Patterns

Woodlawn Vest

Inspired by the ferns in her grandma’s garden Evin O’Keeffe has designed the Woodlawn Vest with it’s soft rolled neck, as a multi-season garment, layer with long sleeves in Winter or over a lightweight tee in the Summer.  

Materials

Yarn:  Worsted weight 40 metres/44 yards – 175 metres/192 yards

Shown in: Irish Fairytale Yarn,  Worsted Sock Shade Petrol (75% Merino, 25% Nylon: 459 yards/420 metres/200g)

Needles: 4.5mm or US Size 7 or  or size needed to obtain gauge.

Notions: 3 Stitch Markers (2 in one style/colour and 1 different to mark the begining of the round), Tapestry Needle

Sizes

Preemie (newborn, 3 months, 6 months, 9–12 months)

Tension/Gauge

In stocking stitch: 16 stitches and 24 rows = 10cm/4 inches

Actual Measurements

Sweater

Chest

13.5 16.5 18 19.5 20.5 22 ins
34/35 42 46 50 52 56
Sweater

Length

4.7 8 9 10 11 12 ins
12 20/21 23 25.5 28 30.5 cm

Special Abbrieviations

SK2po = Slip 1, Knit 2 together, then pass slipped stitch over (you’ve decreased 2 sts)

Pattern Stitch

Vest is knit in the round

olann-and-close-up-of-full-length-woodlawn-vest
olann-and-woodlawn-vest-close-up-of-fern-pattern

Instructions

Using the long tail cast on method, CO 54 (66, 72, 78, 84) stitches.

Join in the round, PM

Row 1: Knit 12sts place 1st side marker, knit 27(33, 36, 39, 42) place 2nd side marker, knit to end of row

Row 2: Purl all, SM

Row 3: Knit all, SM

olann-and-callan-front-of-woodlawn-vest

Torso Pattern

Row 1: SK2po, k7, yo, k1, yo, p1, sm, p1, yo, k1, yo, k7, k3tog, K3 (9, 12, 15, 18). Repeat.

Row 2, 4, 6, 8 & 10: K11, p1, sm, p1, k11, K3 (9, 12, 15, 18). Repeat.

Row 3: Sk2po, k6, yo, k1, yo, k1, p1, sm, p1, k1, yo, k1, yo, k6, k3tog, K3 (9, 12, 15, 18). Repeat.

Row 5: Sk2po, k5, yo, k1, yo, k2, p1, sm. P1, k2, yo, k1, yo, k5, k3tog, K3 (9, 12, 15, 18). Repeat.

Row 7: Sk2po, k4, yo, k1, yo, k3, p1, sm, p1, k3, yo, k1, yo, k4, k3tog, K3 (9, 12, 15, 18). Repeat.

Preemie Row 9: Sk2po, k3, yo, k1, yo, k4, p1, sm, p1, k4, yo, k1, yo, k3, k3tog, *k1, yo, k2tog*. Repeat

Newborn Row 9: Sk2po, k3, yo, k1, yo, k4, p1, sm, p1, k4, yo, k1, yo, k3, k3tog, *k1, yo, k2tog, k3, k2tog, yo, k1*. Repeat

3 Months Row 9: Sk2po, k3, yo, k1, yo, k4, p1, sm, p1, k4, yo, k1, yo, k3, k3tog, *k3, yo, k2tog, k2, k2tog, yo, k3*. Repeat

6 Months Row 9: Sk2po, k3, yo, k1, yo, k4, p1, sm, p1, k4, yo, k1, yo, k3, k3tog, *k1, (yo, k2tog, k1) x2, k1 (k1, k2tog, yo) x2, k1*.  Repeat

12 Months Row 9: Sk2po, k3, yo, k1, yo, k4, p1, sm, p1, k4, yo, k1, yo, k3, k3tog, *k2, (yo, k2tog, k1) x2, k2 (k1, k2tog, yo) x2, k2*.  Repeat

These 10 rows set the torso pattern, work 1(2, 3, 3, 4) sets in total.

Knit to first side marker.

Armhole Shaping

Armhole pattern rows (same for front and back).

Row 1: knit 27 (33, 36, 38, 42) and place remaining 27 (33, 36, 38, 42) sts on scrap yarn.

Turn work, you will now be working back and forth.

Row 2: All sizes except Preemie K2, purl all, K2.  Preemie K1, P2, k1

Rows 3, 5, & 7: As row 1

Row 4, 6, & 8: As row 2

Preemie Row 9: Same as row 1

Newborn Row 9:  K10, *k1, yo, k2tog, k3, k2tog, yo, k1*, k10

3 Months Row 9: K10, *k3, yo, k2tog, k2, k2tog, yo, k3*, k10

6 Months Row 9: K10, *k1, (yo, k2tog, k1) x2, k1 (k1, k2tog, yo) x2, k1*, k10

12 Months Row 9: K10, *k2, (yo, k2tog, k1) x2, k2 (k1, k2tog, yo) x2, k2*, k10.

Row 10: Same as row 2

These 10 rows set the chest pattern, work 1(1, 2, 2, 3) sets in total omitting front and back eyelets and knitting 3(9, 12, 15, 18) sts instead, between * and * on row 9 of final set of pattern.

Neck Shaping

Neck pattern rows (same for front and back).

Row 1: K4 (6, 6, 8, 8), cast off loosely 19 (21, 24, 27, 26), K4 (6, 6, 8, 8)

You will be working on one shoulder strap at a time.  To prevent the other side stretching you can always slip the stitches onto a stitch marker.

Row 2: K2, P0 (2, 2, 4, 4), K2

Row 3: Knit all

Repeat rows 2 and 3 0 (0, 1, 1, 2) more times.

Slip stitches onto a spare needle or small holder.

With wrong side facing, rejoin yarn to opposite shoulder and beginning with row 2, work as set out above.

olann-and-callan-smiling-woodlawn-vest
olann-and-woodlawn-vest-close-up-of-neckline

Finishing

With wrong sides together, graft the shoulder seams together using Kitchener stitch.

Alternatively you can use a 3 needle bind off.   Remember to turn the vest inside out, so that the right sides are facing each other.

Block to open the lace work up and then sew in your ends.

Evin learned to knit after moving to Ireland, but had long been active in various craft and art creation. She began designing for her own needs but grew serious with her first book, Bake Knit Sew: A Recipe and Craft Project Annual (Anchor and Bee, 2014). She was a collaborator on the book These Islands: Knits from Ireland, Scotland, and Britain (Anchor and Bee, 2015). Her next book Bake Knit Sew 2 is due for release in late spring 2017 with a focus on gender-neutral children’s patterns and recipes to make as a family. Originally from Washington, D.C., Evin now resides with her husband and two children in Cork, Ireland.

Recommended