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Aksel

By Signe S. Simonsen
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I love my city. And I love it the most when the weather turns cold and everybody in Copenhagen break out their warm woollens.

To me there’s nothing more inspiring than the knitwear I see walking down the streets. This and my son, Aksel, are my inspiration for this urban and fresh little design.

Winter time is the time for warm light layers, that are easy to wear and easy to get in and out of.
This vest will keep active kids warm throughout the winter and into the spring without getting in the way of all the fun and play.

Size

2 [4, 6, 8] years
Size shown: 4 yrs

Finished Measurements

Chest: 26½ [28, 29½, 32] inches

Length: 14 [15, 16, 18] inches

Materials

Blue Sky Alpacas™ Sport Weight [100% baby alpaca; 110 yards/ 100 meters per 50 gram hank];

#542 Currant (MC); 3 [4, 5, 5] hanks

#502 Copper (CC1); 1 hank

#503 Medium Tan (CC2); 1 hank

#518 Scarlet (CC3); 1 hank

Recommended needle sizes

US #4/3.5 mm 24 inch circular needle
US #3/3 mm 24 inch circular needle and dpns (set of 4 or 5)

Notions

½ inch button - 1
3 stitch markers
Tapestry needle
optional st holder

Gauge

20 sts and 33 rounds = 4 inches in St st using larger size needles

Pattern Notes

The vest is worked from the bottom up and in the round until the armholes.

The stockinette stitch part of the hood is knit first and then stitches for the ribbed collar and hood are picked up and knit.

Work increases as a make one (m1): insert left needle from front to back under the strand running between the stitches and knit into the back of the strand.

See here for an excellent tutorial on kitchener stitch grafting.

For a smoother transition between stripes, check out the jogless jog technique.

Skills Required

Knitting in the round, knitting flat, knit, purl, increase, decrease, cast on, bind off, picking up stitches, 3-needle bind off, and kitchener stitch.


INSTRUCTIONS

Ribbing

With smaller needles and MC, cast on 132 [140, 148, 160] sts.
Join in the round (being careful not to twist). Place marker for beginning of round and work in k2, p2 ribbing until work measures 2 [2, 2½, 2½] inches.

Body

Change to larger circular needle and start working in St st.
Continue until work measures 3 [3, 3½, 3½] inches from cast on edge.

AskelStripes

Work stripe sequence as follows:
Join CC1 and work for 3 [3, 3, 4] rnds.
Pick up MC and work for 3 [3, 3, 4] rnds.
Join CC2 and work for 3 [3, 3, 4] rnds.
Pick up MC and work for 3 [3, 3, 4] rnds.
Join CC3 and work for 3 [3, 3, 4] rnds.
Pick up MC and work for 3 [3, 3, 4] rnds.
Pick up CC2 and work for 3 [3, 3, 4] rnds.
Pick up MC and work for 3 [3, 3, 4] rnds.
Pick up CC1 and work for 3 [3, 3, 4] rnds.
Break yarn for CC1, CC2 and CC3 and continue working in MC until work measures 8¾ [9¼, 10, 11½] inches from cast on edge.

Armhole Shaping

Rnd 1: Knit until 3 [3, 4, 4] sts before end of rnd, bind off 3 [3, 4, 4] sts.
Rnd 2: Bind off 3 [3, 4, 4] sts, knit until there are 60 [64, 66, 74] sts on the needle following the bound off sts, bind off next 6 [6, 8, 8] sts, k60 [64, 66, 72].
Let the first 60 [64, 66, 72] sts of round rest unworked on the needle.
Work remaining 60 [64, 66, 72] sts back and forth.

Back

Bind off 2 sts at beginning of 6 next rows (3 times either side): 48 [52, 54, 60] sts.
Next row (RS): K1, ssk, knit across to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1: 46 [50, 52, 58] sts.
Next row (WS): Purl across.
Repeat these two rows 3 [4, 4, 5] more times: 40 [42, 44, 48] sts.

Continue in St st until work measures 13½ [14½, 15½, 17½] inches from cast on edge, ending with a WS row.
Next row: K11 [12, 12, 14], bind off next 18 [18, 20, 20] sts, knit across: 11 [12, 12, 14] sts each side.

Let right side rest unworked on the needle, and work left side of back neck.
Next row: Purl across.
Next row: Bind off 1 st at neck edge, knit to end.
Continue working remaining 10 [11, 11, 13] sts until work measures 14 [15, 16, 18] inches from cast on edge.
Do not bind off, but let the sts rest on holder or spare needle, ready to be joined with front sts using a 3-needle bind off.

