Thursday, 25 August 2011

Lizzie Pattern

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Lizzie is a bright and jolly scoop-necked, stripy, Fair Isle vest, knitted in double knitting weight yarn.

It can be knitted as a regular repeated colour change, or with random colour changes. It requires a minimum of 4 colours and the pattern is repeated every 10 rows. It’s up to you how you want to work it

I used a random colour change, using a total of 10 different colours. A great way to use up all those odds and ends.  Have fun with your colour combinations.

Just make sure that you have enough yarn to ensure that the sequence of colours on the front matches the back.

To fit size small
Knitted size
Bust 84 cm / 33 inches
Length to shoulder 53 cm / 21 inches

Materials
Double knitting weight yarn – a total of approximately 750 metres / 770 yards
A minimum of 4 colours required.
I used 10 different colours, the main shade used for the hem and bands and also incorporated in the pattern used about 75g, all the other colours required less than 50g.
3.25 mm (US 3) needles
3.75 mm (US 5) needles

Tension
21 sts and 30 rows to 10cm (4 inches) measured over pattern using 3.75 mm needles.

Abbreviations
k = knit
p = purl
sts = stitches
ms = main shade
RS = right side
WS = wrong side
beg = beginning
rem = remaining
alt = alternate

BACK

Using 3.75mm needles and ms of your choice, cast on 92 sts.
Work in k1, p1, rib for 2.5 cm (1 inch).
Work 2 rows in stocking stitch.
Breaking off and joining in colours as required, start 10 row colour changing pattern as per chart and complete 10 rows without shaping.



Making sure pattern stays correct (the little squares should all line up), decrease 1 st at each end of next and 4 following 8th rows. (82 sts)
Work 9 rows without shaping.
Increase 1 st at each end of next and 4 following 10th rows. (92 sts)
Continue without shaping until work measures 35 cm (14 inches) ending with a WS row.

Shape armholes
Cast off 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows. (86 sts) **
Continue without shaping until armhole measures 20 cm (8 inches).

Shape shoulders
Cast off 8 sts at beg of next row, pattern until there are 12 sts on right hand needle, turn leaving rem 66 sts on a spare needle.
On the 12 sts only, cast off 4 sts at beg of next row.
Cast off rem 8 sts.
Place centre 46 sts on a holder. With RS facing, rejoin yarn to rem 20 sts, pattern to end.
Cast off 8 sts at the beg of next row.
Cast off 4 sts at the beg of next row.
Cast of rem 8 sts.

FRONT

Work as given for back to **
Work 2.5cm ( 1 inch) ending with a WS row.

Shape neckline
Pattern 37 sts, turn, leaving rem 51 sts on a spare needle.
Working on 37 sts only, cast off 2 sts at neck edge on next and 4 alt rows. (27 sts)
Work 1 row.
Decrease 1 st at neck edge on next and 10 following alt rows. (16 sts)
Work straight until work measures same as back to start of shoulder shaping, ending with a WS row.
Cast off 8 sts at beg of next row.
Work 1 row.
Cast off rem 8 sts.
Place centre 12 sts on a holder. Woth Rs facing, rejoin yarn to rem 37 sts, pattern to end.
Work 1 row.
Cast off 2 sts at neck edge on next and 4 following alt rows. (27 sts)
Work 1 row.
Decrease 1 st at neck edge on next and 10 following alt rows. (16 sts)
Work straight until work measures same as back to start of shoulder shaping, ending with a RS row.
Cast off 8 sts at beg of next row.
Work 1 row.
Cast off rem 8 sts.

MAKING UP

Join right shoulder seam.

Neckband
With RS facing, 3.25mm needles and ms, pick up and knit 46 sts down left side of neck, knit across 12 sts on holder at front, pick up and knit 46 sts up right side of neck, pick up and knit 4 sts at start of back, knit across 46 sts on holder at back, pick up and knit 4 sts from end opf back . 158 sts
Work in k1 p1 rib for 6 rows. Cast off in rib.

Armholes
Join remaining shoulder seam.
For each armhole, with RS facing, 3.25mm needles and ms, pick up and knit 102 sts evenly along armhole edge.
Work in k1, p1 rib for 6 rows.
Cast off in rib.
Join side seams and tidy up all loose ends.

2 comments:

  1. GORGEOUS! I wish I could do colour work. 8(

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  2. I love the colours you picked, it looks like a happy vest (as far as vests can be happy, of course)

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