Little Aran Vest

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    Little Aran Vest

    Aran vest
    Eileen Casey

    This little aran is as cute as can be -- and the lack of sleeves means that you get it done all the faster. This would look adorable on a boy or a girl, but especially on a baby boy. What about a special alternative to a baptismal gown for a christening -- many parents are now opting for a less fussy look, especially if the baby is a little older. Or how about this for a little ring-bearer who needs to look dressed up but not too girly?

    Materials:

    • 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 2) balls Patons Classic Wool in shade 202 Aran, or about 130 (150, 170, 190, 210, 230) yards of worsted weight yarn of your choice
    • 1 pair size US 7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles
    • yarn needles, tape measure, scissors, stitch holders

    Gauge:

    5 stitches and 7 rows per inch in Stockinette Stitch.

    Size:

    Newborn (3 months, 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, 24 months)

    Chest size finished garment: 17 (18, 19, 20, 21, 22) inches

    Length from back neck: 9 (10, 10.75, 11.5, 12.5, 13.5) inches

    Sample knit in 3 months size, by Eileen Casey

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    Knit the Vest Back

    1. Cast on 54 (58, 62, 66, 70, 74) stitches.
    2. Set up 2x2 rib on Row 1: K1, *K2, P2. Repeat from * to last stitch, K1.
    3. Work 1 inches in 2x2 rib, ending with a wrong side row.
    4. Establish patterns as follows: P9 (11, 13, 15, 17, 19), commence Aran Braid chart at Row 1, commence Double Diamond chart at Row 1, commence Aran Braid chart at Row 1, P9 (11, 13, 15, 17, 19).
    5. Working established cable patterns with Reverse Stockinette stitches at either side, continue until piece measures 5.25 (6, 6.5, 77.75, 8.25) inches, ending with a wrong side row.

    Shape Armholes:

    1. Bind off 3 (4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5) stitches at beginning of next 2 rows. 48 (50, 54, 58, 60, 64) stitches.
    2. Decrease 1 stitch at each side on next 4 (4, 4, 4, 5, 5) RS rows. 40 (42, 46, 50, 50, 54) stitches.
    3. Continue straight until piece measures 8.75 (9.75, 10.5, 11.25, 12.25, 13.25) inches, ending with a wrong side row.

    Shape Back Neck:

    1. Work 12 (13, 13, 15, 15, 16), BO 16 (16, 16, 20, 20, 22), work 12 (13, 13, 15, 15, 16). Turn, and work these 12 (13, 13, 15, 15, 16) stitches first.
    2. Next row (WS): Work 1 row in pattern.
    3. Leave stitches on a holder.
    4. Rejoin yarn to remaining stitches at wrong side row.
    5. Next row (WS): Work 1 row in pattern.
    6. Leave stitches on a holder.
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    Knit the Vest Front

    Work as for back up to the Shape Armholes step.

    Shape Front Neck and Armholes:

    The v-neck is worked as the armholes are being worked -- do not forget that for a time, both sides of your piece are being shaped.

    1. Next row (RS): BO 3 (4, 4, 4, 5, 5) stitches, work 22 (23, 25, 27, 28, 30) stitches in pattern (this will take you to 2 stitches before the halfway point of the piece), K2tog, turn.
    2. Work this side -- the left front -- first.
    3. Continue to work armhole shapings as for back, and at the same time decrease first at neck edge on every 3rd row. (Either K2tog or P2tog for neck decreases, to fit best with the pattern.
    4. When there are 12 (13, 13, 15, 15, 16) stitches, work straight without further shaping until piece is the same length as back.
    5. Place remaining stitches on a holder.
    6. Rejoin yarn to right front with right side facing.
    7. SSK, work to end in pattern, turn.
    8. Continue to work armhole shapings as for back, and at the same time decrease first at neck edge on every 3rd row. (Either SSK or P2togTBL for neck decreases, to fit best with the pattern.
    9. When there are 12 (13, 13, 15, 15, 16) stitches, work straight without further shaping until piece is the same length as back.
    10. Place remaining stitches on a holder.

    Finishing:

    1. Place the back and front together with the wrong sides facing out. Place live stitches back on needles.
    2. Work 3-needle bind off across tops of shoulders to join the seams.
    3. Turn work right side out. Sew side seams.
    4. Beginning at armpit, pick up and knit 44 (48, 48, 52, 52, 56) stitches around armhole, and work half an inch in K2, P2 ribbing.
    5. Bind off loosely in rib.
    6. Repeat previous 2 steps for second armhole.
    7. Starting at right back neck, pick up and knit the 24 (24, 24, 28, 28, 28) stitches bound across the back, then pick up and knit 24 (24, 26, 28, 28, 30) stitches down left front, place marker, and 24 (24, 26, 28, 28, 30) stitches up right front. There are 72 (72, 76, 84, 84, 86) stitches.
    8. P1, then work K2, P2 ribbing until 2 stitches before marker, K2tog, slip marker, SSK, work in 2x2 ribbing until last st, P1.
    9. Repeat this previous step for half an inch, BO loosely in rib.
    10. Weave in all ends and block to schematic measurements.