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Home : Patterns : Vest

Free Knitting Pattern: Vest

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
Pattern #: kwet-vst
Rating: ***3.0 (based on 1 review)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Beginner (Level 1)

SIZE: One Size
Finished garment 48" when tied and 28" long.


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Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 640-143: Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn: Claret
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Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
Fisherman Blossom Russet Glacier Sky Blue Cobalt Navy Raspberry
Denim Taupe Oatmeal Barley Grass Lemongrass Pumpkin Spice
Apricot Cranberry Claret Fig Eggplant Charcoal Graphite Black
Grey Marble Obsidian Mustard Peacock Cilantro Butterscotch Denim Twist Celebration
Cabernet Constellation Gemstone Galaxy Poinsettia Mystical Starlight Wheat
Wood Sequoia Mesquite Granite Sandstone Marble Blackstone Jungle
Desert Flamingo Toucan Parakeet Monarch Seagull Blue Jay Purple Martin
Bluebird Raven Winter Sky Camouflage Tangerine Wild Strawberry Blueberry Abalone
Licorice Grape Acai Spearmint Toffee Peppermint Hoosiers Hoyas
Crimson Tigers Huskies Spartans Red Beacon Checkerboard Moonlight Hudson Bay
*Wool-Ease Thick & Quick (Article #640). Solids, Heathers, Twists, Prints, Stripes: 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool;
Wheat & Wood: 86% Acrylic; 10% Wool; 4% Rayon;
Oatmeal & Barley & Grey Marble: 82% Acrylic; 10% Wool; 8% Rayon;
Metallics: 79% Acrylic, 20% Wool, 1% Metallic Poly; package size: Solids, Heathers, Twists, Tweeds: 6 oz./170g (106 yd/97 m)
Prints, Stripes: 5 oz./140g (87 yd/80 m)
Metallics: 5 oz./140g (92 yd/84 m)

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•  640-143 Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn: Claret
$ 47.45  
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Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®


8 sts x 14 rows = 4" [10 cm] in garter st (k every row). 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


Body is worked in piece to underarms.

Cast on 96 sts.
Row 1 (RS): K across.
Row 2(WS): Sl first st with yarn in front as if to p, bring back yarn to the back and k across to last st, bring yarn to the front, sl last st with yarn in front as if to p. Rep Rows 1 and 2 for garter st pat, with sl st selvedge at each end, until piece measures 17.3" from beg, ending with WS row.
Shape front neck: Next row (RS): Dec 1 st at beg and end of row - 94 sts rem. Work even in garter st pat for 3 rows.

Divide for Back and Fronts:
Shape armholes:Row 1 (RS):
Work across 19 sts for First Front, bind off next 8 sts for underarm, work across until there are 40 sts on needle for Back, bind off next 8 sts for underarm, work across rem sts for Second Front (19 sts). Place sts of both fronts on sperate stitch holders.

Next row (WS):
Join another strand of yarn to Back at underam, work 1 row even. Dec 1 st at beg and end of next row (RS) and every RS row 3 more times - 32 sts rem. Work even in garter st pat until armholes measure 9" from beg of shaping. BO.

First Front:
Sl First Front sts from stitch holder onto knitting needle and join yarn at underarm.
Next row (WS): Work 1 row even.
Next row (RS): Dec 1 st at beg and end of row - 17 sts rem. Dec 1 st at armhole edge every RS row 3 more times; AT THE SAME TIME, cont to dec 1 st at neck edge every 6th row once, then every 4th row 5 more times - 8 sts rem. Work even in garter st pat until armhole measures same as Back. BO.

Second Front:
SI Second Front sts from stitch holder onto knitting needle and work to correspond to First Front, reversing shaping.

FINISHING: Sew shoulder seams.
Ties (make 2): Cast on 32 sts; then bind off all sts loosely. Sew one tie to each side of neck edge on row below first row of neck shaping.

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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) foll = follow(s)(ing)
inc = increas(e)(s)(ing) k = knit
meas = measure(s) ndl(s) = needle(s)
opp = opposite p = purl
pat = pattern rep = repeat(s)(ing)
rev = revers(e)(ing) RS = right side
sc = single crochet sk = skip
sl st = slip stitch St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es) WS = wrong side

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Pattern Average Rating: ***3.0 (based on 1 review)
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Vest Reviewed by Tabitha Fallstead on 2015-10-07 ***
The pattern is very clear and was easy to follow. However, the yarn was way to thick to put all of the stitches on straight needles, after the whole thing fell off the straight needles I had to rip it out and just started over on circular needles. Also the "serge" edging was a pain because it kept pulling up the edges higher and tighter. Eventually I ripped it all out and alternated between serging and knitting; I didn't really like the look but by that point I was tired of ripping it out.

So, great pattern, and the vest turned out wonderfully but for anyone interested I suggest you use circular needles and just knit the edges.

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