Friday, 21 November 2014

Fall/Winter 2014-2015 - The Anarchist's Collection: #3 - A Vest For Little Dudes (and Girls)

It's the perfect little vest for little dudes (or girls, for that matter). Knitting/crocheting for little dudes is often a challenge: there are thousands of patterns for cute dresses, cardigans and boleros and shrugs, but not so many patterns for vests ou "manly-looking" pieces (don't get me wrong, personally I prefer gender-neutral garments, but most people have a different option). Anyway, when you do find a pattern "suited" for little guys, you stick to it like glue. My all-time favourite is Felipe, by Joji Locatelli. It's available as a free Ravelry download and it's only fault is that it is only available in one size: newborn. However, I was determined to knit this for one of the little dudes in my life (who's almost 3), so I heavily adapted the pattern. Here are my mods:

  • Size 9 needles (gauge of 16 st/in);
  • Cast on 104 stitches;
  • Stockinette stitch portion - 9,5 in;
  • Dividing for front and back:
    • BO 4 stitches, remove marker, BO 4 more stitches; K3 (P2, K2), P3 over next 48 stitches; BO 8 stitches; K3 (P2, K2), P3 over next 48 stitches.
  • Back:
    • Continue K2, P2 pattern for 20 rounds;
    • K3, P2, K2, P2, BO 26 stiches, P2, K2, P2, K3.
    • Continue each strap in pattern for 24 rows (don't forget the buttonhole, if you want to add buttons).
  • Front:
    • K3, (P2, K2), K3 for 14 rows, BO.
And that's it! Perfect toddler size! 

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