Kensington Vest by Valerie Hobbs

Kensington Vest

Knitting
September 2016
Aran (8 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
550 - 985 yards (503 - 901 m)
32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42)(44, 46, 48, 50, 52)"
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Cables, texture, a cozy collar to keep out the chill - what could be better for the cool early mornings of late summer or the crisp afternoons of autumn. Knit in aran weight, this vest is a quick project, with a few details to add spice.

Beginning with hem sections which are worked separately and then joined, the fronts and back are knit separately from the bottom up, with slight waist shaping. Shoulders are seamed with 3-needle bind off. Collar band is knit along with the fronts, and stitches are picked up at the neck for the collar. Fronts and back are seamed, and stitches are picked up for the armhole trim and worked in the round. Center front edges are trimmed with I-cord.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: Bust - 32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42) (44, 46, 48, 50, 52)“.
Intended to be worn with 0-2” of ease.
Length - 21 (21½, 21½, 22, 22, 22½)(22½, 23, 23, 23½, 23½)”.

YARN: 550 (600, 630, 680, 715, 770)(800, 855, 895, 950, 985) yds aran weight wool.
Recommended yarn: Spirited Fibers Merino SW (100% merino, 145 yds) - 4 (5, 5, 5, 5, 6) (6, 6, 7, 7, 7) skeins. Sample shown in Merlot.

NEEDLES: U.S. size 8 (5mm) straight or circular needles.
U.S. size 8 (5mm) 16” (40cm) or 24” (60cm) circular needles.
U.S. size 8 (5mm) double pointed needles for working I-cord (2 required).
U.S. size 9 (5.5mm) straight or circular needles.
Adjust needle size as needed to obtain correct gauge.

OTHER: Stitch holders, stitch markers, cable needle, tapestry needle.

GAUGE: 18sts/24 rows = 4” in stockinette, using size 8 (5mm) needles, blocked.

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate. Techniques include long tail cast on, 3-needle bind off, short row shoulder shaping, m1 increases, cables, picking up stitches, and attached I-cord.

PATTERN: 10 pages includes written instructions, charts, schematic, and photos.

Enjoy!