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canarysanctuary
« on: September 27, 2008 09:31:35 AM »

So I was looking at 4 balls of Lang Merino Superwash in black and wondering what to do with it.
Something overcame me, and I decided to knit a vest.
I say "something" overcame me, because under normal circumstances, I would never knit a vest.
Now I knit one, and I really like it lots.


It's actually quite versatile!
I called it the "Sexy Vesty". 
More pics and details here, on my blog:
http://canaryknits.blogspot.com/2008/09/sexy-vesty-or-black-diamonds.html

If anyone's interested, the pattern notes are here:

Size: approximately a 35 bust
Needles:
3.75 mm circulars
3.5 mm circulars
Yarn: 3.5 skeins of Lang Superwash
Merino
Gauge: in lace pattern on 3.75 mm
needles is 5.5 sts/1
Lace Pattern:
Seventeen rows; Repeat of 15 sts.
Row 1: K5, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k5.
Row 2 and every other row: knit
Row 3: K4, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k4.
Row 5: K3, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, ssk, k3.
Row 7: K2, k2tog, yo, k7, yo, ssk, k2.
Row 9: K1, k2tog, yo, k9, yo, ssk, k1.
Row 11: K2, yo, ssk, k7, k2tog, yo, k2.
Row 13: K3, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k3.
Row 15: K4, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k4.
Row 17: K5, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k5.

Body:
Cast on 140, being careful not to twist, join for knitting in the round. Put a marker at the
beginning of the round and halfway through the round (at 70 sts)
Knit in 1x1 ribbing for 2.5
Begin decreasing, and decrease down from 140 sts to 120 sts.
I did this by:
Begin round: *knit 1, ssk, knit in rib pattern across to 3 sts before second marker, k2tog,
k1, sl marker, rep from * to end.
This decreases 4 sts each dec row. This means you would do 5 decrease round to get
from 140 sts to 120 sts.
AT THE SAME TIME:
When piece measures 3 from cast on:
Stop knitting in 1x1 ribbing.
Knit one round, then begin lace pattern.
You will knit in lace pattern for the rest of
the body.
With 120 sts, this means that you will have
8 repeats of the lace pattern.
When piece measures 11 from cast on,
begin neckline.
Begin Neckline:
This is where it gets tricky.
Its knit in the round up until this point,
and then its knit in pieces, back and forth.
The only reason I did this is because I hate
seaming, and so want to do as little of it as
possible.
Knit 27 sts, k2tog, k1, turn work, purl back
to beginning of round.
On EVERY right side row, decrease this way until theres 26 sts left for this section (this
is the right-front panel).
Now increase 1 sts at armhole side on right side 5 times. (READ AHEAD)
When these increases are done, cast off 5 sts at beginning of row for armholes.
 
AT SAME TIME: continue doing the neckline decreases until theres 15 sts left on the
front panel. Knit these 15 sts until the armhole measures 8.
Second front panel:
Work the same as the first front panel, but in reverse.
So, for neckline decreases, you would knit 1, ssk, knit across to the end.
Back:
Rejoin and work until piece is 1 from join. Now increase 5 sts each side, to match front
panels.
When these increases have been worked, cast off 5 sts at the beginning of next two rows.
(armhole cast-offs should match the front panels).
Knit these sts until back measures 2 less than the front panels.
Now put centre sts on a holder, leaving 15 sts at each side.
Continue working these 15 sts until back panels match front panels in length.
Now seam the sides, and graft the shoulders together.
Neckline and Armhole ribbing:
Neckline: Pick up 3 of every 4 sts with smaller needles (you can work the neckline and
armholes in the round). Mark centre front sts with a marker. Work in a 1x1 rib,
decreasing 1 sts each side of the front marker every other row. Work in this manner until
neckline ribbing measures 1. Cast off in pattern.
Armholes: Pick up 3 of every 4 sts with smaller needles (you can work this in the round).
Work in 1x1 rib until armhole ribbing is about 0.5. Cast off in pattern.
« Last Edit: September 27, 2008 09:32:19 AM by canarysanctuary - Reason: adding blog addy » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2008 09:43:55 AM »

Stunning!  I absolutely love it.  Stuff like this is why I'm learning how to knit.
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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2008 09:44:16 AM »

love it SmileySmiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2008 10:03:58 AM »

Hollah, Ontario!  Grin

Very sexy indeed! Way to obliterate the "knit clothes are for grannies" stereotype.
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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2008 10:04:49 AM »

i love this. looks great and you did a wonderful job.
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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2008 10:15:39 AM »

Awesome job!  I love it and you are very talented!

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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2008 11:23:39 AM »

Whata  great vest!!!
I want to be able to make that...wow.
It's really probably the only type of vest I would wear too.
*Note to self: start learning how to READ patterns already!!
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alana_kai
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2008 11:25:32 AM »

Gorgeous vest! I absolutely love it. Thanks so much for the pattern. Are you planning on putting it on ravelry? If you do, would you mind letting me know, so I can add it to my queue? Helps keep me organised. Smiley Thanks!

EDIT:: Oh, I found it! Sorry bout that  Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2008 11:27:58 AM »

It really is sexy! I love it!! Grin
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« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2008 03:08:17 PM »

Yay! THX FOR the pattern! *thumbs up!*  Wink
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