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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Cozy In Cables Toddler Vest Pattern

Cozy In Cables Vest in blue lopi This pattern was written with warmth, durability, and ease of knitting as the three main considerations. Hopefully you will also find it to be cute and fun to knit.

Vest is knit in the round from the bottom up.

No seams. No sewing required.

The back and front are the same.

Yarn: 150 yards of bulky weight wool. Vest in picture was knit with Reynold's Lopi.

Needles: Size 10.5, 24 inch circular.

Other needs:
cable needle
2 stitch markers
A second circular of same or smaller size OR a large stitch holder
tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Gauge: 3 stitches per inch. 4 rows per inch. (Approximate gauge is OK for CIC. It will fit some child who needs it.)

Finished Size: Toddler size 2 - 4. 24 to 26 inches at chest, 13 to 14 inches in length.

Abbreviations:
k - knit
p - purl
C4F - cable 4 to the front. Put 2 stitches on a cable needle and hold in front of work (toward you). Knit the next two stitches, then knit the two stitches off the cable needle.
C4B - cable 4 to the back. Put 2 stitches on a cable needle and hold in back of work (away from you). Knit the next two stitches, then knit the two stitches off the cable needle.
k2tog - knit two stitches together
RS - right side
WS - wrong side

Body of vest from ribbing to underarm
Cast on 74 stitches, loosely.

Join and place marker (left side marker).

k1, p1 ribbing for 37 stitches.
Place marker. (right side marker)

Continue k1, p1 ribbing in the round for 2 inches.
End at the left side marker.

Work circular Cozy In Cables pattern for approximately 4 inches, ending at the left side marker after Row 4. (Total length, ~6 inches.)

Circular Cozy In Cables Pattern:
Round 1: (k6, p2, k4, p2, k, p, k, p, k, p, k, p, k, p2, k4, p2, k6) twice, once across front and once across back.
Round 2: (k6, p2, C4B, p2, k, k, p, k, p, k, p, k, k, p2, C4F, p2, k6) twice.
Round 3: (k6, p2, k4, p2, k, p, k, p, k, p, k, p, k, p2, k4, p2, k6) twice.
Round 4: (k6, p2, k4, p2, k, k, p, k, p, k, p, k, k, p2, k4, p2, k6) twice.

Work the following rounds to provide the under arm garter stitch.

Round 1 Front: k6, p2, k4, p2, k, p, k, p, k, p, k, p, k, p2, k4, p2, p6
Round 1 Back: p6, p2, k4, p2, k, p, k, p, k, p, k, p, k, p2, k4, p2, p6
Round 2 Front: p6, p2, C4B, p2, k, k, p, k, p, k, p, k, k, p2, C4F, p2, k6
Round 2 Back: k6, p2, C4B, p2, k, k, p, k, p, k, p, k, k, p2, C4F, p2, k6
Round 3 Front: k6, p2, k4, p2, k, p, k, p, k, p, k, p, k, p2, k4, p2, p6
Round 3 Back: p6, p2, k4, p2, k, p, k, p, k, p, k, p, k, p2, k4, p2, p6
Round 4 Front: p6, p2, k4, p2, k, k, p, k, p, k, p, k, k, p2, k4, p2, k6
Round 4 Back: k6, p2, k4, p2, k, k, p, k, p, k, p, k, k, p2, k4, p2, k6

Work the following round to create the arm openings, purling the stitches that are being bound off.

k6, p2, k4, p2, k, p, k, p, k, p, k, p, k, p2, k4, p2, p3, bind off 6, p3, p2, k4, p2, k, p, k, p, k, p, k, p, k, p2, k4, p2, p3, bind off 6

Markers are no longer needed.
Put back flap on holder or slip onto a second circular needle.

Front Flap
Work across front flap: p2, p2, C4B, p2, k, k, p, k, p, k, p, k, k, p2, C4F, p2, k3
Note: The row actually starts with a p3, but the first stitch has already been purled as part of the preceding bind off.

Work the following flap rows until flap measures 4 to 5 inches, ending after Row 2.

Flap Rows:
WS Row 1: k5, p4, k2, p, k, p, k, p, k, p, k, p, k2, p4, k5
RS Row 2: k3, p2, k4, p2, k, k, p, k, p, k, p, k, k, p2, k4, p2, k3
WS Row 3: k5, p4, k2, p, k, p, k, p, k, p, k, p, k2, p4, k5
RS Row 4: k3, p2, C4B, p2, k, k, p, k, p, k, p, k, k, p2, C4F, p2, k3

Note: On the front flap only, the last three stitches of Row 1 of the flap rows will result in a double purl row on the garter stitch arm edge. While not perfection, this is the best of several alternatives and is not noticeable in the finished vest.

Garter Neck Edge
WS Row 1: k6, k2tog, k15, k2tog, k6
Note: The k2tog keeps the top of the cable from spreading.
Rows 2 - 5: knit
Leave stitches on needle. Do not bind off.
Cut yarn, leaving 5 feet of yarn attached to vest for later use in binding off.

Back Flap
Join yarn to work right side row.
RS Row 1: k3, p2, C4B, p2, k, k, p, k, p, k, p, k, k, p2, C4F, p2, k3
Work the flap rows until flap measures 4 to 5 inches, ending after Row 2.

Work Back Garter Neck Edge same as Front Garter Neck Edge.

Shoulder Seam and Bindoff
With wrong sides together, bind off 4 stitches on the first shoulder using 3 needle bind off.
Without breaking yarn, bind off VERY LOOSELY across the neck edge closest to you, stopping with 5 stitches remaining on needle.

Turn vest and bind off 4 stitches on the second shoulder using 3 needle bind off.
Without breaking yarn, bind off VERY LOOSELY across the neck edge closest to you and weave yarn into first shoulder bind off.

Turn vest again and finish binding off the first edge weaving yarn into second shoulder bind off.

Make sure the neck opening will pull over your head before you cut and weave in the ends.

Wash the vest in mild soap (I use baby shampoo) and cool water.
Lay out flat to block and dry.

Copyright Marguerite Byrne, 2005.
Send comments and corrections to knittingviolet@gmail.com

1 comment:

Doris Smith said...

I teach knitting on Tuesday nights. We are older ladies and I think this pattern would be perfect for them to learn the cables on.
I am trying to print this out but seem to be having a problem.
could you please help me.
Cozy in cables toddler vest pattern.
Thank you
Doris Smith
dorissmith@zoominternet.net