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Syrah Knit Vest

This stunning wine-colored knit vest is long enough to double as a tunic for extra coziness on chilly nights.

Updated July 28, 2022
Syrah Knit Vest
Syrah Knit Vest
This image courtesy of yarnspirations.com

The Syrah Knit Vest is the most stylish solution to fluctuating weather. It can be worn on its own with a pair of shorts or leggings for a striking late summer 'fit, or it can be worn over longer sleeves and thermals to keep you cozy in the dead of winter. This free knit vest pattern has unique lacy detailing around the collar which helps to give it some intrigue, but is otherwise designed in a straightforward fashion (perfect for Netflix knitting). Add some fringe along the sleeve opening if you're feeling daring!

NotesThe instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger size(s) the instructions will be written thus ( ).

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size6 or 4 mm, 7 or 4.5 mm

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge20 sts and 26 rows = 4" [10 cm] in stocking st with larger needles.

Materials List

  • Patons® Classic Wool Worsted™ (3.5 oz/100 g; 210 yds/192 m) in colorway Plum Heather (77307) or Gray Mix (00224) - 4 (5, 5, 6, 7) balls
  • Sizes U.S. 6 (4 mm) and U.S. 7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 2 stitch holders

Instructions

Sizing Notes

To fit bust measurement

XS/S: 28-34" [71-86.5 cm]
M: 36-38" [91.5-96.5 cm]
L: 40-42" [101.5-106.5 cm]
XL: 44-46" [112-117 cm]
2/3 XL: 48-54" [122-137 cm]
4/5 XL: 56-62" [142-157.5 cm]

Finished bust measurement

XS/S: 38" [96.5 cm]
M: 42" [106.5 cm]
L: 46" [117 cm]
XL: 50" [127 cm]
2/3 XL: 58" [147.5 cm]
4/5 XL: 66" [167.5 cm]

Vest Pattern

  1. BACK

    **With larger needles cast on 95 (105-115-125-145-165) sts.

    1st row: (RS). *K1. P1. Rep from * to last st. K1.

    Rep last row of Seed st 15 times more.

    Proceed as follows:
    1st row: (RS). (K1. P1) 5 times. Knit to last 10 sts. (P1. K1) 5 times.
    2nd row: (K1. P1) 5 times. Purl to last 10 sts. (P1. K1) 5 times.

    Rep last 2 rows until piece from beg measures approx 20" [51 cm], ending on a WS row.**

    Shape armholes:
    1st row: Cast off 5 (6-7-6-8-10) sts. Knit to end of row.
    2nd row: Cast off 5 (6-7-6-8-10) sts. Purl to end of row. 85 (93-101-113-129-145) sts.

    Sizes XL, 2/3XL and 4/5XL only:
    Next row: Cast off (6-8-10) sts. Knit to end of row.
    Next row: Cast off (6-8-10) sts. Purl to end of row. (101-113-125) sts.

    All sizes:
    Next row: ssk. Knit to last 2 sts. K2tog. 83 (91-99-99-111-123) sts.
    Next row: Purl.

    Rep last 2 rows 9 (11-13-12-15-19) times more. 65 (69-73-75-81-85) sts.

    Cont even in stocking st until armhole measures 8 (8-8½-8½-9-9)" [20.5 (20.5-21.5-21.5-23-23) cm], ending on a purl row.

    Shape shoulders:
    Cast off 8 (8-9-9-10-11) sts beg next 4 rows.

    Slip rem 33 (37-37-39-41-41) sts onto st holder.

  2. FRONT

    Work from ** to ** as given for Back.

    Shape armholes:
    1st row: Cast off 5 (6-7-6-8-10) sts. Knit to end of row.
    2nd row: Cast off 5 (6-7-6-8-10) sts. Purl to end of row. 85 (93-101-113-129-145) sts.

    Sizes XL, 2/3XL and 4/5XL only:
    Next row: Cast off (6-8-10) sts. Knit to end of row.
    Next row: Cast off (6-8-10) sts. Purl to end of row. (101-113-125) sts.

