Monday, 3 June 2013

Easy Vest Top

I love making ............  my crafty creations give me so much joy. And as I donate almost everything I make to charity - I hope they give someone somewhere a little joy too.

And I love to pass on my skills.
Six months ago I set up an after-school knitting & crochet club at the school where I work. It is for staff and students. I am always on the look out for easy patterns that beginners can cope with and yet feel that they have achieved something worthwhile for all their 'hard work' and effort ! These cute little vest tops are perfect for this. 


red vest top
 

Each vest top takes me less than 4 hours to make - my 'pupils' are taking quite a bit longer ! But they are learning basic stitches and techniques - skills they will have for life and maybe pass on to others too. Long live knitting.


blue vest top


http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/easy-baby-vest-top





Easy Vest Top

Size:       To fit a baby of around 9 months              Width – 20”            Length – 10½ “

Requirements:                  DK yarn ~ 45g                 4½ mm needles                   2 buttons

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Cast on 90sts.    This makes the back & front of the vest top

Work 10 rows in garter stitch (knit every row)

Work 24 rows in stocking stitch (knit one row, purl one row)

Work 5 rows in garter stitch

(wrong side) Cast off 3sts, k38, cast off 6sts, k38, cast off 3sts.

Continue on front only – rejoin yarn

K2 tog, knit to last 2sts, k2tog (37sts)

Knit 16 rows

(wrong side)  K11, cast off 15sts, k10

Continue on right front strap –

Knit 17 rows.  Cast off.

Continue on left front strap – rejoin yarn

Knit 17 rows.  Cast off.

Continue on back of vest top – rejoin yarn

K2 tog, knit to last 2sts, k2tog (37sts)

Knit 32 rows

(wrong side)  K11, cast off 15sts, k10

Continue on back strap –

Knit 11 rows

K4, k2 tog, yarn over needle, k5  (this makes  a button hole)

K2 tog, knit to last 2sts, k2 tog. Repeat this row 3 times more (3sts)

Slip 1, k2 tog, pass slipped st over

Pull yarn through & fasten off

Rejoin yarn to last back strap –

Knit 11 rows

K4, k2 tog, yarn over needle, k5  (this makes  a button hole)

K2 tog, knit to last 2sts, k2 tog. Repeat this row 3 times more (3sts)

Slip 1, k2 tog, pass slipped st over

Pull yarn through & fasten off

Join side seam.    Darn away ends.   Sew on 2 buttons
 

Have fun


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11 comments :

  1. They are lovely easy patterns and beginners will feel they have achieved something worthwhile. Well done.

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  2. I love these vests, they may be simple, but they're very cute! Great pattern, thanks for sharing.

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  3. Wonderful vests, Marianna!!! thanks so much for sharing the pattern :-)

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  4. Marianna, lovely pattern you really are clever and I hope you don't mind but its printed off and on the to-do pile thank you xxx

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  5. What a wonderful vest. Great Pattern. Hugs Judy

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  6. Adorable! You are so generous to share so many free patterns Marianna :)
    Thank you for linking up at Link & Share Wednesdays,

    Rhondda

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  7. Thank you, so much, Marianna. I am a 12 year old beginner. And every project just turns out a disaster! Plus, no-one gives patterns for free anymore. But thanks to you, I can make a vest now..

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  8. marianna, when you said "knit 17 rows. cast off." did you mean that we have to cast off the whole thing? Or did you mean cast off just one stitch. If u mean that cast off the whole thing, then we wont have any stitches left so why did you just keep on giving instructions? If u meant cast off the whole thing, so how many do we have to cast on again? For the other side?

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  9. It's written work 24 rows in Stockinette stitch ( knit one row , purl one row ) should we knit total 24 rows or 24 knit rows & 24 purl rows?
    Pls advise thanks.

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  10. Hi, many times I asked so many questions but I never receive any reply. Where can I read answers to my questions & also my comments are published as google comments . How can I be a part of the above comment group. Pls advise . Thanks.

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