Adult Vest

1'A (1%, 2, 2'A, 3)" 4 Q4-4'A, 5, 5-5'A, 6)" J

2'A (2'A, 3, 3'A, 4, 4'A)" 6% (7, 7'A, 7'A, 7%, 8)" /

1'A (1%, 2, 2'A, 3)" 4 Q4-4'A, 5, 5-5'A, 6)" J

2'A (2'A, 3, 3'A, 4, 4'A)" 6% (7, 7'A, 7'A, 7%, 8)" /

MATERIALS

■ Table 1. Approximate Yardage for Vest 1

Desired yarn, in the amount specified in Table 1

Gauge (in

Approximate Yardage

1 pair straight needles in size needed to obtain gauge

Stockinette Stitch)

Baby/Child Vest

Adult Vest

Circular needle one size smaller than needles used for vest

2 sts/in.

200-400 yd.

350-750 yd.

body (to work some edgings)

3 sts/in.

300-450 yd.

450-900 yd.

2 stitch holders

4 sts/in.

400-600 yd.

600-1,100 yd.

Row counter

5 sts/in.

450-700 yd.

750-1,200 yd.

Tapestry needle

6 sts/in.

500-800 yd.

950-1,750 yd.

Buttons for cardigan (5 for baby/child sizes, 7 for adult sizes) NOTES ON THE SAMPLES

The men's v-neck vest is knit in Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky (Color #M02, 85% wool/15% mohair, 190 yd./4 oz. skein, 3 sts per inch). It has a braided cable running up the center front and is trimmed in 1x1 rib.

The striped baby vest is knit in GGH/Muench Bali (Colors #86, #22, and #21, 50% cotton/50% acrylic, 154 yd./50g ball, 5 sts per inch). It is worked in a stripe pattern of 8 rows of the main color and 3 rows of the contrast color. The hem, armholes, and crewneck are worked in 2x2 rib in a third color.

Edging Stitch Patterns

You usually want to include an edging to ensure a neat fit for your vest. Ribbings and hems also keep the edges from stretching and flaring. You might want to knit your edging in needles one or two sizes smaller than those used for the vest body to guarantee a firm edge.

1X1 RIBBED EDGING (EVEN NO. OF STS)

This edging is the most common choice for vests and sweaters, and it is easy to do.

2 Rep row 1 to desired length.

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2X2 RIBBED EDGING (EVEN NO. OF STS)

This edging creates a nice elastic trim. For a multiple of 4 sts, work as follows:

O Row 1 (RS): *K2, p2; rep from * to end of row. Q Rep row 1 to desired length. For a multiple of 4 sts plus 2, work as follows: O Row 1 (RS): K2, *p2, k2; rep from * to end of row. Q Row 2 (WS): *P2, *k2, p2; rep from * to end of row. Q Rep rows l and 2 to desired length.

Note: You can make a ribbed edging using virtually any number of stitches. For example, the adult sweater shown in Chapter 8 uses a 3x2 ribbed edging. Creating a unique edging is a powerful design technique.

ROLLED EDGING (ANY NO. OF STS)

To make this easy edging tidy, use needles one size smaller than those used for the vest body.

Q Rep rows l and 2 for about l inch or to desired length.

Note: If you are using this edging for the bands around the neck, armholes, or cardigan fronts and you have picked up stitches from the RS, begin edging with row 2.

GARTER STITCH EDGING (ANY NO. OF STS)

To make this flat edging firm, use needles one size smaller than those used for the vest body.

Q Rep row 1 to desired length.

SEED STITCH EDGING (ANY NO. OF STS)

Seed stitch has a tendency to work up in a looser gauge than stockinette stitch, so use needles one or two sizes smaller to make it firm. For an even number of sts, work as follows:

3 Rep rows 1 and 2 to desired length.

For an odd number of sts, work as follows:

1 Row 1 (RS): K1, *p1, k1; rep from * to end of row.

2 Rep row 1 to desired length.

TURNED HEM (ANY NO. OF STS)

This edging produces a smooth and elegant line. Use needles one size smaller than those used for the vest body for steps 1-4 for a firm hem.

3 Rep rows 1 and 2 for approximately 1 inch.

4 Next row (RS): Purl across row to form folding ridge.

Note: For a picot hem, work the folding ridge as an eyelet row by repeating k2tog, yo across, ending k1 if necessary

5 Change to larger needles to beg working body of vest.

Note: Measure from the folding ridge when pattern specifies to measure from the beginning.

On the Edge

An easy way to liven up a vest is to work the ribbing or garter stitch border in an accent color or stripes. Alternatively, you can dress up a vest with edgings other than the ones presented here. Ruffles, scalloped edges, and lacey borders are just a few options. See "Fancy Knitted Borders" on page 287 for more ideas.

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The back is worked the same way for both the pullover and the cardigan vest. The instructions for the baby/child version and the adult version of the vests are separate.

MAKE BACK: ALL BABY/CHILD VESTS

O CO sts for your size and gauge according to Table 2.

