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Free Knitting Pattern: Knit Sweater Vest

Lion Brand® Lion® Cashmere Blend
Pattern #: 60343AD
This timeless sweater vest is a classic look for any age. Knit with Lion Cashmere Blend for all the warmth of wool and the soft, silky touch of cashmere.
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SIZE: Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X
Finished Bust 34 (39, 42, 51, 58) in. [86.5 (99, 106.75, 129.5, 147.25) cm]
Length 23 1/2 (23 3/4, 24 1/4, 24 1/4, 25 1/4) [59.75 (60.25, 61.5, 61.5, 64.25) cm]
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.


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Lion® Cashmere Blend

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 270-149: Lion Cashmere Blend Yarn: Charcoal (DISCONTINUED)
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Lion® Cashmere Blend
Sorry, product is discontinued; no colors are available.
*Lion Cashmere Blend (Article #270). 72% Merino Wool, 15% Nylon, 13% Cashmere; package size: 1.50oz/40.00 gr. (84yds/71m) pull skeins

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•  270-149 Lion Cashmere Blend Yarn: Charcoal (DISCONTINUED)
$ 79.92 9, 9, 10, 11 
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Lion Brand Knitting Needles- Size 9 [5.5 mm]   $ 4.95  
Lion Brand Split Ring Stitch Markers   $ 2.49  
Lion Brand Stitch Holders   $ 5.99  
Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)   $ 3.59  
Additional Materials
Size 9 [5.5 mm] 16 in. [40.5 cm] circular needle

Knit Sweater Vest

Lion Brand® Lion® Cashmere Blend


14.75 sts + 32 rows = 4 in. [10 cm] in Seed 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.

Making a Gauge Swatch


Seed Stitch
Row 1: *K1, p1; rep from *.
Row 2: K the p sts and p the k sts.

With straight needles, cast on 98 (114, 126, 158, 174) sts. Work in k2, p2 rib for 4 in. [10 cm], end with a RS row.
Next Row: *P2, p2tog; rep from*, end p2 –74 (86, 95, 119, 131) sts.
Next Row: Work in Seed st, AT THE SAME TIME, dec 11 (15, 18, 26, 24) sts evenly across row – 63 (71, 77, 93, 107) sts.
Work in Seed st for 7 rows.
Next Row: Dec 1 st at each end of row – 61 (69, 75, 91, 105) sts.
Continue in Seed st, dec 1 st at each end of every 8th row twice more – 57 (65, 71, 87, 101) sts. Work even until piece measures 11 in. [28 cm] from beg.
Next Row: Inc 1 st at each end of row – 59 (67, 73, 89, 103) sts.
Continue in Seed st, inc 1 st at each end of every 8th row twice more – 63 (71, 77, 93, 107) sts. Work even until piece measures 13 1/2 in. [34.25 cm] from beg.
Shape Sleeves
Inc 1 st each side every other row 3 times – 69 (77, 83, 99, 113) sts. Cast on 12 sts at beg of next 2 rows – 93 (101, 107, 123, 137) sts. Work even until sleeves measure 7 (7 1/2, 8, 8, 9) in. [17.75 (19, 20.25, 20.25, 23) cm] from beg of sleeve shaping.
Shape Shoulders
Bind off 5 (5, 6, 7, 8) sts at beg of next 12 (8, 10, 8, 10) rows, 0 (7, 7, 8, 11) sts at the beg of next 0 (4, 2, 4, 2) rows. Bind off remaining 33 (33, 33, 35, 35) sts for back neck.

Work same as for Back until piece measures 13 1/2 in. [34.25 cm] from beg, end with a WS row. Shape V-neck as follows and, AT THE SAME TIME, when piece measures same as Back, work sleeve and shoulder shaping as for Back.
Shape V-Neck
Next Row (RS): Work to 3 sts before center st, work 2 sts tog in pattern, k1, place next st (center st) on holder, place rem sts on second holder for right side.
Row 1 (WS): Sl 1, work to end of row.
Row 2: Work to last st, k1.
Row 3: Repeat Row 2.
Row 4: Work to last 3 sts, work 2 sts tog in pattern, k1.
Repeat last 4 rows 15 (15, 15, 16, 16) times more.
Complete shoulder shaping as for Back.

Attach yarn and work right side as for left, reversing shaping.

Sew shoulder seams. Sew side and sleeve seams.
From RS with circular needle, beg at left shoulder seam, pick up and k30 (33, 36, 36, 39) sts along left front neck edge, place marker, slip center st from holder to needle, place marker, pick up and k30 (33, 36, 36, 39) sts along right front neck edge, pick up and k 33 (33, 33, 36, 36) sts across back neck – 94 (100, 106, 109, 115) sts. Place different color marker as beg of rnd marker. Join.
Rnd 1: Purl.
Rnd 2: (K2, p into front and back of next st) to 1 stitch before front marker, p1, slip marker, k1, slip marker, p1, (k2, p into front and back of next st) to end of rnd.
Rnd 3: Work in k2, p2 rib to 1 stitch before marker, insert needle into the next 2 sts as if to k and sl them to the right needle, k1, pass both slipped sts over the k st, work in k2, p2 rib to end of rnd.
Repeat last rnd until neckband measures 2 in. [5 cm] from beg. Bind off in rib. Weave in ends.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
inc = increas(e)(s)(ing) k = knit
p = purl p2tog = purl 2 together
rem = remain(s)(ing) rep = repeat(s)(ing)
rnd(s) = round(s) RS = right side
sl = slip st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together WS = wrong side

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