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free knit vest  pattern

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Below is back of vest


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Merino 5 Superwash 100% merino wool
Star Stitch Vest

Designed and Knit by Gail Tanquary for Crystal Palace Yarns

Finished Bust Sizes: 34, 38, 42, 46"

Materials:
Crystal Palace
Merino 5 (100% superwash Merino):
4 (5, 6, 7) 50 gr balls - MC #5226 purple
3 (4, 5, 6) 50 gr balls - CC #9802 ultra blues

Note:
The vest can also be made using a single color. Crystal Palace Bamboo Needles Size 9 - 16", 26" and 32" circular needles
Size 9 straight needles
4 stitch holders and stitch markers

Gauge: 4 sts = 1" in garter stitch

Abbreviations:  BO - bind off; CO - cast on; Bet - between; MC - main color; CC - contrasting color; K - knit; P - purl; PU - pick up; SSK: sl 2 sts, one at a time, from left to right needle; then insert left needle into front of these 2 sts and K them together; RS - right side; WS - wrong side

Star Stitch: Knit next 3 sts, pass first st over second and third sts.

Note: If the vest is begin made in one color, disregard directions to change colors. [Some pattern editing done October 15, 2008]

Bottom band: For all sizes, with MC CO 16 sts. K 1 row. K 2 rows CC. K 2 rows MC. Cont alternating 2 rows CC and MC until 145 (161, 175, 191) ridges MC have been worked. BO loosely. Do not cut yarn. Leaving last loop on needle, turn and PU one st in each ditch between garter ridges across bottom of strip, PU 1 (0, 1, 0) st in cast-on edge: 146 (161, 176, 191) sts. K 3 rows. BO loosely on right side. Finish off.

Using MC, PU sts as for bottom band across top of border: 146 (161, 176, 191) sts.

Continue as follows:
With MC, K10, place on st holder, K to last 10 sts, K10.
Next row: K10, place on st holder, K to end. 
Begin pattern:
Row 1:
MC Purl (WS)
Row 2: MC K2 (yo, star st) to last st, K1.
Row 3: CC Purl
Row 4: CC K1, (star st, yo) to last 2 sts, K2
Repeat these 4 rows until piece measures 12 (13, 14, 15) inches (or desired length) from bottom edge to underarm. End by working row 1 (a MC wrong side row).

Dividing row:
With MC, K2 (yo, star) 5 (6, 7, 8) times, K1, (right front) -- P 15 (18, 21, 24), place on holder -- K2, (yo, star) 19 (20, 21, 22) times, K1, (back) -- P15 (18, 21, 24), place on holder -- K2 (yo, star) 5 (6, 7, 8) times, K1, place marker (left front).

Next row: Using size 9 straight needles and CC, purl across sts of left front. Leave remaining sts on circular needle, using it as a holder.

