Knitted Vest - Free Pattern
I was always looking for ideas for things to knit for my teenage daughter. The real challenge was to make something that she would ever wear. She has a very strong personality, and she knows what she likes. Of course, she is polite enough to tell me that she "loves it", the "it" being anything I make for her. But then it sits in her closet and I never see her wear it.
So I had this idea to just simply watch what she chooses to wear - she's been buying her own clothes a lot lately - and try to make something similar.
I've seen her choose very loose fitting and cropped tops. She likes lace, too, and unusual designs.
The other thing I noticed was that she prefers subdued colors (though her personality is nothing like it), and if anything unusual is added to it, it may be a winner.
She also bought a very loose knitted top made of chunky yarn. I know, I could've made it for her, but it was on sale in a store she likes....
Anyway, when I bought a yarn that she liked, I thought I'd make something that reflects her style. So this vest was born, and I named it "Teen".
She actually wore it - a few times.
This loose fitting vest is very quick and easy to make, and it is a great top layer for a cooler day.
SIZE: women one size
14 sts/20 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch
14 sts/20 rows = 4" in simple lace pattern
Note: I am a Continental knitter, your gauge will be different. However, the vest is designed so it is very easy to adjust. Just make sure you check your gauge and knit accordingly
Red Hearts Boutique Midnight [65% Acrylic, 23% Wool; 6% Metallic Polyester; 6% Nylon; 153 yds/140m per 70g skein]; Shadow; 2 skeins;
US #10/6 mm circular needles or the size to obtain gauge.
Simple lace pattern: [k2tog, yo] on RS, purl on WS
Stockinette stitch: knit on RS, purl on WS.
Always slip the first stitch in a row.
Increase by YO at the end of each row, before the very last st.
Increase from 10sts to 22 sts in Rows 1 through 24.
After the increase, the piece is straight.
The flaps made by the increases are going to be the shoulders of the vest.
Knit two identical pieces, for front and back:
CO 10 sts
Row 1(RS): Sl1, k1, [k2tog, yo] twice, k1, yo, k1 increase 1 through yo at the end = 11sts
Row 2(WS) and all other WS rows: Sl1, p to end
Row 3 (RS): Sl1, [k2tog, yo] repeat to last 2sts, k1, yo, k1 = 12sts.
Row 5 (RS): Sl1, [k2tog, yo] repeat to last 2sts, k1, yo, k1 = 13sts
Repeat last 2 rows 9 times more to Row 24 = 22 sts.
Row 25 (RS): Sl1, [k2tog, yo] until last 2sts, k1, yo, k1, CO another 39sts = 62 sts.
(Now all the increases are done, the lace pattern continues in the diagonal by adding an extra k st at the beginning of the row and moving the last YO at the end of the pattern.)
Row 27 (RS): Sl1, k1, [k2tog,yo] 10 times, k40
Row 29 (RS): Sl1, k2, [k2tog,yo] 10 times, k39
Row 31(RS): Sl1, k3, [k2tog,yo] 10 times, k38
Row 33(RS): Sl1, k4, [k2tog, yo] 10 times, k37
Row 35 (RS): Sl1, k5, [k2tog,yo] 10 times, K36
Keep knitting in this fashion, moving the lace pattern one st closer to the beg of piece, until: Last (105) Row (RS): Sl1, k40, [k2tog, yo] 10 times, k1
BO on (WS) by purl sts.
Make an identical piece for the back.
The straight sides (bottom) of the pieces are the bottom of the vest.
The increased pieces (flaps) will form the shoulders.
Sew pieces together in the following fashion:
Sew the flap of the front piece (lace side) to the straight side of the back.
Sew together 10sts for a very wide neck opening, or as many as you wish according to desired neck opening.
Sew the flap (lace side) of the back piece to the straight side of the front.
Sew together about 10sts or as many as you did for the other side.
Sew the sides together starting on the bottom to about 8" or 20cm.
This will leave a wide arm opening. If you find the opening too wide for your taste, you can sew the sides up higher.
Block the piece, if desired.