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Knit a waterfall-edge waistcoat: free knitting pattern

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This wonderfully elegant chunky knit waistcoat is the ideal garment for UK summer outdoor pursuits. 

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UK sizes
8:10:12:14:16:18:20
To fit bust (approx) 81:87:92:97:102:107:112cm (32:34:36:38:40:42:44in)
Length from shoulder (including waterfall border) 73:74:75:76:77:78:79cm (28¾:29:29½:30:30¼:30¾:31in)

You will need
• 6:7:7:8:9:9:10 balls Deramores Vintage Chunky yarn (50% merino wool, 50% acrylic; 140m / 153yds per 100g ball) in Cobble (006) . Click here to buy the yarn from Deramores
• A pair of 6mm (UK4 / US10) knitting needles
• A pair of 5mm (UK6 / US8) knitting needles
• Yarn needle for sewing

Tension
14 sts and 19 rows over 10cm / 4in in stocking stitch on 6mm needles
Note: Take time to check your tension to ensure the correct fit.

Pattern notes
Where only one number is given this applies to all sizes.

Abbreviations
alt alternate
beg beginning
dec decrease
foll follows/following
G-st garter stitch: Knit on RS and WS
inc increase
K knit
k2tog knit 2 stitches together
kfb knit into the front and back of the same stitch.
P purl
rem remain(ing)
rep repeat
RS right side of work
ssk slip 1 stitch, slip a second st, knit them together through the back loop
st(s) stitch(es)
St st stocking stitch: Knit on RS, purl on WS
WS wrong side of work

Pattern

Right front
** Using 6mm needles, cast on 19 (21:23:25:27:29:31) sts and P 1 row.

Shape front edge
Starting with a RS knit row, work in St st and at the same time inc 1 st at front edge on next 5 rows. 24 (26:28:30:32:34:36) sts

Next row (WS): Purl.
Cont in St st and at the same time inc 1 st at front edge on next row, then on foll 3 alt rows, then on 2 foll 4th rows.
30 (32:34:36:38:40:42) sts
Next row (WS): Purl. **

Hip shaping
Next row (RS): K to last 8 sts, k2tog, K6. 1 st dec
Work 11 rows straight in St st.
Rep the last 12 rows twice more, then work dec row again. 26 (28:30:32:34:36:38) sts
Cont straight until Front measures 38cm / 15in from cast-on edge, ending with a WS row.

Shape front slope
Next row (RS): K1, ssk, K to end. 1 st dec
Work 9 (9:9:9:9:7:7) rows straight in St st.
Rep the last 10 (10:10:10:10:8:8) rows until 23 (25:27:29:31:32:34) sts rem ending with a dec row.
Work 8 (8:8:8:8:4:4) rows straight, ending with a RS row.

Shape armhole
Next row (WS): Cast off 6 (7:8:9:9:10:11) sts, P to end. 17 (18:19:20:22:22:23) sts
Dec 1 st at armhole edge on next 3 (3:3:3:5:5:5) rows and at the same time on sizes 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16 a front slope dec should be worked on first of these rows, and for sizes 18 and 20 a front slope dec should be worked as before on the third of these rows. 13 (14:15:16:16:16:17) sts
Dec 1 st at armhole edge on the next 2 RS rows. 11 (12:13:14:14:14:15) sts
Cont in St st working front slope dec spaced as before until 10 (10:11:11:11:11:12) sts rem.
Work straight in St st until Front measures 19 (20:21:22:23:24:25)cm /7½ (8:8¼:8¾:9:9½:10)in from beg of armhole shaping, measured through centre of work and ending with a RS row at armhole edge.

Shape shoulder
Next row (WS): Loosely cast off 5 sts, P to end.
Next row (RS): Knit.
Cast off rem 5 (5:6:6:6:6:7) sts.

Left front
Work as for Right Front from ** to **.
Hip shaping
Next row (RS): K6, ssk, K to end. 1 st dec
Work 11 rows straight in St st.
Rep the last 12 rows twice more, then work dec row again. 26 (28:30:32:34:36:38) sts
Cont straight in St st until Front measures 38cm / 15in from cast-on edge, ending with a WS row.

