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Boardwalk Blouse

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Sometimes you need a top that can take you from the beach and the boardwalk by day, to the “summer lovin’ ” of the boardwalk at night! This top is inspired by the silhouette popular in the 1950s, and can be knit in playful colors for a casual look; or chose something more sultry that can take you into the evening as well! Neckline is customizable to create a boat neck or a slash neck!

“Boardwalk Blouse” is part of the Pink Ladies Collection!

CONSTRUCTION
Designed to be worn with 0-2” of negative ease, the Boardwalk Blouse is knit from the top down starting with the upper back. The front is cast on separately, and worked identically to the back. The two pieces are joined at the underarm, worked in the round and shaped to the hem. Shoulders are seamed, making the neckline width customizable, then stitches are picked up and knit around the armholes to create the ribbing.

SIZES
XS (S, M, L) 1X, 2X, 3X

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
BUST:
30 (34, 38, 42) 46, 50, 54”
76 (86, 97, 107) 117, 127, 137 cm

MATERIALS
YARN

Main Color: 2 (2, 2, 3) 3, 3, 3 skeins CoBaSi (55% cotton, 16% bamboo, 21% elastic nylon, 8% silk; 220 yards/201 meters) OR approximately 340 (385, 445, 490) 525, 565, 595 yards / 310 (350, 405, 450) 480, 515, 545 meters of fingering weight yarn with similar elastic properties
Contrast Color: 1 (1, 2, 2) 2, 2, 2 skeins CoBaSi OR approximately 195 (220, 250, 275) 300, 320, 335 yards / 180 (200, 230, 250) 275, 295, 305 meters
Note: The pattern includes information on finding/adjusting your size; the design is cropped but the top down construction makes adding length very simple. If you would like to add more length, just be sure to procure extra yarn <3

SUGGESTED NEEDLES
US 3/3.25 mm 24” circular needle & 32” for magic loop or DPNs
US 2/2.75 mm 24” circular needle & 32” for magic loop or DPNs
notions: stitch markers, scrap yarn or stitch holder, tapestry needle, row counter (recommended)

TECHNIQUES
knitting and purling
increasing & decreasing
picking up stitches
seaming


PLEASE NOTE: YARN SUBSTITUTION: this top is designed with a unique cotton based yarn; it differs from 100% cotton yarns because of the elastic content, which mimics wool. This allows the fibers to be stretchy and hug the body to achieve this vintage style silhouette. If you are substituting yarn, the next best option would be wool. A 100% cotton yarn will not have elasticity and will not achieve the look pictured.
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