Aileen by Laura Aylor
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February 2012
Sport (12 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
850 - 1400 yards (777 - 1280 m)
32", 36", 40.5", 45", 50.5" bust
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Approximate yardage requirements: 32” - 850, 36” - 1000, 40.5” - 1100, 45” - 1230, 50.5” - 1400

A slightly fitted vest knit in one piece from the bottom up with armbands and collar picked up.

This pattern uses short rows and the three-needle bind off for the shoulders. You will need to know how to pick up wraps for short rows and how to pick up stitches.

I had several awesome great-aunts with cool names – this is the first of several vests I have named in their honor. My Aunt (pronounced ‘Ahnt’) Aileen was one of my favorite people. She raised beef cattle on a farm and lived in a beautiful, unusual, rambling, understatedly grand old house that fascinated me as a child. You are probably picturing a rough and ready, weathered, mannish woman, but she was attractive, petite, stylish, and well-educated. She was my grandmother’s closest sister (there were six girls in the family). The older I get, the more I realize just how amazing she was. By far the coolest octogenarian I’ve ever known. I hope I’m fortunate enough to be even a little bit like her when I’m 80.

note: front flaps have been raised about an inch and a half from the sample shown