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moss stitch border

Close-up of knit-in Moss Stitch borders and beautiful button.

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  1. Cast on 54 (60, 66) stitches with size 10 US (6mm) needles and beginning with a wrong side row, work 8.5 (9, 9.5) inches in Stockinette Stitch.
  2. Shape armholes: Bind off 2 (3, 4) stitches at beginning of next 2 rows.
  3. Decrease 1 stitch at each side of the next two right side rows as follows: K1, SSK, K to last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1.  46 (50, 54) stitches.
  4. Continue in Stockinette Stitch until armhole measures 6 (6.5, 7) inches, ending with a wrong side row.
  5. Moss Stitch border: K6 (8, 10), work in Moss Stitch for 34 stitches, K6 (8, 10).
  6. Continue in Stockinette Stitch at the edges and Moss Stitch Border for the center 34 stitches until armhole measures 7.5 (8, 8.5) inches.
  7. Last row: K11 (13, 15), BO 24, K11 (13, 15).
  8. Leave live stitches for shoulders on holders.
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