    All sizes:
    1st row: ssk. K6 (4-2-2-2-2). (K2tog. yo. K4) 5 (6-7-7-8-9) times. K2tog. yo. ssk. yo. K1. yo. K2tog. (yo. ssk. K4) 5 (6-7-7-8-9) times. yo. ssk. K6 (4-2-2-2-2). K2tog. 83 (91-99-99-111-123) sts.
    2nd and alt rows: Purl.
    3rd row: ssk. K4 (2-6-6-6-6). (K2tog. yo. K4) 5 (6-6-6-7-8) times. K2tog. yo. K1. ssk. yo. K1. yo. K2tog. K1. (yo. ssk. K4) 5 (6-6-6-7-8) times. yo. ssk. K4 (2-6-6-6-6). K2tog. 81 (89-97-97-109-121) sts.
    5th row: ssk. K2 (6-4-4-4-4). (K2tog. yo. K4) 5 (5-6-6-7-8) times. K2tog. yo. K2. ssk. yo. K1. yo. K2tog. K2. (yo. ssk. K4) 5 (5-6-6-7-8) times. yo. ssk. K2 (6-4-4-4-4). K2tog. 79 (87-95-95-107-119) sts.
    7th row: ssk. K6 (4-2-2-2-2). (K2tog. yo. K4) 4 (5-6-6-7-8) times. K2tog. yo. K3. ssk. yo. K1. yo. K2tog. K3. (yo. ssk. K4) 4 (5-6-6-7-8) times. yo. ssk. K6 (4-2-2-2-2). K2tog. 77 (85-93-93-105-117) sts.
    9th row: ssk. K4 (2-6-6-6-6). (K2tog. yo. K4) 5 (6-6-6-7-8) times. ssk. yo. K1. yo. K2tog. (K4. yo. ssk) 5 (6-6-6-7-8) times. K4 (2-6-6-6-6). K2tog. 75 (83-91-91-103-115) sts.
    11th row: ssk. K2 (6-4-4-4-4). (K2tog. yo. K4) 5 (5-6-6-7-8) times. K1. ssk. yo. K1. yo. K2tog. K1. (K4. yo. ssk) 5 (5-6-6-7-8) times. K2 (6-4-4-4-4). K2tog. 73 (81-89-89-101-113) sts.
    13th row: ssk. K6 (4-2-2-2-2). (K2tog. yo. K4) 4 (5-6-6-7-8) times. K2tog. yo. ssk. yo. K1. yo. K2tog. (yo. ssk. K4) 4 (5-6-6-7-8) times. yo. ssk. K6 (4-2-2-2-2). K2tog. 71 (79-87-87-99-111) sts.

    Cont in pat as established, dec 1 st each end of every RS row to 65 (69-73-75-81-85) sts.

    Cont even in pat until armhole measures approx 6½ (6½-7-7-7-7)" [16.5 (16.5-18-18-18-18) cm], ending on a WS row.

    Shape neck:
    1st row: Pat across 20 (20-22-23-26-28). K2tog (neck edge). Turn. Leave rem sts unworked.
    Next row: P2tog. Purl to end of row.
    Next row: Pat to last 2 sts. K2tog.
    Next row: Purl.

    Rep last 2 rows to 16 (16-18-18-20-22) sts.

    Shape shoulder:
    Next row: (RS). Cast off 8 (8-9-9-10-11) sts. Pat to end of row.
    Next row: Purl. Cast off rem 8 (8-9-9-10-11) sts. With RS facing, slip next 21 (25-25-25-25-25) sts onto st holder. Join yarn to rem sts.

    Shape neck:
    Next row: (RS). ssk. Pat to end of row. 21 (21-23-24-27-29) sts.
    Next row: Purl to last 2 sts. P2togtbl.
    Next row: ssk. Pat to end of row.
    Next row: Purl.

    Rep last 2 rows to 16 (16-18-18-20-22) sts, ending on a RS row.

    Shape shoulder:
    Next row: (WS). Cast off 8 (8-9-9-10-11) sts. Pat to end of row.
    Next row: Knit. Cast off rem 8 (8-9-9-10-11) sts.

  3. FINISHING

    Sew right shoulder seam.

    Neckband:
    With RS facing and smaller needles, pick up and knit 8 (8-9-9-10-11) sts down right front neck edge. K21 (25-25-25-25-25) from front st holder. Pick up and knit 8 (8-9-9-10-11) sts up left front neck edge. K33 (37-37-39-41-41) from back st holder. 70 (78-80-82-86-88) sts.

    1st row: *K1. P1. Rep from * to end of row.
    2nd row: *P1. K1. Rep from * to end of row.

    Rep last 2 rows twice more.

    Cast off in pat.

    Sew left shoulder and neckband seam.

    Armhole edging:
    With RS facing and smaller needles, pick up and knit 90 (92-98-106-118-118) sts evenly along armhole edge. Cast off knitwise (WS).

    Sew side seams to 6" [15 cm] from bottom to create side slits.

    Optional Fringe:
    Cut lengths of yarn 8" [20.5 cm] long. Taking 3 strands tog, knot into fringe evenly along armhole edge approx 4" [10 cm] down from shoulder seams as shown in picture. Trim fringe evenly.

Abbreviations

Dec
Decrease(ing)
K
Knit
K2tog
Knit next 2 stitches together
P
Purl
P2tog
Purl next 2 stitches together
P2togtbl
Purl next 2 stitches together through back loops
Ssk
Slip next 2 stitches one at a time. Pass them back onto left-hand needle, then knit through back loops together
Yo
Yarn over
WS
Wrong side
St(s)
Stitch(es)
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