Red Heart Soft Men's Vest

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by Brenda Bourg, Red Heart

Red Heart Soft Men's Vest

Everyone's crazy about a sharp-dressed man. Using two shades of the color that looks best on your man, you can knit this classically stylish v-neck vest.

Use a gauge of 16 sts and 36 rows (4") in Mosaic Cable Pattern to knit a vest that measures approximately 38-1/2 (42-1/2, 46-1/2, 50-1/2, 54-1/2)" in finished chest and approximately 25 (26-1/2, 27, 27-1/2, 28)" in finished length. Be sure to check your gauge. If it takes you fewer stitches to match the gauge, try using a smaller size needle; if it takes you more stitches, try a larger size needle.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:several hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Pattern is written for size Small with changes for larger sizes (Medium, Large, 1X and 2X) in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. For ease in working, circle all numbers pertaining to the size you are making.
    You will need 3 (3, 4, 4, 5) skeins of yarn to make this vest.
  • 2
    Vest Back:
    Cast on 77 (85, 93, 101, 109) sts. Work 1 x 1 Rib until piece measures 2 inch, end with a wrong side row. Work Mosaic Cable pattern until piece measures 16 (17, 17, 17, 17-1/2)", 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 (8-1/2, 9, 9-1/2, 9-1/2)".
    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". Bind off.
  • 3
    Vest Front:
    Cast on 77 (85, 93, 101, 109) sts. Work 1 x 1 Rib until piece measures inch, end with a wrong side row. Work Mosaic Cable pattern until piece measures 16 (17, 17, 17, 17-1/2)", 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 skeins 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.
  • 4
    Finishing:
    Sew shoulder and side seams.
  • 5
    Neckband:
    Beginning at right shoulder with right side facing, Navy 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.
  • 6
    Arm Bands:
    Beginning at shoulder seam with right side facing, Navy 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.
  • 7
    Abbreviations:
    1/2 RC = sl2 to cable needle, hold to back, k1; k2 from cable needle.
    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.
    dec = decrease
    inc = increase 1 stitch
    k = knit
    k2tog = knit next 2 stitches together
    Mosaic Cable (multiple of 8 sts + 5)=Row 1 (RS): With Mid Blue, k5, *1/2 RC, k5; repeat from * to end. Row 2: Purl. Row 3: With Navy, [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.
    p = purl; st(s) = stitch(es);
    p2tog = purl 2 sts together
    sl = slip
    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
    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

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:several hours

Project Supplies

  • •Red Heart Soft Yarn in Mid Blue & Navy (see step 1 for number of skeins)
  • •Susan Bates Knitting Needles Silvalume 5.0 mm 8 US & Circular Knitting Needle Silvalume 5.0 mm - 73.5 cm 8 US - 29 inch
  • •Susan Bates Split Lock Stitch Count Markers & Stitch Holders, Cable & Yarn Needles
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