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Refined Cable Vest

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A classic cable vest from Patons is a great addition to any wardrobe and this cable vest knitting pattern makes it easy to make. Throw over a crisp button down shirt for work or errands.

Refined Cable Knit Vest


Materials:

  • Yarn: Patons Astra (50 g/1.75 oz) Size S M L XL 8 10 10 12 balls
  • Knitting Needles: Sizes 3.5 mm (U.S. 4) and 4 mm (U.S. 6) knitting needles or size needed to obtain tension. Size 3.5 mm (U.S. 4) circular knitting needle 36 ins [90 cm] long
  • One cable needle
  • One st holder
  • 6 buttons

Sizes:
Bust measurement
Small 30-32 ins [76-81 cm ]
Medium 34-36 ins [86-91 cm ]
Large 38-40 ins [97-102 cm ]
Extra-Large 42-44 ins [107-112 c m ]
Finished bust
Small 38 ins [97 cm ]
Medium 42 ins [107 cm ]
Large 45 ins [114.5 cm]
Extra-Large 49 ins [124.5 cm]

Gauge: 22 sts and 30 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] with larger needles in stocking st.

Abbreviations:
KB1 = knit into back of next st.
PB1 = purl into back of next st.
C5B = slip next 4 sts onto a cable needle and leave at back of work. K1, then slip last 3 sts from cable needle back onto left hand needle. Before knitting them, bring cable needle with last st to front of work between the needles, passing to the left of the yarn. K3 from left hand needle, then knit last st from cable needle.
Tw2B = slip next st onto a cable needle and leave at back of work. KB1, then P1 from cable needle.
Tw2F = slip next st onto a cable needle and leave at front of work. P1, then KB1 from cable needle.
C6B = slip next 3 sts onto a cable needle and leave at back of work. K3, then K3 from cable needle.
C6F = slip next 3 sts onto a cable needle and leave at front of work. K3, then K3 from cable needle.


Instructions:

The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus ( ).

PANEL PAT A (worked over 9 sts)
1st row: (RS). P2. K5. P2.
2nd and alt rows: K2. P5. K2.
3rd row: P2. C5B. P2.
5th row: As 1st row.
6th row: As 2nd row.
These 6 rows form panel pat A.

PANEL PAT B (worked over 9 sts)
1st row: (RS). P3. (KB1) 3 times. P3.
2nd row: K3. (PB1) 3 times. K3.
3rd row: P2. Tw2B. KB1. Tw2F. P2.
4th row: K2. (PB1. K1) twice. PB1. K2.
5th row: P1. Tw2B. P1. KB1. P1. Tw2F. P1.
6th row: K1. (PB1. K2) twice. PB1. K1.
7th r ow: Tw2B. P1. (KB1) 3 times. P1. Tw2F.
8th row: PB1. K2. (PB1) 3 times. K2. PB1.
These 8 rows form panel pat B.

PANEL PAT C (worked over 16 sts).
1st row: (RS). P2. C6B. C6F. P2.
2nd row: K2. P3. (K1. P1) 3 times. P3. K2.
3rd row: P2. K3. (P1. K1) 3 times. K3. P2.
Rep last 2 rows twice more.
8th row: K2. P12. K2.
These 8 rows form panel pat C.

