Sleeveless Vest in Hand-spun Wool

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 A lady contacted me to say there was a mistake in the front of the vest.

I haven't had time to check it out butI think it is just in the cable section

There are 2 purl stitches on each side of the cable

sleeveless vest


Measurements: To fit bust size……76/81cm (30/32inch)…………95cm (38 inch)

Length from top of shoulder..…….57/58 cm (22.5/23 inch)

Materials: 300 grms of hand-spun wool

1 pair each of 6.5mm and 4.5mm needles and 1 cable needle and one set of 4.5mm needles for neck band.

Tension: 14sts = 10cm

Abbreviations: CA6 = slip next 3 sts onto cable needle and leave at back of work, knit next 3 sts from left hand needle and then knit 3 sts from cable needle.

Please check your tension as your hand-spun wool probably differs to mine.


With 4.5mm needles cast on 64/ 76sts. K1 P1 rib for 11cm Increase by 4 stitches in last row.68 (80sts.)
Change to No. 6.5mm needles and work in stocking stitch till work measures 32cm or length desired.

Shape armhole by casting off 4 stitches at beginning of next two rows. Then decrease 1 stitch each end of every row till 50 (56) stitches remain. Work till armhole measures 21 (22 cm). Cast off.


 With 4.5mm needles cast on 64 (76 sts). K1 P1 rib for 7 cm. Increase by 4 stitches in last row 68 (80 sts.) Change to No. 6.5mm needles. 1st row:K12 K16, P2, K6, P2, K9, P2, K6, P2 K9, P2, K6, P2, K12 (K16 )
2nd row:P12 (P16), K2, P6, K2, P9, K2, P6, K2, P9, K2, P6, K2, P12 (P16) Repeat these two rows 5 times.
11th row:K12 (K16), CA6 K9, CA6, K9, CA6, K12 (K16).
12th row as 2nd row.

Repeat the cable twist on every 11th row.  Work in pattern until work measures same as back to armhole shaping.

Front armhole shaping and vee neck.
Cast off 4 stitches at the beginning of next two rows, then decrease 1 stitch each end of next 4 rows. Decrease 1 stitch at armhole edge in next 4 rows, at the same time shape for vee neck. Knit to centre stitch, tie a thread on this stitch to keep separate. Turn and work back by knitting 2 together at neck edge, work to end of row and decrease at armhole edge as before. Continue knitting in pattern and decrease at neck edge by I stitch in every 4th row seven times. If not already the same length knit till work measures the same as back armhole. Cast off. Repeat for other side leaving centre stitch separate.

Vee Neck Band
Sew shoulders together.

With set of 4.5mm needles pick up 35 stitches from left hand side neck, take thread off centre stitch then pick that up, 35 stitches from right hand side neck, 56 stitches across back. Knit band in K1 P1 rib for 6 rows. Decrease each side of centre stitch by knitting 2 together, knit centre stitch then knit 2 together through the back of the loops. Decrease like this on each row. Cast off loosely.

Armhole Bands
Pick up 96 stitches around armhole edge. Work 6 rows in K1 P1 rib. Cast off loosely.
Sew up side seams & lightly steam press.

Designed by Valerie Donald 

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