Boathouse Row Vest

This nautical vest features wide red and white stripes and has a turned bottom hem, rolled stockinette edgings, and an i-cord tie belt. Whether you’re headed to the boathouse or just a stroll around town, this vest is the beach accessory your spring outfit needs.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: Finished Bust Size (with fronts about 3” apart) 31.25 (34.25, 36.75, 40.75, 44, 48.75)” to fit bust 31 (34, 37, 41, 44, 49)”

Cross Back Center Underarm to Center Underarm 15.75 (16.75, 18.25, 20.25, 22, 24.25)” 0” ease recommended. Shown in size 34.25”

Gauge: 24 sts and 32 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st on larger needles after wet blocking

Materials

Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Lodge Fingering (60% Merino Wool, 20% Cotton, 10% Silk, 10% Linen; 410 yards [375 meters]/115 grams): Espadrille (MC, 1 (2, 2, 2, 3) balls), Twill (CC, 1 (1, 2, 2, 3) balls)

Needles: US size 5 (3.75 mm) 16”, 24”, and 60” circular; US 4 (3.5 mm) 24” circular

Notions: Markers, tapestry needle, size F crochet hook

Pattern Notes

Stripe Pattern: Each stripe is 14 rows, beginning with a RS row.

How to pick a size: Measure yourself across the back from the center of your underarms, then choose the size that most closely corresponds to that measurement, choosing the larger size if between sizes. This vest has no front closures and does not meet in the front.

Pattern

Using smaller needle and MC, CO 188 (204, 220, 242, 264, 292) sts. Do not join.
Beginning with a WS row, work 14 rows in St st.

Switch to larger needles.

Turning Row (WS): Knit.

Continuing with MC, beginning with a RS row, work 14 rows in St st.

Switch to CC and work 14 rows in St st.

Note: Stripes are now established and will not be mentioned again. Continue in Stripe Pattern for remainder of garment.

Cont in St st until piece meas 5” from turning row, ending after a WS row.

Dec Row: K40 (45, 48, 53, 59, 66), ssk, k1, pm, k1, k2tog, k96 (102, 112, 124, 134, 148), ssk, k1, pm, k1, k2tog, k to end. (4 sts dec’d, 184 (200, 216, 238, 260, 288) sts)

Work 11 rows even.

Rep Dec Row, slipping markers as you come to them, every 12 rows 3 more times. (172 (188, 204, 226, 248, 276) sts)

Work even until piece meas 17” from turning row, or to desired length to underarm, ending after a WS row.

Next Row: K34 (38, 41, 45, 51, 57), BO 10 (12, 12, 14, 14, 16), k84 (88, 98, 108, 118, 130), BO 10 (12, 12, 14, 14, 16), k to end.

Left Front

Row 1 (WS): P to last 3 sts, p2togtbl, p1. (33 (37, 40, 44, 50, 56) sts)

Row 2: K1, ssk, k to end. (32 (36, 39, 43, 49, 55) sts)

Row 3: Purl.

Rep last 2 rows 1 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3) more times. (31 (34, 37, 41, 46, 52) sts)

Neck Dec Row (RS): K to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. (30 (33, 36, 40, 45, 51) sts)

Rep Neck Dec Row every 4 (4, 4, 2, 2, 2) rows 5 (8, 9, 11, 13, 15) more times.

AT THE SAME TIME, when Armhole meas 5 (5, 5.25, 5.75, 6, 6.5)”, inc at Armhole edge as follows:

Armhole Inc Row (RS): K1, M1, k to end, decreasing at neck edge if necessary.

Rep Armhole Inc Row every 6th row twice more.

When all Neck and Armhole shaping is complete, work even until Armhole meas 7.25 (7.25, 7.5, 8, 8.25, 8.75)”. (28 (28, 30, 32, 35, 39) sts)

Next Row (WS): P20, W&T.

Next Row (RS): K to end.

Next Row: P10, W&T.

Next Row: K to end.

Next Row: P, picking up wraps.

BO knitwise.

Right Front

Join yarn to work a WS row.

Row 1: P1, p2tog, p to end.

Row 2: K to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.

Row 3: Purl.

