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In-VEST for Peace

Free Knitting and Crochet Patterns for One-Piece Vest
For Afghan Girls and Boys


Please note: These patterns need some modification to be more useful for the recipients. In particular, a proper button band with button holes would allow the vests to close up better against cold. And, the v-necks could be shallower for better coverage. Consider adding ribbing around the armholes, too. On the knit version, be careful with the neck decreases so as not to cause bunching. We hope to update these patterns at some point. In the meantime, if you are not comfortable making the adjustments, you may wish to choose a different simple vest pattern.

Created by Susan Wills and adapted for crochet by Sue Clark for afghans for Afghans, the In-VEST for Peace pattern is to be used for charitable purposes. If you use this pattern, please make at least one vest for an Afghan girl or boy. Please use wool yarn to maximize the vest's utility in the harsh Afghan winter.

Overview:
The vest is knit or crocheted from side to side. Starting at the right center front, the vest is worked horizontally in stockinette stitch (knit RS, purl WS) or single crochet in one piece. Vertical Stripe Pattern on Right Front; solid color (MC) on Back; reverse color order of Stripe Pattern for Left Front. Weave in ends as you go. The edges are finished in crochet.

Knit Version By Susan Wills

Size: Small (Medium, Large, X-Large)
Finished chest measurement: 22 (25, 28, 32)"
Finished length: 13.5 (16.5, 19.5, 22)"

Materials:
For back, 1 skein (220 yds.) solid color (MC) worsted-weight yarn. The larger sizes may require more than 1 skein.
For front, various worsted-weight stash oddments for color stripes. Use at least 2 different colors -- add more if you are inspired to do so!
US 7 knitting needles, or size needed to achieve gauge.
Size G crochet hook
4 buttons

Gauge: 4-1/2 stitches = 1", 6 rows = 1" in stockinette stitch

Abbreviations:
RS Right Side
WS Wrong Side
MC Main Color

Stripe Pattern:
Choosing colors as desired, alternate 4 rows of Color A, 2 rows of Color B. Always begin the new color at the beginning of a WS row. Weave in ends as you go, or, tie ends into square knots and trim. (The crochet edge will cover the knots.)

RIGHT FRONT
With MC, cast on 41 (49, 59, 67) stitches.
Shape Right Neck:
Row 1: (RS) With MC, knit 1 stitch, increase 1 stitch using the backward loop cast-on, knit 1 stitch, increase 1 stitch using the backward loop cast-on. Knit across.
Row 2: (WS) With Color A, P to last 2 stitches, increase 1 stitch using the backward loop cast-on, purl 1 stitch, increase 1 stitch using the backward loop cast-on, purl last stitch.
Row 3: With A, repeat Row 1.
Row 4: With A, repeat Row 2.
Row 5: With A, repeat Row 1.
Row 6: With B, repeat Row 2.
Row 7: With B, repeat Row 1.

Repeat Rows 2-7, choosing various colors for A and B until you have 61 (73, 87, 99) stitches.
Work even in Stripe Pattern until piece measures 4 (4.5 , 5, 5.75)" from beginning.

At beginning of next RS row, bind off 20 (24, 28, 32) stitches.
Work even until piece measures 5.5 (6.25, 7, 8)" from beginning.
(You may want to place a marker here to demarcate between the front and the back.)

BACK
On next WS row, using MC, work for 1.5 (1.75, 2, 2.25)".
At beginning of next RS row, cast on 20 (24, 28, 32) stitches.
Work until back measures 3.5 (4.25, 5, 5.25)".
At beginning of next RS row, bind off 4 (4, 6 ,6) stitches.
Work until back measures 7.5 (8.25, 9, 10.75)".
At beginning of next RS row, cast on 4 (4, 6, 6) stitches.
Work until back measures 9.5 (10.75, 12, 13.75)".
At beginning of next RS row, bind off 20 (24, 28 ,32) stitches.
Work until back measures 11 (12.5, 14, 16)".
(You may want to place a marker here to demarcate between the front and back.)

LEFT FRONT
Beginning on next WS row, work Stripe Pattern in reverse color order as on Left Front.
Work until Left Front measures 1.5 (1.75, 2, 2.25)".
On next RS row, cast on 20 (24, 28, 32) stitches.
Work until 3.5 (4.25, 5, 5.25)".
Shape Left Neck:
Row 1: (WS) Purl to last 4 stitches. P2tog twice.
Row 2: (RS) K2tog twice, knit across.
Repeat these 2 rows until 41 (49, 59, 67) stitches remain.
On next WS row, using MC, purl across.
With MC, bind off.

FINISHING
Block vest. Depending on your tension and type of yarn, the blocking may prove extra handy in cases where the slope of the v-neck does not lay flat. [Finishing with the crochet edge improves the appearance of the v-neck's slope.] Sew shoulder seams.

Crochet Edge:
Round 1: Starting at bottom of vest, with MC (or alternate color), single-crochet around entire bottom, front edges, and neck opening.
Round 2: Slip-stitch crochet around, evenly spacing 4 button hole loops on Left Front edge.

Buttonhole Loops:
Chain 6 (or appropriate number to accommodate your buttons), skip 2 sc.

Repeat crochet edge around armholes.

