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Haltermelon

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By Alana Dakos

When I came across these two vibrant colors of Manos Cotton Stria, I was instantly reminded of something. Watermelons! First I designed a Watermelon cardigan, which was wonderful during cooler weather. But I soon realized that what my little one truly needed was a summer version of this idea.

A sweet little halter top to wear to summer barbecues, picnics, and to play dates at the park. Thus “Haltermelon” was born! Now she can be delicious year round!

SIZE

6 months [9 months, 12 months, 2]
Shown in size 2

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Chest: 16.5[17.25, 18.5, 20] inches
(One inch of negative ease allowed for a fitted bodice)
Length: approx 7[7.5, 8, 9] inches after blocking

MATERIALS

Manos Cotton Stria [100% Peruvian Cotton; 116 yards/106 meters per 1.75 ounce/50 gram skein];

#204 Pistachio [MC]; 2[2, 2, 2] skeins
#205 Melon [CC]; 1 skein split into 2 balls
Scraps of black yarn (sample made with double strand of Panda Silk sock yarn - Black)

Recommended needle sizes

US #6/4mm 16 inch and 24 inch circular needles, double pointed needles (2 for I-cord)

Notions

Stitch holder
One button
Tapestry needle

GAUGE

20 sts and 28 rows = 4" in St st


INSTRUCTIONS

SKIRT

Haltermelon Back ViewUsing MC and the long tail cast on purlwise method, cast on 55[58, 63, 67] sts, pm, cast on 55[58, 63, 67] more sts, pm and join into a round, being careful not to twist the sts: 110[116, 126, 134] sts.
Rnd 1: Knit around.
Rnd 2: Purl around.
Rnds 3-5: Repeat Rnds 1-2 once, then repeat Rnd 1 once more.
Rnds 6-16: Knit 11 rnds.

Decrease Rnd: * Knit to within 2 sts of marker, ssk, slip marker; repeat from * once more: 108[114, 124, 132] sts.
Knit 10[12, 14, 16] rnds more, then repeat decrease rnd: 106[112, 122, 130] sts.
Work in St st until piece measures 5[5.5, 6, 7] inches from cast on edge.

Gathering Round: Knit around, decreasing 24[26, 30, 30] sts evenly spaced: 82[86, 92, 100] sts.
Cut yarn.

BODICE

With CC and 16 inch circular needle, knit 2 rnds.
Eyelet Rnd: [Yo, k2tog] around, making sure to maintain 41[43, 46, 50] sts between markers.
Next Rnd: Knit to first marker, slip marker, k4[4, 5, 6] sts, work in k1, p1 ribbing across back to last 4[4, 5, 6] sts, k4[4, 5, 6].
Repeat last rnd until Bodice measures .5[.5, .5, 1] inch.

Shape Back and Armholes

Knit to within 4[4, 5, 6] sts of first marker, bind off 4[4, 5, 6] sts, remove marker, bind off 4[4, 5, 6] sts more, bind off across ribbed sts in pattern, bind off last 4 [4, 5, 6] sts before marker in knit, remove marker, bind off 4[4, 5, 6] more sts: 33[35, 36, 38] sts. Cut yarn.

Front

Begin working in rows.
Row 1: Knit across.
Row 2: Purl across.
Row 3 (Decrease row): K1, ssk, knit across to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1: 31[33, 34, 36] sts.
Rows 4-7: Repeat Rows 2 and 3, 2 times: 27[29, 30, 32] sts.
Work even in St st until piece measures 7[7.5, 8, 9] inches, ending with a RS row.

Neck Shaping

Next row: P6. Do not cut yarn. Join second ball of CC, bind off center 15[17, 18, 20] sts, p across: 6 sts each side.

Working both sides at same time, decrease one st at neck edge every other row twice: 4 sts remain on each side.

Place right front sts on a st holder. Work on left side sts only.

LEFT STRAP

Haltermelon Detail

Change to double pointed needles.
K4, * slide to opposite end of needle, k4; repeat from * (I-cord) for 2.5[3, 3.5, 4] inches or length to reach back of child's neck.

Buttonhole Tab

Row 1: Purl across.
Row 2: K1, kfb, M1, kfb, k1: 7 sts.
Row 3: P3, yo, p2tog, p2.
Row 4: Knit across.
Row 5: Purl across.
Row 6: K1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1: 5 sts.
Bind off remaining sts purlwise.

RIGHT STRAP

Haltermelon Neck Closure

Return 4 right side stitches to double pointed needle.
K4, * slide to opposite end of needle, k4; repeat from * for 2.5[3, 3.5, 4] inches or length to reach back of child's neck.

Button Tab

Row 1: Purl across.
Row 2: K1, kfb, M1, kfb, k1: 7 sts.
Row 3: Purl across.
Row 4: Knit across.
Row 5: Purl across.
Row 6: K1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1: 5 sts.
Bind off remaining sts purlwise.

Haltermelon Detail

FINISHING

With black yarn and a tapestry needle, embroider watermelon seeds onto bodice front section as shown in photo.

Sew button to the Button Tab opposite buttonhole.

Wet Block. Weave in ends. Then put it on your little one and enjoy!

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Alana Dakos is a hopelessly obsessed knitter, blogger and podcaster living in Sunny California. She lives with her very supportive husband and 3 year old daughter who constantly inspires her to design new feminine little things. To see more designs visit Alana's knitting blog. Be sure to also check out the NeverNotKnitting podcast available on iTunes to hear about Alana's latest knitting adventures!

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