STRAP AND GUSSET
Using CC1, CO 208 sts. Place marker and join to begin working in the round, being careful not to twist. After the first round or two have been worked, mark beginning of round on CO edge using safety pin.
Round 1: K all sts.
Round 2: P all sts.
Repeat these 2 rounds 6 times more.
Loosely BO all sts. Mark beginning of round on BO edge using safety pin.
**On CO edge of strap/gusset piece, count 22 CO sts to the right of the marked beginning of the round. Beginning from this point, using MC and with RS facing, pick up and k 44 sts along CO edge (this will be 22 sts before and 22 sts after marked beginning of round). Remove safety pin.
Next Row [WS]: K to last st, attach last st (see Pattern Notes).
Repeat this row 5 times more (on both RS and WS rows). 3 sts are attached at each side of work.
Next Row [WS]: K3, p to last 3 sts, k2, attach last st.
Next Row [RS]: K to last st, attach last st.
These 2 rows set pattern for front.
Work 9 more rows in pattern, ending with a WS row.
Decrease Row [RS]: K3, ssk, k to last 5 sts, k2tog, k2, attach last st.
Repeat these 10 rows 4 times more. 34 sts.**
Work 5 rows in garter st, attaching last st of every row.
BO all sts.
Working along BO edge of strap/gusset, work from ** to ** as for front.
Work 4 more rows in pattern, attaching last st of each row.
Note: From this point, do not attach the last st of each row.
Row 1 [WS]: Sl 1, k1, kfb, p to last 3 sts, k1, kfb, k1. 36 sts.
Row 2 [RS]: Sl 1, k to end.
Row 3 [WS]: Sl 1, k3, p to last 4 sts, k4.
Rows 2 and 3 set pattern for flap.
Work 12 more rows in pattern.
Note: See Pattern Notes re. the Intarsia method of color work.
Next Row [RS]: Sl 1, k7, place marker, work Row 1 of chart over next 22 sts, place marker, k to end.
Continue in pattern, working chart over 22 sts betwen markers, until Row 27 of chart is complete.
Work 3 more rows in pattern, removing markers and ending with a WS row.
Next Row [RS]: Sl 1, k3, ssk, k to last 6 sts, k2tog, k4.
Next Row [WS]: Sl 1, k to end.
Repeat these 2 rows twice more. BO remaining 30 sts.
Using Backstitch, with CC1 and tapestry needle, embroider leaf detail and stem, using diagram at right --> and photos as guides.