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Basic Black Vest

Knitting
October 2002
WoolPak 8 ply (100% wool)
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch, on larger needles
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
1100 yards (1006 m)
40 (44, 48)" / 101.5 (112, 122) cm chest circumference
Errata available: interweave.com

Basic black vest in a classic shape with pockets. Buttonhole instructions are given for men’s and women’s versions. Vest is worked in one piece to underarm; then fronts and back are worked separately to the shoulders. Front and neckbands are worked in one piece in stockinette stitch with a facing. Armhole bands are worked circularly in stockinette stitch with a facing.

Measurements:

  • Size A: 40” / 102 cm chest; 24.5” / 62 cm length
  • Size B: 44” / 112 cm chest; 25.5” / 65 cm length
  • Size C: 48” / 122 cm chest; 26.5” / 67 cm length

Yarn: 2 skeins WoolPak 8 ply (100% wool; 510 yd / 466 m = 9 oz / 250 g).

Needles:

  • US 5 / 3.75 mm, 24” / 60 cm circular needles
  • US 3 / 3.25 mm, 16” / 40 cm circular needles

Notions:

  • Five 1/2” / 12 mm buttons
  • Two safety pins
  • Stitch markers
  • Stitch holders
  • Scrap yarn

Techniques (included in book):

  • Provisional cast-on
  • Short rows
  • Three-needle bind-off
  • Pick up stitches by knitting