MATERIALS: All styles are made with Patons Canadiana Knitting Worsted or Patons Carefree Canadiana Sayelle. Where 2 or 3 colours are used, one (2 oz) ball of main colour B and one ball each of contrasting colours A and C will leave sufficient yarn to use as contrasting colours in one other design as well.
For the solid colour style, you will need 2 balls and this will also leave sufficient for one contrasting colour in another style.
One No. 8 (4.00 mm) Milward aluminum crochet hook or whichever hook you require to produce the tension quoted for each style. 8 buttons for striped style. 2 buttons each for round and square styles. 1 button for hexagonal style.
You must use the exact yarns specified to be sure of satisfactory results.
Note: No sizes are given for these designs as they can be made to fit any bust side by adjusting the length of the side pieces. Since it is difficult to judge the exact length required until both side pieces are completed, we recommend that when fastening off these pieces, a length of yarn be left attached in order to work a few more rows if necessary.
TENSION: 4 sts= 1 inch.
Beginning at side edge with B, ch 5 sts.
Foundation row: (right side). 1 hdc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 hdc in each ch to end of ch. Ch 1. Turn. (5 sts in row).
1st row: (Turning ch always counts as 1st st). Miss 1st st. 1 sc in each st to end of row. Break B.
2nd row: With A, ch 2. 1 hdc in 1st st. 1 hdc in each st to last st. 2 hdc in last st. Ch 1. Turn. (7 sts in row).
3rd row: As 1st row. Break A.
4th row: With C, as 2nd row. (9 sts in row).
5th row: With C, as 1st row. Break C.
Continue working 2 rows in each colour, increasing 1 st each end of row on next and every alternate row to 39 sts in row, thus ending with 2nd row of C.
Next row: With A, as 2nd row. (41 sts in row). Work 3 rows even. Break A.
Next row: With C, ch 2. Miss 1st st. 1 hdc in each st to last st. Miss last st. Ch 1. Turn. (40 sts in row).
Next row: Miss 1 st. 1 sc in each st to last st. Miss last st. Turn (39 sts in row). Break C.
Join A and continue working 2 rows in each colour decreasing 1 st at end of each row to 5 sts in row, thus ending with 2nd row of B. Do not fasten off.
Next row: Ch 2. Miss 1st st. 1 hdc in each st to end of row. Turn.
Repeat last row until strap measures desired length to middle of back. See note on page 2 then fasten off.
With right side of work facing, join B in 1st st of foundation ch. Ch 2. Miss 1st ch. 1 hdc in each of next 4 ch. Turn.
Continue as given for 1st strap to last row.
Last row: Ch 2. Miss 1st st. 1 hdc in next st. Ch 1. Miss 1st st for buttonhole. 1 hdc in each of last 2 sts. Fasten off.
With right side of work facing, join B in end of 1st row of 1st A stripe and work 1 row sc along edge to last stripe. Fasten off. Work 1 row sc along other edge.
NECK BAND: With B, ch 70 sts. 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook. 1 dc in next ch. * 2 dc in next ch. 1 dc in each of next 2 ch. Repeat from * to end of ch. Fasten off.
With right side of work facing and using 2 strands of yarn, join B in back loop of st at top of centre stripe. Ch 3. Fasten off. Sew top of ch to back loop of centre st on neck band. Miss 1 st and join B in next st. Ch 5. Fasten off. Sew top of ch to corresponding st on neck band. Missing 1 st between each chain, work 2 more chains (one 7 ch long and one 9 ch long) and sew those to neck band in same manner.
Work 3 chains of corresponding lengths on other side of centre stripe and sew to neck band (7 chains in all).
Press lightly, blocking to shape. Sew button to correspond to buttonhole on side strap. Sew button at end of neck band and use space between sts for buttonhole. Sew 6 buttons evenly spaced along centre stripe as illustrated.