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© 2010 by Susan Wills

Crochet Version By Susan Wills and Sue Clark

Size: Small (Medium, Large, X-Large)
Finished chest measurement: 22 (25, 28, 32)"
Finished length: 13.5 (16.5, 20, 22)"

Materials:
For back, 1 skein (220 yds.) solid color (MC) worsted-weight yarn. The larger sizes may require more yarn. Medium uses about 250 yds; large about 330 yds; x-large about 400 yds.
For front, various worsted-weight stash oddments for color stripes. Use at least 2 different colors -- add more if you are inspired to do so!
Size H crochet hook, or size needed to achieve gauge.
4 buttons

Gauge: 4 sc stitches = 1", 4 rows = 1"

Abbreviations:
RS = Right Side, WS = Wrong Side, MC = Main Color
ch = Chain, sl st = Slip Stitch, sc = Single Crochet

Stripe Pattern: Choosing colors as desired, alternate 4 rows of Color A, 2 rows of Color B. Always introduce the new color by drawing through the last 2 loops of last sc of row.

RIGHT FRONT
With MC, ch 37 (45, 53, 61).
Sc in each sc across: 36 (44, 52, 60) sc.
With Color A, ch 1, turn.
Shape Right Neck:
Row 1: (WS) With Color A, sc in each sc across; ch 1, turn.
Row 2: (RS) With Color A, 2 sc in each of next 2 sc; sc in remaining sc across; ch 1, turn.
Row 3: With Color A, repeat Row 1.
Row 4: With Color A, repeat Row 2, working end of row (ch 1, turn) with Color B.
Row 5: With Color B, repeat Row 1.
Row 6: With Color B, repeat Row 2, working end of row (ch 1, turn) with Color A.
Repeat Rows 1-6, choosing various colors for A and B, until you have 44 (52, 60, 70) stitches.
At end of next WS row, ch 11 (15, 17, 19); turn.
Sc in second ch from hook and across row.
Work even on 54 (66, 76, 88) stitches until 4 (4.5, 5, 5.75) inches from beginning.
On next WS row, sc 36 (44, 52, 60); ch 1, turn.
Work even until 5.5 (6.25, 7, 8) inches from beginning. Place marker for Right Front.

BACK
On next WS row, join MC; work even for 1.5 (1.75, 2, 2.25) inches from marker.
At end of next WS row, ch 19 (23, 25, 29).
Work even on 54 (66, 76, 88) sc until back measures 3.5 (4.25, 5, 5.25) inches.
On next WS row, work 50 (62, 72, 84) sc; ch 1, turn.
Work even until back measures 7.5 (8.25, 9, 10.75) inches.
On next WS row, sc in each sc across; ch 5 at end of row. Turn.
Work even on 54 (66, 76, 88) sc until back measures 9.5 ( 10.75, 12, 13.75) inches.
On next WS row, work 36 (44, 52, 60) sc; ch 1, turn.
Work even until back measures 11 (12.5, 14, 16) inches.
Place marker for Left Front.

LEFT FRONT
Beg on next WS row, work stripe pattern in reverse color order as on Right Front.
Work even in stripe pattern until Left Front measures 1.5 (1.75, 2, 2.25) inches.
On next WS row, at end of row, ch 19 (23, 25, 29). Turn.
Sc in 2nd ch from hook and across row -- 54 (66, 76, 88) sc.
Work even until 3.5 (4.25, 5, 5.25) inches from Left Front marker.
At beg of next RS row, sl st in next 10 (14, 16, 18) stitches; sc in remaining 44 (52, 60, 70) stitches; ch 1, turn.
Shape Left Neck:
Row 1: (WS) sc to last 4 stitches; sc 2 stitches together twice; ch 1, turn.
Row 2: (RS) sc in each sc across; ch 1, turn.
Repeat these two rows until 36 (44, 52, 60) sc remain. Use MC for the last WS row.

FINISHING
Block vest. Depending on your tension and type of yarn, the blocking may prove extra handy in cases where the slope of the v-neck does not lay flat. [Finishing with the crochet edge improves the appearance of the v-neck's slope.] Sew shoulder seams.

Crochet Edge:
Round 1: Starting at bottom of vest, with MC (or alternate color), single-crochet around entire bottom, front edges, and neck opening.
Round 2: Slip-stitch crochet around, evenly spacing 4 button hole loops on Left Front edge.

Buttonhole Loops: Chain 6 (or appropriate number to accommodate your buttons), skip 2 sc.

Repeat crochet edge around armholes.

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Susan Wills designs patterns, knits on commission for clients worldwide, and teaches knitting. She lives in Boulder, CO, where she enjoys spinning, quilting, and vegetarian cooking. Susan is the talented creator of our Friday Mosque at Herat Sweater-Jacket for Children pattern. Visit Susan's knitting store, Mew Mew's Yarn Shop, in Louisville, CO, when you're in the area!

Sue Clark has been crocheting since age 10, when her neighbor taught her to crochet doilies and snowflakes with thread. Since 2001, Sue has been making blankets and garments for the people of Afghanistan because she wants Afghan children to experience the joy of owning something new, made especially for them. Sue and her family live near Houston.

Thank you to Vici Oshiro (Burnsville, MN), Alene Cohen (NY, NY), and Sue Clark (Webster, TX) for helping to give this pattern a name -- In-VEST for Peace -- that expresses why we knit and crochet for the people of Afghanistan.

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© 2010 by Susan Wills and Sue Clark




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Original In-VEST for Peace art by Rosemary Hill
© 2006 afghans for Afghans
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