Copyright     FAQ     Advertisers
Sponsor
Petite Purls
Seal Island Vest
» photos: Amanda Scheuzger » model: Sammy

Seal Island

By Amanda Scheuzger
Intermediate

Autumn is a wonderful time in Maine, the classic New England fall weather is perfect for exploring this beautiful state. Whether it is apple picking, a day at the local fair, or a ferry ride to a nearby island, at this time of the year the temperatures do cool down, so you need to have a sweater handy. A vest is perfectly suited for the purpose, a little extra warmth with minimal bulk. Seal Island Vest was created for just this sort of occasion. It is a combination of what my boys will wear, and what I want to be knitting.

Size

2[4, 6, 8, 10]
Size Shown: Size 6

Finished Measurements

Chest: 26[28, 30, 32, 33] inches
Length: 14[15, 16, 18, 20] inches

Materials

Berroco Vintage [50% Acrylic/40% Wool/10% Nylon; 217 yards/198 meters per 3.5 ounce/100 gram ball];

5164 Tang (MC); 3[3, 3, 4, 4] balls/skeins
5117 Chambray (CC); 1 ball/skein

Recommended needle sizes

US #6/4 mm 24 inch circular needle
US #6/4 mm double pointed needles
US #7/4.5 mm 24 inch circular needle or size needed to achieve gauge

Notions

Stitch markers
Stitch holders
5 Toggle buttons
Tapestry needle

Gauge

20 sts and 28 rows = 4 inches in St st with larger size needle,
25 sts and 27 rows = 4 inches in 2x2 ribbing with larger size needle when blocked and slightly stretched,
31 stitch cable panel measures 41/2 inches across with larger size needle.

Pattern Notes

Vest is worked in one piece from bottom up, back and forth using circular needles to accommodate the number of stitches (do not join to work body in the round). At the armholes, the back and fronts are separated and worked one at a time. Armhole Ribbing, Neck Ribbing, and Front Bands are picked up and worked, then I-cord toggle loops are added to complete garment. The schematic drawing reflects the dimensions of the body of the vest prior to adding the Armhole Ribbing, Neck Ribbing, and Front Bands.

Chart

Skills Required

Cables, knitting on double pointed needles, following chart


INSTRUCTIONS

Body

With smaller needle and MC, cast on 172[182, 190, 206, 212] sts.
Row 1 (RS): K2[3, 3, 3, 4], p2, pm, work ribbing chart over 31 sts, pm, (p2, k2) 25[27, 29, 33, 34] more times, p2, pm, work ribbing chart over 31 sts, pm, p2, k2[3, 3, 3, 4].
Row 2: P 2[3, 3, 3, 4], k2, pm, work ribbing chart over 31 sts, pm, (k2, p2) to 2 sts before marker, k2, pm, work ribbing chart over 31 sts, pm, k2, p2[3, 3, 3, 4].
Rows 3-8: Repeat rows 1 and 2 three times.
Change to larger needles and continue in ribbing patt as established until piece measures 2 inches from cast on edge, ending with a WS row.

Set up cable pattern - Next Row (RS): Work to first marker in ribbing pattern as established, work first row of cable chart over 31 sts, work to next marker in ribbing patt as established, work first row of cable chart over 31 sts, work to end in ribbing patt as established. Cont. in patt, working cable chart between stitch markers and working sts outside of markers in ribbing patt until piece measures 81/2[9, 91/2, 11, 121/2] inches from cast on edge, ending with a WS row.

Divide for Fronts And Back

Next Row (RS): Work 43[44, 46, 50, 51] sts in patt as established for right front and place on a stitch holder, bind off next 6 sts for right armhole (one st on right needle), work next 73[81, 85, 93, 97] sts in ribbing patt as established for back, place remaining 49[50, 54, 56, 58] sts on a st holder for left armhole and front. Turn and continue working back stitches.
Next Row (WS): Work in patt across.

Shape Armhole – Sizes 2 and 4 Only
Row 1 (RS): K1, ssk, work to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
Row 2: Work in patt across.
Rows 3-6: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 twice: 68[76, -, -, -] sts.

Shape Armhole – Sizes 6, 8, and 10 Only
Row 1 (RS): K1, k2tog, k1, work to last 4 sts, k1, ssk, k1.
Row 2: Work in patt across.
Row 3: K2, ssk, work to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2.
Rows 4-7: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 twice: -[-, 76, 84, 88] sts.

Seal Island VestAll Sizes
Work even in ribbing patt until armhole measures 51/2[6, 61/2, 7, 71/2] inches.
Next Row: Bind off 19[19, 19, 21, 21] sts (one st on right needle), work next 29[37, 37, 41, 45] sts and place 30[38, 38, 42, 46] sts on a st holder for back neck, bind off last 19[19, 19, 21, 21] sts.

Left Front

Note: Continue to work cable pattern from chart while working armhole and neck shaping. If there are not enough sts to work cable, work sts in St st.

With RS facing, join MC yarn at left underarm. Bind off 6 sts for armhole, work in patt across: 43[44, 46, 50, 51] sts.
Next Row (WS): Work in patt across.

Shape Armhole – Sizes 2 and 4 Only
Row 1 (RS): K1, ssk, work in patt across.
Row 2: Work in patt across.
Rows 3-6: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 twice: 40[41, -, -, -] sts.

