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Textured Vest

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This vest couldn't be easier to knit with side-to-side construction. With no shaping involved, it's perfect for the beginning knitter.

Design by Valerie Zumwalt

Skill Level

Easy

Sizes

Woman's small (medium, large, extra-large, 2X-large, 3X-large) Instructions are given for smallest size, with larger sizes in parentheses. When only 1 number is given, it applies to all sizes.

Finished Measurements

Width: 50 1/2 (50 1/2, 50 1/2, 56 1/2, 56 1/2, 56 1/2) inches

Length: 22 inches

Materials

  • The Fibre Company Acadia (DK weight; 60% merino wool/20% baby alpaca/20% silk; 145 yds/50g per skein): 8 (8, 8, 8, 9, 9) skeins maple
  • Size 8 (5mm) 24-inch circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Stitch marker

Gauge

22 sts and 32 rows = 4 inches/10cm in Textured pat.
To save time, take time to check gauge.

Pattern Stitch

Textured (multiple of 24 sts)

Note: A chart is provided for those preferring to work pat from a chart.

Row 1 (RS): *P2, k2, p8, k2, p2, k8; rep from * across.

Row 2: *P8, k2, p2, k8, p2, k2; rep from * across.

Row 3: *P2, k8, p2, k2, p8, k2; rep from * across.

Row 4: *P2, k8, p2, k2, p8, k2; rep from * across.

Row 5: *P8, k2, p2, k8, p2, k2; rep from * across.

Row 6: *P2, k2, p8, k2, p2, k8; rep from * across.

Row 7: *K6, p2, k2, p8, k2, p2, k2; rep from * across.

Row 8: *P2, k2, p2, k8, p2, k2, p6; rep from * across.

Row 9: *P4, k2, p2, k8, p2, k2, p4; rep from * across.

Row 10: *K4, p2, k2, p8, k2, p2, k4; rep from * across.

Row 11: *K2, p2, k2, p8, k2, p2, k6; rep from * across.

Row 12: *P6, k2, p2, k8, p2, k2, p2; rep from * across.

Row 13: *K2, p2, k8, p2, k2, p8; rep from * across.

Row 14: *K8, p2, k2, p8, k2, p2; rep from * across.

Row 15: *K2, p2, k2, p8, k2, p2, k6; rep from * across.

Row 16: *P6, k2, p2, k8, p2, k2, p2; rep from * across

Row 17: *P4, k2, p2, k8, p2, k2, p4; rep from * across.

Row 18: *K4, p2, k2, p8, k2, p2, k4; rep from across.

Row 19: *K6, p2, k2, p8, k2, p2, k2; rep from * across.

Row 20: *P2, k2, p2, k8, p2, k2, p6; rep from * across.

Row 21: *P8, k2, p2, k8, p2, k2; rep from * across.

Row 22: *P2, k2, p8, k2, p2, k8; rep from * across.

Row 23: *P2, k8, p2, k2, p8, k2; rep from * across.

Row 24: *P2, k8, p2, k2, p8, k2; rep from * across.

Rep Rows 1-24 for pat.

Special Technique

Stretchy Bind-Off: *K2tog-tbl, place resulting st back on LH needle; rep from * until desired number of sts are bound off.

Pattern Note

As pattern is reversible it is helpful to mark the first pattern row as a right-side row.

Vest

Cable cast on (see page 94) 120 sts.

Work [Rows 1-24 of Textured pat] 5 (5, 5, 5, 5, 4) times.

For sizes small and extra-large only: Rep Rows 1-16.

For sizes medium and 2X-large only: Rep Rows 1-8.

For size 3X-large only: Rep Rows 1-22.

All Sizes

Row 17 (9, 1, 17, 9, 23): Work 24 sts in pat, Stretchy Bind Off 60 sts for armhole opening, work 36 sts in pat.

Row 18 (10, 2, 18, 10, 24): Work 36 sts in pat, cable cast on 60 sts, work 24 sts in pat.

Continue in established pat for 132 (148, 164, 180, 196, 212) more rows.

Shape armhole

Next row (pat Row 7 [15, 23, 7, 15, 21]): Work 24 sts in pat, Stretchy Bind Off 60 sts, work 36 sts in pat.

Next row (pat Row 8 [16, 24, 8, 16, 22]): Work 36 sts in pat, cable cast on 60 sts, work 24 sts in pat.

Continue in established pat for 136, (128, 120, 136, 128, 118) more rows.

Note: You will end on Row 24 of the pat.

Stretchy Bind Off all sts.

Fasten off.

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