A MOREHOUSE ORIGINAL PATTERN
featured in the book
Morehouse Farm Merino Knits
Adult small, medium, large, and x-large
(to fit sizes 38, 42, 46, and 50);
larger sizes in parenthesis
Worsted-weight yarn, 980 to 1250 yards.
The sample shown at right was knit with
Morehouse Merino 3-Strand (7 to 9 skeins)
Circular needle #4 or #5 for rib border,
24" or longer
Circular needle #5 or #6
(or, size to obtain correct gauge),
24" or longer for body; 16" for borders
round the armhole and neckline
20 stitches = 4 inches
over stockinette stitch
Pattern worked in the round
for body of the vest
Rounds 1 to 4: knit
Round 5: purl
Round 6: knit
Rounds 7 to 10: * knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch;
repeat from * to end of round
Pattern worked back and forth
for front and back after armhole division
Rows 1 and 3: knit
Rows 2 and 4: purl
Rows 5 and 6: purl
Rows 7 and 9: *knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch;
repeat from * across row, ending with knit 1
Rows 8 and 10: knit first stitch, *knit 1 stitch,
purl 1 stitch; repeat from * across row
With circular needle #4 or #5, cast on 186 (204/222/240) stitches.
Join and work 12 to 16 rounds in rib pattern (*knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch;
rep from * to end of round). Switch to circular needle #5 or #6 and knit
next round and increase 20 (22/24/26) stitches evenly for a total number
of stitches of 206 (226/246/266). Start pattern and work in pattern until
vest measures about 13 (14/15/16) or desired length to armhole
(measured from cast-on edge), ending with round 1 of pattern.
Divide for armholes: work next round (round 2 of pattern) as follows:
knit 99 (109/117/127) stitches, bind off the next 8 (8/12/12) stitches;
knit the next 95 (105/111/121) stitches, then bind off the last 4 (4/6/6)
stitches on round and the first 4 (4/6/6) stitches on next round.
Back: continue working on the first half of stitches. Adjust pattern
to working back and forth (beginning with row 3 a knit row). Bind off
2 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 (2/2/4) rows; then bind off
1 stitch at the beginning of the next 4 rows.
Continue in pattern until piece measures 10½ (11½/12½/13) from
armhole division. Put stitches on holding needle (use smaller
circular needle from border).
Front: begin with row 3 of pattern. Bind off 2 stitches at the beginning
of the next 2 (2/2/4) rows; then bind off 1 stitch at the beginning of
the next 4 rows. You have a total of 87 (97/103/109) stitches now.
Knit 43 (48/51/54) stitches. The next stitch (middle stitch) will be
the beginning of your V-neck: put a piece of different color yarn
through the stitch to mark it and to prevent it from running
(a paper clip works well too), then drop stitch from needle.
Put remaining 43 (48/51/54) stitches on spare needle for
right front. Continue working on left front. Work back to
beginning of row to armhole edge.
V-neck decreases: *work in pattern to last 2 stitches at neck edge,
knit last 2 stitches together. Turn and work in pattern back to beginning
of row. Continue working in pattern and every fourth row knit 2 stitches together
at neck edge. Work to same length as back piece. Now bind off shoulders together
using three-needle bind- off. Put front and back piece parallel to each other—
wrong side facing out, and bind off together. Knit the first stitch on needle
closest to you together with stitch on needle in back, then knit second stitch
on needle closets to you together with second stitch on needle in back, then
bind off regularly by lifting first stitch over second one. Continue this way
until all stitches on left front are bound off. Repeat for right front.
You still have stitches on needle on back piece.
Border around V-neck: with 16 circular needle, pick up stitches starting at
left shoulder, right side facing. Pick up 1 stitch per 2 rows, then pick up middle
stitch at bottom of V-neck (with colored yarn tied to it; keep yarn tied to stitch
to mark it) continue picking up 1 stitch per 2 rows on right side of V-neck, then
knit stitches on back. Purl first round and at both shoulders purl 2 stitches
together. Then work next round as follows: *knit 1 purl 1; rep from * to stitch
before middle stitch, slip the next 2 stitches as if to knit stitches (slip them
simultaneously as one stitch), knit stitch after middle stitch, then pass the two
slipped stitches over this stitch (this way, the middle stitch will form a
continuous vertical chain through ribbed border). Continue in *knit 1,
purl 1* pattern to beginning of round. Next 4 rounds: work knit 1 purl 1
rib pattern to stitch before middle stitch, then slip next 2 stitches
as if to knit stitches (slip them simultaneously as one stitch),
work stitch after middle stitch in pattern, then pass two slipped
stitches over this stitch, (middle stitch will form a continuous
vertical chain through ribbed border and youll have knit 3
stitches together). Repeat this round for total of 4 rounds.
Then bind off border looselyat middle stitch bind off 3
stitches together as before.
Borders around armholes: with 16 circular needle,
pick up stitches around armhole as follows: right side facing,
starting at armhole division, pick up 1 stitch per stitch at bind-off,
1 stitch per decrease and 1 stitch per 2 rows at side. Purl first round
and at shoulder, purl 2 stitches together. Work 4 rounds in knit 1
purl 1 rib, bind off loosely in 5th round. Repeat for other armhole.
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