(copying in notes from Mom’s vest -- will make changes as appropriate)
9.5 st / 2 inches
14 rows / 2 inches
Cast on 154 (provisional)
Working with all three balls of Chroma at once, two rows from each, then 6 rows of black. Carrying all unused yarn up the side.
After 7 stripes, begin decreases on every RS row:
K26, ssk, k10, k2tog
k until 40 remain
ssk, k10, k2tog, k26
Next RS row:
K25, ssk, k10, k2tog
k until 39 remain
ssk, k10, k2tog, k25
After two stripes, begin working even (should be 130 stitches remaining).
Note to kara NO INCREASES!
Work 4 stripes even (13 total), then begin decreasing one stitch at neck edge (each side), every stripe (leave two selvedge sts).
Work to total of 18 stripes. 120 stitches.
note to kara: Make fronts/back slightly narrower!
Setting up steeks:
Find center point (60)
place markers 18 st on each side of back (36 back stitches tota), then 17 st in from front edges.
Put the 25 underarm st on strings
CO 9 steek st above underarm strings (3 for crocheted steek, 2 each side for safety margin, 1 each side for picking up later)
Keep calm and carry on.
Don’t forget to continue dec away one neck edge st at beginning of each stripe! Stop decreases after stripe 25.
note to kara remember that vest is two stripes shorter!
back: 27.5 stripes
front: 25.5 stripes
After 25.5 stripes, put first and last 13 st (fronts plus half of steeks) on strings and work on back (and other half of steeks. 44 st total) to a total of 27.5 stripes.
Crochet the steeks.
Put the 9 steek st on strings (5 from front, 4 from taller back), then match up the 7 front stitches with 7 back stitches and graft (pull out one row from front or back so there are still 6 rows of black
) Should have 22 back-neck stitches remaining. Might as well leave the last bind-off stitches live, so you can pick them up for the ribbing.
Cut steeks. Change to size 4 needles. Pick up 2 out of 3 stitches around armhole plus underarm stitches. Work in 2x2 ribbing for 8 rows. Cast off snuggly.
Work 20 rows ribbing at bottom edge. Cast Off
Pick up 2 out of 3 stitches all the way around front edge. (pick up 1:1 for an inch or two at bottom edge) Knit in k2p2 ribbing (but you want 3k at each bottom edge).
17 rows, then work 6 4-st buttonholes with 10 st between them. Then about 7 more rows ribbing.
There’s PLENTY of Chroma left over, but you need three balls to make the stripes work.
Chroma is soft. SOFT, I say. Really, really, really soft (but not icky and slippery like Stroll). It would be great for scarves, baby sweaters, or anything worn next to the skin. However, it is single-ply and has almost no twist at all, so it seems very delicate, even though it has 20% nylon. Would not recommend for socks or anything that’ll get hard wear or abrasion.