DEEP V - OVERSIZE LADIES' VEST by Roni Knutson

Even though I said "ladies", there is nothing to stop you making it for a man.

Machine I made this on a Studio 360 but it can be made on any standard
Size Finished - approx. 48 inches wide. 27 inches long
Materials Approx. 10 oz of 4 ply yarn or two strands of 2/16 in black or whatever colour you prefer.
Gauge 28 sts and 40 rows to 4 inches on Tension 7
Punchcard Whatever you fancy...
Back

Cast on 84-0-84 sts (seven complete 24 st motifs) with black and rib 29 rows in Kl,P1 rib at Tension 5/5 (this includes cast on rows). Transfer stitches on ribber to main bed. RC000. Tension 7. Insert punchcard and lock on first row of pattern. Knit 4 rows in black, 2 rows in red and 2 rows in black. Insert contrast yarn in 2nd feeder. Selector to fairisle or knit-in. Punchcard lock off. Complete motif and knit straight in black to Row 138.

Armhole

Cast off 10 sts at beginning of next 2 rows. Then 3 sts at beginning of next 4 rows. Then 2 sts at beginning of next 6 rows. (62-0-62 sts remain). Knit straight to Row 238 CAR.

Neckline and shoulder shaping

All needles to left of "0" and 24 needles to right of "0" to D position (holding position) - Russell Levers on I. Knit one row to left. Continue as follows:-

Row Needles at neck edge to D Needles at armhole edge to D Carriage direction
239

1(25)

6

>

240

1(26)

1(autowrap)

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241

1(27)

6

>

242

1(28)

1

<

243

-

6

>

244

-

1

<

245

-

6

>

246

-

1

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Row 247 - Push down shoulder needles and knit 1 row over sts in main colour (34) and take off on waste yarn. Do other shoulder to match. Take back neck stitches off on waste yarn (56 sts).

Front

Same as back to Row 102 - needles to left of "0" to D position - Russell levers to I (at this point it is advisable to protect the work under the needles to left of "0" from being "scrubbed" by the brushes. I usually grab whatever swatch is handy and of the right size and "pop" it over the sinker posts and into place in front of the work). Work V-neck by decreasing one stitch to right of "0" on 5th and every following 5th row until 28 sts have been decreased. At the same time, start decreases for armhole edge starting on Row 138 to match the back. (See cheatsheet)

Row 238 - Continue decreasing for V-neck but at the same time work shoulder shapings.

Row 247 - Do one row over stitches in main colour and take off on waste yarn.

Work other side to match.

Neckband

Join one shoulder. Cast on 78-0-78 in 1 x 1 rib in black . Rib 21 rows at Tension 5/5 (this includes cast on rows) with Rows 11 and 12 in Red. Transfer stitches on ribber to main bed. Push sts behind latches. Hold V-neck edge with shoulder attached up to the machine with wrong side of work facing you. Hang neckline edge evenly on needles (in "mouth" of needles). (V-neck edge is 100 sts, back neck edge is 56 sts) To eliminate bulk, bring sts behind latches over stitches in mouth of needles. Latch off.

For other side of V-neck - cast on 50-0-50 and complete to match. Join other shoulder. Join ribbing at side of neck - overlap ribbing at "V" and catch down.

Armbands

Cast on 78-0-78 in 1 x 1 rib in black and rib 11 rows. Attach to garment in same way as neckband.

Making Up

Join side seams.

This pattern was first published in The Carriage Trade, Issue #32, Fall 1989.

Copyright©rvk Sept 1989

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