Man’s Knit Vest

Materials: SCOTCH FINGERING YARN, 3 Ply (1 oz. skeins): 8 skeins for Sizes 38 and 40; 10 skeins for Size 42 . . . Knitting Pins, 1 pair No. 4 (3 1/2 mm. size) … 5 buttons.





GAUGE: 6 1/2 sts make 1 inch; 9 rows make 1 inch.





BLOCKING MEASUREMENTS:
Sizes 38 40 42
Chest (vest buttoned)
36 1/2″ 38 1/2″ 40 1/2″
Width across back at underarm
17 1/2″ 18 1/2″ 19 1/2″
Width across each front at underarm
10″ 10 1/2″ 11″
Width across back above armhole shaping
12 1/2″ 13″ 13 1/2″
Length from shoulder to lower edge
19″ 19″ 19″
Length of side seam
9″ 9″ 9″

BACK . . . Starting at lower edge, cast on
90 sts 96 sts 102 sts
Work 10 rows of garter st (k each row), increasing 10 sts evenly across last row. There are on needle
100sts 106sts 112 sts
Work in pattern as follows:
1st row:
Knit across.
2nd row: P 4, * k 2, p 4. Repeat from * across.
3rd and 4th rows: Repeat 1st and 2nd rows.
5th row: Knit across.
6th row: P 1, * k 2, p 4. Repeat from * across, ending with p 1.
7th and 8th rows: Repeat 5th and 6th rows.
The last 8 rows constitute the pattern.
Work in pattern, increasing 1 st at both ends of next row and every 9th row thereafter until there are on needle
114 sts 120 sts 126 sts
Work without increasing until piece measures 9 inches in all.

To Shape Armholes: Bind off 6 sts at beginning of next 2 rows and 2 sts at beginning of following 6 rows. Dec 1 st at end of each row until there remain
80 sts 84 sts 88 sts
Work without decreasing until piece measures 9 inches from 1st row of armhole shaping.

To Shape Shoulders: Bind off 6 sts at beginning of next 6 rows. Bind off at beginning of next 2 rows
6sts 7sts 8sts
Bind off for back of neck remaining
32sts 34sts 36sts

Left Front Starting at lower edge, cast on
40 sts 42sts 46sts
Work 10 rows of garter st, increasing 4 sts on last row. There are on needle
44sts 46sts 50sts

Work in pattern as follows:
1st row:
Knit across to last 7 sts, k twice in next st, place a marker on needle, knit remaining 6 sts for front band.
2nd row: K 6 sts of front band, slip marker, k twice in next st,
p2       P3      P2
*k 2, p 4. Repeat from * across.
3rd row: Repeat 1st row.
4th row: K 6, slip marker, knit twice in next st,
p4 k 1,     p 4,        p4
*k 2, p 4. Repeat from * across.
5th row: Repeat 1st row.
6th row: K 6, slip marker, k twice in next st,
p 3, k 2      p 4, k 2      p 3, k 2
*p 4, k 2. Repeat from * across, ending with p1.
7th row: Repeat 1st row.
8th row: K 6, slip marker, k twice in next st,
k 1, p 4      k 2, p 4      k 1, p 4
*k 2, p 4. Repeat from * across, ending with P1
The pattern is now established. Continue in pattern, increasing 1 st inside the marker on each row until 14 sts in all have been increased
—at the same time—
inc 1 st at side edge on the next (9th) row.
When front increases are completed there are on needle
59 sts 61 sts 65 sts
Keeping the 6 sts of front band in garter st, make a buttonhole 2 sts in from front edge on next row
—to make a buttonhole, on one row bind off 2 sts, then on next row cast on 2 sts to replace those bound off.
Continuing with side increases every 9th row until 7 sts in all are increased at this edge and measuring from 1st row of last buttonhole, make a buttonhole every 2 inches until 5 buttonholes in all are made
—at the same time—
when piece measures 3 1/2 inches in all, work pocket opening as follows: Starting at front edge, work in pattern across next 24 sts, slip the next 28 sts on to a stitch holder to be worked later for Pocket Band, cast on 28 sts to replace those sts on stitch holder and complete row. Continue in pattern, shaping side edge and making buttonholes as directed.

When side shaping is completed, there are on needle
66 sts 68 sts 72 sts
Work without increasing until side edge measures 9 inches in all.

To Shape Armhole: Starting at side edge, bind off 6 sts once and 2 sts on every other row 3 times. Dec 1 st at armhole edge on every other row until there remain
48 sts 48 sts 52 sts
Keeping armhole edge straight, work until 5th buttonhole is completed.

To Shape Front: Dec 1 st inside the front band on next row and every 3rd row thereafter until there remain
30 sts 31 sts 32 sts
Work without decreasing until piece measures 9 inches from 1st row of armhole shaping.

To Shape Shoulder: Starting at armhole edge, bind off 6 sts on every other row 3 times. Starting at same edge, bind off
6 sts 7 sts 8 sts
Work without decreasing in garter st over remaining 6 sts of front band for 2 1/2 inches. Bind off.

RIGHT FRONT . .. Work to correspond with Left Front, reversing shapings and omitting buttonholes.

POCKET BANDS . . . Slip the sts from stitch holder on to a needle, attach yarn and knit across, decreasing 4 sts. Work 6 rows of garter st. Bind off, knitting the sts.





POCKET LININGS … With right side facing, pick up and knit 28 sts along the 28 cast-on sts of pocket opening. Work in pattern for 2 1/2 inches. Bind off.

Press pieces through damp cloth. Sew shoulder seams. Fit extensions of front band across back of neck and sew ends together; then sew in place.

ARMBANDS . . . With right side facing, pick up and knit 130 sts around armhole edge. Work 4 rows of garter st. Bind off, knitting the sts.

Sew side seams. Whip pocket linings in place. Sew ends of pocket bands in place. Sew on buttons. Block to measurements.

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