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Peasy Vest knitting pattern

 

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Peasy is a loose vest that can be matched with many outfits – from jeans to your little black dress. 

It is a very simple design of two rectangular patches of straightforward knitting.

 

Skills:

The Peasy Vest is knit in garter stitch. For this project you will need the following skills:

  • casting on,
  • knitting & purling,
  • switching to a new ball of yarn,
  • casting off,
  • sewing. 

Suitable for beginners: the tutorial in this pattern is for the real novices. All these techniques are explained step by step. You can learn to knit with this project. 

Do you already know how to knit? Then go right ahead with the Quickstart Pattern.

 

Required materials:

 

Size:

See below "About this project" with approximate measurements.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS / go straight to:

About this project

I.   QUICKSTART PATTERN

II.  CASTING ON

III. KNITTING

- The knit stitch

- Switching to a new ball of yarn

IV. KNITTING ON

- Casting off

V.  FINISHING

 

About this project

Peasy is a loose vest that can be matched with many outfits – from jeans to your little black dress. 

The vest is made up of 2 rectangular patches, which you knit separately in garter stitch. The stitches run vertical, you knit as it were from left to right. So the number of stitches that you cast on, decides how long your vest will be from shoulder to hip (or whatever length you choose). The more balls of yarn you use, the wider the vest gets.

The front will be a bit longer than the back, so that you’ll have enough cloth for the twist to drape beautifully. 

Peasy front and back

 

The length of your knitting will be the width of your vest. 

 

This way you can easily make the vest to your very own measurements. (Then it is a good idea to knit a swatch.) 

 

You can also go by these approximate measurements:

Extra Small and Small: cast on 65 to 70 stitches. Use 2,5 balls of Eco-Fusion for the front and 2 balls for the back. 

Medium and Large: cast on 80 stitches. Use 3,5 balls of Eco-Fusion for the front and 3 balls for the back.  

Extra Large and XXL: cast on 90 to 100 stitches. Use 5,5 balls of Eco-Fusion for the front and 4,5 balls for the back.  

For this model, the size doesn’t have to be very precise. I count balls of yarn, not centimeters ;)

 

Chapter I

QUICKSTART PATTERN

If you already know how to knit, you can start straight away with this quickstart pattern. 

You’re going to knit 2 rectangles in garter stitch. The front will be a bit longer than the back, so that you’ll have enough cloth for the twist to drape beautifully. 

Front:

  1. Cast on the number of stitches required for your size (see above).
  2. Knit all stitches. 
  3. Continue until the knitting has the desired length (see above). The length of the patch will be the breadth of your vest. Make sure that you have plenty of cloth for the twist. 

Back:

  1. Cast on the same number of stitches as for the front.
  2. Again knit all stitches. 
  3. Continue until the knitting is almost as long as the front. The back requires approx. 0,5 to 1 ball of yarn less (see above). 

Taking the time to block your knitting, for example underneath a moist towel, will make the end result all the more beautiful.  

Assembling and finishing:

Lay down both rectangles in front of you. Turn one end of the front around:

Peasy afwerken

 

Sew the shoulders together, starting at the points on the outside and working inwards. 

Sew the sides together, starting at the points on the outside and working upwards. Leave a large hole for the arms.

It’s a matter of fitting and deciding for yourself how far you want to close the seams. 
 

Chapter II

CASTING ON

Please note! It’s very important that you cast on very loosely. Better too loose than too tight. 

Unwind the ball of yarn so that you have a thread of approx. 2 meters.​

  • Wind the yarn around two fingers. Wind over the two fingers again to the back of the first thread. This makes a “cracknel” shape as shown in the image. You can also shape the yarn this way on the table in front of you.

 

  • Use a knitting needle to pull the back thread through the front one to form a loop:

 

  • Pull gently on the end to shape the first loop:

 

  • Hold the knitting needle in the right hand. Wind the loose end of the yarn around the left thumb from front to back:

 

  • Insert the knitting needle between the yarn and the thumb:

 

  • Wind the yarn on the ‘ball end’ around the needle from back to front:

 

  • Pull the loop through to make another stitch:

 

Keep it nice and loose!

 

  • Remove your left thumb and gently pull to secure the stitch:

 

There are now two stitches on your needle. 

For this project it’s very important that the cast on stitches are big and loose. They should look like they’re a bit too big for the needle. 

Repeat this until you have on your right hand needle: 

  • For sizes Extra Small and Small: 65 to 70 stitches.
  • For sizes Medium and Large: 80 stitches.
  • For sizes Extra Large and XXL: 90 to 100 stitches.

So! Ready to start knitting?

 

Chapter III

KNITTING

For this vest, you only have to knit stitches. 

The knit stitch

There are 2 ways to hold the needles and the working yarn. Please check the knitting tutorial for this. 

  • Take the knitting needle with the cast on stitches in your left hand and the empty needle in your right hand.
  • Insert the right hand knitting needle from front to back through the first stitch on the left hand knitting needle:

 

  • Take the yarn in your right hand. Make sure you’ve got the yarn that’s attached to the ball. 
  • Wind the yarn over the right hand knitting needle:

 

  • With your right hand knitting needle, pull through a loop:

 

You have knit a stitch! Your new stitch is on the right hand knitting needle, but still stuck to the old stitch on your left hand knitting needle. 