© Choose one of the edgings from pages 127-129 and work for 1 (1 % 1 % 1X 2) inches, desired length, or length specified for your edging choice, ending with a WS row.

Note: If you want to work an edging that requires a different number of sts than that specified for your size and gauge in Table 2, you can cast on I or 2 fewer sts and work the edging to one row before the end. Increase back to the stitch count specified in Table 2 on the last edging row.

Q Beg with a knit row, work in St st until back measures 6'A (7,8, 9,10) inches from CO edge, ending with a WS row.

O Next row (RS)-Beg armhole shaping: Beg next 2 rows, BO the number of sts specified for your gauge in Table 3.

Table 2. Cast On for Baby/Child Vest Back 1

Gauge

No. of Sts to CO

2 sts/in.

22 (24, 28, 30, 32) sts

3 sts/in.

33 (36, 42, 45, 48) sts

4 sts/in.

44 (48, 56, 60, 64) sts

5 sts/in.

55 (60, 70, 75, 80) sts

6 sts/in.

66 (72, 84, 90, 96) sts

Table 3. Baby/Child Vest Back: Begin Armhole Shaping

Gauge

No. of Sts to BO Beg Next 2 Rows

2 sts/in.

2 sts

3 sts/in.

3 sts

4 sts/in.

4 sts

5 sts/in.

5 sts

6 sts/in.

6 sts

5 Beg next row (RS), dec 1 st each end every RS row the number of times specified for your size and gauge in the second column of Table 4. You should have rem the number of sts specified for your size and gauge in the third column of Table 4.

6 Cont without further shaping until armhole measures 4V2 (514, 6, 612, 7) inches, ending with a WS row.

7 Beg shoulder shaping: Beg next 2 rows, BO the number of sts specified for your size and gauge in Table 5.

8 Beg next 2 rows, BO the number of sts specified for your size and gauge in the second column in Table 6. You should have rem the number of neck sts specified for your gauge and size in the third column of Table 6.

9 Cut yarn and put rem neck sts onto holder or spare needle for later; this should be the number of sts specified in the third column of Table 6.

0 Go to instructions for desired front style under "Make Front: Baby/Child Vests," page 132.

Table 4. Baby/Child Vest Back: Armhole Shaping_J Table 5. Baby/Child Vest Back: Begin Shoulder Shaping

Gauge

No. of Times to Dec 1 St Each End Every RS Row

No. of Sts After Armhole Shaping

Gauge

No. of Sts to BO Beg Next 2 Rows

2 sts/in.

2 (2, 3, 3, 2) times

14 (16, 18, 20, 24) sts

2 sts/in.

2 (2, 2, 3, 3) sts

3 sts/in.

3 (4, 5, 4, 3) times

21 (22, 26, 31, 36) sts

3 sts/in.

2 (3, 3, 4, 5) sts

4 sts/in.

4 (5, 6, 5, 4) times

28 (30, 36, 42, 48) sts

4 sts/in.

3 (3,4, 5, 6) sts

5 sts/in.

5 (6, 7, 6, 5) times

35 (38, 46, 53, 60) sts

5 sts/in.

4 (4, 5, 6, 8) sts

6 sts/in.

6 (7, 9, 7, 6) times

42 (46, 54, 64, 72) sts

6 sts/in.

5 (5, 6, 8, 9) sts

Table 6. Baby/Child Vest Back: Finish Shoulder Shaping

Gauge

No. of Sts to BO Beg Next 2 Rows

No. of Neck Sts After Shoulder Shaping

2 sts/in.

1 (2, 2, 2, 3) sts

8 (8, 10, 10, 12) sts

3 sts/in.

2 (2, 2, 3, 4) sts

13 (12, 16, 17, 18) sts

4 sts/in.

3 (3,4, 5, 6) sts

16 (18, 20, 22, 24) sts

5 sts/in.

3 (4, 5, 6, 7) sts

21 (22, 26, 29, 30) sts

6 sts/in.

4 (4, 6, 7, 9) sts

24 (28, 30, 34, 36) sts

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MAKE FRONT: BABY/CHILD VESTS

You can choose from several styles for the vest front. If you're making a pullover, you can shape the neck with either the round neck, which is high, or the v-neck, which is probably the most common neck shaping style for vests. You can also make a v-neck cardigan vest, which allows more opportunity to embellish with ribbings and buttons.

Baby/Child Pullover Vest: Round-Neck Front

O Work as for vest back, including armhole, until front measures 9 (10%, 12,13,14'A) inches from CO edge, ending with a RS row.

Q Shape right neck and shoulder: Work across the number of sts specified for your size and gauge in Table 7.

Q Turn and put rem sts, as specified for your size and gauge in Table 8, onto holder or spare needle.

o Working right shoulder sts only, dec 1 st at neck edge every row for the number of rows specified for your size and gauge in Table 9.

Table 7. Baby/Child Round-Neck Pullover Vest Front: Begin Neck Shaping

Gauge

No. of Sts to Work Across

2 sts/in.

