Simply Ben Child's Vest
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A charming vest that sports an identical front and back – great for little ones who love to dress themselves and yet the pattern travels well across all ages!
I have become enamored with the creative stitch designs of Annie Maloney, so many more will be incorporated into future designs! (This pattern uses one of Maloney’s original stitch patterns published in The Knitter’s Guide to Stitch Design, 2006.)
The pattern provides an easy yet interesting knit that suits both boys and girls. The vest is a very quick knit in worsted weight yarn; the neckline and armhole trim is knit in a lighter (DK weight) contrasting colour to ensure the trim isn’t too bulky. Since less than 50yds 46m is required for the trim, it’s a great place to use a little bit of that treasured hand-dyed yarn!
This vest in knit in the round from hem to armholes and then the front and back are worked separately, flat. There is no seaming; shoulders are joined using a 3-Needle Bind Off (photo tutorial included). The neck and armhole trims are worked in a contrasting colour but may be worked using the main colour.
Continue in pattern' directions are included requiring the knitter to be able to read their knitting.
Stitch patterns are both charted and written out.
2(4, 6, 8, 10, 12)
Finished Chest Measurement
Patons Classic Wool; 100% pure wool; 3.5oz/223 yds 100g/204m;“Worn Denim”
250(290,325,400,480,560) yds 230(265,295,365,440,510) m
2(2, 2, 2, 3, 3) skeins
Contrasting Neck and Armhole Trim
Frog Tree Meriboo; 70% Merino Wool / 30% Bamboo; Colour “000”; 1.75 oz/105yds 50g/96m
45 yds 41m
Washed yarns often change characteristics; all designs are based on the washed gauge for sample yarn; knit a swatch at least 6” 15cm square, wash and dry the swatch the way the garment will be, then measure gauge away from edges of swatch
2 stitch markers, stitch holders or waste yarn; large-eyed needle
begins knit in the round; top portion knit flat; no seaming
knit, knit in the round, pick up stitches, purl, 3 needle bind-off
May 16, 2014: This pattern has been migrated to our Impeccable Knits label and republished as v1.1. This update contains cosmetic changes only.
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