BACK
With smaller needles cast on 105 (115- 123-135) sts.
1st row: (RS). KB1. *P1. KB1. Rep from * to end of row.
2nd row: PB1. *K1. PB1. Rep from * to end of row.
Rep these 2 rows ribbing for 1¾ ins [4.5 cm] ending on a 2nd row and inc 42 (50-50-56) sts evenly across last row. 147 (165-173-191) sts.
Change to larger needles and proceed in pat as follows:
1st row: (RS). P2 (1-4-3). (KB1) 0 (0-1- 1) time. (Work 1st row panel pat B. KB1) 0 (1-1-0) time. (Work 1st row panel pat A. KB1. Work 1st row panel pat B. KB1) 2 (2-2-3) times. Work 1st row panel pat C. KB1. Work 1st row panel pat B. KB1. Work 1st row panel pat A. KB1. Work 1st row panel pat B. KB1. Work 1st row panel pat C. (KB1. Work 1st row panel pat B. KB1. Work 1st row panel pat A) 2 (2-2-3) times. (KB1. Work 1st row panel pat B) 0 (1-1-0) time. (KB1) 0 (0- 1-1) time. P2 (1-4-3).
2nd row: K2 (1-4-3). (PB1) 0 (0-1-1) time. (Work 2nd row panel pat B. PB1) 0 (1-1-0) time. (Work 2nd row panel pat A. PB1. Work 2nd row panel pat B. PB1) 2 (2-2-3) times. Work 2nd row panel pat C. PB1. Work 2nd row panel pat B. PB1. Work 2nd row panel pat A. PB1. Work 2nd row panel pat B. PB1. Work 2nd row panel pat C. (PB1. Work 2nd row panel pat B. PB1. Work 2nd row panel pat A) 2 (2-2-3) times. (PB1. Work 2nd row panel pat B) 0 (1-1- 0) time. (PB1) 0 (0-1-1) time. K2 (1-4-3).
These 2 rows form pat. Panel pats are now in position.
Cont in pat until work from beg measures 11 (11-11½-12) ins [28 (28- 29-30.5) cm] ending with a WS row.
Armhole shaping: Keeping cont of pat, cast off 9 (10-12-15) sts beg next 2 rows. Dec 1 st each end of needle on next and following 9 (10-12-16) alt rows. 109 (123-123-127) sts.
Cont even in pat until armhole measures 8½ (9-9-9½) ins [21.5 (23- 23-24) cm] ending with RS facing for next row.
Shoulder shaping: Cast off 10 (12-12- 12) sts beg next 4 rows, then 9 (11-11-11) sts beg following 2 rows.
Leave rem 51 (53-53-57) sts on a st holder.

LEFT FRONT
With smaller needles cast on 50 (56-60- 64) sts.
1st row: (RS). *KB1. P1. Rep from * to last 2 sts. KB1. K1.
2nd row: K1. *PB1. K1. Rep from * to last st. PB1.
Rep these 2 rows ribbing for 1¾ ins [4.5 cm] ending on a 2nd row and inc 20 (23-23-28) sts evenly across last row. 70 (79-83-92) sts.
Change to larger needles and proceed in pat as follows:
1st row: (RS). P2 (1-4-3). (KB1) 0 (0- 1-1) time. (Work 1st row panel pat B. KB1) 0 (1-1-0) time. (Work 1st row panel pat A. KB1. Work 1st row panel pat B. KB1) 2 (2-2-3) times. Work 1st row panel pat C. KB1. Work 1st row panel pat B. KB1. P1.
2nd row: K1. PB1. Work 2nd row panel pat B. PB1. Work 2nd row panel pat C. (PB1. Work 2nd row panel pat B. PB1. Work 2nd row panel pat A) 2 (2-2-3) times. (PB1. Work 2nd row panel pat B) 0 (1-1-0) time. (PB1) 0 (0- 1-1) time. K2 (1-4-3).
These 2 rows form pat. Panel pats are now in position.
Cont in pat until work from beg measures same length as Back to armholes ending with RS facing for next row.
Armhole shaping: Cast off 9 (10-12- 15) sts beg next row.
Work 1 row even in pat.
Dec 1 st at armhole edge of next and following 3 (3-3-4) alt rows. 57 (65-67- 72) sts.
Work 1 row even in pat.
Front shaping: 1st row: Work 2tog. Pat to last 2 sts. Work 2tog (front edge).
2nd row: Work 2tog. Pat to end of row.
Rep last 2 rows 1 (1-1-2) times more, then 1st row once. 49 (57-59-61) sts.
Work 1 row even in pat.
Next row: Work 2tog. Pat to last 2 sts. Work 2tog.
Rep last 2 rows 2 (3-5-7) times more. 43 (49-47-45) sts.
Work 1 row even in pat.
Keeping cont of pat, dec 1 st at front edge only on next and following alt rows until there are 29 (35-35-35) sts.
Cont even in pat until armhole measures same length as Back to beg of shoulder shaping ending with RS facing for next row.
Shoulder shaping: Cast off 10 (12-12- 12) sts beg next and following alt row.
Work 1 row even. Cast off rem 9 (11- 11-11) sts.

