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Cotton Twirl Victoria Vest

(Cotton Twirl is 90% cotton/10% elastic nylon to help hold its shape.)

(Intermediate knitters)

Sizes: Small/Medium (Large)
Finished Measurements: 36.5 (42.5)"

Gauge:
17 sts/4 inches in V lace st on larger needles.
Be sure to work a swatch to learn pattern & to test gauge.

Materials:
Crystal Palace Cotton Twirl, 8 (9) balls, 736 yds. ( 828 yds.)
Crystal Palace Bamboo Needles: SP size 7 & 9, & circular size 7, or size to obtain correct gauge.
2 markers
1 stitch holder

Pattern:
Victoria Stitch, multiple of 13 stitches and 10 rows.
Row 1:
(RS) *p4, k5, p4 *
Row 2, 4, 6, & 8: (WS) purl the purl stitches and knit the knit stitches as they face you.
Row 3: *p3, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, sl1, k1, psso, p3 *
Row 5: * p2, k2tog, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, sl1, k1, psso, p2*
Row 7: * p1, k2tog, k1, yo, k5, yo, k1, sl1, k1, psso, p1
Row 9: *k2tog, k1, yo, k7, yo, k1, sl1, k1, psso*
Row 10: purl

Back:
With smaller needles, cast on 78(91) sts and work in k1, p1 rib for 2 inches (11 rows), end with a WS row. Change to larger needles, work even in Victoria St for 7 pattern repeats (approx. 14" from beg). Mark each end of last row for armholes. Work even for 5 (6) more pattern repeats (about 25 [26]" from beg). End back with Row 10, do not bind off. Slip all stitches to holder.

Front: Work as for back through placing of armhole markers.
Shape Neck: Continue in pattern.
For S/M size: work across 35 sts, k2 tog, k1. K2 tog and place this last dec st on st holder. Join 2nd ball of yarn, k1, sl1, k1, psso and cont across row. For Large size work across 42 sts, k2 tog, k1. Plaace next st on st holder, join 2nd ball of yarn, k1, sl1, k1,psso and cont across row. For both sizes cont in pattern, work each side sep but at same time, dec 1 st at each neck edge every other row 15(20) times, 20(22) sts. Work even until there are the same number of pattern repeats in the front as in the back, 12 (13) repeats. End with row 9, do not bind off.
N
ote:
Always work decrease stitches on neckline edge, k on right side, purl those two stitches on wrong side.

Finishing:
Do a '3 needle bind off' on each shoulder. Keep neckline sts on holder to be picked up later for neckline.
For armhole ribbing, work 5 rows ribbing, next row bind off loosely.
For neckline, using circular needle, pick up the 39 (47) sts of neck back, from holder, attach yarn, pick up and knit 37 (45) sts along left front, place marker, pick up and knit 1 st from holder, place marker, pick up and knit 37 (45) on right side of neckline. Join and work 5 rnds ribbing, working a dec before & after markers for mitered center, bind off in ribbing on next round working dec for mitered center on bind off row also.

 

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