LEFT FRONT

Row 1 CC K1, (star, yo) 4 (5, 6, 7) times, star, K2 -- 17 (20, 23, 26) sts
Row 2 and all following wrong-side rows: Change color and purl
Row 3
MC K2, (yo, star) 4 (5, 6, 7) times, K2 tog, K1 -- 16 (19, 22, 25) sts
Row 5
CC K1, (star, yo) 4, (5, 6, 7) times, K3 -- 16 (19, 22, 25) sts
Row 7 MC K2, (yo, star) 4 (5, 6, 7) times, K2 tog, -- 15 (18, 21, 24) sts
Row 9 CC K1 (star, yo) 4 (5, 6, 7) times, K2 -- 15 (18, 21, 24) sts
Row 11 MC K2, (yo, star) 3 (4, 5, 6) times, yo, K3 tog, K1 -- 14 (17, 20, 23) sts
Row 13 CC K1, (star, yo) 3 (4, 5, 6) times, K4 -- 14 (17, 20, 23) sts
Row 15 MC K2, (yo, star) 3 (4, 5, 6) times,K2 tog, K1 -- 13 (16, 19, 22) sts
Row 17
CC K1, (star, yo) 3 (4, 5, 6) times, K3 -- 13 (16, 19, 22) sts
Row 19
MC K2 (yo, star) 3 (4, 5, 6) times, K2 tog -- 12 (15, 18, 21) sts
Row 21
CC K1, (star, yo) 3 (4, 5, 6) times, K2 -- 12 (15, 18, 21) sts
Row 23
MC K2, (yo, star) 2 (3, 4, 5) times, K1, K2 tog, K1 -- 11 (14, 17, 20) sts
Row 25 CC K1, (star, yo) 2 (3, 4, 5) times, K4 -- 11 (14, 17, 20) sts
Row 27 MC K2, (yo, star) 2 (3, 4, 5) times, K2 tog, K1 -- 10 (13, 16, 19) sts
Row 29 CC K1, (star, yo) 2 (3, 4, 5) times, K3 -- 10 (13, 16, 19) sts
Row 31
MC K2, (yo, star) 2 (3, 4, 5) times, K2 tog -- 9 (12, 15, 18) sts
Row 33
CC K1, (star, yo) 2 (3, 4, 5) times, K2 -- 9 (12, 15, 18) sts

For sizes 34 and 38, stop shaping here.
Continue as follows until armhole edge measures 10 inches:
(Go to rows 35-45 for sizes 42 and 46.)
Row 1
MC Purl
Row 2 MC K2 (yo, star) 2 (3) times, K1 -- 9 (12) sts
Row 3 CC Purl
Row 4 CC K1 (star, yo) 2 (3) times, K2 -- 9 (12) sts
At 10 inches, P 1 more row MC, bind off with MC.

For sizes 42 and 46, continue with rows 35 thru 45.
35 MC K2, (yo, star) 3 (4) times, K1, K2 tog, K1 -- 14 (17) sts
37 CC K1, (star, yo) 3 (4) times, K4 -- 14 (17) sts
39 MC K2, (yo, star) 3 (4) times, K2 tog, K1 -- 13 (16) sts
41 CC K1, (star, yo) 3 (4) times, K3 -- 13 (16) sts
43 MC K2, (yo, star) 3 (4) times, K2 tog -- 12 (15) sts
45 CC K1 (star, yo) 3 (4) times, K2 -- 12 (15) sts
Stop shaping here.
Continue as follows until armhole edge measures 11 inches:

Row 1
MC Purl
Row 2 MC K2, (yo, star) 3 (4) times, K1 -- 12 (15 sts)
Row 3 CC Purl
Row 4 CC K1 (star, yo) 3 (4) times, K2 -- 12 (15) sts
At 11 inches, P 1 more row MC, bind off with MC.

BACK: Beg with wrong side row and CC, work pattern as established across sts of back, without decreases. Work even until back measures 4 rows (2 star st patterns) shorter than fronts. Work next WS row.

Work pattern as established across first 9 (12, 12, 15) sts (right shoulder), BO sts of center back until 9 (12, 12, 15) sts remain on left shoulder, work pattern as est to end of row. Cont pattern and colors as established, work to match front arm edges. Bind off. Attach CC, P across sts of right front.

