FINISHED SIZES Instructions given fit size small; changes for medium, large, X-large, 2X-large and 3X-large are in [ ].
Bust: 38 (small) [42 (medium), 46 (large), 50 (X-large), 54 (2X-large), 58 (3X-large)] inches
• Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca medium (worsted) weight acrylic/alpaca yarn (31/2oz/207 yds/100g per skein): 7 [8, 8, 9, 9, 10] skeins #132 olive
• Sizes K/101/2/6.5mm and J/10/6mm crochet hooks or sizes needed to obtain gauge
• Tapestry needle
Post st pattern with size K hook: 12 sts = 4 inches; 11 rows = 4 inches
In side panel pattern: 3 dc rows = 4 inches; 8 sc rows = 4 inches
Diamond strip with size J hook: 21/4inches across
Take time to check gauge.
Two center panels are made first with a diamond panel assembled to each edge of center panel. Bust area of sweater is worked on top of assembled center panel with 2 diamond panels and split to work shoulder sections. Both completed panels are then joined at the shoulder. 2 side panels are worked next and assembled to 1 edge of front and back panel on each side. Neck shaping is next with sleeves worked last directly into armhole opening.
Use larger hook unless otherwise stated.
Chain-2 at beginning of row does not count as first stitch unless otherwise stated.
Chain-3 at beginning of row counts as first double crochet unless otherwise stated.
Join with slip stitch as indicated unless otherwise stated.
Single crochet join (sc join): Place slip knot on hook, insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a lp, yo, draw through 2 lps on hook.
Front post cluster (fpcl): Yo, insert hook around post of first fpdc, yo and pull through 2 lps on hook, yo, insert hook around post of 2nd fpdc, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook, yo and pull through all lps on hook.
Row 1 (RS): Ch 21 [27, 33, 39, 45, 51], dc in 3rd ch from hook (first 2 chs do not count as first st) and in each ch across, turn. (19 [25, 31, 37, 43, 49] dc)
Row 2: Ch 2 (see Pattern Notes), fphdc (see Stitch Guide) in each st up to last st, hdc in last st, turn.
Row 3: Ch 2, bphdc (see Stitch Guide) in each st up to last st, hdc in last st, turn.
Row 4: Rep row 2.
Row 5: Working in back lps (see Stitch Guide) only, ch 3 (see Pattern Notes), dc in same st, dc in each st up to last st, 2 dc in last st, turn. (21 [27, 33, 39, 45, 51] dc)
Rows 6–41: [Rep rows 2–5 consecutively] 9 times. (39 [45, 51, 57, 63, 69] dc)
CENTER PANEL EDGING
Row 1: With RS facing, working in row ends, sc join (see Special Stitches) in first row, sc in same row, sc in each row across. Fasten off. (41 sc)
Row 1: Working in row ends of opposite long edge, sc join in last row, sc in each row up to row 1, 2 sc in row 1. Fasten off. (41 sc)
Row 1 (WS): With smaller hook, ch 7, dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. (5 dc)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first st, sk next st, fpdc (see Stitch Guide) around next st, working behind post st just made, sc in sk st, sc in top of same st as fpdc, sc in next st, pivot to work 2nd fpdc around same st as previous fpdc, inserting hook from opposite direction, sc in last st, turn. (5 sc, 2 fpdc)
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