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Watermelon Side Tie Knit Vest
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Nothing says summertime quite like fresh, juicy watermelons on the front porch while the hot sun weighs down on your skin. This Watermelon Side Tie Knit Vest is incredibly reminiscent of our favorite summer fruit. While cute over a plain white top, it would also make a cute and stylish top for over a light and lacy sun dress. If you don't fall in love with it for the refreshing, summery colors, you'll adore the little bows on either side of this knit vest pattern.
Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm, 9 or 5.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)
Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)
Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch
- Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Everyday Soft Worsted Solids (100% anti-pilling acrylic; 113 g/203 yds)
- 100-31 Peacock (A) - 1 (1, 2, 2, 2, 2) ball(s)
- 100-30 Glass (B) - 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 3) balls
- 100-40 Hot Fuchsia (C) - 1 ball, all sizes
- 100-38 Electric Green (D) - 1 ball, all sizes
- US Size 9 (5.5 mm) straight needles or size needed to obtain gauge
- US Size 8 (5 mm) 32" circular needle & set of double pointed needles
- 2 yds 1” satin ribbon
- tapestry needle
- stitch marker
- stitch holders
- sewing needle & matching thread
Small (Medium, Large, XL, 2X, 3X) (Shown in size Medium).
Bust: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52)"
Length: 21 (22, 22 1/2, 23 1/2, 23 3/4, 24 1/2)"
St st: Stockinette stitch
WS: wrong side
RS: right side
ssk: slip 2 sts knitwise, insert lefthand needle into front of slipped sts, k2tog
dpn: double-pointed needles
Gauge: 16 sts x 22 rows = 4” in St st using larger ndls. Save time, check your gauge.
8 rows B, 2 rows C, 8 rows B, 4 rows D, 8 rows A, 6 rows B, 4 rows C, 4 rows A, 6 rows B, 4 rows C, 2 rows B, 2 rows D. Rep these 58 rows for Stripe Sequence.
With A & straight ndls, cast on 64 (72, 80, 88, 96, 104) sts. Knit 4 rows.
Next row (WS): With B, knit.
Next row (RS): With B, purl. Rep these 2 rows, 3 more times. Cont in Stripe Sequence until Back measures 13 1/2 (14, 14, 14 1/2, 14 1/2, 15)", ending with a WS row.
Continuing in Stripe Sequence, bind off 6 (8, 10, 12, 14, 16) sts at beg of next 2 rows - 52 (56, 60, 64, 68, 72) sts rem. Work even in Stripes until Back meas 7 1/2 (8, 8 1/2, 9, 9 1/4, 9 1/2)" from armhole bind off. Bind off all sts.
With A & straight ndls, cast on 60 (68, 76, 84, 92, 100) sts. Knit 4 rows. Work remainder of Front in Stripe Sequence as for Back. Armhole shaping is introduced while neck shaping is still in progress; read all instructions before proceeding.
Shape Front Edge
Sizes 36 (40, 44, 48, 52)" only:
Dec row (RS): P1, p2tog, purl to end - 1 st dec’d.
Dec row (WS): Knit to last 3 sts, ssk, k1 - 1 st dec’d. Rep these 2 rows, 1 (6, 9, 14, 16) more times - 64 (62, 64, 62, 66) sts rem.
Dec row (RS): P1, p2tog, purl to end - 1 st dec’d. Work a WS row even. Rep these 2 rows, 42 (42, 37, 35, 30, 30) more times - 18 (22, 25, 29, 32, 36) sts rem. At the same time, when Front measures 13 1/2 (14, 14, 14 1/2, 14 1/2, 15)", end with a RS row.
Shape Armholes (continue to shape Front Edge)
Bind off 6 (8, 10, 12, 14, 16) sts at beg of next 2 rows . After all armhole and front edge shaping is complete 12 (14, 15, 17, 18, 20) sts rem. Work even until Right Front measures 7 1/2 (8, 8 1/2, 9, 9 1/4, 9 1/2)" from armhole bind off. Bind off all sts.
Work as for Right Front, reversing all shaping.
Sew shoulder seams. Sew side seams.
With A and circ ndl, with RS facing, beg at lower Right Front, pick up and knit 220 (228, 238, 246, 252, 256) sts evenly around front opening. Knit 4 rows. Bind off all sts on the next WS row, kwise.
With A and dpn, beg at center of underarm, pick up and knit 64 (68, 72, 76, 78, 80) sts evenly around armhole. Pm & join to work in the rnd. Purl 1 rnd. Knit 1 rnd. Rep these two rows once more. Bind off all sts pwise.
Weave in ends.
Cut ribbon into 4, 18" lengths. Sew the end of one ribbon end to Right Front lower edge; one to inside right side seam flush with lower edge; one to outside of left side seam flush with lower edge; sew rem ribbon to Left Front lower edge.
To wear, first tie ribbon from Left Front to ribbon from inside right side seam tog. Then tie ribbon from Right Front to ribbon from left side seam.
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