I love vests, I really do. My son wears one every other day. I can’t say too many good things about them: they are stylish, they are warm enough to keep away the occasional cool drafts that make their way into our rooms, and they allow my active toddler to play. V-Neck vests are all the rage and I have about five or six of them. But at some point, I wanted something different in shape and texture. So my search for a different and original vest began. I spent my evenings cuddling on the couch with piles of vintage magazines.
6m [12m, 24m, 3T, 4T, 6]
Shown in size 3T
Chest: 20 [22, 24, 26, 27, 29] inches
Length: 10½ [11, 13½, 14½, 16, 18½] inches
Knit Picks® Swish DK [100% superwash merino wool; 123 yards / 112 meters per 1.8 ounce/ 50 gram skein];
Big Sky; 3 [3, 3, 4, 4, 5] skeins
US #7/4.5 mm circular needle, 24 inches, or size needed for gauge US #8/5 mm straight needle for 3-needle bind off or one size larger than size needed for gauge
US #7/4.5 mm dpns for I-Cord border (set of 2)
With smaller size needles, 22 sts and 30 rows = 4 inches in St st
This vest is knit from the bottom up in the round, with 2 zigzag motifs in the front and in the back, placed asymmetrically. The work is divided into 2 sections at the underarm and then worked flat to the shoulders. The Garter stitch collar shaping begins while working the front sections and the shoulders are seamed using a 3-needle bind off for a very strong seam. The collar is shaped with short rows and then bound off. The neat finish is given by the use of an attached I-Cord round the collar and armhole edges.
Garter stitch in the round: * Knit one round, purl one round; repeat from * for pattern.
Garter stitch knitted flat: Knit all sts on all rows
St st in the round: Knit all sts on all rounds.
1 x 1 ribbing: * K1, p1; repeat from * around.
Twist 2 Left (t2l): Skip next stitch, knit following stitch tbl leaving st on left needle, then knit skipped stitch through front loop, slipping both sts off needle.
Twist 2 Right (t2r): K2tog leaving stitches on LH needle, then knit the first st again, slipping both sts off needle.
Knitting on dpns, cables (chart and written instructions included), 3-needle bind off, provisional cast on, grafting (kitchener stitch), Attached I-Cord
Cast on 112 [120, 132, 144, 148, 160] sts on the circular needle. Place marker and join in round being careful not to twist.
Work 1 [1, 1½, 1½, 2, 2] inches in Garter st.
On the next round, place stitch markers for the zigzag chart as follows:
K6 [8, 10, 12, 14, 16], pm, work Chart 1, pm, k26 [30, 38, 46, 46, 54], pm, work Chart 1, pm, k6 [8, 10, 12, 14, 16].
Work in St st for 6½ [7, 8, 9, 10, 11] inches from cast on edge, following Chart 1 for the sts between the markers. Remove markers for zigzag pattern.
Work 4 rounds of Garter st.
On the next row, bind off 4 [4, 6, 8, 10, 12] sts, work until there are 52 [56, 60, 64, 64, 68] sts on right needle following bound off sts, bind off 4 [4, 6, 8, 10, 12] sts, knit to end. You have now separated the front and the back, placing the 2 zigzag patterns slightly asymmetrically on each section. At this point, you can either put one section on a stitch holder or a strand of yarn or leave it on your circular needle as you work the other section.
Row 1 (WS): Beginning with a knit stitch, work the first 25 [27, 29, 31, 31, 33] sts in 1 x 1 ribbing, p2, beginning with a knit stitch, work the remaining 25 [27, 29, 31, 31, 33] sts in 1 x 1 ribbing. This will give you 2 consecutive knit sts in the center of the ribbing, which makes the front symmetrical and prevents the collar from pulling at the opening.
Work 2 [2, 2, 4, 4, 4] rows of established ribbing.
Row 1 (RS): (P1, k1) 13 [14, 15, 16, 16, 17] times; slip remaining 26 [28, 30, 32, 32, 34] sts to a stitch holder or a strand of yarn.
Row 2 (WS): K1, work to the end in established ribbing.
Row 3: Work in 1 x 1 ribbing to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 4: K3, work to the end in established ribbing.
Row 5: Work in 1 x 1 ribbing to last 4 sts, k4.
Continue to work 1 more stitch in Garter st every row, until you have 11 [12, 13, 14, 15, 16] sts worked in 1 x 1 ribbing and 15 [16, 17, 18, 17, 18] sts in Garter st. Work even until Vest measures 10½ [11, 13½, 14½, 16, 18½] inches from cast on edge, ending with a WS row. Put the stitches on scrap yarn or a stitch holder.
