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Sleeveless Cowl Neck Top

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Work the Back
cowl neck top schematic

Schematic of top -- click for larger size.

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Divide For Armholes:

  1. Knit 1 more round, stopping 2 (3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9) stitches before the marker.
  2. BO 4 (6, 8, 10, 14, 16, 18) stitches -- that is, 2 (3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9) before the marker and 2 (3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9) after it.
  3. Put the single remaining stitch on the right hand needle unto a spare needle and then knit another 57 (59, 67, 73, 77, 85, 89) stitches onto it. These are the stitches for the front -- leave them on the spare needle, the back is worked first back and forth on the other stitches.
  4. BO 4 (6, 8, 10, 14, 16, 18) stitches, then knit the remaining stitches across the back to the bound off edge.
  5. Turn and purl 1 row. Use a row counter to count your rows so that the back and front will be the same length.
  6. Decrease as follows on next and following 2 (2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8) RS rows: K1, ssk, K to last 3 stitches, k2tog, K1.
  7. Purl all wrong side rows.
  8. When there are 52 (54, 60, 64, 66, 70, 70) stitches, continue in Stockinette Stitch without further shaping until armhole measures 6 (6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9) inches, ending with a wrong side row.
  9. K13 (14, 17, 19, 20, 22, 22), BO 26, K13 (14, 17, 19, 20, 22, 22).
  10. Turn and work on these stitches first to form the left back.
  11. BO 4 (4, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7), P to last 3 stitches, purl 2 together through back loop, P1. 8 (9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 14) stitches.
  12. Next row: Knit.
  13. Next row: BO 4 (4, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7), P to end. 4 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7) stitches.
  14. Next row: BO all stitches.
  15. Rejoin yarn to right back at shoulder edge with right side facing.
  16. BO 4 (4, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7), K to last 3 stitches, k2tog, K1. 8 (9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 14) sts.
  17. Next row: Purl.
  18. Next row: BO 4 (4, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7), K to end. 4 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7) stitches.
  19. Next row: BO all stitches.
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