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Sunday, June 12, 2011

MY LIttle Free-range vest Knitalong. Pt

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How are you getting along? I've heard from many of you with the main question being: 'but my back isn't that skinny'. Believe me, mine isn't either but, because we'll be picking up and knitting along both side edges, the skinny center piece doesn't matter. In fact, if achieving a lean line is your objective, this style will enhance your shape. Trust me. Your piece may look a little odd right now but it will grow up lovely.

All right then, from the last posting I continued with another set of basketweaves finished off by garter rows framing the same simple open work that we did last time. From here, I changed yarns to a tussah silk and worked seed stitch for 5 inches or 13 cm. Note how the stitch definition improves in comparison to the bottom seed that launched my vest. Every yarn works up differently, all part of the adventure.

I'm aiming for a vest that doesn't go too far over my hips. How long you want yours will determine how many inches you'll knit this part. You may want to take a measurement for guidance.

We are now getting ready to shape the neckline. Neckline shaping can be simple or more involved but simple works for me. We'll have a slight indentation for our neck so our vests will sit better on our shoulders but nothing more complicated. To shape the neck, once you've reached your desired length, bind off 10 stitches in the center of the vest. Leave one set of stitches on a spare needle while continuing in seed stitch for the other side and binding off 1 stitch at the neck edge 3 times. Continue with seed stitch for approximately another 2 inches/5 cm. If plus-sized, give yourself another inch or so of room here. Bind off. Repeat for opposite side. There, you now have the first piece of your free-range vest completed. Consider this like your foundation. The next part is where the fun really begins. Check back here on Wednesday.

 

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Posted by Jane on 06/12 at 10:07 AM


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