RIGHT FRONT
With smaller needles cast on 50 (56-60- 64) sts.
1st row: (RS). K1. *KB1. P1. Rep from * to last st. KB1.
2nd row: *PB1. K1. Rep from * to end of row.
Rep these 2 rows ribbing for 1¾ ins [4.5 cm] ending on a 2nd row and inc 20 (23-23-28) sts evenly across last row. 70 (79-83-92) sts.
Change to larger needles and proceed as follows:
1st row: (RS). P1. KB1. Work 1st row panel pat B. KB1. Work 1st row panel pat C. (KB1. Work 1st row panel pat B. KB1. Work 1st row panel pat A) 2 (2-2- 3) times. (KB1. Work 1st row panel pat B) 0 (1-1-0) time. (KB1) 0 (0-1-1) time. P2 (1-4-3).
2nd row: K2 (1-4-3). (PB1) 0 (0-1-1) time. (Work 2nd row panel pat B. PB1) 0 (1-1-0) time. (Work 2nd row panel pat A. PB1. Work 2nd row panel pat B. PB1) 2 (2-2-3) times. Work 2nd row panel pat C. PB1. Work 2nd row panel pat B. PB1. K1.
These 2 rows form pat. Panel pats are now in position.
Cont in pat until work from beg measures same length as Back to armholes ending with WS facing for next row.
Armhole shaping: Cast off 9 (10-12- 15) sts beg next row.
Dec 1 st at armhole edge of next and following 3 (3-3-4) alt rows. 57 (65-67- 72) sts.
Work 1 row even in pat.
Front shaping: 1st row: Work 2tog (front edge). Pat to last 2 sts. Work 2tog.
2nd row: Pat to last 2 sts. Work 2tog.
Rep last 2 rows 1 (1-1-2) times more, then 1st row once. 49 (57-59-61) sts.
Work 1 row even in pat.
Next row: Work 2tog. Pat to last 2 sts. Work 2tog.
Rep last 2 rows 2 (3-5-7) times more. 43 (49-47-45) sts.
Work 1 row even in pat.
Keeping cont of pat, dec 1 st at front edge only on next and following alt rows until there are 29 (35-35-35) sts.
Cont even in pat until armhole measures same length as Back to beg of shoulder shaping ending with WS facing for next row.
Shoulder shaping: Cast off 10 (12-12- 12) sts beg next and following alt row.
Work 1 row even. Cast off rem 9 (11- 11-11) sts.

FINISHING
Pin garment pieces to measurements, cover with a damp cloth. Steam lightly with iron. Remove cloth when dry.
Button and Buttonhole Band: Sew shoulder seams. With RS of work facing and smaller circular needle, beg at lower edge of Right Front, pick up and K90 (90-95-95) sts to first front dec and 50 (52-52-54) sts up neck edge. K51 (53- 53-57) sts from back st holder dec 14 sts evenly across. Pick up and K50 (52-52- 54) sts down Left Front neck edge and 90 (90-95-95) sts down front edge. 317 (323-333-341) sts. Do not join.
Beg on a 2nd row, work 5 rows in ribbing as given for Back.
6th row: (RS). Rib across 3 sts. *Cast off 2 sts. Rib across 15 (15-16-16) sts (including st on needle after cast off ).
Rep from * 4 times more. Cast off 2 sts. Rib to end of row.
7th row: Rib, casting on 2 sts over cast off sts.
Work a further 4 rows ribbing. Cast off.
Armbands: With RS of work facing and smaller needles pick up and knit 107 (113-119-125) sts evenly along armhole edge. Beg on a 2nd row, work 7 rows in ribbing as given for Back. Cast off in ribbing. Sew side and armband seams. Sew buttons to correspond to buttonholes.

 

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