OLD GOLD vest

Knitting
March 2018
both are used in this pattern
Aran (8 wpi) ?
25 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in linen stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
3.75 mm (F)
619 - 838 yards (566 - 766 m)
S-M-L (see below for further information)
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Hungarian folk style linen stitch vest with crochet picot edging.
Sizing and measurements are given in centimeter.
Please read pattern through before starting your vest, it may contain some methods and shapings which are not difficult and also explained but unfamiliar to those who knit and crochet outside Middle Europe.

Craft: knitting / crochet
Difficulty: intermediate

Skills required:
knitting work flat / in pieces, long tail cast-on, decreasing, bind off
selvedge stitches
sloped bind-off method
basic crochet stitches (chains, single crochet, double crochet, slip stitch)
sewing

Yarn
Noro Silk Garden (colorway: 428) (45% silk / 45% mohair / 10% wool)
100m / skein
Yardage you need: 5 / 6 / 6 skeins

Yarnundyed Aran Weight 100% Superwash Merino Wool
166m / skein
Yardage you need: 1 / 1 / 1,5 skein(s)

Sizes: S / M / L
Bust circumference: 82 / 92 / 102 cm
length: 43.5 / 45 / 47 cm (without crochet edging)
(Photographed in size M.)

Important notes before you start

A) Selvedges
This pattern applies slip stitch selvedge on both ends of work, which gives nice and even selvedges for further crochet joining. Please use this technique to give a perfect finish to your project and to avoid having too many sts on edges before crocheting.
Twisted knit stitch (at beg of row): Work a twisted knit stitch (1 Hold the yarn behind the work. 2 Insert the right needle into the back of the first stitch on the left needle. 3 Wrap the yarn and pull it through as for a normal knit stitch. 5 Slip the stitch off the left needle.)
Slip stitch (at end of row): slip purlwise
When you have to bind off st(s) at the beginning of a row, you complete the binding off process and then the first one of the remaining sts will be the new selvedge stitch.

B) Working flat / in pieces
This pattern is designed to be worked in pieces. Both the fronts and the back have different color scemes and therefore stripes do not meet underarm for purpose. A highlighted white crochet joining gives stability, strength and playful design to shoulder and underarm seams. If you change the design because you want to work in one piece, please remember that the vest will be quite different and your color changes will be more frequent. It will result in a rather striped object.

C) Colors and color changing
Silk Garden
As you have probably noticed, orange and middle blue parts of Silk Garden 428 colorway are missing. The reason is simple: in spite of the fact that I bought my skeins from the same dyelot, they were quite different from each other and therefore I decided to skip those colors which I had very little. I believe that everybody wants a unique vest for themselves, so you can play with Silk Garden colors / colorways or parts of skeins as you feel like.

Yarnundyed
With the help of a kitchen scale you will divide your Yarnundyed skein(s) into 4 balls for back, fronts, crochet and seaming. (Details in the pattern.)

(You should not be very accurate when dividing, the only important thing is to have enough yarn for crochet edging and seaming.)

Use undyed yarn as often as you like, but each time for 2 rows then return to Silk Garden. Check measurements from time to time and compare it with schematic. Do not cut the yarns when changing, lead them alongside. Crochet edging will cover them. With the kitchen scale you can easily check how much you have used or left from your yarns.

D) Methods (for shoulder shaping and decreases / bind off)
Sloped bind-off is recommended for shaping shoulders.
Bind-off/decreasing method: twisted k2tog stitch (1 Hold the yarn behind the work. 2 Insert the right needle into the back of the first two stitches on the left needle. 3 Wrap the yarn and pull it through as for a normal knit stitch. 5 Slip the stitches off the left needle.)
Tip: Linen st pattern is a special slip st pattern, in which every second st is knitted in a row. Therefore sts are not the same tall in the same row. When you know the last st before the selvedge st will be decreased or bound off next row, do not knit it, just slip. It will result in a nicer and even shaping.

Mark (!) helps you remember that before next decreasing / bind-off, another shaping starts on the other side of the knitted piece.

Pattern comes with schematic and written instruction as well as many close-up photos.