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Morehouse Farm Merino



Jeff's Vest

A MOREHOUSE ORIGINAL PATTERN
featured in the book
Morehouse Farm Merino Knits


Sizes:
Adult small, medium, large, and x-large
(to fit sizes 38, 42, 46, and 50);
larger sizes in parenthesis

Yarn:
Worsted-weight yarn, 980 to 1250 yards.
The sample shown at right was knit with
Morehouse Merino 3-Strand (7 to 9 skeins)

Needles:
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

Gauge:
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 you’ll have knit 3 stitches together). Repeat this round for total of 4 rounds. Then bind off border loosely—at 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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