Crystal Palace Yarns
free knit vest pattern


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Cotton Chenille + Blippity
Hoodie Cardigan Vest

Designed and Knit by Marilyn Turner for Crystal Palace Yarns

You'll have fun choosing 3 colors of Cotton Chenille to go with a color of Blippity to make this cardigan hoodie style vest. (You can, of course, knit the vest just in Cotton Chenille without the hood.) Photos show the front and back, hood up and down.

Knitted Measurements
Bust 34 (36, 38, 40, 42)"
Length 20 (20, 21, 21, 22)"

2 - 50 gr. balls Blippity in col. 441 "springtime",
3 - 50 gr skeins Cotton Chenille col. 1404 "periwinkle",
1 skein col. 6752 and 1 skein col. 2615.
1 pair Crystal Palace Bamboo Needles or DAISY Needles size 10 (6mm), 1 - 16" circular size 10 and 1 pair size 8 needles and 9 small buttons

Beg-beginning; BO-bind off; CO-cast on; Dec-decrease; inc-increase; K- knit; K2tog- knit 2 stitches together; pm-place marker; psso- pass slip stitch over; PU-pick up; Rem- remaining; Rep-repeat; St st-stockinette stitch WS- wrong side; YO-yarn over.

14 sts and 24 rows = 4"
Take time to check gauge

With color 1404 Cotton Chenille CO 60 (64, 68, 71, 75) sts and beginning on the WS knit the first row. Then continue in St st until the back is 11 , (11 , 12, 12, 13)" long.
Armhole Shaping:
BO 4 (5, 5, 5, 5) sts at each arm edge then dec 1 st every other row at the arm edge 2 (3, 3, 4, 4) times. When the arm opening is 9" BO all sts.

Right Front
With green Cotton Chenille CO 30 (32, 34, 35, 37) sts and work the same as for the back except shaping the arm only on one side. Work until the piece is 17 (17 , 18. 18. 19)" long and then begin Neck Shaping bind off 7 sts at the neck edge then dec 1 st every other row 4 (4, 4, 4, 4) times. K until the front and the back are the same length and then BO all sts.

Left Front
With pink Cotton Chenille cast on the same number of sts as you did for the right front. K the same as the right front only reversing all shaping.

Sew shoulder seams and side seams. For arm edges,  with right sides facing, PU up with a 16" circular needle, approximately 75 - 80 sts and K 1 row then BO purl wise. For the front bands with the right sides facing PU approximately 79 sts, P1 row, K1 row, then bind off purl wise. For the button band, make buttonholes on the first row by K2tog-YO over spacing them evenly along the front.

With Blippity and a #8 needle and right side facing PU sts around the neck starting after the 7 sts that were bound off and ending just before the 7 sts that were bound off on the other side. Working in St st. K 3 rows then on the fourth row change to a #10 needle and increase to 70 sts increasing evenly across row. Knit until the hood is approx. 14" long. BO all sts. Then with right sides facing fold the hood in half and sew the bound off edge together .



Pattern Copyright 2006 Crystal Palace Yarns/Straw Into Gold, Inc. - We are happy to share this  pattern with knitters. The pattern may be used for non-commercial personal or knitting guild use. It is not to be used in any publication in print nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format without permission. Knitting shops carrying CP Yarns Blippity and Cotton Chenille are welcome to print and share this pattern with customers of our yarns.

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Last revision of this page February 21, 2012