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How to knit a long vest with knitting needles from warm yarn
How to knit a long vest with knitting needles from warm yarn

6The end of summer is the best time to explore your wardrobe and make up for the lack of warm clothes. The cold season becomes a real gift for lovers of knitting with thick yarn. Now you can put aside thin cotton, crochet and openwork fabrics, because it's time for wool, angora and mohair.

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Practicality of warm vests

Knitted sweaters and pullovers, without a doubt, can be considered the most comfortable and warm types of clothing. However, the long vest is also in the top of the most requested items.

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Sleeveless cape is suitable for use instead of a jacket or cardigan, and is also indispensable for women who work in cool rooms. A knitted long vest is often left at the workplace and used as needed. In addition to practical benefits, such a maneuver helps to demonstrate to colleagues your taste and ability to wield knitting needles.

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Vest without fastening

Thinking about which vest to tie, you should decide on its purpose and your capabilities. Despite the fact that the work is not very difficult,a long vest made of thin thread can take quite a long time.

long sleeveless vest

Faster than everyone else, you can make a product from thick yarn. At the same time, you can significantly simplify the task for yourself if you do not make a fastener. That is, the front part will not be separated by a placket, so you do not have to knit buttonholes, calculate their location and make complex buttonhole cuts.

Preparation for work

First of all, it is worth doing the choice of yarn. Since the main purpose of the model proposed above is to keep warm, the material must necessarily contain wool.

The optimal proportion is 50% wool, 50% acrylic or cotton. Then the long vest will not be heavy, but it will be able to perfectly retain heat.

To make the pattern look the same, you need to use yarn in which a 100 gram skein contains no more than 250-300 meters. Each craftswoman chooses knitting needles herself, based on her own knitting density. The standard recommendation for this thread is 4, 5, or 5. However, if the knitter usually works with a loose fabric, tool 3, 5 can be used.

You don't need a pattern here, as the long sleeveless vest is just two rectangles with notches for the neckline.

Sample value

Many publications devoted to the topic of knitting recommend that you perform a control sample before starting work, but rarely argue this step. Its essence is that by knitting a small fragment with the selected thread and according to the pattern found, the craftswoman cansee how the material and ornament fit together, as well as get information about the density of a particular pattern.

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With this information, you can correct mistakes in time (choose a new pattern or buy another yarn), as well as correctly calculate the number of loops for knitting a product.

So, measuring the finished sample, you need to write down how many loops are included in 10 cm of the fabric in width and how many rows are 10 cm in height.

For example, these figures are 15 loops and 13 rows. Now you should study the diagram and see how many loops form one rapport. In this case, that number is 18.

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How to start knitting a vest

To start working on a product, the width of which will be 65 cm, you need to dial 98 loops. Of these, 54 will go to the formation of three rapports, the remaining 44 should be distributed on the sides (22 on each side). For example, take 10 loops to the bar (including the hem ones), and work the remaining 12 with the front or wrong side.

You can also independently plan the location and number of rapports: enter not three, but four or five stripes of the pattern. This technique is good if you want to knit a long women's vest in a large size.

The first few rows (no more than five) are done in garter stitch, then proceed to the formation of the pattern. Here you need to carefully monitor that both strips along the edges of the canvases have the same number of loops.

They are knitted in garter stitch, which prevents the finished product from foldingcanvases.

Following the example above, the pattern of distribution of loops for knitting fabrics will be as follows:

1 st in hem, 9 sts in garter st, 12 sts in stocking st, 54 sts in pattern (decorative), 12 sts in front st, 10 sts in garter st.


In the manufacture of this product, the most difficult step may be the formation of a smooth neck. To form bevels, you need to close the loops not immediately, but in a certain order:

  1. First, loops are closed or transferred to the auxiliary knitting needle from the central part of the fabric.
  2. Then two shoulders are knitted separately.
  3. In each front row, reduce one loop from the side of the neck, continuing to form a smooth edge from the side of the armhole.
  4. Then the rest of the shoulder is knit evenly.

The depth of the neck on the front part is 5-7 cm, and on the back - 3 cm. For bevels, about 3-5 loops are usually allocated.

Product assembly

The long vest shown in the photo does not have side seams. If desired, this can be easily changed by simply sewing the necessary sections (from the bottom to the armholes). Then the shoulder seams are sewn. This is best done with a knit stitch, as the thread is quite thick.

If you decide to leave the product in this form, you should crochet the cords and attach them symmetrically to the canvases.

Having knitted a long vest with knitting needles, you should type loops around the neck on circular knitting needles. To form a high collar, you need to knit at least 18 cm with any elastic band. Considering the ornament and the thickness of the yarn, it should be considered optimalchoice of elastic 2x2.

The finished vest should be washed in warm water and dried in the unfolded form. This is the normal care for knitwear and should be washed in the future.

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