Sunday, 28 June 2015

Garter Stitch Beginner Vest

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There is always a danger when you start a knitting project just before Summer that the hot weather will hit and the urge to create something out of wool declines at the same rate that the daily temperature increases. You can imagine then that I was pretty hopeful when I went online shopping in mid November that the "I reckon I can have this knitting finished in a week"  project I had in mind would be completed long before the hot weather came.. Oh how wrong I was!  Next year if you see me purchasing anything the slightest bit crafty in the lead up to the festive season, please remind me that my chances of setting aside any time for craft is nil and that way I can manage my expectations a whole lot better than this year.

This little knitting project is actually quick and simple.  It's just garter stitch with absolutely no shaping at all so really can take just a few days if you're able to set aside the time.

The yarn is Bendigo Woollen Mills Stellar an 8ply  50% wool and 50% bamboo in "Moonstone".  This pattern is for a small size, however for larger sizes add approximately 10 stitches per size increase eg. for medium cast on 80 stitches.  The length is entirely up to you,  For a longer vest, simply keep knitting the back until the desired length is reached, work the neck and then knit the front sections to the same length as the back.

You will need.  

9mm knitting needles
8ply yarn
Stitch Holder
Sewing needle to finish

Cast on 70 stitches

Knit Garter stitch (eg. knit all stitches) until work measures 47cm.  To get neat edges, do not knit the first stitch in each row, but simply slip the stitch onto the working needle and then knit into the second stitch into the row.  This is a little hint Louise (my fellow blogger) mentioned in an early blog post and it really does make a difference, particularly if you are not going to be adding a band or collar to the exposed edge.

Divide for neck:  Knit 20 sts, Cast off 30 sts, place next 20 sts onto a stitch holder.  Cut yarn, leaving enough to sew in the end and start knitting again with the 20 stitches left on the knitting needle.  


Using the 20 stitches on the knitting needle, knit until work measure 47 cm (or if you are lengthening the pattern, until work is of equal length to the back).  Cast off.

Slip stitches from stitch holder onto knitting needle and knit these stitches until work measures the same as the back and other front section. Cast off.
To finish.

Sew the side seams leaving approximately 25cm unsewn on each side for the arm holes.  Weave/sew in ends.  Wear with a long or short sleeve tee, depending on the weather where you are.

Happy knitting.


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  1. I like this little vest and as I always buy Bendigo wool quite often have plenty left over,because of it being 200grm balls. Sooooo, how much wool does this vest take approx, as I have some Nutmeg,Colonial left and have enough scarves and hats to last a life time :)

    1. Hi Jeanette. The finished vest as shown (which is a small size) weighs 155g, so depending on how big you want the vest to be, you might get away with one ball of the BWM yarn - Deb

  2. Just finished this today, for my 10 year old daughter. I used bulky yarn, since she wanted it for the wintertime and I only did 60 stitches, since you had the small size with 70. It came out great! She loves it. I'm even thinking about doing a fake fur trim to it, just to dress it up a bit :)

    1. Just love the idea of the fur trim and you've got me thinking if I should make another in bluky yarn! Thanks so much for your feedback :-)

  3. hello fitzbirch just wondering if you can explain how to do the knitting of the first stitch into the second stitch to give it a nicer finish on the edge i am still learning about knitting as i only do the easy patterns so am only a novice knitter

    1. Thank you for your comment. A neater finish on the edge can be obtained by not knitting the first stitch on each row, but simply slipping that stitch onto the working needle and knitting the second stitch. It means less yarn is used on the edges so it's a bit less loopy. Deb

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  5. Hi, love this and want to knit it, but will be using 90 stitches. In that case do I still knit 20, cast of remaining in middle and put last 20 on needle,or shall i knit 30 either side of neck cast off, and how much yarn do you think it will take, as I am doing 60cm length

    1. Hi SwusieQ

      The number of stitches would depend on the width of your shoulders compared to your neck. Perhaps use a tap measure across your shoulders to check the proportion and then adjust the stitches that way. It may be better to divide into thirds.

      The vest I made took less than 200g of wool, but I would suggest up to 300g for a longer length.