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Chutes and Ladders

by Stacey Gerbman

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» model: M » photos: Brandy Fortune
Intermediate

Spring is a time to play and laugh. It is a great bridge from the cold winter air to the warmth of the summer sun. This playful vest was inspired by the need to create an all season garment that could act as “spring” to a little boys’ wardrobe.

It is a great piece to layer over long sleeves in winter, and a breathable hoodie for occasional rainy summer days.


 


Sizes

6-12 months[12-18 months, 2, 4, 6]
Shown in size 6

Finished Measurements

Chest: 19½[21¾, 24, 26½, 28] inches
Length: 11[12, 13, 14, 15] inches

Materials

Berroco Weekend [75% Acrylic, 25% Peruvian Cotton; 205 yards / 187 meters per 3.5 ounce / 100 gram hank];

5904 Pebble (MC); 1[2, 2, 2, 3] hank(s)
5931 Willow (CC1); 1 hank for all sizes
5907 Mouse (CC2); 1 hank for all sizes
5965 Terra Cotta (CC3); 1 hank for all sizes

Recommended needle sizes

US #7 / 4.5 cm set of 5 dpns or size needed for gauge
US #5 / 3.75 cm set of 5 dpns

Notions

Stitch markers, cable needle, tapestry needle

Gauge

20 sts and 32 rows = 4 inches in Cable rib pattern using larger size needle. Gauge is critical for this design.

Pattern Notes

Stitch Markers: The use of stitch markers in repeat of cable rib pattern is optional.  Stitch markers will be needed to mark start and finish of where hood stitches should be picked up.
Bind off: For optimal ease of picking up stitches along neck for hood, bind off neck edge stitches loosely.
C6F: Slip the next 3 sts onto the cable needle, hold the cable needle in front of the work, knit the next 3 sts from the left needle, then knit the sts from the cable needle.

Cable Rib Pattern (16 st repeat)
Row 1 (RS): Knit across.
Row 2: K2, p2, k2, p6, k2, p2.
Row 3: Knit across.
Row 4: K2, p2, k2, p6, k2, p2.
Row 5: K4, C6F, k6.
Row 6: K2, p2, k2, p6, k2, p2.
Row 7: Knit across.
Row 8: K2, p2, k2, p6, k2, p2.
Row 9: K4, C6F, k6.
Row 10: K2, p2, k2, p6, k2, p2.
Row 11: Knit across.
Row 12: K2, p2, k2 p6, k2, p2.
Row 13: Knit across.
Row 14: K2, p2, k2, p6, k2, p2.
Row 15: Knit across.
Row 16: K2, p2, k2, p6, k2, p2.
Row 17: K4, C6F, k6.
Repeat Rows 2-17 for pattern.

Skills Required

Basic increases and decreases, changing colors (stripes), cables

 

Back

Using larger size needle and MC, cast on 48[54, 60, 66, 72] sts.
Rows 1-4: *K1, p1; repeat from * across.
Row 5: With CC1, *k1, p2; repeat from * across.
Row 6 (RS): *K2, p1; repeat from * across.
Rows 7 and 8: Repeat Rows 5 and 6.
Row 9: With CC2, *k1, p2; repeat from * across.
Row 10: *K2, p1; repeat from * across.
Rows 11-12: Repeat Rows 9 and 10.
Row 13: With CC3, *k1, p2; repeat from * across.
Row 14: *K2, p1; repeat from * across.
Rows 15 and 16: Repeat Rows 13 and 14.

Detail

Begin Cable Rib Pattern
Row 1 (WS): With MC, knit across.
Row 2 (6-12 months Only): *K2, p2, k2, p6, k2, p2; repeat from * across.
Row 2 (12-18 months Only): K1, p2, pm, *k2, p2, k2, p6, k2, p2; repeat from * across to last 3 sts, pm, k2, p1.
Row 2 (2 years Only): P2, k2, p2, pm, *k2, p2, k2, p6, k2, p2; repeat from * across to last 6 sts, pm, k2, p2, k2.
Row 2 (4 years Only): P1, pm, *K2, p2, k2 p6, k2, p2* repeat from* across to last st, pm, p1.
Row 2 (6 years Only): K2, p2, pm, *k2, p2, k2, p6, k2, p2; repeat from * across to last 4 sts, pm, k2, p2.
Begin following Row 3 of cable rib pattern between markers. On all even rows follow established pattern stitches from outside edges to markers.
Continue in pattern for 6[6½, 7, 8, 9] inches.

