Chest at Underarm: 32 (36, 40, 44)"
Length: 23 (24, 25, 26)"
BEYOND THE PATTERN: Worked in Plymouth's Baby Alpaca Magna on size 17 needles, this cozy hooded vesl is a quick knil! Mock cables add depth and inleresl to the garment without adding undue weight. Seed stitch creates a perfectly reversible fabric for the oversized collar and hood.
Slipped stilches add definition to the garment edges and a clean separation between cables and Seed stitch sections. Lapels can be worn folded to the outside or crossed over for extra warmth.
Plymouth BABY ALPACA MAGNA (100g, 54.5yd, 100% Baby Alpaca): 9 (10, 12, 14) skeins #S21 Garnet
Size 17 (12.75mm) needles and size 17 (12.75mm) 36" (90cm) circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge
Crochet hook size K (6.5mm)
Two stitch holders
Two stitch markers*
Tapestry needle Two 2 1/2" buttons
Four 1" buttons
*With such large needles, you may find it difficult to find stitch markers that fit. You can use split-rings that are used for key chains. 3/4" diameter rings are large enough.
In Seed st, S sts 8c 11 rows = 4"/10cm.
In Mock Cable st, 10 sts 8c 12 rows = 4"/10cm.
To save time, take time to check gauge.
kfb - Inc by knitting into the front and then the back of the next stitch.
pfb - Inc by purling into the front and then the back of the next stitch.
p2tog tbl - Purl 2 together through the back loops.
sm - Slip marker
skkp - Slip one stitch purlwise, knit 2 stitches, pass the slipped stitch over the 2 knit stitches.
• This garment is knit flat in one piece to the shoulders. Shoulder seams are sewn, then stitches are picked up around the neckline for the hood.
• All shaping is done on RS rows.
• The edging is done by always slipping the first and last stitch of RS rows. The first and last stitches of WS rows are always purled. This is also true at the armhole edges.
• Seed stitch and Mock Cable sections of the garment are separated by a slipped stitch column. This column, similar to the front edge, is slipped on the RS rows and purled on the WS rows.
• All slipped sts are slipped purlwise.
• Armholes are deeper than usual so as to fit over a variety of tops.
Seed stitch (odd number of sts)
Row 1 (RS): *P1, k1; rep from * to last st, p1.
Row 2 (WS): Rep Row 1.
Mock Cable Pattern (mult of 5 sts + 2)
Row 1 (RS): *P2, k3; rep from * to last 2 sts, p2.
Row 2 (WS): K2, *p3, k2; rep from * end.
Row 3: *P2, skkp; rep from * to last 2 sts, p2.
Row 4: K2, *P1, yo, p1, k2; rep from * to end.
DESIGNER NOTE: Row 3 of the cable pattern reduces the number of stitches on your needles. One stitch is removed for every Mock Cable. Row 4 will increase one stitch for each cable (wilh the yo), returning to the same number of stitches that you started with. Keep this in mind if you are counting stilches. This decrease and increase sequence is what creates the cabled look.
Pockets (make 2)
CO 14 sts. Beg with a WS row, work 13 rows in St st.
Work 1 row in p2k2 ribbing, ending with p2. Place sts on st holder. Cut yarn leaving approx 1 yd for sewing pockets down.
CO S3 (93,103, 113) sts.
Setup Row (RS): Sl 1, p1, sl 1, pm, work Row 1 of Mock Cable pat until 3 sts remain, pm, sl 1, p1, sl 1.
Row 2 (WS): P3, sm, work Row 2 of Mock Cable to marker, sm, p3.
Row 3: Sl 1, p1, sl 1, sm, work Row 3 of Mock Cable to marker, sm, sl 1, p1, sl 1.
Row 4: P3, sm, work Row 4 of Mock Cable to marker, sm, p3.
TECHNICAL TIP - How to start Seed stitch pattern afler increase: When working in Seed stitch after an increase row, it may be confusing whether to knit or purl the first stitch of the section. Refer to the stitches on your LH needle where the Seed stitch pattern is more established and work back from these stitches in pattern to help you determine which stitch to work over the increase area.
Cont in pat as est, inc 1 st at both front edges every other RS row 14 (15, 15, 16) times (keeping each edge st as a sl st and maintaining the Seed st pat at the front edges before and after the markers). Work until piece meas 13.5 (14, 14.5, 15)" from CO edge.
AT THE SAME TIME, when you are ready to work Row 3 of the 5th Mock Cable repeat after the CO row, attach the pockets as follows:
Work to 7 sts after marker, BO 17 sts in pat, work across until 22 sts before marker, BO 17 sts in pat, work remainder of row.
TECHNICAL TIP - Binding off on the skkp row (Row 3 of Mock Cable pattern): When binding off on Row 3 of the Mock Cable pattern, work the skkp first and then BO: Skkp, move the last knit stitch back to the LH needle, so you now have 2 stitches on the RH needle, slip one stitch over as to BO, move the last knit stitch back to the RH needle, slip it over to BO and continue in pattern.
Next Row (WS): (Row 4 of Mock Cable) Work across to BO area, work pocket sts from holder (holding RS of pocket against WS of front), cont across to next bound off area, work second pocket sts as for first pocket, finish row.
