Jamaica Dress

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Directions are for Size 10. Changes for Sizes 12, 14, 16 and 18 are in parentheses.
NANTUK SPORTS YARN (2 oz pull skein)

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Amount Required






Color A-6030          






Color B-6020         






Knitting Needles:
One pair "Boye" Size 6

Gauge: 5 sts to 1 inch; 7 rows to 1 inch

Stripe Pattern: With A - starting with a K row, work 8 rows in St St. With B - work 2 rows in St St. Repeat these 10 rows for pat.

Note: Directions are for a 35½(35¾-36-36¼-36½) inch dress measured from hem to back of neck allowing 1 inch for blocking. To lengthen or shorten, make adjustment before first dec row.

Back: With A - cast on 130(134-137-141-146). Starting with a K row work 8 rows in St St. Place a marker at each end of last row for hem. Work in Stripe Pat until there are 8 B stripes then work in St St with A only And At The Same Time when work measures 2¼ inches from markers, dec 1 each side on next row, every 6th row 7(7-8-9-9) times then every 4th row 7(7-5-3-3) times. Work on the 100(104-109-115-120) sts to 13 inches above markers, end on right side. Width across hipline is 20(21-22-23-24) inches.

Darts: With A only - P 30(31-33-35-37), place a marker, P 40(42-43-45-46), place a marker, P to end.

Next row K to 2 sts before marker, K 2 tog, sl marker, K to next marker, sl marker, sl 1, K 1, psso, K to end. Repeat dart dec every 8th row 6(6-6-3-3) times then On Sizes 16(18) Only repeat dart dec every 6th row 4 times more.

Remove dart markers. Work on the 86(90-95-99-104) sts to 27 inches above markers, or desired length to underarm, end on wrong side. Width across back is 17¼(18-19-20-21) inches.

Raglan Armholes: Bind off 4(4-5-5-5) at beg of next 2 rows. Next row K 3, K 2 tog, K to last 5 sts, sl 1, K 1, psso, K 3. P 1 row. Repeat last 2 rows until 32(34-35-37-40) sts rem. Sl sts to a holder for neck.

Front: Work same as back until 42(44-45-47-50) rem, end on right side.

Neck: P 11 and sl them to a holder, P center 20(22-23-25-28) and sl them to 2nd holder for neck, P to end. Bind off 2 at neck 3 times and continue to dec at raglan until 2 sts rem, end on wrong side. K the 2 sts. P 2 tog and fasten off. Starting at neck, work other side to correspond.

Sleeves: With A - cast on 80(82-84-86-88). Starting with a K row, work 8 rows in St St. Place a marker at each end for hem. Work in stripe pat, shaping as follows:
Work 9 rows, end on right side.

Row 10: P 11(10-11-11-12), place a marker on needle, * P 20(21-21-22-22) place a marker, repeat from * twice more, P to end.

Dec Row: * K to marker, sl marker, K 2 tog, repeat from * 3 times more, K to end.

Note: Sl markers on every row. Repeat dec row every 10th row 4 times more. Remove markers. Work on the 60(62-64-66-68) sts until 6th B stripe has been completed. With A only - continue in St St to 17 inches above hem or desired length to underarm, end on wrong side. Width across sleeve at underarm is 12(12¼-12¾-13¼-13¾) inches.

Raglan Cap: Bind off 4 at beg of next 2 rows.

Dec: K 3, K 2 tog, K to last 5, sl 1, K 1, psso, K 3. Repeat dec every 4th row twice then every other row until 10 sts rem. Sl sts to a holder. Sew raglan seams, leaving left back seam open.

Neckband: With A - on right side, pick up and K 90(94-96-100-104), including holders. P 1 row and K 1 row. With B - work 2 rows. With A - work 9 rows. Bind off loosely. Sew raglan seam, joining neckband. Sew sleeve and underarm seams. Turn in hems at markers and sew in place. Turn neckband in half and sew in place.

Be Sure Your Stitch Gauge Is Correct

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