cast off 2(3:2:3) sts, p to end. Beg with a k row, work 2 rows st st. Shape shoulder Cast off rem 8(10:12:13) sts.

With right side facing, rejoin yam to rem sts, k to end. Next row P to last 2 sts, k2. Next row K to end.

Repeat the last 2 rows until back measures 33(40:43:48)cm/13(153/:17:18*)in from cast on edge, ending with a wrong side row. Shape neck

Next row K8(8:10:10) sts, leave these sts on a holder, k to end. P 1 row.

Next row Cast off 2(3:2:3) sts, k to end. Beg with a p row, work 2 rows st st. Shape shoulder Cast off rem 8(10:12:13) sts.

Front

Work as given for Back until front measures 30(37:39:44)cm/ll%(14!&15M:17M)in from cast on edge, ending with a p row. Shape neck

Next row K16(18:20:22) sts, turn and work on these sts for first side of neck shaping.

Cast off 4 sts at beg of next row.

Dec one st at neck edge on every foil alt row until

Cont without further shaping until front measures same as Back to shoulder, ending at side edge.

Shape shoulder

Cast off.

With right side facing, slip centre 10(12:14:14) sts onto a holder, rejoin yarn to rem sts, k to end. Complete to match first side, reversing shaping.

Sleeves

With 2Mmm(US 2) needles cast on 32(36:40:44) sts. K 5 rows.

Change to 3Mmm(US 3) needles. Beg with a k row, work in st st.

Inc one st at each end of the 5th and every foil 6th row until there are 50(56:62:68) sts.

Cont straight until sleeve measures 18(22:24:26)cm/ 6K(8&9&10,/Oin from cast on edge, ending with a p row. Shape top

Cast off 4 sts at beg of next 2 rows.

Dec one st at each end of the next 5 rows, then every

3(4:5:6) foil alt rows. Dec one st at each end of every row until 8(10:12:14) sts rem.

Cast off.

Edging

1st row (right side) K2, yf, k2. 2nd, 4th and 6th rows K to end. 3rd row K3, yf, k2. 5th row K2, yf, k2tog, yf, k2. 7th row K3, yf, k2tog, yf, k2. 8th row Cast off 4 sts, k to end. These 8 rows form the patt.

Work in patt until edging, when slightly stretched, fits along lower edge of dress, ending with an 8th patt row. Cast off.

To make up

Sew on sleeves. Join side and sleeve seams. Make button loop on neckband of left back. Sew on button. Sew edging to hem of dress, joining cast on and cast off edges together. Cut ribbon in half. Stitch one end of each length securely to the inside of back neckband. Thread ribbon through eyelets and tie at centre front.

Neckband

Join shoulder seams.

With right side facing and 2%mm(US 2) circular needle, slip 8(8:10:10) sts from left back holder onto needle, pick up and k9(10:9:10) sts up left back neck to shoulder, 15(16:20:20) sts down left front neck, k across 10(12:14:14) sts from front neck holder, pick up and kl5(16:20:20) sts up right front neck to shoulder, 9(10:9:10) sts down right back neck, then k across 8(8:10:10) sts on right back neck holder. 74(80:92:94) sts.

Work backwards and forwards in rows. K 3 rows.

Eyelet row (right side) K3(6:2:3), * k2tog, yf, k3; rep from * to last 6(9:5:6) sts, k2tog, yf, k4(7:3:4). K 2 rows. Cast off.

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