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With the fronts and back yoke knit in one piece this vest is a wardrobe staple from the front, with a bit of attitude when viewed from behind. Short rows shape the yoke, and allow the textured front band to stand up as it becomes the collar.
Yarn: 720[810, 900, 990 1080, 1170, 1260] yards of DK weight yarn. Sample shown in Anzula Mariposa (50% Huacaya Alpaca/25% Suri Alpaca/25% Tussah Silk, 190 yds per 3 oz skein) in 'Claret'; 12 wpi
Needles: 3.75mm (US 5) needles for flat knitting on body, or size needed to obtain gauge, and 3.5mm (US 4) (or needles one size smaller) for facings
Gauge: 21 stitches & 32 rows in 4 inches (10cm) square in stockinette stitch after blocking using larger needle.
Finished Sizes: XS[S, M, L, 1x, 2x, 3x] corresponding to bust circumference of 32[36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56] inches (81.5[91.5, 101.5, 112, 122, 132, 142]cm). For specific measurements, see schematic on page 2.
Notions: stitch markers, tapestry needle to weave in ends and seam. 8 hook & eye sets and matching thread.
Pattern Includes: charts and text translations of charts
Stitches Used: knit, purl, k2tog, ssk, slipped stitches with yarn in front and with yarn in back, use of markers, wrap and turn short rows with descriptions included, make 1 right, make 1 left.
Other Details: The two fronts and back yoke of this sweater are knit in a single piece, beginning with the right front panel, continuing across the back, and then down the left front panel, using short rows for shaping. After the back is knit separately, the two pieces are sewn together at the side seams and the center of the back yoke. The narrowest point of the sweater should hit at the natural waist. All waist shaping is done on the back piece. All side edges that will be seamed together are worked with a slip stitch edging so they will be even and easy to sew.
21 stitches & 32 rows in 4 inches (10cm) square in stockinette stitch after blocking using larger needle.
I started sewing when I was a toddler on one of those drilled out boards where you use a shoelace and sew the outline of a fish or a duck. Once I could wield scissors I started sewing dresses for my dolls.
I added crochet when I was 8, cross stitching when I was 10, beading at 11, and knitting at 16. And I started binding books in college.