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Ayako's Vest

Knitting
March 2011
Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi) ?
25 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches in spiral lace pattern
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
548 - 1096 yards (501 - 1002 m)
31 (34, 37, 40 , 44, 47)” / 78.5 (86.5, 94, 101.5, 112, 119.5) cm
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This pattern is available as an individual pdf or as part of the Springy Things Collection. If you previously purchased Ayako’s Vest and wish to purchase the Springy Things Collection, $5 will automatically be deducted from the collection price.

Ayako’s Vest is the first piece in my Springy Things Collection, which also includes Vaguely Reminiscent and the Lima Shrug.

This is a pattern that I designed for Classic Elite’s Farmer’s Market pamphlet. This is my original pattern, and it varies from the version that Classic Elite published in several important respects: 1) There are 6 sizes, rather than 5. 2) For sizes 37” / 94 cm and above, actual (or close to actual) crossback measurements are used for the back width at the crossback. The classic elite version was edited to make this measurement significantly wider. 3) For all sizes, the chest circumference is slightly different - this should not be very significant but there is a difference. The projects shown in the Classic Elite version’s projects page should be representative of the final piece for smaller sizes. Larger sizes will have a more fitted appearance when made following this pattern.

Lace instructions are both written and charted. The pattern has been professionally tech edited to reduce the possibility for error, but if you have questions or believe that you have found an error, please contact me.

finished measurements
31 (34, 37, 40 , 44, 47)” /
78.5 (86.5, 94, 101.5, 112, 119.5) cm
body circumference.

ease
Designed to be worn with approximately 2”/5 cm positive ease.

yarn
4 (5, 6, 7, 7, 8) skeins Classic Elite Soft Linen in 2225 “Smoky Rose”; 137 yds / 125 m per 50 g; 35% linen, 35% wool, 30% baby alpaca.

yardage
Vest requires approximately 548 (685, 822, 959, 959, 1096) yds / 500 (625, 750, 875, 875, 1000) m of DK weight yarn.

needles & notions
US 4 (3.5 mm) 24” circular needle
US 3 (3.0 mm) 24” circular needle
US 3 (3.0 mm) 16” circular needle
OR sizes necessary to make gauge.
4 (4, 5, 5, 5, 5) locking stitch markers
1 oblong button, approximately 1.5” / 3.75 cm length
embellishments such as colored buttons, rickrack (optional)
darning needle

gauge
20 sts = 3 ¼” / 8.5 cm and 32 rows = 4” / 10 cm in lace pattern using larger needles.
Because of the side-to-side construction, row gauge is very important to the fit of the vest.

construction
Vest is worked side-to-side in two pieces – right front & back, and left front – and then seamed together.