Knitting for women Garter stitch vest pattern

Garter stitch vest pattern

Vest knitting pattern



Knitted in one piece in Garter stitch, this vest will add a layer of warmth, colour and softness.

YARN

3 balls 150g Knitalpaca Luxa 100% Huacaya Alpaca in main colour (MC)

3 balls Knitalpaca Luxa 100% Huacaya Alpaca in contrast colour (CC) OR

2 skeins Knitalpaca Colouratura hand dyed Suri Alpaca

Note: Colouratura yarn is a little finer than Luxa so if using this, work two strands together.

Brooch, pin or button to finish.

NEEDLES AND TOOLS

4.50mm knitting needles 55 cm OR

4.50mm circular needle

MEASUREMENTS

Size: medium

Garment length: 60cm

TENSION

22 sts by 24 rows over garter stitch to 10cm

WORKING PATTERN

With MC cast on 248 sts.

Knit 3 rows.

Next Row: RS - Using CC, knit 15 sts. Switch to MC and knit to end of row. (To avoid a gap when changing colour, bring the new yarn under the old yarn before the first stitch.)

Next Row and every WS Row: WS - knit, matching colours.

Next Row: with CC, knit 16 sts, switch to MC and k to end.

Continue in this way, knitting one extra st with CC on each RS row, until there are 60 CC sts. With MC, knit to last st, switch to CC; k1. Continue in garter stitch, knitting 60 CC sts at beginning of RS row and working one more CC st at the end of the row. This creates slanting blocks of colour at either end of the work. These ends will become the fronts of the vest.

Divide for Armholes

When work measures 35cm, with RS facing and maintaining colour pattern, k60 sts. Cast off 5 sts, k 118, cast off 5, k to end. Continue working on these 60 sts (for left front), maintaining the colour pattern, until work measures 25 cm from beginning of armhole. Work two complete rows in MC, and cast off.

CENTRE BACK

With RS facing, rejoin MC and knit across central section. Continue in garter st until work measures 25 cm from beginning of armhole.

Work 2 more rows and cast off.

RIGHT FRONT

With RS facing rejoin yarn and work right front, maintaining colour pattern, until work measures 25 cm from beginning of armhole.

Work two complete rows in MC, and cast off.

FINISHING

Darn in ends. With RS together, join fronts to back at shoulders, leaving a gap of approximately 35 cm for neck. Turn back tops of the fronts to form a revere, and clasp with a brooch or button if desired.