DESIGNER NOTE: The slipped stitch column that defines the transition between the Mock Cables and Seed stitch sections will angle from the front towards the armhole edge of the garment. This decreases ihe Mock Cable area and increases ihe Seed st area, making the upper front of the garment reversible. In order to keep the slipped stitches standing out, we need io change our increases to pfb on ihe Front Lett, (white they are stanting to the right). If you are having trouble remembering which increase and decrease to do, here is a reminder:
• When your slipped sts angle to the left, inc before the slipped st with a kfb and dec afler the slipped st with a p2tog tbl.
• When your slipped sts angle to the right, dec before the slipped st wiih a p2tog and inc after ihe slipped st wiih a pfb.
To BO for the underarms and also establish the diagonal slipped st line, work the next RS row as follows: Work in pat until you are 2 sts before marker, kfb, sl 1, sm, p2tog tbl, cont in pat on 12 (15, 18, 20) sts, BO 6 sts, co nt in pat across Back until 18 (21, 24, 26) st rem before marker, BO 6 sts, work until 2 st before marker, p2tog, sl 1, pfb, cont in pat to end.
You now have three sections on your needles. The Right Front, Back and Left Front.The working yarn is attached to the Left Front section. You may find it easier to place the Back and Right Front sections on holders or waste yarn at this time.
Cont working in pat as est to form the Left Front of the vest. On RS rows, work in Mock Cable pat until 2 st before marker, p2tog, sm, sl 1, pfb, cont in Seed St to last st, sl 1. AT THE SAME TIME dec 1 st every RS row 4 times at armhole edge. Remember to keep increasing at the front edge until you have finished your 14 (15, 15, 16) front edge incs.
When the front edge incs are complete, and the marker is 3 sts from the armhole edge, BO off at the front edge of next WS row 14 (15, 15, 16) sts. Place a temporary contrasting coloryarn marker in the knitting at end of BO sts. BO 4 sts on the next WS row, then 1 (2, 4, 4) sts on the next WS row, then rem sts for the shoulder.
Transfer sts from holder and attach yarn, ready to work a WS row. Work in est Mock Cable pat and dec 1 st every RS row 4 times at each armhole edge. Cont until you have worked 1" less than Left Front (as measured at armhole edge). On next RS row, BO center 9 (9, 11, 13) sts and cont working Left Back, binding off 3 sts on next RS row and then rem sts from neck edge on foil RS row. (Note the rem number of sts will vary depending on where you are with the Mock Cable pat). Attach yarn ready to work a WS row and finish off Right Back, binding off 3 sts on first WS row and then rem sts on second RS row.
Transfer sts from holder and attach the yarn, ready to work a WS row. Cont working in pat to form the Right Front of the vest. On RS rows, work in Seed st until 2 sts before marker, kfb, si 1, sm, p2tog tbl, work rem of row in Mock Cable pat to armhole edge. AT THE SAME TIME dec 1 st every RS row 4 times at armhole edge. Remember to keep increasing at the front edge until you have finished your 14 (15, 15, 16) front edge incs.
When the front edge incs are complete, and the marker is 3 sts from the armhole edge, BO at the front edge on RS rows 14 (15, 15, 16) sts. Place a contrasting color yarn marker in the knitting at end of BO sts. Then BO 4 sts on the next RS row, then 1 (2, 4, 4) sts on the next RS row, then the remainder of the sts for the shoulder.
Sew shoulder seams. With RS facing, pick up 47 (52, 57, 62) sts evenly around neck edge bet temporary yarn markers.
DESIGNER NOTE: When picking up stitches around a neckline edge, I like to pick up slightly more stitches than necessary and then reduce fo the correct number. This reduces the chance of having holes in the pick up row.
Working in Seed St and keeping the edge sts as sl sts, as for main garment, work 8 sts of the WS row. Wrap and turn. Work back to the front edge (RS). On the next row, dec 6 sts evenly across the row, establishing Seed st across all sts and placing a marker at center back - 41 (46, 51, 56) total sts. Work 8 sts of next row. Wrap and turn. Work back to front edge.
TECHNICAL TIP - Increasing in middle of a Seed st section: For an increase that blends into ihe Seed stitch pattern, start with the stitch that would naturally come next in pattern. If the next stitch should be a knit, then use the kfb to increase. If the next stitch should be a purl, then use the fpb to increase.
Cont in Seed st, inc 1 st before and after marker every other RS row 3 times. Work until piece meas 8 (9, 10, 11)" from picked up sts (measured above one of your shoulder seams).
Dec 1 st on either side of marker every RS row 3 times. Work one more WS row. Bring beg and end of row tog, right sides out. Yarn is attached to the back needle sts. Work a three-needle BO.
Using yarn tail from where pocket was attached, whipstitch around the sides and bottom edge of the pockets, attaching them to the inside front of the vest.
Fold over lapels so that bound off edges are horizontal. Place large buttons near where the lapel points touch the front. Sew buttons in place on each front side. Sew smaller button on the inside of each front in the same location. Match up center fronts and sew button to left front near where lapel fold begins. Sew one more button on the left front halfway between last button and bottom edge.
Keeping a tail long enough for weaving in later, place a slip knot on your crochet hook. Attach to the point of one lapel, ch 8, sl st to upper edge, creating the loop. Cut yarn leaving enough for weaving in and pull through the final loop. Rep with other lapel point. Rep for each button on front edge, but ch 6 instead of ch 8 for the smaller buttons.
Block and weave in all ends.
Design by DAWN SEYMOUR