6 (7, 7, 8, 9) sts

3 sts/in.

9 (9, 10, 12, 13) sts

4 sts/in.

12 (12, 14, 16, 18) sts

5 sts/in.

14 (15, 18, 20, 22) sts

Table 9. Baby/Child Round-Neck Pullover Vest Front: Begin Right Neck Shaping

Gauge No. of Rows to Dec 1 St at Neck Edge

Table 9. Baby/Child Round-Neck Pullover Vest Front: Begin Right Neck Shaping

Gauge No. of Rows to Dec 1 St at Neck Edge

2 sts/in.

2 (2, 2, 2, 2) rows

3 sts/in.

3 (2, 3, 3, 2) rows

4 sts/in.

3 (3, 3, 3, 3) rows

5 sts/in.

4 (4, 4, 4, 4) rows

6 sts/in.

4 (5, 5, 5, 5) rows

Table 8. Baby/Child Round-Neck Pullover Vest Front: Left Shoulder Stitches on Holder

Gauge

No. of Unworked Sts on Holder for Left Shoulder

2 sts/in.

8 (9, 11, 12, 15) sts

3 sts/in.

12 (13, 16, 19, 23) sts

4 sts/in.

16 (18, 22, 26, 30) sts

5 sts/in.

21 (23, 28, 33, 38) sts

6 sts/in.

25 (28, 33, 40, 45) sts

0 Beg next row, dec 1 st at neck edge every other row the number of times specified for your size and gauge in the second column of Table 10. You should have rem the number of sts specified for your size and gauge in the third column of Table 10.

0 AT THE SAME TIME, when armhole measures 4'A (5'/«, 6, 6V2,7) inches, ending with a RS row, begin shaping shoulders. Beg next row (WS), BO the number of sts specified for your size and gauge in Table 11.

0 Next row (WS)—Finish shoulder shaping: BO rem shoulder sts, as indicated for your size and gauge in Table 12.

Table 10. Baby/Child Round-Neck Pullover Vest Front: Finish Right Neck Shaping

Gauge

No. of Times to Dec 1 St at Neck Edge Every Other Row

No. of Sts After Shaping Right Neck

2 sts/in.

All sizes: 1 time

3 (4, 4, 5, 6) sts

3 sts/in.

All sizes: 2 times

4 (5, 5, 7, 9) sts

4 sts/in.

All sizes: 3 times

6 (6, 8, 10, 12) sts

5 sts/in.

3 (3, 4, 4, 3) times

7 (8, 10, 12, 15) sts

6 sts/in.

4 (4, 4, 4, 4) times

9 (9, 12, 15, 18) sts

Table 11. Baby/Child Round-Neck Pullover Vest Front: Begin Shoulder Shaping

Gauge

No. of Sts to BO Beg This Row, Begin Shaping Shoulders

2 sts/in.

2 (2, 2, 3, 3) sts

3 sts/in.

2 (3, 3, 4, 5) sts

4 sts/in.

3 (3, 4, 5, 6) sts

5 sts/in.

4 (4, 5, 6, 8) sts

6 sts/in.

5 (5, 6, 8, 9) sts

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Vests

Table 12. Baby/Child Round-Neck Pullover Vest Front: Finish Shoulder Shaping

No. of Sts to BO Beg This Row,

Gauge

Finish Shaping Shoulders

2 sts/in.

1 (2, 2, 2, 3) sts

3 sts/in.

2 (2, 2, 3, 4) sts

4 sts/in.

3 (3,4, 5, 6) sts

5 sts/in.

3 (4, 5, 6, 7) sts

6 sts/in.

4 (4, 6, 7, 9) sts

9 Beg left neck and shoulder shaping: Slip the number of sts indicated for your size and gauge in Table 13 onto another holder for the center neck.

0 Slip rem sts, as indicated for your size and gauge in Table 14, onto your needle.

  • Beg with a RS row, rejoin yarn and knit.
  • Shape left neck and shoulder as right neck and shoulder, reversing sides.
  • Go to "Block: All Vests," page 146.
Table 13. Baby/Child Round-Neck Pullover Vest Front:

Center Neck Stitches on Holder

Gauge

No. of Sts on Holder for Center

2 sts/in.

2 (2, 4, 4, 6) sts

3 sts/in.

3 (4, 6, 7, 10) sts

4 sts/in.

4 (6, 8, 10, 12) sts

5 sts/in.

7 (8, 10, 13, 16) sts

6 sts/in.

8 (10, 12, 16, 18) sts

Table 14. Baby/Child Round-Neck Pullover Vest Front: Begin Left Neck Shaping

Gauge

No. of Sts on Needle for Left Neck Shaping

2 sts/in.

6 (7, 7, 8, 9) sts

3 sts/in.

9 (9, 10, 12, 13) sts

4 sts/in.

12 (12, 14, 16, 18) sts

5 sts/in.

14 (15, 18, 20, 22) sts

6 sts/in.

17 (18, 21, 24, 27) sts

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