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Mochi Plus Mitered Square Vest
Designed & Knit by Gail Tanquary

Description: This vest is formed by mitered squares on the bottom with garter-stitch panels at the top. Eyelet accents give it extra visual appeal, while super-soft Mochi Plus gives it excellent structure and comfort.

Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Bust Sizes 37 (41, 45, 49)"

Materials:
7 (7, 8, 9) skeins Mochi Plus (shown in 606 Red Zone)
Crystal Palace 35" Circular Bamboo Needle in US size 9
Crystal Palace 9" or 12" Single-Pointed Bamboo Needles in US size 9
Crystal Palace 8" Double-Pointed Bamboo Needles in US Size 9
Yarn sewing needle

Gauge: 16 sts = 4" in garter st

Abbreviations: BO- bind off, CO- cast-on; k2tog- knit 2 stitches together (decreases 1 st); RS- right side (outer side of garment); sk2p- slip one st, knit 2 sts together, pass the slipped st over the st just knit; ssk- slip, slip, knit (slip one stitch knitwise, then slip the next stitch knitwise, slip those two stitches back onto the left needle and knit them together); st(s)- stitch(es); WS- wrong side (inside of garment); yo- yarn over

3-Needle Bind-Off: Place pieces, RS together with straight needles parallel. Using tip of third needle, BO together by knitting through first st on both needles.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Mitered Square: (Make 3 - one each for left front, right front and left back.)

CO 73 (81, 89, 97) sts.

Row 1 (WS): K

Row 2: K35 (39, 43, 47), sk2p, K35 (39, 43, 47)

Row 3: K 71 (79, 87, 95)

Row 4: K34 (38, 42, 46), sk2p, K34 (38, 42, 46)

Row 5: P 69 (77, 85, 93)

Row 6: K2, (yo, ssk) 15 (17, 19, 21) times, K1, sk2p, K1, (K2 tog, yo) 15 (17, 19, 21) times, K2.

Row 7: P 67 (75, 83, 91)

Row 8: K32 (36, 40, 44), sk2p, K32 (36, 40, 44)

Row 9: K65 (73, 81, 89)

Row 10: K31 (35, 39, 43), sk2p, K31 (35, 39, 43)

Row 11: P63 (71, 79, 87)

Row 12: K30 (34, 38, 42), sk2p, K30 (34, 38, 42)

Row 13: P61 (69, 77, 85)

Row 14: K29 (33, 37, 41), sk2p, K29 (33, 37, 41)

Row 15: K59 (67, 75, 83)

Row 16: K28 (32, 36, 40), sk2p, K28 (32, 36, 40)

Row 17: P57 (65, 73, 81)

Row 18: K2, (yo, ssk) 12 (14, 16, 18) times, K1, sk2p, K1, (K2 tog, yo) 12 (14, 16, 18) times, K2.

Row 19: P 55 (63, 71, 79)

Row 20: K26 (30, 34, 38), sk2p, K26 (30, 34, 38)

Row 21: K53 (61, 69, 77)

Row 22: K25 (29, 33, 37), sk2p, K25 (29, 33, 37)

Row 23: P51 (59, 67, 75)

Row 24: K24 (28, 32, 36), sk2p, K24 (28, 32, 36)

Row 25: P49 (57, 65, 73)

Row 26: K23 (27, 31, 35), sk2p, K23 (27, 31, 35)

Row 27: K47 (55, 63, 71)

Row 28: K22 (26, 30, 34), sk2p, K22 (26, 30, 34)

Row 29: P45 (53, 61, 69)

Row 30: K2, (yo, ssk) 9 (11, 13, 15) times, K1, sk2p, K1, (K2 og, yo) 9 (11, 13, 15) times, K2.

