Monday, September 24, 2012

free #knitting pattern: September's Promise vest

Update:  Wow, this seems like a voice from my distant past. Now that I'm devoting my life to writing, I look back with pride at my knitting designs--one of favourite patterns is this vest.

Listen. Do you hear that clicking? The knitters are waking up--and they're hungry. So we better feed them.



September's Promise Vest
I designed this vest to be worn by men--but women like it too. And it's so easy to knit

Finished sweater measurements:
Chest: 38 [42/46/50/54/58] inches
Length:  25.5 [26.5/27/27.5/28/28.5] inches

Knitting needles:  6 mm/US 10 OR size to OBTAIN TENSION
Yarn:  worsted weight  
(approximately) 630 (840/1,050/1,260/1,470/1,680) yards
I used Meadowmist Farm Ragg wool

Stitch holder:  one

Tension:  4 stitches x 7 rows = one inch worked over Stockinette stitch.

4 x 4 rib stitch (over an even number of stitches):
Row 1:  *knit 4, purl 4 – continue from * to end of row.
Repeat row for pattern.

4 x 4 rib stitch (over an odd number of stitches):
Row 1:  *knit 4, purl 4 – continue from * to end of row.
Row 2:  *purl 4, knit 4 – continue from * to end of row.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 for pattern.

Stockinette stitch:
Row 1:  knit – to end of row.
Row 2:  purl – to end of row.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 for pattern.

garter stitch:
Row 1:  knit – to end of row.
Repeat row for pattern.

Back:
Cast on 76 [84/92/100/108/116] stitches
Work in 4 x 4 rib stitch for 2 inches
Work in Stockinette stitch for 17 [17.5/18/18/18/18.5] inches

Armhole shaping:
At the beginning of the next two rows, cast off 8 stitches
Remaining stitches:  60 [68/76/84/92/100]
Work in Stockinette stitch for 8.5 [9/9/9.5/10/10] inches

Shoulder shaping:
At the beginning of the next two rows, cast off 8 [12/16/20/24/28] stitches.  Place (44 stitches) neck stitches on stitch holder.
Transfer (44 stitches) neck stitches to knitting needles.  Work in garter stitch for 4 inches.
Cast off loosely in pattern.

Front:
Cast on 76 [84/92/100/108/116] stitches
Work in 4 x 4 rib stitch for 2 inches
Work 28 [32/36/30/34/38] stitches in Stockinette stitch, 20 [20/20/40/40/40] stitches in garter stitch, 28 [32/36/30/ 34/38] stitches in Stockinette stitch for 17 [17.5/18/18/18/18.5] inches

Armhole shaping:
At the beginning of the next two rows, cast off 8 stitches
Remaining stitches:  60 [68/76/84/92/100]

Neck shaping worked from two balls of yarn:
1st ball:  Work 28 [32/36/30/34/38] stitches in Stockinette stitch, 10 [10/10/20/20/20] stitches in garter stitch
2nd ball: Work 10 [10/10/20/20/20] stitches in garter stitch, 28 [32/36/30/34/38] stitches in Stockinette stitch
work for 6 inches.

Shoulder shaping:
At the beginning of the next two rows, cast off  8 [12/16/20/24/28] stitches.  Place (44 stitches) neck stitches on stitch holder.
Transfer (44 stitches) neck stitches to knitting needles.  Work in garter stitch for 4 inches.
Cast off loosely in pattern.

Armhole trim (make 2):
With right side facing, pick up 8 stitches from the underarm. Work in 4 x 4 rib stitch for 1 inch
Cast on 60 [64/64/68/72/72] stitches. Work in 4 x 4 rib stitch for 1 inch
Cast off

Finishing:
Sew neck seams. Sew on armhole trim. Sew side seams. Weave in ends.
While designing this garment, I consulted the Standards &Guidelines for Crochet and Knitting 
Every attempt has been made to ensure that the instructions are clear and correct.  Please notify me of any errors so I may correct them immediately.            © 10/05
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Next post:  Fun for a writer (contests, etc.)


2 comments:

Laurie Buchanan said...

Oh my gosh, that vest looks PERFECT for this time of year!

Author Leanne Dyck said...

: ) Thanks, Laurie. And thank you for sharing your adorable baby photo on your blog.