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Free Knitting Pattern: Knitted Casual Vest

Lion Brand® Homespun®
Pattern #: 1112
This reverse stockinette, button-down V-neck knitted vest is figure-flattering. It is knit in one piece to the armholes. In a beautiful design detail, a decorative stitch travels up the sides to create the illusion of a seam.
Rating: ***3.0 (based on 1 review)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Beginner (Level 1)

SIZE: Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X
Finished chest 38 (41, 44, 48, 51) inches.
Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

CORRECTIONS: (applied Jul 10, 2003)

Row 3 Rep Row 1. Next row (WS) K 30 (33, 36, 39, 41) for left front, slip 1 (fake seam – see Note), k 60 (66, 72, 78, 82) for back, slip 1 (fake seam – see Note), k 30 (33, 36, 39, 41) for right front. Next row (RS) P 30 (33, 36, 39, 41) right front sts, k 1 (fake seam), p 60 (66, 72, 78, 82) for back, k 1 (fake seam), p 30 (33, 36, 39, 41). Rep last 2 rows until piece measures 10 (10˝, 10˝, 10˝, 11˝)” from beg, ending with a WS row.
The above is only a summary of corrections; the corrected pattern text is below (if free) or shipped upon completion of order (if purchased)
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*Homespun® (Article #790). 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; package size: 6.00oz/170.00 gr. (185yds/169m) pull skeins

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Additional Materials
  1. Three 3/4 - in (20 mm) buttons (JHB #32649 Turquoise/Pewter shown)
  2. Size 10 (6 mm) – 24" circular knitting needle

Knitted Casual Vest

Lion Brand® Homespun®


13 sts + 20 rows = 4" (10 cm) with size 10 needles in Reverse St st. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

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Reverse St st P on RS rows, k on WS rows.


Vest is worked in one piece to underarm. A slipped-stitch fake seam is maintained up to the underarm by knitting st on RS, slipping as if to p on WS.

With circular needle, loosely cast on 122 (134, 146, 158, 166) sts. Do not join; work back and forth on circular needle.
Row 1 (RS) K 2, *p 2, k 2; rep from * across.
Row 2 P 2, *k 2, p 2; rep from * across.
Row 3 Rep Row 1.
Next row (WS) K 30 (33, 36, 39, 41) for left front, slip 1 (fake seam – see Note), k 60 (66, 72, 78, 82) for back, slip 1 (fake seam – see Note), k 30 (33, 36, 39, 41) for right front.
Next row (RS) P 30 (33, 36, 39, 41) right front sts, k 1 (fake seam), p 60 (66, 72, 78, 82) for back, k 1 (fake seam), p 30 (33, 36, 39, 41).
Rep last 2 rows until piece measures 10 (10˝, 10˝, 11˝)" from beg, ending with a WS row.

Shape V-neck:
Next row (RS) K 1, slip 1-k1-psso, work in established pat to last 3 sts, k2tog, k 1.
Next row (WS) P 2, work in established pat to last 2 sts, p 2.
Rep last 2 rows, dec 1 st at each neck edge every 6th row 3 more times, ending with a RS row – 114 (126, 138, 150, 158) sts. Divide for fronts and back:
Next Row (WS) Work in established pat across 20 (23, 26, 29, 31) sts for left front, bind off next 13 sts (6 front sts, 1 seam st, 6 back sts) for underarm, work until there are 48 (54, 60, 66, 70) sts on needle for back and place on holder, bind off next 13 sts (6 front sts, 1 seam st, 6 back sts) for underarm, work to end and place these 20 (23, 26, 29, 31) sts on needle for right front.

Note From now on k the armhole edge st on every row for fronts and back for a garter-st selvage.

Left Front
Work on left front sts only, cont in established pat dec 1 st at neck edge every 6th (4th, 4th, 4th, 4th) row until 15 (15, 15, 18, 18) sts rem. Work even in established pat until armhole measures 9 (10˝, 11˝, 13, 13˝)". Bind off remaining sts.

Right Front
Work same as left front, reversing shaping. Back Work even on 48 (54, 60, 66, 70) sts for back until armholes measure same as fronts to shoulder. Place center 18 (24, 30, 30, 34) sts on a holder and bind off 15 (15, 25, 18, 18) sts at each shoulder.

Sew shoulder seams. Front and Neck Band With RS facing, using circular needle, pick up 3 sts for every 4 rows across entire right front edge, p 18 (24, 30, 30, 34) sts from back neck holder, pick up 3 sts for every 4 rows down left front edge — approximately 194 (206, 218, 226, 242) sts. Work in p 2, k 2 ribbing, with a selvage st at beg and end of rows, for 1 row.
Next Row (RS) K 1, *k 1, k2tog, yo twice, slip1-k1-psso, k 1, work in rib for 6 sts*; rep from * to * 2 more times, cont in rib to end of row.
Next row Work in rib.Bind off loosely in rib. Sew buttons opposite buttonholes. Weave in all loose ends.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) cont = continu(e)(s)(ing)
dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing) inc = increas(e)(s)(ing)
k = knit k2tog = knit 2 together
p = purl pat = pattern
psso = pass slipped stitch over rep = repeat(s)(ing)
RS = right side St st = Stockinette stitch
tog = together WS = wrong side
yo = yarn over  

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Pattern Average Rating: ***3.0 (based on 1 review)
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Knitted Casual Vest Reviewed by Fiona Anderson on 2010-03-23 ***
This vest has turned out more or less to my satisfaction. However the Skill Level for the instructions should not have been aimed at the Beginner, as the directions were basic and required a lot of 'tweaking' by myself, an experienced knitter. For instance, the model in the photo is sporting a vest containing FOUR buttons; follow the pattern instructions and you get THREE buttonholes. The directions called for THREE balls of yarn to be purchased; having knitted, block and sewn this garment together, I used exactly TWO balls. Hmmm. Never mind, my Mother will love this (the vest, not my critique) and that is all that matters!

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