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GARTER ST (back and forth on needle):
K all rows. 1 ridge = 2 K rows.
See diagrams A.1 to A.3. Diagrams show all rows in pattern seen from RS.
DECREASE TIP (applies to mid back):
All dec are done from RS.
Beg 2 sts before marker, K 2 tog, slip 1 st as if to K, K 1, psso (= 2 sts dec mid back).
All length measurements should be done when piece is flat.
The piece is worked top down. Front and back piece is worked back and forth on needle separately down to and with armhole. Then all sts are slipped on the same circular needle. Then the piece is worked back and forth from mid front.
LEFT FRONT PIECE:
Worked back and forth on circular needle. Cast on 20-22-24-24-26-28 sts on circular needle size 5 mm / US 8 with Muskat.
Work in GARTER ST - see explanation above. REMEMBER THE GAUGE!
When piece measures 6-8-10-6-8-10 cm / 2½"-3"-4"-2½"-3"-4" – READ MEASURING TIP, inc 1 st for v-neck towards mid front by working 2 sts in first st at beg of row (seen from RS).
Repeat inc every 2½ cm / 7/8" (i.e. every 5th ridge), 9-9-9-11-11-11 more times (= 10-10-10-12-12-12 inc in total).
AT THE SAME TIME when piece measures 11-9-8-8-8-11 cm / 4½"-3½"-3"-3"-3"-4½" – READ MEASURING TIP, inc 1 st towards armhole side by working 2 sts in last st on row (seen from RS). Repeat inc every 3-2½-2-2-1½-1 cm / 1 1/8"-7/8"-3/4"-3/4"-½"-3/8", 2-4-6-7-10-13 more times (= 3-5-7-8-11-14 inc in total).
When piece measures 20-21-22-23-24-25 cm / 8''-8¼''-8¾''-9''-9½''-9¾'' (inc towards armhole should now be done), cast on 3-3-3-4-4-5 new sts at the end of row towards the side (not towards mid front).
Armhole is now done and 6-6-5-7-7-7 sts have been inc for v-neck towards mid front (i.e. 4-4-5-5-5-5 inc remain for v-neck towards mid front).
Piece measures approx. 20-21-22-23-24-25 cm / 8''-8¼''-8¾''-9''-9½''-9¾'' and there are 32-36-39-43-48-54 sts. Slip the sts on 1 stitch holder.
RIGHT FRONT PIECE:
Work as left front piece but inc for v-neck at the end of row (seen from RS) and inc for armhole at beg of row (seen from RS).
Cast on 20-22-24-24-26-28 sts on circular needle size 5 mm / US 8 with Muskat. Work 3 ridges in garter st, beg from RS. Cut the yarn and put piece aside.
Cast on 20-22-24-24-26-28 sts on circular needle size 5 mm / US 8 with Muskat. Work 3 ridges, beg from RS, then cast on 20-20-20-24-24-24 sts at the end of next row from WS = 40-42-44-48-50-52 sts. Work sts from left shoulder on to same circular needle = 60-64-68-72-76-80 sts.
Continue to work in garter st back and forth on needle. AT THE SAME TIME when piece measures 11-9-8-8-8-11 cm / 4½"-3½"-3"-3"-3"-4½" from shoulder, inc 1 st in first and last st on row. Repeat inc in each side every 3-2½-2-2-1½-1 cm / 1 1/8"-7/8"-3/4"-3/4"-½"-3/8", 2-4-6-7-10-13 more times (= 3-5-7-8-11-14 inc in total in each side).
When piece measures 20-21-22-23-24-25 cm / 8''-8¼''-8¾''-9''-9½''-9¾'' (inc in each side should now be done), cast on 3-3-3-4-4-5 new sts at the end of the next 2 rows.
Armholes are now done, piece measures approx. 20-21-22-23-24-25 cm / 8''-8¼''-8¾''-9''-9½''-9¾'' and there are 72-80-88-96-106-118 sts on needle. Cut the yarn.
Slip sts from right and left front piece on to same circular needle as back piece = 136-152-166-182-202-226 sts. NOW MEASURE PIECE FROM HERE!
Insert 2 markers in the piece; in the 32nd-36th-39th-43rd-48th-54th st from each side (= 72-80-88-96-106-118 sts between sts with markers on back piece).
AT THE SAME TIME insert 1 marker mid back (i.e. in the middle of the 2 markers in the sides so that there are 36-40-44-48-53-59 sts on each side of this marker).
Beg mid front and continue in garter st back and forth for 4-2-3-2-3-3 cm / 1½"-3/4"-1 1/8"-3/4"-1 1/8"-1 1/8" AT THE SAME TIME continue inc for v-neck in each side towards mid front as before.
READ ALL OF THE FOLLOWING SECTION BEFORE CONTINUING!
Work next row from RS as follows (continue inc for v-neck as before): Work in garter st until 2 sts remain before first st with marker (= in the side), work A.1 (= 5 sts), work in garter st until 2 sts remain before next marker (= mid back), dec 1 st on each side of marker – READ DECREASE TIP (= 2 sts dec), work in garter st until 2 sts remain before next marker (= in the side), work A.1 (= 5 sts) and then work in garter st the rest of row.
Continue pattern like this (note the inc in A.1 – see diagram and continue the inc for v-neck until 10-10-10-12-12-12 inc in total have been done in each side towards mid front), AT THE SAME TIME dec 2 sts mid back every other row (i.e. every row from RS), 31-36-36-36-36-38 more times (= 32-37-37-37-37-39 dec in total mid back) and then every 4th row (i.e. every other row from RS) 10-10-10-12-12-12 times in total.
When A.1 has been worked 2-3-3-2-2-2 times in total vertically, work A.2 in each side (instead of A.1, continue the other sts as before).
When A.2 has been worked 2-2-2-3-3-2 times in total vertically, work A.3 in each side (instead of A.2).
When A.3 has been worked 2-2-2-2-2-3 times in total vertically and after last dec mid back, there are 228-254-270-290-310-338 sts on needle and piece measures approx. 32-33-34-35-36-37 cm / 12½''-13½''-13 3/8''-13¾''-14¼''-14½'' from where all sts were put tog.
K 1 row from RS while AT THE SAME TIME working 1st row in A.3 in each side so that the pattern is finished nicely, then LOOSELY bind off with K from WS.
Now piece measures approx. 52-54-56-58-60-62 cm / 20½''-21¼''-22''-22¾''-23 5/8''-24 3/8'' measured straight down from shoulder (the sides are longer because of inc to give extra width and length).
Sew shoulder seams.
Cut 2 strands Muskat of approx. 100-120 cm / 39½"-47" each. Hold the 2 strands tog, pull them through next to last st on one front piece (in the transition where inc for v-neck ends).
Make a knot in one end of the 2 strands. Twine the strands tog until they resist, fold them double so that they twine. Make a knot at the end. Repeat on the other front piece.
Tie the vest tog mid front.
K from RS
K from WS
1 YO between 2 sts, K YO from WS
slip 1 st as if to K, K 2 tog, psso
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