Summer vest knitting pattern

Women's vest knitting pattern

Vest knitting patternSIZE 8 (10:12:14:16:18:20:22:24:26)

YARN

Rowan Summerlite 4ply (4ply weight; 100% cotton; 175m/191yds per 50g ball)

Anchor Artiste Metallic (Lace weight; 80% viscose, 20% metallized polyester; 100m/109yds per 25g ball)

NEEDLES & ACCESSORIES

1 pair 2.75mm (UK 12/US 2) knitting needles

1 pair 3mm (UK 8/US 6) knitting needles

Two 4mm (UK 8/US 6) double-pointed needles (DPNs)

2.75mm (UK 11/US C) crochet hook

2 x 15mm buttons

Stitch holders

TENSION

26 sts and 44 rows to 10cm over moss st on 3mm needles

BACK

Using 3mm needles and yarn A, cast on 115 (121:125:129:137:143:151:159:165:173) sts.

Row 1 (RS): K1, *P1, K1; rep from * to end.

Row 2: As row 1.

These 2 rows form moss st.

Cont in moss st until Back meas 3 (3:3:4:4:6:6:8:6:8) cm, ending with RS facing for next row.

Dec 1 st at each end of next and foll 6th row, then on 5 foll 4th rows.

101 (107:111:115:123:129:137:145:151:159) sts.

Work 19 rows, ending with RS facing for next row.

Inc 1 st at each end of next and 3 foll 16th rows.

109 (115:119:123:131:137:145:153:159:167) sts.

Cont straight until Back meas 29 (29:28:31:30:32:31:33:32:34) cm, ending with RS facing for next row.

SHAPE ARMHOLES

Cast off 5 (5:6:6:7:7:8:8:9:9) sts at beg of next 2 rows.

99 (105:107:111:117:123:129:137:141:149) sts.**

Dec 1 st at each end of next 1 (1:1:1:1:1:3:11:7:15) rows, then on foll 16 (16:18:18: 20:20:21:17:22:18) alt rows.

65 (71:69:73:75:81:81:81:83:83) sts.

Work 1 row, ending with RS facing for next row.

DIVIDE FOR BACK OPENING

Next row (RS): Work 2 tog, moss st 30 (33:32:34:35:38:38:38:39:39) sts and turn, leaving rem sts on a holder.

31 (34:33:35:36:39:39:39:40:40) sts.

Work each side of back opening separately. Dec 1 st at armhole edge of 2nd and foll 9 (15:13:17:17:22:22:22:22:22) alt rows, then on 6 (3:4:2:2:0:0:0:0:0) foll 4th rows. 15 (15:15:15:16:16:16:16:17:17) sts.

Work 1 row, ending with RS facing for next row.

Cast off.

With RS facing, rejoin yarn to sts on holder, work 2 tog, moss st to last 2 sts, work 2 tog. 31 (34:33:35:36:39:39:39:40:40) sts. Complete to match first side, reversing shapings.

FRONT

Work as given for Back to **.

Dec 1 st at each end of next 1 (1:1:1:1:1:3:11:7:15) rows, then on foll 27 (27:29:27:29:29:28:24:29:25) alt rows.

43 (49:47:55:57:63:67:67:69:69) sts.

Work 1 row, ending with RS facing for next row.

SHAPE FRONT NECK

Next row (RS): (Work 2 tog) 0 (1:1:1:1:1:1:1:1:1) times, moss st 11 (12:11:15:16:19:21:21:22:22) sts and turn, leaving rem sts on a holder.

11 (13:12:16:17:20:22:22:23:23) sts.

Work each side of neck separately.

Dec 1 st at neck edge of next 6 (6:6:4:6:12:8:8:10:10) rows, then on foll 1 (1:1:4:3:0:4:4:3:3) alt rows and at same time dec 1 st at armhole edge of 2nd and foll 0 (3:2:5:5:5:7:7:7:7) alt rows, then on 1 (0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0) foll 4th rows. 2 sts.

Work 1 row, ending with RS facing for next row.

Next row (RS): K2tog and fasten off.

With RS facing, rejoin yarn, cast off centre 21 sts, moss st to last 0 (2:2:2:2:2:2:2:2:2) sts, (work 2 tog) 0 (1:1:1:1:1:1:1:1:1) times.

11 (13:12:16:17:20:22:22:23:23) sts.

Complete to match first side, reversing shapings.

MAKING UP

Join both side seams using back stitch, or mattress stitch if preferred.

LEFT ARMHOLE BORDER

With RS facing, using 2.75mm needles and yarn A, beg at back neck cast-off edge, pick up and knit 63 (63:67:67:71:71:74:74:80:80) sts down left back armhole edge to top of side seam, then 52 (52:56:56:60:60:63:63:69:69) sts up left front armhole edge to fasten-off point.

115 (115:123:123:131:131:137:137:149:149) sts.

Cast off knitwise (on WS).

RIGHT ARMHOLE BORDER

With RS facing, using 2.75mm needles and yarn A, beg at front fasten-off point, pick up and knit 52 (52:56:56:60:60:63:63:69:69) sts down right front armhole edge to top of side seam, then 63 (63:67:67:71:71:74:74:80:80) sts up right back armhole edge to back neck cast-off edge. 115 (115:123:123:131:131:137:137:149:149) sts. Cast off knitwise (on WS).

KNOT STRIPS (make 4)

Using 4mm DPNs and one strand each of yarns A and B held together, cast on 7 sts.

Row 1 (RS): K7, *without turning slip these 7 sts to opposite end of needle and bring yarn to opposite end of work pulling it quite tightly across WS of work, K these 7 sts again, rep from * until strip is approx 50-55 cm long.

Slip sts onto a holder but do NOT break off yarn.

Join cast-on ends of knot strips so that there are two strips each with stitches on holders at each end.

Using photograph as a guide, sew joined points of strips to front neck edge so that strip seams fall at centre front. Form strips into a knot each side of centre front as in photograph, and neatly sew knots and strips in place to front neck edge.

Try on the garment, taking knot strips over shoulders and across cast-off edge of back neck sections. Adjust lengths of strips as required (by either unravelling a few rows or knitting a few more rows) and then cast off, so that cast-off ends of strips match back opening edge. Sew strips in place to back neck edges.

BUTTON LOOPS (make 2)

Using 2.75mm crochet hook and yarn A, chain 10 and fasten off, leaving a long tail at each end for sewing. Make button loop and sew to WS of fabric at top of back opening, one loop behind each strip. Attach button to correspond to loops. 

Design by Lisa Richardson

Measurements

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