Free Knitting Pattern from Lion Brand Yarn, formatted for input to refreshable Braille displays or Braille software
Smart Investment Knit
Lion Brand® Al-Pa-Ka
Pattern Number: 1183
Skill Level: Intermediate Add flair to any outfit with this exquisite elongated vest.

Sizes P (38 1/4"), S (40 1/2"), M (42 3/4"), L (45"), XL (47 1/4") and 2X (49 1/2") require 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20 skeins Al•Pa•Ka yarn.

Shown in camel.

Size H-8 (5 mm) hook.

SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate (Level 3)
SIZE: Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X
Finished chest measurement 42 (46, 50, 54, 58) inches at underarm Length 25 (25 1/2, 26, 26 1/2, 27) inches
Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

CORRECTIONS: None

MATERIALS

740-124 Al*Pa*Ka Yarn: Camel (discontinued) Our luxurious blend of 30% wool, 30% alpaca, and 40% acrylic is warm and hand washable. It wears well and looks great year after year. Whatever you create, Al•Pa•Ka makes it even more special. 4 ply worsted weight. Hand washable. 1.75 oz./50 gm. (107 yd.) balls.

Knit: 16 St sts and 23 rows = 4 inches on size 8 needles
Crochet: 13 sc and 16 rows = 4 inches on size I hook
Quantity needed: 9 Skeins
Estimated Price: $ 17.91
Alternative Quantity: (9, 10, 11, 13)

Lion Brand Cable Needles (Set of 2)
Quantity needed: 1
Estimated Price: $ 2.49


Lion Brand Knitting Needles- Size 6 [4.00 mm]
Quantity needed: 1
Estimated Price: $ 3.60

GAUGE:
24 sts + 25 rows = 4" (10 cm) in cable pattern. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles. Making a Gauge Swatch
Exact gauges is not imporant to this project.

STITCH EXPLANATION:
C2B Slip 2 sts to cn, hold to back, k2, k2 from cn.Rib PatternRow 1 (WS) *K2, p1; rep from *, end k2.Row 2 *P2, k1; rep from *, end p2.Repeat Rows 1–2 for pattern.Cable PatternRow 1 and all WS rows *K2, p4; rep from *, end k2.Rows 2 & 6 *P2, C2B, p2, k4; rep from *, end p2, C2B, p2.Rows 4, 8, 10, 14, 18, 20 *P2, k4; rep from *, end p2.Rows 12 & 16 *P2, k4, p2, C2B; rep from *, end p2, k4, p2.Repeat Rows 1–20 for pattern.


INSTRUCTIONS
BACKWith smaller needles cast on 128 (140, 152, 164, 176) sts.

Work 10 rows in Rib Pattern, end RS row.

Change to larger needles.

Work in Cable Pattern until piece measures 14 1/2 (15, 15, 15 1/2, 15 1/2)" from beg or to desired length to underarm, end with a WS row.



Shape armholes Bind off 8 (8, 8, 8, 14) sts at beg of next 2 rows, 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows, 2 sts at beg of next 6 rows – 94 (106, 118, 130, 130) sts.

Work even in pattern until piece measures 24 (241/2, 25, 251/2, 26)".



Shape back neck Work across 25 (31, 31, 37, 37) sts.

Place center 44 (44, 56, 56, 56) sts on holder.

With second ball of yarn, work across rem 25 (31, 31, 37, 37) sts.

Working both sides at same time, bind off from each neck edge 2 sts once, then 1 st once – 22 (28, 28, 34, 34) sts.

Work even until armhole measures 101/2 (101/2, 11, 11, 111/2)".

Bind off.
FRONTWork Rib Pattern as for back.

Change to larger needles and beg Cable Pattern, starting with Row 11.

Work even until piece measures same as back to underarm, end with a WS row.

Mark center 2 sts.



Shape armholes and V-neck Shape armholes at side edges as for back, AT SAME TIME, place center 2 sts on hold for neck and, working both sides at same time with separate balls of yarn, dec 1 st at each neck edge every other row 19 (19, 29, 29, 27) times, then every 4th row 5 (5, 1, 1, 3) times – 22 (28, 28, 34, 34) sts.

Work even until armhole measures same as for back.

Bind off.
FINISHINGBlock pieces.



Sew shoulder and side seams.



Neckband With RS facing and smaller circular needle, beg at left shoulder and pick up 57 (57, 60, 60, 63) sts along left front neck, purl 1 st from holder, place marker, purl 1 st from marker, pick up 57 (57, 60, 60, 63) sts along right front neck, pick up 7 sts along right back neck edge, work across 44 (44, 56, 56, 56) sts on holder, pick up 7 sts along left back neck edge – 174 (174, 192, 192, 198) sts Join and work neck band as follows:*p2, k1; rep from * to 2 sts before marker, p2tog tbl, slip marker, p2tog, **p2, k1; rep from ** to end of rnd.

Repeat this rnd, working decreases at front V on every rnd until neckband measures 1".

Bind off in pattern, working dec’s at front V.



Armbands With RS facing and smaller circular needle, pick up 132 (132, 138, 138, 144) sts around armhole.

Join and work in K1, p2 rib for 1" bind off in pattern.


ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
ch(s) = chain(s)
dc = double crochet
rep = repeat(s)(ing)
rnd(s) = round(s)
RS = right side
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
beg = begin(s)(ning)
cn = cable needle
dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
k = knit
p = purl
rem = remain(s)(ing)
rep = repeat(s)(ing)
RS = right side
st(s) = stitch(es)
tbl = through the back loop
tog = together
WS = wrong side


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