Row 2: P1, * k1, p1, rep from * across. Rep these 2 rows for 1”, end on RS. Change to larger needles and p next row on WS, dec 9(9-9-11) sts evenly spaced across – 68(74-78-84) sts.
Eyelet Row 1 (RS): K2, yo, SKP (sl 1, k1, psso), k to last 4 sts, SKP, yo, k2.
Rows 2-4: Work in St st over all sts. Rep rows 1-4 for eyelets, until 7 rows have been worked above rib.
Next Inc Rows (WS): P2, p in front and back of next st, p to last 3 sts, p in front and back of next st, p2. Rep Inc Row every 8th row 7 times more. Work even on 84(90-94-100) sts until piece measures 11(11-111/2-111/2)” from beg, end on WS. Change to smaller needles and work in k1TBL, p1 ribbing for 1/2”. Bind off in ribbing.
Rows 2-4: Work in St st over all sts. Rep rows 1-4 for eyelets, and work incs at side edge same as for back, keeping center sts between markers constant, and AT THE SAME TIME, when 10 eyelets have been worked above ribbing, discontinue center two eyelets only, but continue eyelets and incs at side edges, until piece measures 111/2(111/2-12-12)” from beg, end on WS.
Shape Armholes and Neck: Next row (WS): Work 42(45-47-50) sts and place on a holder, work to end. Working on left front sts only, bind off at beg of RS rows: 2 sts 8(8-8-10) times, 1 st 0(1-3-0) times, AT THE SAME TIME, bind off at beg of WS rows: 2 sts 8(9-9-10) times. Work even on remaining 10 sts in k1TBL, p1 ribbing for 13(131/2-131/2-141/2)” for strap. Bind off. Work right front sts from holder and complete to correspond to left front, reversing shaping.
Steam pieces (See instructions on page 1). Sew side seams. Sew bound-off edge of straps to back.
Crochet Edging: With RS facing, using crochet hook and A, work edging around armholes, straps and neck as follows: *Sc in next st or row, ch 2, sk 2 sts or rows; rep from * around. Join and fasten off. Weave B through ch-2 spaces of crochet edging and tie at center front (see photo).