Rep last 2 rows 1 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3) more times. (31 (34, 37, 41, 46, 52) sts)

Neck Dec Row: K1, ssk, k to end. (30 (33, 36, 40, 45, 51) sts)

Rep Neck Dec Row every 4 (4, 4, 2, 2, 2) rows 5 (8, 9, 11, 13, 15) more times.

AT THE SAME TIME, when Armhole meas 5 (5, 5.25, 5.75, 6, 6.5)”, inc at Armhole edge as follows:

Armhole Inc Row (RS): Dec at neck edge if necessary, k to last st, M1, k1.

Rep Armhole Inc Row every 6th row twice more.

When all Neck and Armhole shaping is complete, work even until Armhole meas 7.25 (7.25, 7.5, 8, 8.25, 8.75)”. (28 (28, 30, 32, 35, 39) sts)

Next Row (RS): K20, W&T.

Nest Row: P to end.

Next Row: K10, W&T.

Next Row: P to end.

Next Row: K, picking up wraps.

BO purlwise.

Back

Join yarn to work a WS row.

Row 1: P1, p2tog, p to last 3 sts, p2togtbl, p1. (82 (86, 96, 106, 116, 128) sts)

Row 2: K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. (80 (84, 94, 104, 114, 126) sts)

Row 3: Purl.

Rep last 2 rows 1 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3) more times. (78 (80, 90, 100, 108, 120) sts)

Work even until Armhole meas 5.75 (5.75, 6, 6.5, 6.75, 7.25)”, ending after a WS row.

Inc Row: K1, M1, k to last st, M1, k1. (80 (82, 92, 102, 110, 122) sts)

Work 5 rows even.

Rep Inc Row once more. (82 (84, 94, 104, 112, 124) sts)

Work 5 rows even.

Armhole should meas about 7 (7, 7.25, 7.75, 8, 8.5)”. If not, work even to this length before working the last increase row.

Final Inc Row/Back Neck BO: K1, M1, k27 (27, 29, 31, 34, 38), BO 26 (28, 34, 40, 42, 46), k to last st, M1, k1.

Left Back Shoulder

Row 1: P to last 2 sts, p2togtbl.

Row 2: Ssk, k to end.

Row 3: Purl.

Row 4: K20, W&T.

Row 5: P to end.

Row 6: K10, W&T.

Row 7: P to end.

Row 8: K, picking up wraps.

BO purlwise.

Right Back Shoulder

Join yarn to work a WS row.

Row 1: P2tog, p to end.

Row 2: K to last 2 sts, k2tog.

Row 3: P20, W&T.

Row 4: K to end.

Row 5: P10, W&T.

Row 6: K to end.

Row 7: Purl.

Row 8: Knit.

BO knitwise.

Finishing

Block piece before seaming.

Seam shoulders.

Fold hem to inside along turning row. Using MC, sew hem to garment through the first purl bumps of the CC stripe, matching stitch for stitch.

Armhole Edging

Using 16” needle and CC, begin at center of Underarm BO, pick up 1 st in every bound-off st, then 2 sts for every 3 rows around Armhole, then 1 st in every remaining bound-off st. Join to work in the round.

K 3 rnds.

BO.

Back Neck Pleat

Find center of Back Neck. Bring fabric from each side of neck to center, overlapping about 2 sts on each side. Safety pin in place.

Front/Neck Edging

Using 60” needle and CC, with RS of piece facing, begin at Right Front bottom edge. Be sure to pick up through both layers of hem. Pick up 2 sts for every 3 rows up to back neck BO, then 1 st in every bound-off st of back neck, being sure to pick up through both layers of fabric at the pleat, then 2 sts for every 3 rows down left edge of piece.

Work in St st for 4 rows.

BO.

I-cord Tie

Using MC and a DPN, CO 4 sts.

*Slide sts to right end of needle. Using second DPN, k4. Do not turn; slide sts to right end of needle and pull yarn tightly across back of sts. K4. Rep from * until i-cord meas 50 (50, 55, 55, 60, 60)” long.

BO.

Try on Vest and note where you would like waist tie to sit. At each side, use a small crochet hook to create a 6-chain loop at level of waist. Fasten off yarn ends on inside. Thread tie through loops to hold tie in place.

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