Open­work vest

Add this open­work twisted vest to your wardrobe – it's the per­fect lay­er­ing piece. By Lisa Richard­son

Knit Today Magazine - - CONTENTS - CHAR­LENE, ART ED­I­TOR Pat­tern from Tetra by Rowan, £7.25. Visit www. kni­trowan.com or call 01484 681881

Rowan's twisted, vest with its eye-catching neck­line, is per­fect for lay­er­ing dur­ing the sum­mer months

BACK

Ma­te­ri­als

A Yarn 5 ( 6:6: 7: 8) x 50g balls of Rowan Tetra Cot­ton in Mag­giore (shade 006)

A Nee­dles 1 pair 3.25mm (UK 10, US 3) knit­ting nee­dles 1 pair 4mm (UK 8, US 6) knit­ting nee­dles 3.25mm (UK 10, US 3) cir­cu­lar nee­dle, at least 100cm long Ca­ble nee­dle

A Ac­ces­sories Us­ing 4mm nee­dles cast on 100 ( 110: 124: 136: 152) sts. Work in patt as folls: Rows 1-3: Knit.

Row 4 (WS): K to the end of the row, wrap­ping yarn 3 times round nee­dle for ev­ery st.

Row 5: K2 ( 1:2: 2: 1) drop­ping ex­tra loops, *C6B, rep from * to last 2 ( 1:2: 2: 1) sts, K2 ( 1:2: 2: 1) drop­ping ex­tra loops.

Row 6: Knit. Th­ese 6 rows form patt. Work in patt for a fur­ther 90 ( 90: 96: 96: 102) rows, end­ing af­ter patt row 6 and with RS fac­ing for next row. Stitch mark­ers in green, red, yel­low and blue

Yarn de­tail

Tension

22 sts and 30 rows to 10cm or 4in mea­sured over patt us­ing 4mm knit­ting nee­dles

Spe­cial Ab­bre­vi­a­tion

C6B slip next 3 sts onto ca­ble nee­dle drop­ping ex­tra loops and leave at back of work, K3 drop­ping ex­tra loops, then K3 from ca­ble nee­dle. Back should mea­sure ap­prox­i­mately 32 ( 32: 34: 34: 36) cm, 12½ ( 12½ :13½: 13½ :14¼) in.

SHAPE ARM­HOLES

Keep­ing patt cor­rect, cast off 5 ( 6:7: 8: 9) sts at beg of next 2 rows, plac­ing green mark­ers on first cast-off st of each of th­ese rows (to de­note top of side seams). 90 ( 98: 110: 120: 134) sts Dec 1 st at each end of next 5 ( 7:7: 9: 11) rows, then on foll 5 ( 5:7: 7: 8) alt rows, then on foll 4th row. 68 ( 72: 80: 86: 94) sts Work a fur­ther 41 ( 45: 41: 45: 41) rows, end­ing af­ter patt row 2 and with RS fac­ing for next row.

SHAPE BACK NECK

Next row (RS): Patt 20 ( 22: 25: 28: 31) sts and turn, leav­ing re­main­ing sts on a holder. Work each side of neck separately. Keep­ing pat­tern cor­rect, de­crease 1 st at neck edge of next 4 rows. 16 ( 18: 21: 24: 27) sts Work 1 row, end­ing af­ter patt row 2 and with RS fac­ing for next row.

SHAPE SHOUL­DER

Cast off. With RS fac­ing, slip cen­tre 28 ( 28: 30: 30: 32) sts onto a holder, re­join yarn, patt to end. Com­plete to match first side, re­vers­ing shap­ings.

FRONT

Us­ing 4mm nee­dles, cast on 16 ( 18: 21:24:27) sts. This is left shoul­der seam edge. Work in patt as folls:

Rows 1-3: Knit, plac­ing a red marker on last st of first of th­ese rows (to de­note neck edge of shoul­der seam).

Row 4 (WS): K to end, wrap­ping yarn 3 times round nee­dle for ev­ery st.

Row 5: K4 ( 0:4: 1: 2) drop­ping ex­tra loops, (C6B) 2 ( 3:2: 3: 4) times, K0 ( 0:5: 5: 1) drop­ping ex­tra loops.

Row 6: Knit. Th­ese 6 rows form patt. Cont in patt for a fur­ther 40 ( 44: 40: 44: 40) rows, end­ing with RS fac­ing for the next row.

SHAPE LEFT ARM­HOLE

Keep­ing patt cor­rect, inc 1 st at beg (arm­hole edge) of next and 0 ( 1:1: 1: 1) foll 4th row, then on foll 0 ( 0:2: 3: 5) alt rows, tak­ing inc sts into patt. 17 ( 20: 25: 29: 34) sts Work 3 ( 1:1: 1: 1) rows, end­ing with RS fac­ing for next row.

SHAPE LEFT SIDE OF FRONT NECK

Inc 1 st at end (neck edge) of next and foll 6th row, then on 2 foll 4th rows and at same time inc 1 st at arm­hole edge of next and foll 5 ( 4:4: 3: 2) alt rows, then on foll 4 ( 6:6: 8: 10) rows, tak­ing all inc sts into patt. 31 ( 35: 40: 45: 51) sts. Work 1 row, end­ing with RS fac­ing for next row. Keep­ing patt cor­rect, cast on 5 ( 6:7: 8: 9) sts at beg of next row. 36 ( 41: 47: 53: 60) sts. Place a green marker on first cast-on st (to de­note top of left side seam). Left arm­hole shap­ing is now com­plete. Now con­tinue to shape left side of front neck as fol­lows: Work 1 row, end­ing with RS fac­ing for next row.