With RS facing, slip Right Front sts onto needle.
Row 1 (RS): (K1, p1) across.
Row 2: Work in 1 x 1 ribbing to last st, k1.
Row 3: K2, work to the end in established ribbing.
Row 4: Work in 1 x 1 ribbing to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 4: K4, work to the end in established ribbing.
Complete same as Left Front.
With WS facing, slip Back sts into needle.
Beginning with a purl st, work in 1 x 1 ribbing for 1¾ [2, 2½, 3, 3½, 4] inches.
Row 1: Begin shaping the back of the collar as follows: work 21 [25, 26, 28, 28, 29] sts in 1 x 1 ribbing, pm, knit 6 [6, 8, 8, 8, 10] sts, pm, work remaining 21 [25, 26, 28, 28, 29] sts in established ribbing.
Row 2: Work in established rib to within 1 st of marker, pm, k1, remove marker, knit to next marker, remove marker, k1, pm, work in established ribbing to end.
Repeat Row 2, moving each marker outwards by 1 st at each edge on every row, until you have only 11 [12, 13, 14, 15, 16] sts worked in 1 x 1 ribbing at each shoulder.
Work even until vest measures 10½ [11, 13½, 14½, 16, 18½] inches from cast on edge, ending with a WS row.
Work 3-needle bind off on each shoulder as follows:
Put the 11 [12, 13, 14, 15, 16] sts worked in 1 x 1 ribbing on the front and back of the right shoulder on 2 separate smaller size needles (leave remaining front sts on scrap yarn or holders). Holding Front in front of Back and using the larger size needle, work 3-needle bind off across 11 [12, 13, 14, 15, 16] sts.
With RS facing, slip sts from Right Front, Back, and Left Front to circular needle: 60 [64, 68, 72, 72, 72] sts.
Row 1 (RS): Knit across.
Row 2 (Begin Short Row Shaping): K 37 [40, 43, 46, 46, 46], wrap the next st, turn work.
Row 3: K 14 [16, 18, 20, 20, 20], wrap the next stitch, turn work.
Row 4: K 18 [20, 22, 24, 24, 24] knitting both the st and the wrap from the last row to avoid a hole in the fabric, wrap the next st, turn work.
Row 5: K 22 [24, 26, 28, 28, 28] knitting both the st and the wrap from the last row together, wrap the next st, turn work.
Row 6: K 26 [28, 30, 32, 32, 32] knitting both the st and the wrap from the last row together, wrap the next st, turn work.
Row 7: K 30 [32, 34, 36, 36, 36] knitting both the st and the wrap from the last row together, wrap the next st, turn work.
Continue knitting in Garter st for 1 [1½, 1½, 2, 2, 2½] inches. Bind off all sts.
Work an attached I-Cord all around the collar as follows:
With 2 smaller size dpns, cast on 3 sts using a provisional cast on. Slip them to the other end of the needle, as to have your working yarn coming from the far end of the needle. Beginning at center back of collar, k2, slip 1 k-wise, dip the needle into the edge of the knitting, and pick up a stitch, psso *slide sts to opposite end of the needle, k2, slip 1 k-wise, dip the needle into the edge of the knitting, and pick up a stitch, psso; repeat from * around, working one row of I-Cord for 2 rows of Garter st (i.e. for each Garter ridge), and one row of I-Cord per stitch across the bound off edge. When you arrive at the point of the collar, work one row of I-Cord without attaching it to the collar to have a nice sharp point on the corner (k3, slide sts to opposite end of the needle). Close the border by grafting the live stitches from your needle to the provisional cast on stitches.
Attached I-Cord technique (there are a number of good techniques for this but here is a written instruction, based on EZ technique. This site offers an excellent tutorial for both the I-Cord and the attached I-Cord):
Beginning at underarm, work an attached I-Cord all around the armhole in same manner as Collar, using one row of I-Cord per row of ribbing.
Repeat for the second armhole.
Weave in all ends using the tapestry needle. Gently block your project.
Marjorie Dussaud started her designer career when she traded her challenging engineering career for the even more challenging full time mom job. She has always been a yarn and fiber fanatic, but found her true love with children's garment knitting. She is French, but now lives with her wonderful husband, son and 2 Portuguese Water Dogs in Northern New Jersey.
Pattern & images © 2011 Marjorie Dussaud. Contact