  • Carefully slip the original stitch off the left hand knitting needle: 

 

You have now cast on your stitches and knit a stitch. 

From now on, all you have to do is knit stitches. Once you’ve reached the end of your row (knit all stitches on your needle), you just swap your needles. Hold the knitting in your left hand and the empty needle in your right. And start knitting again.

The beginning might be a bit fiddly work. Just have faith, you’ll soon have the feel of it. Before you know it, your fingers will make the movements quicker than your brain can follow! 

Relax! You’re doing this for fun, remember? 

First and foremost: chill! Tight stitches ain’t pretty. Besides, it’s no fun at all to be stressed while knitting. So don’t be stressed! It’s nice if you can keep the tension a bit constant, but it’s not really a big deal for this project if some stitches are bigger or smaller than others. 

Be prepared to learn as you go along, and even to pull out bits and starting again if necessary. It’s all part of the game of learning. 

 

  • Continue knitting until your first ball of Eco-Fusion is almost finished.​

If you have more than 2 meters of yarn left, you can start one last row. If you have less, play safe and switch to a new ball of yarn. 

 

Intermezzo

Switching to a new ball of yarn

The general rule is: always switch at the start of a new row. Otherwise, chances are that you will see the knot or loose ends once it’s finished. 

  • Tie the new yarn to the old thread, as closely to the knitting as possible. Use a simple knot that can be easily undone later on.
    • Tip: When you have long threads dangling from your knitting, things might get tangled. If you like, you can cut off the loose ends of yarn at approx. 10 cm.
    • Make sure you don’t cut the yarn on the ‘ball-end’, though!
  • Continue knitting with your new ball of yarn. Make sure you get the right thread when you continue! 

 

Chapter IV

KNITTING ON

How long your knitting should become, depends on the chosen size. For this loose model, a few centimeters more or less don’t signify. I count balls of yarn, not centimeters:

  • Extra Small and Small: Use 2,5 balls of Eco-Fusion for the front and 2 balls for the back. 
  • Medium and Large: Use 3,5 balls of Eco-Fusion for the front and 3 for the back.
  • Extra Large and XXL: Use 5,5 balls of Eco-Fusion for the front and 4,5 balls for the back.  

As you can see, the front will be longer than the back.  

Continue until the front has the desired length and cast off (see below). Then knit another rectangle in the same way – only somewhat shorter.  

 

Casting off

Casting off is done at the end of the knitting. This secures the stitches so your beautiful knitting is safe and will not unravel. 

It’s very important to cast off very loosely. The stitches should be bigger than usual. If you cast off too tightly, the edge of your knitting may not stretch enough or may look narrower than the rest of your knitting. Not pretty.

  • Start with a new row, so your right hand needle is empty and your left hand needle holds the knitting. 
  • Knit the first two stitches, only extra loose. So pull a bit more yarn through when making the stitch. Give it some slack.
  • Using the left hand knitting needle, lift the first stitch (the one on the right) over the second stitch.
  • Drop the first stitch from your left hand knitting needle. 

afkanten

 

  • There’s now only 1 stitch left on your right hand knitting needle. Knit the next stitch on your left hand needle. There are 2 stitches on your right hand needle again.  
  • Again lift the right stitch on the right hand needle over the left stitch, and drop it off the left hand knitting needle. 
  • Repeat until you have cast off all stitches but one and there’s only 1 stitch left on your right hand knitting needle. Cut off the yarn at approx. 100 cm. Pull this thread through the last stitch. Drop the last stitch from your knitting needle and gently pull tight. 

 

Chapter V

FINISHING

Once you’re done knitting, your home made vest is nearly finished. 

The best result will be achieved if you take the time to press or “block” your work, before you continue finishing. To do this, moisten the patches and shape them on a towel. Drape a moist towel over the work and dry flat. 

Once they’re thoroughly dry, put down both patches in front of you, in such a way that the stitches run vertically.

The widest piece of knitting is the front. Take the two points on one of the short edges and twist them around:

Peasy afwerken

 

Now the front and the back need to be assembled, with the twist in the front. Use the loose threads that are still attached to the work for sewing as much as possible.

Darn or sew the shoulders together, from the outside point (the shoulder) to the inside (in the direction of the neck). 

Darn or sew the sides together, from the point (at the bottom of the vest) upwards (to the arm hole). Stop about halfway, or even before halfway, so that you’ll leave a large opening for the arms. 

It’s a matter of fitting and deciding for yourself how far you want to close the seams. 

Lastly, weave in the loose ends with the wool needle. Follow the shape of the stitches as much as possible. If necessary, cut off the loose ends at approx. 10 cm and retie the knots as close to the knitting as possible.

 

CONGRATULATIONS! Your Peasy Vest is finished and ready to use!

 

Did you enjoy this? I sure hope you did! 

Are you happy? I'll dance a jig!

Do you have suggestions? I'd love to hear them.

Are you unhappy? I'll fix it!

Working on this project, you have practiced important knitting skills. I am very interested to hear your opinion regarding this project, the yarn and the tutorial. Your feedback helps us to improve.

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Michèle Tewes.

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