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Free Knitting Pattern: Unisex Vest

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Sportweight
Pattern #: kwes-vest
Rating: *****4.4 (based on 7 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Beginner (Level 1)

SIZE: Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X
Finished bust/chest: 38 (42, 46, 50, 54)".
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: None
 

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Wool-Ease® Sportweight

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 660-152: Wool-Ease Sportweight Yarn: Oxford Grey (discontinued)
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Discontinued - click here for possible substitutions
Wool-Ease® Sportweight
Sorry, product is discontinued; no colors are available.
*Wool-Ease® Sportweight (Article #660). · Solids, Heathers, Prints: 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool.
· Frosts: 70% Acrylic, 20% Wool, 10% Nylon
· Color #301 White/Multi: 78%Acrylic, 19% Wool, 3% Polyester
· Color #402 Wheat, #403 Mushroom: 86%Acrylic, 10% Wool, 4% Rayon.; package size: 5.00oz/140.00 gr. (435yds/397m) pull skeins

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MATERIALS
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QUANTITY PRICE ALT QTY  
•  660-152 Wool-Ease Sportweight Yarn: Oxford Grey (discontinued)
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$ 11.98 (2, 2, 3, 3)  
Discontinued, sorry!
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Lion Brand Knitting Needles- Size 4 [3.5 mm]   $ 2.70  
Lion Brand Knitting Needles- Size 5 [3.75 mm]   $ 2.70  
Additional Materials
Five 5/8-inch buttons.
 

Unisex Vest

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Sportweight

GAUGE:

5 sts and 7 rows = 1" in St st on larger needles. 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

VEST

BACK: With smaller needles, cast on 97 (107, 117, 127, 137) sts. 
Row 1 (RS):
P. 
Row 2:
K. 
Row 3:
*K 2, p 3*; rep from * to * to last 2 sts, k 2. 
Row 4:
*P 2, k 3*; rep from * to * to last 2 sts, p 2. Rep Rows 3 and 4 until rib measures 2", ending with a WS row. Work 2 rows Rev St st. Change to larger needles. Work in St st until piece measures 15 (15, 15, 16, 16)" from beg, ending with a WS row. Shape armholes: Bind off 7 (8, 8, 9, 10) sts at beg of next 2 rows. Dec 1 st at each end of next row, then every other row 6 (7, 7, 8, 9) more times -- 69 (75, 85, 91, 97) sts. Work even until armholes measure 9 (9, 10, 10, 11)". Bind off all sts.

POCKET LININGS (make 2): With larger needles, cast on 25 sts. Work in St st until piece measures 5", ending with a WS row. Place sts on a holder.

LEFT FRONT: With smaller needles, cast on 46 (51, 56, 61, 66) sts. 
Row 1 (RS):
P. 
Row 2:
K. 
Row 3:
*K 2, p 3*; rep from * across to last st, k 1. 
Row 4:
P 1, *k 3, p 2*; rep from * across. Rep Rows 3 and 4 until rib measures 2", ending with a WS row. Work 2 rows Rev St st. Change to larger needles. Work in St st until piece meas 6" from beg, ending with a WS row. Place pocket (RS): K 10 (13, 15, 18, 20) sts, k across 25 sts of one pocket lining, place next 25 sts of Left Front on a holder, k to end of row. Cont in St st until piece meas 15 (15, 15, 16, 16)" from beg, ending with a WS row. Shape armhole & neck: Next row (RS): Bind off first 7 (8, 8, 9, 10) sts for armhole, k to within last 3 sts, k2tog, k 1 for neck dec. Dec 1 st at armhole edge on next row, then every other row 6 (7, 7, 8, 9) more times; AT THE SAME TIME, cont to rep neck dec every 4th row (on RS row) 13 (14, 15, 16, 17) more times -- 18 (20, 24, 26, 28) sts. Work even until armhole measures same as Back to shoulder. Bind off all sts.

RIGHT FRONT: Work same as Left Front, rev shaping and est rib rows as foll: 
Row 3:
*K 2, p 3; rep from * to * to last st, k 1. 
Row 4:
P 1, *k 3, p 2*; rep from * to * across.

FINISHING: Sew shoulder seams. 
Armhole bands:
With RS facing and smaller needles, pick up and k 97 (97, 107, 107, 117) sts around armhole edge. Work 2 rows in Rev St st. Next rib row (WS): *P 2, k 3*; rep from * to * to last 2 sts, p 2. Next rib row (RS): K 2, *p 3, k 2*; rep from * to * across. Rep last 2 rows until there are 5 rib rows. Work in Rev St st for 2 rows, binding off on last row. Sew side and armband seams. 
Front band:
With RS facing and smaller needles, pick up and k 77 (77, 77, 82, 82) sts along Right Front to beg of neck shaping, 45 (45, 50, 50, 55) sts to shoulder, 33 (33, 33, 38, 38) sts across Back neck, then 45 (45, 50, 50, 55) sts along Left Front neck edge to beg of neck shaping and 77 (77, 77, 82, 82) sts along Left Front to CO edge -- 277 (277, 287, 302, 312) sts. Work 2 rows in Rev St st. Work 7 rib rows (as set up for armholes); AT THE SAME TIME, after 3 rows of rib place five buttonholes (buttonhole = k2tog, yo) evenly spaced on Right Front for female or Left Front for male from CO edge to beg of neck shaping. Work 2 rows Rev St st, binding off on last row. 
Pocket rib:
With RS facing and smaller needles, p across pocket sts on holder inc 1 st at each end -- 27 sts. Work one more row in Rev St st. Work 5 rib rows (as set up for Back). Work 2 rows Rev St st, binding off on last row. Tack pocket trim sides to Vest body. Tack pocket lining to inside of Vest fronts. Sew on buttons. Weave in ends.


 
ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
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beg = begin(s)(ning) bet = between
BO = bind off ch(s) = chain(s)
CO = cast on cont = continu(e)(s)(ing)
dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing) est = establish(ed)
foll = follow(s)(ing) inc = increas(e)(s)(ing)
k = knit k2tog = knit 2 together
meas = measure(s) ndl(s) = needle(s)
opp = opposite p = purl
pat = pattern rep = repeat(s)(ing)
rev = revers(e)(ing) Rev St st = reverse stockinette stitch
RS = right side sc = single crochet
sk = skip sl st = slip stitch
St st = Stockinette stitch st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together WS = wrong side
yo = yarn over  


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Ratings and Reviews
Pattern Average Rating: *****4.4 (based on 7 reviews)
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Unisex Vest Reviewed by Susan Cisco on 2012-10-19 *****
I made this using Fishermen's wool for my husband. The vest turned out beautifully! I found it easier for me to understand the reverse shaping instructions by writing them out first so I didn't have to try to figure it out as I was knitting. It was a bit of a challenge getting the front band and the button hole alignment just right and I had to take it out and start over a couple of times. I've been knitting since I was 10 years old so I would say this project should be rated Easy instead of Beginner. Thank you for all the free patterns!


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