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Santa Fe Unisex Vest
Lion Brand® Al-Pa-Ka
Pattern Number: 646
This earth-tone casual vest adds style to any outfit.

Neutral colors and the southwest design make this a wardrobe staple.

SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate (Level 3)
SIZE: Small, Medium, Large
Chest (buttoned) 43 1/4 (46, 48 1/4) in Length 27 (28, 29)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: (applied Jul 26, 2011)
VEST … RIGHT FRONT: With smaller needles and A, cast on 59 55 (61, 65 67) sts. Work in k1, pl rib as for back. Change to larger needles and purl 1 row, inc 0 (1, 0) st at end of row - 59 56 (62, 65 68) sts. Beg with row 1, work in striped color patt until piece measures 15 1/4 (16, 16 1/4)" from beg, end with a WS row. Shape V-neck, armhole and shoulder: Next row (RS) Dec 1 st, work in patt to end. Next row (WS) Bind off 5 sts, work in patt to end. Shape armhole as for back, AT SAME TIME, shape V-neck by dec 1 st at neck edge every 3rd row 23 times more - 24 21 (27, 30 33) sts. …The above is only a summary of corrections; the corrected pattern text is below (if free) or shipped upon completion of order (if purchased)

MATERIALS

740-098 Al*Pa*Ka Yarn: Natural (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: 7 Skeins
Estimated Price: $ 13.93
Alternative Quantity: (7, 8)
Note: (A)

740-127 Al*Pa*Ka Yarn: Mink Brown (discontinued) Sorry, this item is no longer available.
Quantity needed: 2 Skeins
Estimated Price: $ 3.98
Note: (B)

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: 1 Skeins
Estimated Price: $ 1.99
Note: (C)

Lion Brand Knitting Needles - Size 7 [4.5 mm]
Quantity needed: 1
Estimated Price: $ 3.60


Lion Brand Knitting Needles- Size 8 [5 mm]
Quantity needed: 1
Estimated Price: $ 3.60

Additional Materials
Four 3/4 inch buttons
GAUGE:
20 sts and 24 rows to 4 in [10 cm] in St st using size 8 needles. 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:
Striped color patt (multiple of 3 sts plus 2 extra):
Row 1 (RS) K2 B *kl A, k2 B; rep from *.


Row 2 (WS) P2 B, *pl A, p2 B; rep from *.


Rows 3-4 With A, k 1 row, then p 1 row.


Row 5 With C, *kl, sl 1 yarn in back; rep from *, end last rep kl instead of sl 1.


Row 6 With C, k2, *sl 1 with yarn in front, kl; rep from *.


Rows 7-8 Rep Rows 3-4.


Row 9 K3 B, *k2 A, k4 B; rep from *, end last rep k3 B instead of k4 B.


Row 10 P2 A, *p4 B, p2 A; rep from *.


Rows 11-12 Rep Rows 3-4.


Row 13 K2 A, *k4 B, k2 A; rep from *.


Row 14 P3 B, *p2 A, p4 B; rep from *, end last rep p3 B instead of p4 B.


Rows 15-16 Rep Rows 3-4.


Rows 17-18 Rep rows 5-6.


Rows 19-20 Rep Rows 3-4.

Rep Rows 1-20 for striped color patt.


INSTRUCTIONS



VEST
BACK: With smaller needles and A, cast on 109 (115,121) sts.

Work in kl, pl rib for 1 3/4".

Change to larger needles and purl 1 row, inc 1 st at end of row - 110 (116, 122) sts.

Beg with Row 1, work in striped color patt until piece measures 15 1/4 (16, 16 1/4)" from beg, end with a WS row.


Shape armhole: Cont in patt, bind off 5 sts at beg of next 2 rows, 2 sts at beg of next 2 rows - 96 (102, 108) sts.

Dec 1 st each side every other row 4 times - 88 (94, 100) sts.

Work even until armhole measures 10 1/4 (11, 11 1/4)", end with a WS row.


Shape shoulders: Bind off 8 (9, 10) sts at beg of next 6 rows.

Bind off rem 40 sts.



RIGHT FRONT: With smaller needles and A, cast on 55 (61, 67) sts.

Work in k1, pl rib as for back.

Change to larger needles and purl 1 row, inc 1st at end of row - 56 (62, 68) sts.

Beg with row 1, work in striped color patt until piece measures 15 1/4 (16, 16 1/4)" from beg, end with a WS row.



Shape V-neck, armhole and shoulder:
Next row (RS) Dec 1 st, work in patt to end.


Next row (WS) Bind off 5 sts, work in patt to end.

Shape armhole as for back, AT SAME TIME, shape V-neck by dec 1 st at neck edge every 3rd row 23 times more - 21(27, 33) sts.

Work even until armhole measures same as back to shoulder, end with a RS row.

Bind off 8 (9, 10) sts at beg next 3 WS rows.

Place 4 markers for buttons, the first 1 1/4" from lower edge, the last 14 (14 1/4, 15)" from lower edge and the rem 2 evenly spaced between.



LEFT FRONT: Work to correspond to right front, reversing all shaping.

Work buttonholes opposite each marker on a RS row as foll: Work in patt to last 5 sts, bind off 2 sts, work last 3 sts.

On next row, cast on 2 sts over bound-off sts of previous row.



FINISHING:
Sew right shoulders tog.



Neck band and front borders:
With RS facing, smaller needles and A, beg at lower edge of right front and pick up and k 105 (107, 109) sts along center front, 34 sts along back neck.

Work 2 rows in kl, pl rib.

Bind off in rib.

With RS of left front facing, smaller needles and A, beg at shoulder and pick up and k 105 (107, 109) sts along center front.

Work band as for right front.

Sew left shoulders tog, including ribbing.

Sew on buttons.



Arm bands:
With RS facing, smaller needles and A, pick up and k 91 (93, 95) sts evenly around armhole.

Work 2 rows in kl p1 rib.

Bind off in rib.

In same way, work rib around rem armhole.

Sew side seams including arm bands.

ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
beg = begin(s)(ning)
ch(s) = chain(s)
ch-space = space previously made
hdc = half double crochet
rem = remain(s)(ing)
rep = repeat(s)(ing)
sk = skip
sl st = slip stitch
sp(s) = space(s)
st(s) = stitch(es)
beg = begin(s)(ning)
cont = continu(e)(s)(ing)
dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
foll = follow(s)(ing)
inc = increas(e)(s)(ing)
k = knit
p = purl
pat = pattern
rep = repeat(s)(ing)


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