The Ladies 8 size vest will fit someone with a 35” (88.9 cm) actual chest measurement. It has an average fit with approximately 2” (5.1 cm) of added wearing ease.

Supplies

US7 (4.5 mm) needles (for the body)

US5 (3.75 mm) needles (for the ribbing)

Main color

- 3-4 skeins of Patons© Classic Merino Wool, Dark Grey Mix #00225

Stripes for the House of Lions

- 1 skein of Patons© Classic Merino Wool, Burgundy #00208

- 1 skein of Patons© Classic Merino Wool, Old Gold #00204

Stripes for the House of Badgers

- 1 skein of Patons© Classic Merino Wool, Old Gold #00204

- 1 skein of Patons© Classic Merino Wool, Black #00026

Stripes for the House of Snakes

- 1 skein of Patons© Classic Merino Wool, Bottle Green #00220

- 1 skein of Patons© Classic Merino Wool, Grey Mix #00224

Stripes for the House of Ravens (Movie Colours)

- 1 skein of Patons© Classic Merino Wool, Navy #00216

- 1 skein of Patons© Classic Merino Wool, Grey Mix #00224<

Note

For the “House” colors, if you find the Patons© colors not to your liking, just substitute with a different yarn as long as it is wool of the same weight and results in the same stitch and row gauge. The authors at wizardknits.com found the following colors to be acceptable but not entirely accurate.

Gauge

20.0 sts per 4” (10cm) by 26.0 rows per 4” (10cm).

Finished Measurements

Bust/Chest: 37” (94 cm)

Vest Body Length: 22.7” (57.7 cm)

Total Armhole: 15.5” (39.4 cm)

Top Neck Opening: 6.3” (16.0 cm)

Hem Width: 15.8” (40.1 cm)

Front Neck Width: 0.3” (0.8 cm)

Front Neck Depth: 6.0” (15.2 cm)

Ribbed Hem Width: 37” (94.0 cm)

Armhole rib depth: 1.1” (2.8 cm)

Back Neck Width: 5.4” (13.7 cm)

Back Width: 13.6” (34.5 cm)

Back Neck Depth: 0.5” (1.3 cm)

Neckband Depth: 1.1” (2.8 cm)

Bottom Ribbed Hem Depth: 2.0” (5.0 cm)

Instructions

Note

Read ALL these instructions thoroughly BEFORE starting to knit. There may be sections where there are two areas are shaped at the same time (such as necklines or waist shaping).

Back

Wizard School V-Neck Vest - Ladies 8 - Back

Cast on 95 sts on size 5 (3.75 mm) needles. Work in K1P1 ribbing for 2.0” (5.0cm)

Change to size 7 (4.5 mm) needles and Stockinette stitch. Knit 1 or 2 rows in the main color then add 1/2/1 stripe pattern in your house color [at this gauge, a 2/3/2 stripe would more than 1 inch wide].

Continue in main color and work even until piece measures 11.4” or 29 cm (74 rows), excluding hem.

Armhole Shaping

Cast off 10 sts at beginning of next 2 rows. Dec 1 st at each end of every alternate row for 16 rows until 59 sts remain. Continue until armhole measures 8.9” or 23.6 cm (58 rows), with 59 sts remaining.

Neck Shaping

Work both sides at the same time. Work 16 sts. Slip the next 27 sts to a holder. With a second ball of yarn, work remaining 16 sts. Dec 1 st at neck edge every row twice, until 14 sts remain.

At the same time, when armhole measures 8.9” or 22.6 cm (row 58), start shoulder shaping.

Shoulder Shaping

Cast off 7 sts at armhole edge twice.

Front

Wizard School V-Neck Vest - Ladies 8 - Front

Cast on 95 sts on size 5 (3.75 mm) needles. Work in K1P1 ribbing for 2.0” (5.0cm).

Change to size 7 (4.5 mm) needles and Stockinette stitch. Knit 1 or 2 rows in the main color then add 1/2/1 stripe pattern in your house color.

Continue in main color and work even until piece measures 11.4” or 29 cm (74 rows), excluding hem.

Armhole Shaping

Dec for armhole at both ends, as for back. Continue until armhole measures 3.4” or 8.6 cm (22 rows), with 59 sts remaining.

Divide for neck. Work both sides at the same time. Work 29 sts. With a second ball of yarn, cast off the next stitch and work remaining 29 sts.

Neck Shaping

Dec 1 st at neck edge of next row, then every 2nd row 8 times, then every 3rd row 6 times, until 14 sts remain.

Work even until armhole measures 8.9” or 22.6 cm (58 rows).

Shoulder Shaping

Cast off as for back.

Shoulder Seams

Sew fronts to back along shoulder seams.

V Front Neck Single Band Collar

Change to size 5 (3.75 mm) needles. Neckband is worked in 2 pieces.

With right side of work facing, pick up and work (starting at bottom of front neck) 33 sts from right front neck edge, 3 sts from right back neck edge and 13 sts from back neck holder to center. Total 49 sts.

Wizard School V-Neck Vest - Ladies 8 - Single Neck Collar

Work 1.1” or 2.8 cm (8 rows) in K1P1 ribbing. For the original school vest, place a 1/2/1 stripe pattern centered on those 8 rows. There is no stripe pattern in the new style vest.

Cast off loosely.

Work the left side the same way as the right, picking up the back neck sts first.

Armhole Ribbing

Knit on size 5 (3.75 mm) needles.

With right side of work facing, pick up and work 130 sts along armhole edge between side seams by picking up one st for every armhole cast-off st and one for every row.

Decrease from 130 to 97 by: P 16 P2tog (P 1 P2tog) 32 times P 16

Work in K1P1 ribbing for 0.8” or 2.0 cm (approx 6 rows). Cast off loosely.

Finishing

Sew side seams. Sew any remaining seams.

Darn/weave/sew in all loose ends.

Final Product

Wizard School V-Neck Vest - Ladies 8

Credit

© Diana of Hobbie's House of Wizard Wear. Pattern was taken with permission from wizardknits.com





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