Shape Armhole
Maintaining pattern, bind off 2 sts at the beginning of next 4 rows 40[46, 52, 58, 64] sts total.
For Size 6 years Only: Decrease one st at each end of every other row, 2 times: 60 sts.
Work even until Armholes measure 4½[5, 5½, 5½, 5½] inches, ending with a WS row.

Shape Back Neck
Work across 13[16, 18, 21, 22] sts, bind off center 14[14, 16, 16, 16] sts, work in pattern across. Place sts for right side of neck on holder.

Left Side
Row 1 (WS): Work across.
Row 2: Bind off 6[6, 7, 7, 7] sts in pattern (neck edge), work across: 7[10, 11, 14, 15] sts.
Row 3: Work across.
Bind off remaining 7[10, 11, 14, 15] sts in pattern.

Right Side
Row 1 (WS): With WS facing and beginning at neck edge, bind off 6[6, 7, 7, 7] sts in pattern, work across: 7[10, 11, 14, 15] sts.
Rows 2 and 3: Work across.
Bind off remaining 7[10, 11, 14, 15] sts in pattern.

Detail

Front

Work same as Back until armholes measure 4¼[4¾, 5¼, 5¼, 5¼] inches, end with a WS row.

Shape Front Neck
Work across 13[16, 18, 21, 22] sts and bind off center 14[14, 16, 16, 16] sts, work across. Place marker in first and last bound off sts to mark beginning and end of Hood. Place sts for left side on holder.

Right Side
Row 1: Work across.
Row 2: Bind off 3[3, 4, 4, 4] sts in pattern (neck edge), work across:10[13, 14, 17, 18] sts.
Row 3: Work across.
Row 4: Bind off 3 sts in pattern (neck edge), work across: 7[10, 11, 14, 15] sts.
Row 5: Work across.
Bind off remaining 7[10, 11, 14, 15] sts in pattern.
Left Side
Row 1 (WS): With WS facing and beginning at neck edge, bind off 3[3, 4, 4, 4] sts in pattern, work across: 7[10, 11, 14, 15] sts.
Row 2: Work across.
Row 3: Bind off 3 sts in pattern (neck edge), work across: 7[10, 11, 14, 15] sts.
Rows 4 and 5: Work across.
Bind off remaining 7[10, 11, 14, 15] sts in pattern.

FINISHING

Sew shoulders and side seams together using the method of your choice.

Armhole Edging
Using CC3 and smaller size dpns, pick up and knit 60[66, 72, 72, 72] sts around armhole edge.
Rnd 1: *K1, p1; repeat from * around.
Rnds 2-4: Change to CC2, *k1, p1; repeat from * around.
Rnds 5-7: Change to CC1, *k1, p1; repeat from * around.
Bind off all sts in pattern.

Hood
With RS facing, using MC and larger size needles, pick up and knit 40[40, 46, 46, 46] sts.
Row 1: Purl across.
Row 2: Knit across increasing 10 sts evenly spaced: 50[50, 56, 56, 56] sts.
Row 3: Purl across.
Row 4: Knit across increasing 8 sts evenly spaced: 58[58, 64, 64, 64] sts.
Continue in St st until Hood measures 7½[8, 8½, 9½, 9½] inches, ending with a WS row.
Bind off all sts in pattern, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Fold hood in half and sew seam at top of hood using yarn tail.

Hood Edging
With CC3 and larger size needles, and beginning at right bottom edge of hood, pick up and knit 40[42, 46, 52, 52] sts evenly spaced to center top seam, pick up and knit 40[42, 46, 52, 52] sts evenly spaced down left side of hood: 80[84, 92, 104,104] sts.
Rows 1 and 2: *K1, p1; repeat from * across.
Rows 3-5: Change to CC2, *k1, p1; repeat from * across.
Rows 6-8: Change to CC1, *k1, p1; repeat from * across.
Bind off all sts in pattern.
Sew edge of ribbing to center front neck.
Weave in all ends.

Use the blocking method of your choice to shape vest, paying attention to the care instructions on the yarn label. Make sure if you are using an iron to keep the temperature low.

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Stacey has been working as a commercial textile designer for over 11 years. Her love for needlecraft started at age 8 when her mother taught her to crochet. Since then, Stacey has pursued a love for pattern and texture in both knitwear and commercial textiles. Stacey enjoys designing projects for children and adults alike, and has published designs in numerous Interweave publications. She is currently working on a website to debut her diverse range of designs.

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