Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Chunky-Fur Zippered Vest - Free Pattern

Chunky-Fur Zippered Vest: Free Pattern

I designed this a while ago, when I wanted to find something actually wearable from Fun Fur yarn, other than a scarf (again). I felt the chunky yarn would add a more stable and warm fabric, and outer wear was the way to go. I chose a variegated chunky yarn, to add a subtle shift in colors throughout. Finish with chunky yarn only for the edging, and sew in a thick, separating zipper.

Materials used: Chunky Patons Shetland, 2 balls (100 gm) of canyon variegated
Lion brand Fun Fur, 3 balls (50 gm) in dark brown
Zipper: 18 inch in color to match.
Needles: 8 mm for body, and 6 mm for ribbing edging.
Gauge: 10 sts and 13 rows = 4 inches
Size: Medium/Large (40 inches finished chest measurement.)
Pattern note: Hold one strand of Shetland chunky and one strand of Fun Fur together throughout body pieces.

PATTERN BACK: With 8 mm needles and both yarns held, cast on 50 stitches.
Right side, purl across, wrong side, knit across (reverse stocking stitch)
Continue working like this for 13 inches.
Armhole: Bind off 6 stitches at start of next 2 rows
Knit 2 together at start and end of next 2 right sides (34 sts remain)
Continue until piece measures 22 inches. Bind off all stitches.

RIGHT FRONT: Cast on 24 stitches.
Work in reverse stocking stitch for 13 inches,
Bind off 6 stitches at start of next (right side) row.
Knit 2 together at start of next 2 right side rows.
Work until piece measures 18 inches.
Bind off 5 stitches at start of neck edge (right edge of right side).
Knit 2 together 2 times more on the neck edge, then work even until same length as back. Bind off all.
LEFT FRONT: Cast on 24, and work same as right front, but reverse shapings.
Finishing: Using Shetland Chunky only, sew shoulders.
Armhole: by picking up 60 stitches, with 6 mm needles, around the armhole opening, and work k1,p1 ribbing for 4 rows, then bind off. Repeat for other armhole. Sew side seams.

Front bands: Pick up 28 stitches up one side of front edge. K1, P1 ribbing for 4 rows and bind off. Repeat on other side.

Neck Band: Pick up 62 around neck band, and rib as other bands.

Bottom edge: pick up 110 sts right across the bottom, including edge of front bands. Rib 4 rows and bind off. Weave in all ends.

Finish: Use 18 inch plastic tooth separating zipper and securely stitch to front edges.


Carol said...

I love your vest! My first thought was "Sonny Bono!". Sonny and Cher were the big thing when I was a teenager and he wore a terribly hippie fake fur vest which we thought was so-o-o-o cool! (Contrary to the following blog!) The rich hippie look!

Fanny said...

I searched and found your pattern for this vest! I have skeins of Plymouth Kaos Confusion yarn....3 sts. = 1", US #10.5 needle, 109 yds/65-75 gms. Do you think I can use this yarn with this pattern?

chris said...

I don't know this yarn, would you be using it instead of the worsted yarn (also using an eyelash held along with it?) On it's own it is not to gauge, so results may be too large...

NYK in Frugaldom said...

Only just been pointed in the direction of this by 'allfreeknitting' and think it looks great! Thank you for sharing, hope you don't mind if I link to it from the frugaldom blog. :) I suspect a few more of these will be on needles everywhere very soon.

Daryl Battin said...

How do I make in a smaller size?