Row 31: P43 (51, 59, 67)

Row 32: K20 (24, 28, 32), sk2p, K20 (24, 28, 32)

Row 33: K41 (49, 57, 65)

Row 34: K19 (23, 27, 31), sk2p, K19 (23, 27, 31)

Row 35: P39 (47, 55, 63)

Row 36: K18 (22, 26, 30), sk2p, K18 (22, 26, 30)

Row 37: P37 (45, 53, 61)

Row 38: K17 (21, 25, 29), sk2p, K17 (21, 25, 29)

Row 39: K35 (43, 51, 59)

Row 40: K16 (20, 24, 28), sk2p, K16 (20, 24, 28)

Row 41: P 33 (41, 49, 57)

Row 42: K2, (yo, ssk) 6 (8, 10, 12) times, K1, sk2p, K1, (K2 tog, yo) 6 (8, 10, 12) times, K2.

Row 43: P 31 (39, 47, 55)

Row 44: K14 (18, 22, 26), sk2p, K14 (18, 22, 26)

Row 45: K29 (37, 45, 53)

Row 46: K13 (17, 21, 25), sk2p, K13 (17, 21, 25)

Row 47: P27 (35, 43, 51)

Row 48: K12 (16, 20, 24), sk2p, K12 (16, 20, 24)

Row 49: P25 (33, 41, 49)

Row 50: K11 (15 19, 23), sk2p, K11 (15, 19, 23)

Row 51: K23 (31, 39, 47)

Row 52: K10 (14, 18, 22), sk2p, K10 (14, 18, 22)

Row 53: P21 (29, 37, 45)

Row 54: K2, (yo, ssk) 3 (5, 7, 9) times, K1, sk2p, K1, (K2 tog, yo) 3 (5, 7, 9) times, K2.

Row 55: P19 (27, 35, 43)

Row 56: K8 (12, 16, 20), sk2p, K8 (12, 16, 20)

Row 57: K17 (25, 33, 41)

Row 58: K7 (11, 15, 19), sk2p, K7 (11, 15, 19)

Row 59: P15 (23, 31, 39)

Row 60: K6 (10, 14, 18), sk2p, K6 (10, 14, 18)

Row 61: P13 (21, 29, 37)

Row 62: K5 (9, 13, 17), sk2p, K5 (9, 13, 17)

Row 63: K11 (19, 27, 35)

Row 64: K4 (8, 12, 16), sk2p, K4 (8, 12, 16)

Row 65: P9 (17, 25, 33)

Row 66: K3 (7, 11, 15), sk2p, K3 (7, 11, 15)

Row 67: P7 (15, 23, 31)

Row 68: K2 (6, 10, 14), sk2p, K2 (6, 10, 14)

Row 69: K5 (13, 21, 29)

Row 70: K 1 (5, 9, 13), sk2p, K1 (5, 9, 13) - Size 37 only: Turn, sk2p. Finish off.

Row 71: P0 (11, 19, 27)

Row 72: K0 (4, 8, 12), sk2p, K0 (4, 8, 12)

Row 73: P0 (9, 17, 25)

Row 74: K0 (3, 7, 11), sk2p, K0 (3, 7, 11)

Row 75: K0 (7, 15, 23)

Row 76: K0 (2, 6, 10), sk2p, K0 (2, 6, 10)

Row 77: P0 (5,13, 21)

Row 78: K0 (1, 5, 9), sk2p, K0 (1, 5, 9) - Size 41 only: Turn, sk2p. Finish off.

Row 79: P0 (0, 11, 19)

Row 80: K0 (0, 4, 8), sk2p, K0 (0, 4, 8)

Row 81: K0 (0, 9, 17)

Row 82: K0 (0, 3, 7), sk2p, K0 (0, 3, 7

Row 83: P0 (0, 7, 15)

Row 84: K0 (0, 2, 6), sk2p, K0 (0, 2, 6)

Row 85: P0 (0, 5, 13)

Row 86: K0 (0, 1, 5), sk2p, K0(0, 1, 5) - Size 45 only: Turn, sk2p. Finish off.

