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Knitting a simple Vest

Updated on March 26, 2012

The search...

The first sleeveless sweater I tried was a success, it fit well and was nothing close to any of some horror stories I have read of un shapely and oversized sweaters. Although I was over cautious about everything too and ended up with a slight deep neck, but I can manage to wear it fine with a shirt inside. Also for some reason the shape of the neck I knitted turned out different than what is shared in the blog picture. But that is ok, as long as it is wearable! One of my friends actually like the square- diamond cut neck!

I found the instructions on the following blog on a random search of ‘knitted vests’ on the internet. It suited my requirements and so off I started on this project.

US Size 10 Straight knitting needles are used for this pattern.

Final Product

What I ended up knitting together
What I ended up knitting together | Source

The Innovator..

Not a fan of simple knits (even though I am a newbie) I looked up some muffler patters and found something called a ‘flame pattern’ on a website called Knit Picks. I thought it looked gorgeous and decided to use the same for the front portion of my vest. It is designed by somebody named Juliet Romeo Juliet. One just needs to know knit, purl, knit two together, slip slip knit and yarn over.

One set consists of the following -

1 and all odd rows: purl all
2: k3 (ssk, k5, yo) k1
4: k3 (ssk, k4, yo, k1) k1
6: k3 (ssk, k3, yo, k2) k1
8: k3 (ssk, k2, yo, k3) k1
10: k3 (ssk, k1, yo, k4) k1
12: k3 (ssk, yo, k5) k1
14: k1 (yo, k5, k2tog) k3
16: k2 (yo, k4, k2tog, k1) k2
18: k3 (yo, k3, k2tog, k2) k1
20: k4 (yo, k2, k2tog, k3)
22: k5 (yo, k1, k2tog, k4) yo, k1, k2tog, k3
24: k6 (yo, k2tog, k5) yo, k2tog, k3

You need to repeat Rows 1 to 24 as long as you like. I think I did it 3 or 4 times to fit my sweater front.

It was an easy pattern to follow and it came out very well.

I used Slip Slip Knit (SSK) for decreases mentioned in the vest pattern also; since it did not specify what kind of decrease stitch to use.

Innovation is fun and choosing different patterns to incorporate can make a simple stockinet stitch sweater much more interesting.


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