See Abbreviations and Terms, below.
* SIZES: Child's 3-4 [5-6]. Finished chest measurement: 24" [26"].
Length from back neck 13" [14"]. * YOU'LL NEED: Yarn: Lion Chenille
(1.4-oz--40 gr, 87-yd skein worsted-weight acrylic), 2 skeins each
Evergreen (G) and Royal Blue (B) (available in crafts and yarn shops or
by mail from King Arthur Yarn Shop, 7618 18th Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11214,
or phone 718-232-9001); knitting needles: size 9 (5.50 mm) or size that
gives you correct gauge; 1 1/4" buttons; large tapestry needle.
* GAUGE: In garter st, 8 sts = 2"; 14 rows (7 ridges) = 2".
* STRIPE PATTERN: In garter stitch (k each row), work 32  rows color
G, 26  rows B, 18  rows G and 20  rows B.
* BACK: Starting at lower edge, with G cast on 48  sts. Work in
stripe pattern, above, and mark first row with a safety pin for right
side of work. Continue until 6 rows of second G stripe are completed.
Armholes: Continuing pattern, at each arm edge, bind off 3  sts at
beg of row once, then dec 1 st every other row 4 times (to dec: k 2nd
and 3rd st from edge tog). Work even on 34  sts until stripe pattern
is completed. Shoulders: Continuing with B, bind off 5 sts at beg of
next 2 rows. Bind off all sts.
* LEFT FRONT: Cast on 27  sts. Work in pattern as for back until
first B stripe is completed; end at side edge. Shape neck: Row 1 (dec
row): With G, work to 3 sts before front edge, k 2 tog, k 1. Work 3 rows
even. Dec 1 st at neck edge every 4th row 9  times more and at same
time, when same length as back to underarm, at side edge shape armhole
as for back. When neck shaping is completed, work in pattern on
remaining 10 sts until piece is same length as back. Shoulder: Next row:
Bind off 5 sts at arm edge. K 1 row. Bind off.
* RIGHT FRONT: Work as for left front, reversing shaping and making
buttonholes on Rows 13, 33  and 53  as follows: From front edge,
k 1, bind off 3, k to end. On next row, cast on 3 sts over bound-off
sts. FINISHING: (Note: For a boy's vest, flop pieces so that wrong side
is right side and buttonholes are on left front.) Sew shoulder and side
seams. Sew on buttons with chenille or thread.
KNIT AND CROCHET ABBREVIATIONS AND TERMS
Beg-beginning; CC-contrasting color; ch-chain; dc-double crochet;
dec-decrease; hdc-half double crochet; inc-increase; k-knit; lp-loop;
MC-main color; p-purl; psso-pass slipped stitch over; rnd-round;
sc-single crochet; sk-skip; sl-slip; sl st-slip stitch; sp-space;
st(s)-stitch(es); tog-together; tr-treble crochet; yo-yarn over hook or
needle. Asterisk (*)-repeat instructions following asterisk as directed.
Brackets -changes for larger sizes. Parentheses()-follow enclosed
instructions as directed; also used to enclose changes in stitch count.
Stockinette stitch-k 1 row (right side of work), p 1 row, alternately.
Garter stitch-k each row.