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Easy Vest Knitting Pattern

Designed by Barbara Breiter

Easy Vest Knitting Pattern

This easy tuxedo style vest features centered points in the front.

Gauge:
16 sts=4" in St st with larger needles

Materials:
4½ skeins Unger Cappucino
wool blend
50 g/1.25 oz
100 m/110 yds
Note: This yarn is discontinued. See substituting yarn for help. Use a heavy worsted/light bulky weight yarn.
Size 10 US (6 mm) straight needles or size needed to obtain gauge
Size 8 US (5 mm) 29" circulars
Buttons if desired

Size:
Medium
Finished chest measurement=40"

Instructions

Back

With larger needles, CO 73 sts. Work 3" in St st.
Inc 1 st each every every 8th row 5 times - 83 sts
Work even until measures 12" from beg.
BO 6 sts beg next 2 rows - 71 sts
Dec 1 st each end every other row 7 times - 57sts
Work even until armhole measures 9".
BO 7 sts beg next 2 rows, then BO 6 sts beg next 2 rows.
Place rem 31 sts on holder.

Front (Make Two)

With larger needles, CO 3 sts.
Working in St st, at neck edge inc 1 st every other row 12 times. At same time, at armhole edge CO 4 sts every 4th row 5 times - 35 sts. Piece will measure approx 4" long. Place marker at neck edge.
Inc 1 st each end every 8th row 2 times - 39 sts. Work this section even until it measures 12" (do not include first 4" where sts were CO and increased in this measurement).
At armhole edge, BO 6 sts - 33 sts
At armhole edge, dec 1 st every other row 7 times - 26 sts
At same time, when 5 sts have been dec at armhole edge, beg with next RS row dec 1 st at neck edge every 4th row 13 times - 13 sts.
Work even until armhole measures 9".
At armhole edge, BO 7 sts, work back, BO 6 sts.

Finishing

Sew right and left shoulders of fronts to back.
With circular needles and RS facing, pick up sts evenly as needed around armhole and work 8 rows of garter st. BO. Repeat for other armhole.
Sew side seams.

Work garter st band around bottom
With circular needles and RS facing, beginning at marker along lower left front edge, pick up sts evenly as needed to bottom V point, place marker, continue to pick up sts along back and right front front to other bottom V point, place marker, continue to pick up sts to other marker along lower right front edge (initial markers can now be removed). Work 9 rows in garter st back and forth. At same time, on RS only inc 1 st at beg and end of each row and dec 1 st on neck edge side of each marker. BO.

Work garter st buttonhole and button bands
With circular needles and RS facing, beginning at right front lower edge (at straight point of neck edge), pick up sts evenly as needed to beginning of V neck, place marker, continue to pick up sts along V-neck, knit sts from holder for back of neck, pick up sts to end of V-neck on other side, place marker, pick up sts along rem left front edge. Work 9 rows in garter st back and forth. At same time, on RS only inc 1 st at beg and end of each row and dec 1 st on neck edge side of each marker. At same time, work buttonholes if desired on 5th row, spacing them evenly. BO.

Sew button/buttonhole bands to bottom band.

©Barbara Breiter. This design may not be reproduced in any manner without the expressed written consent of the author.

See Abbreviations and the Glossary for help.


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