Color Play Vest

This easy-to-work rec­tan­gu­lar-shaped vest show­cases sim­ple col­or­work for a stun­ning re­sult.

Creative Knitting - - CONTENTS - De­sign by Galina Car­roll

Sizes

Woman’s small (medium, large) In­struc­tions are given for small­est size, with larger sizes in paren­the­ses. When only 1 num­ber is given, it ap­plies to all sizes.

Fin­ished Mea­sure­ments

Chest: 321/2 (37, 41) inches, with fronts over­lapped Back length: 24 inches

Ma­te­ri­als

• Rowan Felted Tweed (DK weight; 50% merino wool/ 25% al­paca/25% vis­cose; 191 yds/50g per ball): 4 (5, 7) balls frozen #185 (A) and 3 (4, 5) balls each bil­berry #151 (B) and amethyst #192 (C) • Size 4 (3.5mm) 16- and 32-inch cir­cu­lar

nee­dles or size needed to ob­tain gauge • Stitch marker

Gauge

30 sts and 34 rows = 4 inches/10cm in stranded St st, blocked. To save time, take time to check gauge.

Pat­tern Stitches

1x1 Rib (even num­ber of sts) Row/Rnd 1: *K1, p1; rep from * to end.

Rep Row/Rnd 1 for pat. Big Blocks (mul­ti­ple of 16 sts) See chart for stranded St st color pat. Small Blocks (mul­ti­ple of 8 sts) See chart for stranded St st color pat.

Pat­tern Notes

Back and fronts are worked sep­a­rately from the bot­tom up, then sewn to­gether.

Pieces are worked back and forth in rows. Cir­cu­lar nee­dle is used to ac­com­mo­date the large num­ber of stitches. Do not join.

Do not cut yarn when chang­ing col­ors. On the back, carry color not in use up out­side edge. On the fronts, work 8 front bor­der stitches in rib in A through­out. Carry color not in use up WS, be­tween rib and color pat­tern, twist­ing yarns once to pre­vent a hole.

Back

With longer nee­dle and A, cast on 122 (138, 154) sts.

Work in 1x1 Rib un­til piece mea­sures 2 inches, end­ing with a RS row. Purl 1 row. Work 16-row Big Blocks pat 6 times. With A, work 2 rows in St st, inc 3 sts evenly on first row—125 (141, 157) sts.

Work 8-row Small Blocks pat 9 times, then work [Rows 1–4] once. Cut B and C. With A, work 2 rows in St st, dec 3 sts evenly on first row—122 (138, 154) sts. Work 8 rows in 1x1 Rib. Bind off in pat.

Right Front

With longer nee­dle and A, cast on 114 (130, 146) sts.

Work in 1x1 Rib un­til piece mea­sures 2 inches, end­ing with a RS row.

Purl 1 row. Set-up row (RS): With A, work 8 sts in es­tab­lished rib for bor­der; work Big Blocks pat to end, join­ing B where in­di­cated.

Main­tain­ing 8 sts in A at edge for ribbed bor­der and work­ing other sts in stranded St st color pat, work even un­til 6 reps of 16-row Big Blocks pat are com­plete. Next 2 rows: With A only, work 8 bor­der sts in rib and rem sts in St st, inc 1 st in St st sec­tion on first row— 115 (131, 147) sts.

Main­tain­ing 8 sts in A at edge for ribbed bor­der and work­ing all other sts in stranded St st color pat, work 9 reps of 8-row Small Blocks pat, then work [Rows 1–4] of pat once.

Cut B and C. Next 2 rows: With A, work 8 bor­der sts in rib and rem sts in St st,dec 1 st in St st sec­tion on first row—114 (130, 146) sts. Work 8 rows in 1x1 Rib. Bind off in pat.

Left Front

With longer nee­dle and A, cast on 114 (130, 146) sts.

Work in 1x1 Rib un­til piece mea­sures 2 inches, end­ing with a RS row.

Purl 1 row. Set-up row (RS): Work Big Blocks pat to last 8 sts, join­ing B where in­di­cated; with A, work 8 sts in es­tab­lished rib for bor­der.

Main­tain­ing 8 sts in A at edge for ribbed bor­der and work­ing other sts in stranded St st color pat, work even un­til 6 reps of 16-row Big Blocks pat are com­plete. Next 2 rows: With A only, work 8 bor­der sts in rib and rem sts in St st, inc 1 st in St st sec­tion on first row— 115 (131, 147) sts.

Main­tain­ing 8 sts in A at edge for ribbed bor­der and work­ing all other sts in stranded St st color pat, work 9 reps of 8-row Small Blocks pat, then work [Rows 1–4] of pat once.

Cut B and C. Next 2 rows: With A, work 8 bor­der sts in rib and rem sts in St st, dec 1 st in St st sec­tion on first row— 114 (130, 146) sts. Work 8 rows in 1x1 Rib. Bind off in pat.

Fin­ish­ing

Block pieces to mea­sure­ments.

Beg at cast-on edge, sew side seams for 121/2 (131/2, 14) inches.

Beg at bound-off edge, sew side seams for 41/2 (5, 51/2) inches, leav­ing 7 (8, 9) inches un­sewn for arm­hole. Arm­hole Edg­ing With RS fac­ing, us­ing shorter nee­dle and A, and beg at bot­tom of arm­hole, pick up and knit ap­prox 1 st per row around arm­hole edge, end­ing with an even num­ber of sts; pm for beg of rnd and join. Work 2 rnds in 1x1 Rib. Bind off in pat.

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