Now work the sts on the right side of back neck.
Next row (WS): Bind off 1 st at neck edge, purl to end.
Continue working remaining 10 [11, 11, 13] sts until work measures 14 [15, 16, 18] inches from cast on edge.
Do not bind off, but let the sts rest on holder or spare needle, ready to be joined with front sts using a 3-needle bind-off

Front

AskelWork Armhole Shaping same as Back, and AT THE SAME TIME, when Front measures 10¼ [10¾, 11½, 13] inches from cast on edge, bind off 14 [14, 14, 16] sts at center of front.

Continue working right side of front, while the left side rests unworked on the needle (remembering to finish any decreases at side edge not yet worked): 13 [14, 14, 16] sts.

When work measures 13 [14, 15, 17] inches from cast on edge, decrease 1 st along neck edge every RS row, 3 times.

Continue working remaining 10 [11, 11, 13] sts until work measures 14 [15, 16, 18] inches from cast-on edge

Do not bind off, but let the sts rest on holder or spare needle, ready to be joined with front sts using a 3-needle bind off.

Now work the sts on the left side of front, remembering to finish decreases at side edge.
When work measures 13 [14, 15, 17] inches from cast on edge decrease 1 st along neck edge every RS row, 3 times.

Continue working remaining 10 [11, 11, 13] sts until work measures 14 [15, 16, 18] inches from cast-on edge.

Turn work inside out and join each side of the front to the corresponding side of the back sts using the 3-needle bind off.

Armhole Rib

Using smaller dpns, pick up 68 [76, 80, 88] sts around right armhole and work in k2, p2 until rib measures 1 inch.

Bind off loosely.

Repeat for left armhole.

Hood

Using larger circular needle pick up 48 [54, 58, 62] sts along the two sides and back of neck, beginning ½ inch on front side of right right shoulder seam and ending ½ inch on front side of left shoulder seam, making sure to pick up an equal number of stitches either side of center back
Row 1: Purl across, place one marker at center back as well as one marker 8 sts before and one marker 8 sts after the central marker.
Work back and forth in St st for 4 rows.
Next row (RS): Knit to first marker, m1, knit to last marker, slip marker, m1, knit across.
Next row: Purl across.
Repeat these two rows 7 more times: 64 [70, 74, 78] sts.
Continue working in St st until work measures 7 [7½, 8, 8½] inches from neck edge, ending with a WS row.

Next row: Knit until 2 sts before first marker, ssk, slip marker, knit until 3 sts before central marker, ssk, k1, slip marker, k1, k2tog, knit until marker, slip marker, k2tog, knit to end.
Next row: Purl across.
Repeat these two rows 5 more times: 40 [46, 50, 54] sts.
Next row: Knit until 2 sts before first marker, ssk, remove marker, ssk, slip central marker, k2tog, remove marker k2tog, knit to end: 36 [42, 46, 50] sts.
Divide sts in half (i.e. at central marker) and graft the two sides together using kitchener stitch.

Hood & Collar Rib

Using smaller circular needle and beginning at center front neck bind off, pick up sts along both sides of the square collar and along edge of hood as follows:

20 [24, 26, 30] along right side of square neck opening
70 [74, 78, 80] along right side of hood
70 [74, 78, 80] along left side of hood
20 [24, 26, 30] along left side of square neck opening: 180 [196, 208, 220] sts total.

Work in ribbing as follows:
Next row: P3, k2, *p2, k2; repeat from * to last 3 sts, p3.
Next row (RS): K3, p2, * k2, p2; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k3.
Repeat these 2 rows until ribbing measures 1¼ [1¼, 1½, 1½] inches from beginning of rib, ending with a WS row.
Next row: K3, (p2, k2) twice, yo, p2tog, continue in pattern for the rest of the row.
Continue working in pattern, purling the yo when you get to it, until ribbing is as long as the square neck opening is wide (approx. 1¾ [1¾, 2, 2] inches).
Bind off very loosely.

FINISHING

Seam the two edges of the collar ribbing to the bottom of the neck opening one by one, making sure the left side is overlapping the right so the button hole is functional.
Sew on the button.
Weave in ends.
Wash gently, lie flat, shape to measurements, and let dry.

 

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Elizabeth Smith

Signe (pronounced [‘si nø]) lives in Copenhagen, Denmark with her husband and 2 kids. She has only been knitting for 3 years, and started because she wanted to dress her baby son in warm soft knitwear. Since then knitting has become way of thinking and new exciting ideas spring up from everywhere. Signe and her knitting can be found on her blog.

Pattern & images © 2010 Signe S. Simonsen. Contact