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Morehouse Farm Merino
Striped Vest for Children
A MOREHOUSE ORIGINAL PATTERN
Children’s 4, 6 & 8
(larger sizes in parenthesis).
Worsted weight yarn; sample is knit with
Morehouse Merino 3-Strand, 2 skeins in main color,
1 skein for stripes (145 yards per skein).
24" long circular needle #8 or #9 (size to obtain
correct gauge), set of double-pointed needles #8 or
#9 for border around armhole
Gauge: 3½ stitches = 1 inch over stockinette stitch
Vest is knit in the round. With yarn color for stripes, cast on 88 (96/102) stitches.
Join and *purl 1 round, knit 1 round; rep from * total of 2 times. Purl 1 more round.
Switch to main color yarn, knit next round and increase 4 stitches evenly. Knit 3 more
rounds. *Switch to stripe color yarn and knit 1 round, then purl 1 round. Back to main
color yarn and knit 4 rounds. Repeat from * until you have 6 (7/8) thin stripes
(not counting border at beginning of vest) ending with stripe color yarn.
(Don’t break off yarn when you switch colors, just pull up new color loosely on
inside of vest, cross over with yarn color you’ve just finished with to avoid gap
where new stripe begins.) Switch to main color yarn and knit to middle of round—46
(50/53) stitches. Now turn and—on inside of vest or wrong side—purl back to beginning
of round. Continue working back and forth on first half of stitches. Maintain same
stripe pattern as on body of vest (you’ll be purling second and fourth row in main color,
and you’ll be knitting both rows in stripe color yarn). Work in pattern until you have 4
(5/5) thin stripes. Switch to main color yarn and work 4 more rows in pattern.
Now switch to stripe color yarn and knit 6 rows. Leave stitches on holding needle.
Repeat for back side and work to same length as front. Now bind off shoulders from
front and back together using three-needle bind off (How? put front and back piece
parallel to each other—wrong side facing out—and bind off 11 (13/14) stitches from
armhole towards neck. You’ll need a third needle to bind off with. Knit the first
stitch on needle closest to you together with first stitch on needle in back, then
knit second stitch on needle closest to you together with second one on needle in back,
then bind off regularly by lifting first stitch over second one.) Repeat at other
shoulder—again binding off 11 (13/14) stitches toward neck. Then bind off middle
stitches around neckline very, very loosely.
Borders around armholes: using double-pointed needles and with stripe color yarn,
pick up stitches around armhole as follows: beginning at armhole division under arm,
right side facing, pick up 1 stitch per 2 rows, 1 additional stitch at shoulder and
under arm. Now *purl 1 round, knit 1 round; rep from * 3 times. Bind off loosely
in last knit round. Repeat for other armhole.
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