Shape front slope
Next row (RS): K to last 3 sts, k2tog, K1. 1 st dec
Work 9 (9:9:9:9:7:7) rows straight in St st.
Rep the last 10 (10:10:10:10:8:8) rows until 23 (25:27:29:31:32:34) sts rem ending with a dec row.
Work 7 (7:7:7:7:3:3) rows straight, ending with a WS row.

Shape armhole
Next row (RS): Cast off 6 (7:8:9:9:10:11) sts, K to end. 17 (18:19:20:22:22:23) sts

Dec 1 st at armhole edge on next 3 (3:3:3:5:5:5) rows and at the same time on sizes 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16 a front slope dec should be worked on first of these rows, and for sizes 18 and 20 a front slope dec should be worked as before on the third of these rows. 13 (14:15:16:16:16:17) sts
Dec 1 st at armhole edge on the next 2 RS rows. 11 (12:13:14:14:14:15) sts
Cont in St st working front slope dec spaced as before until 10 (10:11:11:11:11:12) sts rem.
Work straight in St st until Front measures 19 (20:21:22:23:24:25)cm /7½ (8:8¼:8¾:9:9½:10)in from beg of armhole shaping, measured through centre of work and ending with a WS row at armhole edge.

Shape shoulder
Next row (RS): Loosely cast off 5 sts, K to end.
Next row (WS): Purl.
Cast off rem 5 (5:6:6:6:6:7) sts.

Back
Using 6mm needles, cast on 69 (73:77:81:85:89:93) sts.
Starting with a WS purl row, work 23 rows in St st.

Work hip shaping
Next row (RS): K6, ssk, K to last 8 sts, k2tog, K6. 2 sts dec
Work 11 rows straight in St st.
Rep the last 12 rows twice more, then work dec row again. 61 (65:69:73:77:81:85) sts
Cont straight in St st until Back measures same as Left Front to armhole shaping, ending with a WS row.

Shape armholes
Cast off 6 (7:8:9:9:10:11) sts at beg of next 2 rows. 49 (51:53:55:59:61:63) sts
Dec 1 st at each end of next 3 (3:3:3:5:5:5) rows, then on 2 foll RS rows. 39 (41:43:45:45:47:49) sts
Cont straight in St st until Back measures same as Fronts to shoulder shaping, ending with a WS row.

Shape shoulders
Loosely cast off 5 sts at beg of next 2 rows, then 5 (5:6:6:6:6:7) sts at beg of foll 2 rows.
Cast off rem 19 (21:21:23:23:25:25) sts.

Armhole borders
Join both shoulder seams.
Using 5mm needles, with RS facing, pick up and K66 (72:76:82:84:90:94) sts evenly across armhole edge.
Work 2 rows in G-st.
Cast off knitwise.

Making up
Gently press all pieces on WS to measurements and according to ball band directions. Join side seams and armhole borders.

Finishing: waterfall border
Using 6mm needles, cast on 16 sts and K 1 row.
Work in patt as foll:
Row 1 (RS): K15 wrapping yarn round needle twice for every st, turn your work leaving 1 st unworked.
Row 2 (WS): Slip 1 dropping extra loop off (leaving an elongated st), K14 dropping extra loops off as you go.
Rows 3-4: K to end.
Row 5: K to end wrapping yarn round needle twice for every st.
Row 6: K to end dropping off extra loops as you go.
Rows 7-8: K to end.
These 8 rows form patt.
Cont in patt until shorter edge fits around outer edges of cardigan, easing on border around edge and ending with a row 7. This will be approx. 94 (96:98:102:104:106:110) reps of the patt.
Cast off loosely.
Commencing at centre of cast-on edge of Back, loosely tack, then stitch shorter edge of Waterfall Border around outer edge of waistcoat, easing on where necessary as you go.
Join cast-on and cast-off edges and gently press seams.
See ballband for washing and further care instructions.

Pattern courtesy of www.deramores.com

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