RIGHT FRONT
Row 1
CC K1, ssk, K1, (star, yo) 4 (5, 6, 7) times, K2 -- 17 (20, 23, 26) sts
Row 2 and all following wrong-side rows: Change color and purl
Row 3
MC K1, ssk, K1, (yo, star) 4 (5, 6, 7) times, K1 -- 16 (19, 22, 25) sts
Row 5 CC K2, (star, yo) 4 (5, 6, 7) times, K2 -- 16 (19, 22, 25) sts
Row 7 MC K1, ssk, (yo, star) 4 (5, 6, 7) times, K1 -- 15 (18, 21, 24) sts
Row 9 CC K1, (star, yo) 4 (5, 6, 7) times, K2 -- 15 (18, 21, 24) sts
Row 11 MC K1, ssk, K2, (yo, star) 3 (4, 5, 6) times, K1 -- 14 (17, 20, 23) sts
Row 13
CC K3, (star, yo) 3 (4, 5, 6) times, K2 -- 14 (17, 20, 23) sts
Row 15 MC K1, ssk, K1, (yo, star) 3 (4, 5, 6) times, K1 -- 13 (16, 19, 22) sts
Row 17 CC K2, (star, yo) 3 (4, 5, 6) times, K2 -- 13 (16, 19, 22) sts
Row 19 MC K1, ssk, (yo, star) 3 (4, 5, 6) times, K1 -- 12 (15, 18. 21) sts
Row 21 CC K1, (star, yo) 3 (4, 5, 6) times, K2 -- 12 (15, 18, 21) sts
Row 23 MC K1, ssk, K2, (yo, star) 2 (3, 4, 5) times, K1 -- 11 (14, 17, 20) sts
Row 25 CC K3, (star, yo) 2 (3, 4, 5) times, K2 -- 11 (14, 17, 20) sts
Row 27 MC K1, ssk, K1 (yo, star) 2 (3, 4, 5) times, K1 - 10 (13, 16, 19) sts
Row 29 CC K2, (star, yo) 2 (3, 4, 5) times, K2 -- 10 (13, 16, 19) sts
Row 31 MC K1, ssk, (yo, star) 2 (3, 4, 5) times, K1 -- 9 (12, 15, 18) sts
Row 33 CC K1, (star, yo) 2 (3, 4, 5) times, K2 -- 9 (12, 15, 18) sts

For sizes 34 and 38, stop shaping here.
Continue as follows until armhole edge measures 10 inches: (Go to rows 35-45 for sizes 42 and 46.)

Row 1
MC Purl
Row 2 MC K2, (yo, star) 2 (3) times, K1 -- 9 (12) sts
Row 3 CC Purl
Row 4 CC K1, (star, yo) 2 (3) times, K2 -- 9 (12) sts.
At 10 inches, P 1 more row MC, bind off with MC.

For sizes 42 and 46, continue with rows 35 thru 45.
Row 35 MC K1, ssk, K2 (yo, star) 3 (4) times, K1 -- 14 (17) sts
Row 37 CC K3, (star, yo) 3 (4) times, K2 -- 14 (17) sts
Row 39 MC K1, ssk, K1, (yo, star) 3 (4) times, K1 -- 13 (16) sts
Row 41 CC K2, (star, yo) 3 (4) times, K2 -- 13 (16) sts
Row 43 MC K1, ssk (yo, star) 3 (4) times, K1 -- 12 (15) sts
Row 45 CC K1 (star, yo) 3 (4) times, K2 -- 12 (15) sts

Stop shaping here.
Continue as follows until armhole edge measures 11 inches:
Row 1 MC Purl
Row 2 MC K2, (yo, star) 3 (4) times, K1 -- 12 (15) sts
Row 3 CC Purl
Row 4 CC K1 (star, yo) 3 (4) times, K2 -- 12 (15) sts
At 11 inches, P 1 more row MC, bind off with MC.

Front Bands: Sl sts from holders to size 9 needle. Sl 1, K to end of row. Repeat this row until front band is long enough when slightly stretched to sew to front edges and over shoulder seam to meet bound-off back neck edge. Bind off sts of band and sew in place (do not sew ends of bands together). Repeat for right band.
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Armhole finishing: Using size 9 - 24" circular needle, beginning at shoulder seam, PU and K 40 (40, 44, 44) sts along arm edge, K across sts on holder at bottom of arm opening, PU and K 40 (40, 44, 44) sts along second arm edge. Do not turn. P 1 round. Bind off. Repeat for second armhole.

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.

copyright 2008 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 Crystal Palace Yarns Merino 5 are welcome to use this free pattern for their customers.

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