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Pink Needles
Knitting Out Loud
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After knitting one of Hanne Falkenberg’s incredible patterns, I wanted to explore the idea of mitred corners and stripes a bit further.

I cast on a billion stitches and decided it would be a scarf with mitred corners. A few rows later when I cast off a billion stitches minus a few and started wrapping the piece around a dress form, I realized scarfs don’t have corners and it became a vest.  Well, half a vest.

It’s great to wear under a jacket, leaving it open, without adding bulk in the back. It’s also really easy to knit and entertaining if, like me, you are amused by the simple pleasure of watching the color changes come up in self-striping yarns.

The hardest part is probably figuring out how to put it on (put your arms through the "hole" leaving one strip of fabric behind your neck and the other behind your back. Then bring the rest of the fabric up front and  hold it in place with a lace bobbin like I’ve done here or with your favorite shawl pin). 

I’m sure you will come up with daring, discrete, subtle or flashy combinations that leave this one in the dust!


Custom sized


Measurements will be determined by you!

spacer [MC] Rowan Tapestry [70% Wool, 30% Soybean protein fibre; 131yd/120m per 50g skein]; color: #172 Pot Pourri; 3[3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5] skeins
spacer [CC] Katia Alpaca Andes [100% Alpaca; 109 yds/100 m per 50g skein]; color: #66601 Grey; 3[3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6]  skeins
Note: These requirements are based on average measurements for sizes XS through 3X as listed here. If in doubt, it is a good idea to purchase extra yarn.

Recommended needle size:
spacer 1 US #6/4mm circular needle, 32 inches or longer

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21 sts/40 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch
Note: Garter st tends to grow when blocking. Block swatch to get an accurate gauge measurement before beginning.

[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]

sk2p: Sl 1, k2tog, pass slipped st over. 2 sts decreased.

The vest is worked in one piece in garter stitch, and then sewn as shown in the diagram.

This is a formula pattern, which means that you will be required to take a few measurements and do a few simple calculations before you begin to knit. This will ensure that the vest you knit will be a good fit for you!

Note that even though the schematic shows W and H to be the same length, your W and H may be different.

Take these measurements, in inches, and record them in the spaces provided. (If you only have a metric tape measure, divide each measurement in centimeters by 2.54 to obtain the measurement in inches.)

W: Waist _________
Measure your waist circumference, wrapping the tape measure loosely, over your clothes. If you want the vest to fit a bit loosely, add an inch or two. Remember, this isn't an accurate measurement of your body, but a measurement used to calculate a garment shape.

H: Halter Length _________
Hold the beginning of the tape measure at your waist, centered beneath one breast. Measure up over the fullest part of your bust, over your shoulder, to the center of your upper back, just below the base of your neck. (There's a vertebra that sticks out slightly there; that's about the right spot.)
Multiply this number by 2. The result is your halter length.

S: Shoulder Width _________
Measure the width of your shoulders, across your upper chest. Don't begin and end at your shoulder bones, but at the outsides of your shoulders. Subtract 1 inch.


Stripe Pattern:
Stripe pattern begins with a RS row.
K 2 rows using MC.
K 2 rows using CC.
Repeat these 2 rows for Stripe Pattern. Carry yarn not in use loosely along edge of work.

Information about blocking can be found here and here.


The first step is to calculate the number of sts needed for each section. To do this, we'll multiply the number of inches in each section by the stitch gauge per inch.

The gauge listed above is 5.25 sts/inch. If you wish to work at a different gauge, substitute your own stitch gauge per inch.

Round W and H up to the nearest whole number; round S to the nearest odd whole number.

W inches  _________ x 5.25

= W sts _________

H inches  _________ x 5.25

= H sts _________

S inches  _________ x 5.25

= S sts _________

CO as follows, placing st markers as directed:
Using MC, CO W sts, place marker, CO S sts, place marker, CO H sts. There will be [W+S+H] sts.

Row 1 [RS]: [K to 2 sts before marker, k2tog tbl, slip marker, k2tog] twice, k to end. 4 sts decreased.

Row 2 [WS]: K all sts.
Repeat these 2 rows, switching colors at the beginning of every RS row, until 5 sts remain between markers and you have just completed a WS row.

Break CC; use MC only.

Work 2 more rows in pattern. 3 sts remain between markers.

Next Row [RS]: K to 2 sts before marker, k2tog tbl, remove marker, sk2p, remove marker, k2tog, k to end.
There will be [W+H] – 2[S-1] sts remaining. (It isn't necessary to calculate this number!)
BO all sts.


Weave in ends and block piece. Referring to diagram in Pattern Notes, sew edge X to edge Y.


designernameBlank Since she was 5, Lia wanted to be a journalist. That is, until she got her degree. Since then she’s a translator, knitter and designer living in the land where merinos come from but where you may have a pretty hard time finding a good yarn store (that would be Spain).

And this is where Lia knits.