Riley Halter Cover-Up

You might not think so at first, but summer is a great time to show off your knitted garments. Using lightweight yarns and openwork lace, the Riley Halter is the perfect example of that. Combining a conservatively cut front with an openwork scaly lace in the back, this is the perfect cover-up that everyone will envy.

Skill Level: Advanced

Size: Finished Bust Size 31.25 (33.5, 36.5, 39.25, 42.25, 48)” / [79.35 (85, 92.75, 99.75, 107.5, 122) cm]

Neutral ease recommended.

Shown in size 33.5”.

Gauge: 22 sts and 31 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st.

Materials

Super fine weight yarnYarn: Cascade Yarns Heritage Silk (85% Merino wool, 15% Mulberry Silk; 437 yards [400 meters]/100 grams [3.5 oz]): 5630 Seafoam (2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 4) skeins)

Needles: US size 5 (3.75 mm) 24” circular.

Notions: Markers, stitch holders, tapestry needle.

Special Stitches

Fern Lace

Rnd 1: (Yo, k6, k2tog) twice.

Rnd 2: Knit.

Rnd 3: (K1, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo) twice.

Rnd 4: Knit.

Rnd 5: (Yo, ssk) twice, k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1.

Rnd 6: Knit.

Rnd 7: K1, (yo, ssk) twice, k2, yo, sl2, k1, p2sso, yo, k2, (k2tog, yo) twice.

Rnd 8: K4, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k3.

Rnd 9: Yo, (k1, yo, ssk) 3 times, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog.

Rnd 10: K3, (yo, ssk, k1) twice, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k2.

Rnd 11: (K1, yo, ssk) twice, k1, yo, sl2, k1, p2sso, (yo, k1, k2tog) twice, yo.

Rnd 12: K2, yo, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, k3, (k2tog, yo, k1) twice.

Rnd 13: Yo, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, k7, k2tog, yo, k2.

Rnd 14: K1, yo, ssk, k11, k2tog, yo.

Rep Rnds 1-14 for patt.

Pattern

Body

Using Backwards Loop method, CO 176 (192, 208, 224, 240, 272) sts. Pm and join for working in the round.

Purl 1 rnd.

Knit 1 rnd.

Work Fern Lace for 14 rnd.

Next Rnd: K16, work Fern Lace across following 64 (80, 80, 96, 96, 112) sts, knit to end of rnd. Remove m, k12 (8, 12, 8, 12, 12), pm for new end of rnd.

Work in patt for 6” / [15.25 cm] from CO edge.

Setup Rnd: Work 88 (96, 104, 112, 120, 136) sts in patt, pm for side, work to end of rnd.

Dec Rnd: *K1, k2tog, work in patt to 3 sts from m, ssk, k1, sm; rep from * once more. (4 sts dec’d)

Work 5 rnd even.

Rep previous 6 rnds 7 (7, 7, 7, 7, 7) more times. (144 (160, 176, 192, 208, 240) sts)

Work evenly in patt until piece meas 16” / [40.75 cm] from CO edge.

Inc Rnd: *K1, m1l, work in patt to 1 st from m, m1r, k1, sm; rep from * once more. (4 sts inc’d) Work 7 rnd even.

Rep previous 8 rnds 6 (5, 5, 5, 5, 5) times. (172 (184, 200, 216, 232, 264) sts)

Work evenly in patt until piece meas approx. 24” / [61 cm] form CO edge, ending on Rnd 14.

Knit 3 rnds.

Next Rnd: Purl to m, knit to end.

Rep previous rnd once more.

Next Rnd: BO the following 86 (92, 100, 108, 116, 132) sts pwise, knit to end.

Piece will now be worked back and forth.

Yoke

Armhole Shaping (RS): Sl 2 wyib, p1, sssk, knit to 6 sts from end, k3tog, p1, k2. (4 sts dec’d)

Next Row (WS): Sl 2 wyif, k1, purl to 3 sts from end, k1, p2.

Rep previous 2 rows 2 (3, 3, 5, 6, 8) more times. (74 (76, 84, 84, 88, 96) sts)

Raglan Shaping (RS): Sl 2 wyib, p1, ssk, knit to 5 sts from end, k2tog, p1, k2. (2 sts dec’d)

Next Rows (WS): Sl 2 wyif, k1, purl to 3 sts form end, k1, p2.

Rep previous 2 rows 18 (18, 19, 17, 19, 22) more times. (36 (38, 44, 48, 48, 50) sts)

Straps

Left Strap

Setup Row (RS): Sl 2 wyib, p1, k1 (1, 2, 3, 3, 4), p1, k2. Place rem 29 (31, 36, 39, 39, 40) sts on holder.

Row 1 (WS): Sl 2 wyif, k1, p1 (1, 2, 3, 3, 4), k1, p2.

Row 2 (RS): Sl 2 wyib, p1, k1 (1, 2, 3, 3, 4), p1, k2.

Rep previous 2 rows until Strap meas 14” / [35.5 cm], or desired length from CO edge.

BO all sts in patt.

Right Strap

With WS facing, return 7 (7, 8, 9, 9, 10) sts to needles and rejoin yarn.

Row 1 (WS): Sl 2 wyif, k1, p1 (1, 2, 3, 3, 4), k1, p2.

Row 2 (RS): Sl 2 wyib, p1, k1 (1, 2, 3, 3, 4), p1, k2.

Rep previous 2 rows until Strap meas 14” / [35.5 cm], or desired length from CO edge.

BO all sts in patt.

Neck

With RS facing, return remaining 22 (24, 28, 30, 30, 30) sts to needles and rejoin yarn.

Knit 1 row.

Purl 1 row.

BO using the i-cord method as follows:

CO 3 sts.

Row 1: K2, k2tog. (1 st dec’d)

Row 2: Sl 3 sts on Right Needle back to Left Needle.

Rep previous 2 rows 21 (23, 27, 29, 29, 29) times. (3 sts)

Next Row: K1, k2tog. (2 sts)

Break yarn, pull yarn through 2 sts.

Finishing

Weave in end, tacking Neck to Straps to create a seamless edge.

Sew Right Strap to the Left Back and Left Strap to Right Back.

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