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Mini Cardi Vest


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This vest is worked in one piece from the bottom up featuring crossover ribbing and a sweetheart colorwork design on front. Ribbing at armholes and front is picked up once sweater and hood are knit. Design is a kid-friendly version of Kate' s adult pattern, the Mary Swanson Cardi-Vest. Included are instructions to knit a shorter waist length sweater (shown in size 4) or a longer, hip-hitting sweater. Full schematic included. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Knit Purl Pick up stitches Three needle bind-off basic increasing & decreasing stranded colorwork GAUGE 14 sts and 16 rows per 4 inches in stockinette on larger needles SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Size: 2(4, 6, 8){10, 12-14, 14+} Finished Chest: 24.25(26.75, 29, 31.25){33.5, 35.75, 38}" PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Plucky Knitter Plucky Bulky

Supplies Needed

  • Yarn: 320(370, 415, 480){550, 620, 675} yards A (add'l 35(40, 40, 45){45, 50, 55} yards for hip length sweater), scraps each B and C bulky weight yarn
  • Tools: Size 8(5 mm) needles and set of 5 DPNs (for armhole ribbing), Size 9 (5.5 mm) needles, stitch markers
  • Notions: 4(4, 4, 4)4, 5, 5 1-inch buttons or 10(11, 12, 14){15, 16, 17}-inch zipper (add'l 2 inches for hip length sweater)

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Kate Oates is the designer for Tot Toppers & When I Grow Up. She enjoys designing hats and garments for babies and children in particular, these projects often reflect a whimsical spirit. Kate's When I Grow Up line is for those of us who are not tots, featuring a modern classic style. Kate also strives to add specifically to the growing body of knits for boys as she has three of her own! You can find her patterns at your local yarn store or online. She also does freelance work for a variety of publications. In her non-knitting life, Kate has just finished up a PhD in Political Science from the University of Florida. She lives with her family in South Carolina, which includes husband Ryan, Jesse, Charlie & Oliver (3 very handsome Tot Topper's models) and beloved dogs Cooper and Lou. You might also see the Oates' clan at a Clemson football game. Go Tigers!