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In-VEST for Peace

Knitting
October 2006
Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette stitch (St st)
US 7 - 4.5 mm
4.0 mm (G)
220 - 600 yards (201 - 549 m)
S (M, L, XL)
This pattern is available for free.

This pattern was developed specifically for the afghans for Afghans project. We tried to make a simple pattern that would function well. However, over time, we have learned that this is not the best pattern for kids in Afghanistan. There are better patterns out there, frankly. To improve this pattern, add a button band for closing up against the cold. The neckline and armholes would also benefit from ribbed edging. Moroever, the decreases at the neck seem to cause some troubles -- creating a puckered neckline unless the knitter is careful. Alas, the pattern lives on in the wonderful “Knitting for Peace” book, but we wanted to post these comments here. Thanks for understanding. Please check the afghansforAfghans.org website to find out what type of garments are needed and by when. Thanks, Ann, founder of afghans for Afghans

Pattern Description from “Knitting for Peace” book.” This vest is cleverly knit from side to side in one piece to create vertical stripes on the front. If working a solid-colored vest, ignore the stripe instructions and be sure to place markers where indicated to distinguish front from back.”

Finished Measurements:

  • Size: Small (Medium, Large, X-Large)
  • Chest measurement: 22 (25, 28, 32)”
  • Length: 13.5 (16.5, 20, 22)”

Yarn: Approximately 220 (280, 400, 600) yards worsted-weight yarn (MC), preferably wool. Small amounts worsted-weight yarn in at least two contrasting colors (A and B).

Samples in book shown in Classic Elite Yarns Renaissance (100% wool)

Needles: One pair straight needles size US 7 (4.5 mm). Change needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

Notions: Yarn needle, stitch markers, crochet hook size G/7 (4.5 mm), 4 buttons.