Shape Armhole – Sizes 6, 8, and 10 Only
Row 1 (RS): K1, k2tog, k1, work in patt across.
Row 2: Work in patt across.
Row 3: K2, ssk, work in patt across.
Rows 4-7: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 twice: -[-, 41, 45, 46] sts.

All Sizes
Work even in patt until armhole measures 4[41/2, 41/2, 5, 51/2] inches from cast on edge, ending with a RS row.

Shape Neck
Row 1 (WS): Bind off 7[7, 7, 8, 8] sts, work in patt across: 33[34, 34, 37, 38] sts.
Row 2: Work in patt across.
Row 3: Bind off 3[4, 4, 5, 6] sts, work in patt across: 30[30, 30, 32, 32] sts.
Row 4: Work in patt to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1: 29[29, 29, 31, 31] sts.
Row 5: P1, p2tog, work in patt across: 28[28, 28, 30, 30] sts.
Continue to decrease one st at neck edge every row, 5 times more: 23[23, 23, 25, 25] sts.
Work even in patt until armhole measures 51/2 [6, 61/2, 7, 71/2] inches.
Bind off all sts.

Right Front

Seal Island VestNote: Continue to work cable pattern from chart while working armhole and neck shaping. If there are not enough sts to work cable, work sts in st st.

With WS facing, join MC yarn at right underarm.
Work in patt across: 43[44, 46, 50, 51] sts.

Shape Armhole – Size 2 and 4
Row 1 (RS): Work in patt to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
Row 2: Work in patt across.
Rows 3-6: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 twice: 40[41, -, -, -] sts.

Shape Armhole – Size 6, 8, and 10
Row 1 (RS): Work in patt to last 4 sts, k1, ssk, k1.
Row 2: Work across.
Row 3: Work in patt to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2.
Rows 4-7: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 twice: -[-, 41, 45, 46] sts.

All Sizes
Work even in patt until armhole measures 4[41/2, 41/2, 5, 51/2] inches from cast on edge, ending with a WS row.

Shape Neck
Row 1 (RS): Bind off 7[7, 7, 8, 8] sts, work in patt across: 33[34, 34, 37, 38] sts.
Row 2: Work across.
Row 3 (RS): Bind off 3[4, 4, 5, 6] sts, work in patt across: 30[30, 30, 32, 32] sts.
Row 4 (WS): Work to last 3 sts, p2tog tbl, p1: 29[29, 29, 31, 31] sts.
Row 5 (RS): K1, ssk, work in patt across: 28[28, 28, 30, 30] sts.
Continue to decrease one st at neck edge every row 5 times more: 23[23, 23, 25, 25] sts.
Work even in patt until armhole measures 51/2 [6, 61/2, 7, 71/2] inches. Bind off all sts.

FINISHING

Seal Island VestBlock body to measurements. Sew shoulder seams.

Left and Right Armhole Ribbing
With RS facing, MC yarn, double pointed needles, and beginning at the bottom of the opening, pick up 76[84, 88, 96, 100] sts around the armhole opening. Pm and join in the round.
Aligning the sts with ribbing at the bound off sts at the bottom of the opening.
Work 5 rounds of 2x2 ribbing.
Bind off all sts loosely in ribbing.

Neck Band
With RS facing, MC yarn, larger needles, and beginning at the right front neck edge, pick up 22[23, 27, 29, 30] sts along the right front neck edge, work 30[38, 38, 42, 46] sts from back neck holder in ribbing patt, pick up 22[23, 27, 29, 30] sts along the left front neck edge: 74[84, 92, 100, 106] sts.
Row 1 (WS): P0[1, 1, 1, 2], (p2, k2) to last 2[3, 3, 3, 4] sts, p2[3, 3, 3, 4].
Row 2: K2[3, 3, 3, 4], (p2, k2) to last 0[1, 1, 1, 2] sts, k0[1, 1, 1, 2].
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until edging measures 1 inch.
Bind off all sts loosely in ribbing.

Left Front Band and Facing
With RS facing, MC yarn, larger needles, and beginning at the left top edge, pick up 75[80, 85, 95, 100] sts along the left front edge. Work in St st until band measures 1[11/2, 11/2, 11/2, 11/2] inches, ending with a RS row.
Next Row (WS) Turning Ridge: Knit across.
Change to smaller needles and CC yarn. Work in St st until facing measures 1[11/2, 11/2, 11/2, 11/2] inches from turning ridge.
Bind off all sts. Turn CC facing and sew down.

Right Front Band and Facing
With RS facing, MC yarn, larger needles, and beginning at the right bottom, pick up 75[80, 85, 95, 100] sts along the right front edge. Work as for left front band and facing.

I-Cord Loops (make 5)
With MC yarn and two smaller double point needles, cast on 3 sts. *Without turning, slide the stitches to the other end of the left needle. Pull the yarn and knit the stitches. Repeat from * until I-cord is 4 inches long.
Bind off all sts.

Sew buttons to right front, one stitch to the left of the front band and evenly spaced from top to bottom.

Fold I-cord loop in half and sew to left front band, aligning ends with the beginning of the front band and letting loop end hang over the edge. Secure with MC yarn 1/4 inch in from sides of front band.

Chart

Back top topNext
Amanda Scheuzger

Originally from the Midwest, Amanda Scheuzger now lives in Maine. When she is not spending time with her family or working as an architect, she can be found knitting, usually with one of her two boys in her lap. She can be reached at ascheuzger@yahoo.com or on Ravelry as Archamanda.

Pattern & images © 2010 Amanda Scheuzger. Contact