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Men's Studious Knit Sweatervest

Mens Studious Knit Sweatervest

Don't leave your man out when you're searching for free knitting patterns! This Men's Studious Swetervest is the perfect anniversary present or birthday gift to knit for your special guy. It's basic enough to suit the average man's tastes, and will give him a thoughtful, intellectual style. He'll love breaking away from his stereotypical suit-and-tie when he goes to work, and it will help keep him warm in the colder months when a jacket just doesn't seem to do the trick. Knit it in his favorite color to make the gift even more special.

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch

Materials:

  • Red Heart® Soft: 3 (3, 4, 4, 5) balls each in 9820 Mid Blue (A) and 4604 Navy (B)
  • Susan Bates® Knitting Needles: 5.0mm [US 8]
  • Susan Bates® Circular Knitting Needles: 5.0mm [US 8], 60cm [24”] long
  • Stitch markers
  • Stitch holder
  • Cable needle
  • Yarn needle

 

Measurements:

Directions are for size Small; changes for sizes Medium, Large, 1X and 2X are in parentheses.

Finished Chest:

38½ (42½, 46½, 50½, 54½)”

[(98 (108, 118, 128, 138.5) cm]

Finished length:

25 (26½, 27, 27½, 28)” [63.5

(67.5, 68.5, 70, 71) cm]

 

Abbreviations:

k = knit

p = purl

st(s) = stitch(es)

dec = decrease

k2tog = knit next 2 stitches together

inc = increase 1 stitch

p2tog = purl 2 sts together

sl = slip

wyib = with yarn in back

wyif = with yarn in front

[ ] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified

* = repeat whatever follows the * as indicated

 

Gauge:  16 sts = 10 cm [4”]; 36 rows = 10 cm [4”] in Mosaic Cable pattern. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needle to obtain the gauge.

 

Special Abbreviations:

1/2 RC = sl2 to cable needle, hold to back, k1; k2 from cable needle.

ssk = slip next two stitches knitwise to right needle, insert point of left needle through front of sts, knit these sts together through back loop.

ssp = slip next two stitches knitwise to right needle, slip both stitches back to left needle; insert point of right needle from left to right through back loop, purl these sts together through back loop.

 

Pattern Stitches:

 

1 x 1 Rib (multiple of 2 sts + 1)

Row 1 (Right Side): *K1, p1; repeat from * to last st, k1.

Row 2: *P1, k1; repeat from * to last st, p1.

Repeat these 2 rows for 1 x 1 Rib.

 

1 x 1 Rib in the round (multiple of 2 sts)

All rounds: *K1, p1; repeat from * to end.

 

Mosaic Cable (multiple of 8 sts + 5)

Row 1 (RS): With A, k5, *1/2 RC, k5; repeat from * to end.

Row 2: Purl.

Row 3: With B, [k1, wyib sl1] twice, k1, *wyib sl3, [k1, wyib sl1] twice, k1; repeat from * to end.

Row 4: [K1, wyib sl1] twice, k1, *wyif sl3, [k1, wyib sl1] twice, k1; repeat from * to end. Repeat these 4 rows for Mosaic Cable pattern.

 

Instructions

 

VEST

Back

Cast on 77 (85, 93, 101, 109) sts. Work 1 x 1 Rib until piece measures 5 cm [2”], end with a wrong side row. Work Mosaic Cable pattern until piece measures 16 (17, 17, 17, 17½)” [40.5 (43, 43, 43, 44.5) cm], end with a wrong side row.

 

Shape Armholes

Continuing in pattern, bind off 3 (3, 5, 8, 8) sts at beginning of next 2 rows—71 (79, 83, 85, 93) sts. Bind off 3 sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows 0 (1, 1, 1, 1) times—71 (73, 77, 79, 87) sts. Work even until armhole measures 8 (8½, 9, 9½, 9½)” [20.5 (21.5, 23, 24, 24) cm].

 

Shape Back Neck and Shoulders

Work 21 (21, 23, 24, 26) sts, join second ball of yarn and bind off 29 (31, 31, 31, 35), work to end. Work both shoulders at same time using separate balls of yarn for 1” [2.5 cm]. Bind off.

 

FRONT

Cast on 77 (85, 93, 101, 109) sts. Work 1 x 1 Rib until piece measures 5 cm [2”], end with a wrong side row. Work Mosaic Cable pattern until piece measures 16 (17, 17, 17, 17½)” [40.5 (43, 43, 43, 44.5) cm], end with a wrong side row.

 

Shape Armholes and Neck

Continuing in pattern, bind off 3 (3, 5, 8, 8) sts at beginning of next 2 rows once—71 (79, 83, 85, 93) sts.

Next row (Right Side): Bind off 0 (3, 3, 3, 3) sts, work to end—71 (76, 80, 82, 90) sts.

Next row: Bind off 0 (3, 3, 3, 3) sts, work 35 (36, 38, 39, 43) sts, place center stitch on holder and join new ball of yarn; work to end of row.

 

Continue, working both shoulders at same time using separate balls of yarn. Bind off 1 st at neck edges every other row 14 (15, 15, 15, 17) times—21 (21, 23, 24, 26) sts each shoulder. Work even until armhole measures same as
Back. Bind off.

 

FINISHING

Sew shoulder and side seams.

 

Neckband

Beginning at right shoulder with right side facing, B and circular needle, pick up and knit 37 (43, 45, 47, 51) sts across back neck, 44 (46, 48, 50, 50) down left front, place marker (pm), 1 st from holder, pm, 44 (46, 48, 50, 50) sts up right front—126 (136, 142, 148, 152) sts.

Place marker and join for working in the round.

Round 1: Work 1 x 1 Rib to 2 sts before marker, ssp, k1, p2tog, work 1 x 1 Rib to end.

Round 2: Work 1 x 1 Rib to 2 sts before marker, ssk, k1, k2tog, work 1 x 1 Rib to end.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 once more. Bind off in pattern.

 

Arm bands

Beginning at shoulder seam with right side facing, B and circular needle, pick up and knit 81 (85, 91, 97, 99) sts. Place marker and join for working in the round. Work 1 x 1 Rib for 4 (4, 4, 5, 5) rounds; bind off in pattern.

Weave in ends and block.

 

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