"Soft, breath­able cot­ton feels great against the skin in sum­mer"

In­crease 1 st at neck edge of next and 2 fol­low­ing 4th rows, then on fol­low­ing 4 alternate rows, then on fol­low­ing 4 rows, tak­ing inc sts into patt, end­ing af­ter pat­tern row 5 and with wrong sides fac­ing for next row. 47 ( 52: 58: 64: 71) sts This com­pletes left side of neck shap­ing.

Cast on 89 ( 94: 102: 108: 117) sts at beg of next row. 136 ( 146: 160: 172: 188) sts Place a sec­ond red marker at beg of this row (to de­note base of right side seam). Place a yel­low marker af­ter 68th ( 73rd: 80th: 86th: 94th) cast-on st (to de­note cen­tre front). Edge be­tween 2nd red marker and yel­low marker is right front hem edge, and edge be­tween yel­low marker and first red marker is left front neck edge. Work 72 ( 72: 78: 78: 84) rows, end­ing af­ter patt row 6 and with RS fac­ing for next row. Cast off 88 ( 93: 101: 107: 116) sts at beg of next row. 48 ( 53: 59: 65: 72) sts Place a blue marker at beg of this row (to de­note base of left side seam). Place a 2nd yel­low marker af­ter 68th ( 73rd: 80th: 86th: 94th) cast-off st (to de­note cen­tre front). Edge be­tween blue marker and yel­low marker is left front hem edge; edge be­yond yel­low marker is be­gin­ning of right front.

SHAPE RIGHT SIDE OF FRONT NECK

Keep­ing patt cor­rect, dec 1 st at neck (castoff) edge of next 6 rows, then on foll 4 alt rows, then on 2 foll 4th rows. 36 ( 41: 47: 53: 60) sts Work 2 rows, end­ing with WS fac­ing for next row. Place sec­ond green marker at end of last row (to de­note top of right side seam).

SHAPE RIGHT ARM­HOLE

Keep­ing patt cor­rect, cast off 5 ( 6:7: 8: 9) sts at beg of next row. 31 ( 35: 40: 45: 51) sts Dec 1 st at arm­hole edge of next 5 ( 7:7: 9: 11) rows, then on foll 5 ( 5:7: 7: 8) alt rows, then on foll 4th row and at same time dec 1 st at neck edge of next and 2 foll 4th rows, then on foll 6th row. 16 ( 18: 21: 24: 27) sts Work a fur­ther 45 ( 49: 45: 49: 45) rows, end­ing af­ter patt row 6 and with RS fac­ing for next row. Cast off, plac­ing a 2nd blue marker on first cast-off stitch (to de­note neck edge of shoul­der seam). This is the right shoul­der seam edge.

MAKING UP

Press the pieces as de­scribed on the ball band. Join the right shoul­der seam us­ing back stitch, or mat­tress stitch if pre­ferred.

RIGHT ARM­HOLE BORDER

With RS fac­ing and us­ing 3.25mm (US 3) nee­dles, beg and end­ing at green mark­ers, pick up and knit 106 ( 116: 118: 130: 132) sts evenly all round right arm­hole edge. Work in g st for 4 rows, end­ing with wrong side fac­ing for next row. Cast off knit­wise on WS. Now join right arm­hole border and side seam – sec­ond red marker on front will match to cast-on edge of back. Lay gar­ment flat with left front shoul­der (cast-on) edge ex­tend­ing down be­low right front and back hem edges. Now fold left front shoul­der sec­tion up so that it meets left shoul­der of back and a gen­tle twist is formed at cen­tre front – orig­i­nal right side of left front shoul­der sec­tion now be­comes wrong side of gar­ment. Join left shoul­der seam.

LEFT ARM­HOLE BORDER

Work as given for right arm­hole border. Now join left arm­hole border and side seam – first blue marker on front will match to cast-on edge of back.

NECK BORDER

Be­gin­ning at the sec­ond yel­low marker on the front hem/neck cast-off edge, with RS of gar­ment fac­ing and us­ing 3.25mm cir­cu­lar nee­dle, pick up and knit 20 ( 20: 21: 21: 22) sts along rem sec­tion of this cast-off edge from yel­low marker to beg of right side of front neck shap­ing, 68 ( 72: 72: 76: 76) sts up right side of front neck to sec­ond blue marker on right shoul­der seam, and 5 sts down right side of back neck, knit across 28 ( 28: 30: 30: 32) sts on back holder, pick up and knit 5 stitches up left side of back neck to first red marker on the left shoul­der seam, 67 ( 71: 71: 75: 75) stitches down the left side of front neck to the front hem/neck cas­ton edge, then 21 ( 21: 22: 22: 23) sts along front hem/neck cast-on edge to first yel­low marker. 214 ( 222: 226: 234: 238) sts Work in g st for 4 rows, end­ing with WS fac­ing for next row. Cast off knit­wise (on WS). Join the ends of the bor­ders where they meet as yel­low mark­ers, us­ing back stitch or mat­tress stitch.

SEPTEM­BER 2015 SKILL LEVEL IN­TER­ME­DI­ATE TECH­NIQUES A OPEN­WORK A SHAP­ING

Open cot­ton knits are so com­fort­able on warm sum­mer days, as the holes al­low the air to cir­cu­late

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