Row 87: K0 (0, 0, 11)

Row 88: K0 (0, 0, 4), sk2p, K0 (0, 0, 4)

Row 89: P0 (0, 0, 9)

Row 90: K0 (0, 0, 3), sk2p, K0 (0, 0, 3)

Row 91: P0 (0, 0, 7)

Row 92: K0 (0, 0, 2), sk2p, K0 (0, 0, 2)

Row 93: K0 (0, 0, 5)

Row 94: K0 (0, 0, 1), sk2p, K0 (0, 0, 1) - Size 49 only: Turn, sk2p. Finish off.

Right Back:
CO 36 (40, 44, 48) sts, pick up and K 37 (41, 45, 49) sts along cast-on sts on right side of one of squares already knitted. Complete as for first 3 squares.


Join Fronts to Back (see diagram):
With single-pointed needle and RS facing, pick up and K36 (40, 44, 48) sts along edge (not the cast-on edge) of mitered square - (pick up one st at end of each garter ridge and 2 sts between ridges. K one row.
Using circular needle, pick up and K sts on piece to be joined in same manner. K one row. Place right sides together and BO together using the second straight needle.
Repeat for other side so all 4 pieces are joined.

Yoke:
Using circular needle and with RS facing, pick up and knit 35 (39, 43, 47) sts across top of each mitered square, plus 2 sts in the joining garter ridges - 146 (162, 178, 194) sts.
K 3 rows, decreasing 1 st in center of the last row - 145 (161, 177, 193) sts.
P one row.
Eyelet row: K2, *yo, K2 tog, rep from * to last st, K1.
P one row.
K 3 rows, ending by working a WS row.

Divide for Back and Fronts:
K32 (35, 38, 41) and place on holder; BO 8 (10, 12, 14) for underarm; K65 (71, 77, 83) for back (counting the st remaining from the bind-off as first of these sts) and place on holder; BO 8 (10, 12, 14) for underarm; K32 (35, 38, 41) to end.

Left Front:
Row 1 (WS): K
Row 2: K2, ssk, K to last 4 sts, K2 tog, K2.
Row 3: K
Repeat last two rows 3 (3, 4, 4) times more - 24 (27, 28, 31) sts .
Continue in garter st, decreasing one st at neck edge only every 4th row until 18 (20, 23, 26) sts remain. K even until armhole measures 8.5 (9, 9.5, 10)" from underarm. Place remaining sts on double point needle, using it as a holder.

Back:
With wrong side facing and using circular needle, attach yarn at underarm.
Row 1: K
Row 2: K2, ssk, K to last 4 sts, K2 tog, K2.
Row 3: K
Repeat last 2 rows 3 (3, 4, 4) times more. Continue in garter st until piece measures same as front. Leave sts on circular needle, using it as a holder.

Right Front:
With WS facing, attach yarn at underarm.
Row 1: K
Row 2: K2, ssk, K to last 4 sts, K2 tog, K2.
Row 3: K
Repeat last 2 rows 3(3, 4, 4) times more - 24 (27, 28, 31) sts.

Continue in garter st, decreasing one st at neck edge only every 4th row until 18 (20, 3, 26) sts remain. K even until armhole measures same as left front. Place remaining sts on double-pointed needle, using it as a holder.

Join Shoulder Seams:
Placing RS together, BO shoulders sts using 3-Needle Bind-Off. Place sts at center of neck on double-pointed needle.

Front Borders:
With RS facing and beginning at bottom right-hand edge, use circular needle to pick up and K one st in each cast-on st along edge of mitered square; pick up and K one st in each garter ridge to shoulder, K across sts at back; pick up and K along left front edge as for right front edge. K 5 rows. BO loosely.

Bottom Border:
Pick up and K one st in each each garter ridge and cast-on st at bottom of vest. K 5 rows. BO loosely.


Designed and Knit by Gail Tanquary for Crystal Palace Yarns
Visit Gail's shop, Alameda Yarn Co., Alameda, CA if you are in the East Bay area.

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