Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Free Knitting Pattern Puzzle Summer Vest

Dive into the world of lightweight, breezy knits with the free knitting pattern Puzzle Summer Vest, a pattern that promises to be a delightful project for those warm-weather months. This vest is designed with an open, lacy stitch that creates a fabric light enough for spring and summer wear, yet stylish enough to layer over fall outfits. The front panels of the vest are intentionally narrow, offering a chic, minimalistic coverage that doesn’t meet in the middle, making it a perfect addition to any wardrobe looking for a touch of elegance.

The Puzzle Summer Vest stands out for its unique stitch pattern that incorporates a significant amount of openwork, making the vest not only fashionable but also incredibly airy and comfortable to wear during the warmer seasons. The pattern’s difficulty is rated as intermediate, making it an excellent choice for beginners looking to step up their knitting game or for more experienced knitters seeking a quick and satisfying project.

Colorwork in this pattern is subtle yet impactful. Initially conceived with a single color, the addition of a second skein of pretty green yarn brought the design to life, allowing for a beautiful interplay of hues that enhance the vest’s overall appeal. This choice of yarn, coupled with the openwork design, results in a garment that’s as visually appealing as it is functional.

The Puzzle Summer Vest is versatile in sizing, with detailed instructions provided for a range of bust measurements, ensuring a comfortable fit for knitters of all shapes and sizes. Additionally, the pattern offers the flexibility to adjust the length of the vest by knitting more or fewer rows before dividing for the armholes, allowing for further customization.

Knitted flat in rows from the bottom up, this pattern uses circular knitting needles to accommodate the large number of stitches, making the process manageable and enjoyable. The construction is straightforward, focusing on repeating a set of stitches for a specific number of repeats, with knit and purl stitches strategically placed to separate the openwork sections.

Whether you’re looking to add a lightweight layer to your spring and summer outfits or a stylish accessory for the fall, the Puzzle Summer Vest knitting pattern is a fantastic project that combines the beauty of openwork design, the charm of colorwork, and the satisfaction of creating something truly unique and personal.

Here is a more representable description of the finished sizes for the Puzzle Summer Vest knitting pattern, with full-word abbreviations and formatted as a bullet list:

Finished Sizes

  • Extra Small (XS)**: Fits bust measurement 28-30 inches
  • Small (S)**: Fits bust measurement 32-34 inches
  • Medium (M)**: Fits bust measurement 36-38 inches
  • Large (L)**: Fits bust measurement 40-42 inches
  • Extra Large (XL)**: Fits bust measurement 44-46 inches
  • 2X Large (2XL)**: Fits bust measurement 48-50 inches
  • 3X Large (3XL)**: Fits bust measurement 52-54 inches
  • 4X Large (4XL)**: Fits bust measurement 56-58 inches
  • 5X Large (5XL)**: Fits bust measurement 60-62 inches

The vest is designed to be worn slightly loose, with a positive ease of 2 inches to 4 inches. Choose a size with a back width that is 1 inch to 2 inches greater than half of your bust measurement. Sizes are listed as XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL).

All measurements are approximate as this fabric has a significant amount of stretch.

Length: 34 (35, 36, 36, 37, 37, 38, 38, 38)”/86 (89, 91, 91, 94, 94, 97, 97, 97) cm
Back width: 16 (18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32)”/41 (46, 51, 56, 61, 66, 71, 76, 81) cm
Shoulder to shoulder (upper back) width: 12 (12.7, 13.3, 14, 14.7, 15.3, 16, 16.7, 17.3)”/30 (32, 34, 36, 37, 39, 41, 42, 44) cm
Front panel width: 5.7 (6.3, 7, 7.7, 8.3, 9, 9.7, 10.3, 11)”/14 (16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28) cm

Length Adjustment
This vest can be made longer or shorter by knitting more or fewer rows before dividing for the armholes.

Materials For Free Knitting Pattern Puzzle Summer Vest

Premier Yarns Puzzle (7 oz./200 g; 328 yds/300 m): 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3) skeins in Dominoes (#1050-18)
Size 10 ( mm), 36” – 48” circular knitting needles (larger sizes will require longer circular needles to accommodate the width)
Tapestry needle (for seams and weaving in ends)
Stitch markers (2)
Stitch holders (or spare circular needles)

Knitting Pattern Gauge

Approximately:
12 stitches in main pattern stitch = 4 inches
16 rows in main pattern stitch = 4 inches

Gauge Swatch
Cast On 22 stitches using the cable cast on
Row 1: Knit 2, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1; [yarn over, knit 2 together] 6 times; purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 2. Turn.
Row 2: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1; [yarn over, purl 2 together] 6 times; knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1. Turn.
Repeat Rows 1-2 seven more times.

Bind Off in pattern for 1 by 1 rib, then *knit 2 together, slip last stitch back to left hand needle. Repeat from * to end of openwork stitches. Bind Off remaining stitches in pattern for 1 by 1 rib. Swatch should measure 4 inches by 4 inches between (not including) the ribbed edges. If swatch is too small, increase needle size; if swatch is too large, decrease needle size.

Free Knitting Pattern Puzzle Summer Vest Instructions

Knitting Body

With size 10, 36-inch circular needles, Cast On 96 (106, 116, 126, 136, 146, 156, 166, 176) stitches using a cable cast on (see Special Stitches).

Row 1 (Right Side): Knit first stitch (knit 1, purl 1) twice. [Yarn over, knit 2 together] 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) times. *Purl 1, knit 2, purl 1, [yarn over, knit 2 together] 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) times. Repeat from * 3 more times (for a total of 5 openwork sections separated by knit stitches). (Purl 1, knit 1) twice. Knit last stitch. Turn.

Row 2 (Wrong Side): Knit 1, (purl 1, knit 1) twice. [Yarn over, purl 2 together] 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) times. *Knit 1, purl 2, knit 1, [yarn over, purl 2 together] 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) times. Repeat from * 3 more times. (Knit 1, purl 1) twice. Knit last stitch. Turn.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 24 inches (or desired length to underarms).

Set up for armholes

Row 1 (Right Side): Knit first stitch (knit 1, purl 1) twice. [Yarn over, knit 2 together] 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) times. Purl 1, make 1 right, knit 2, make 1 left, purl 1. *[Yarn over, knit 2 together] 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) times, purl 1, knit 2, purl 1. Repeat from * 1 more time. [Yarn over, knit 2 together] 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) times. Purl 1, make 1 right, knit 2, make 1 left, purl 1. [Yarn over, knit 2 together] 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) times. (Purl 1, knit 1) twice. Knit last stitch. Turn. [100 (110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160, 170, 180) stitches]

Row 2 (Wrong Side): Knit first stitch (purl 1, knit 1) twice. [Yarn over, purl 2 together] 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) times. Knit 1, purl 2, make 1 knit, purl 2, knit 1. *[Yarn over, purl 2 together] 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) times, knit 1, purl 2, knit 1. Repeat from * 1 more time. [Yarn over, purl 2 together] 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) times. Knit 1, purl 2, make 1 knit, purl 2, knit 1. [Yarn over, purl 2 together] 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) times. (Knit 1, purl 1) twice. Knit last stitch. Turn. [102 (112, 122, 132, 142, 152, 162, 172, 182) stitches]

Row 3 (Right Side): Knit first stitch (knit 1, purl 1) twice. [Yarn over, knit 2 together] 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) times. Purl 1, knit 2, knit front and back, knit 2, purl 1. *[Yarn over, knit 2 together] 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) times, purl 1, knit 2, purl 1. Repeat from * 1 more time. [Yarn over, knit 2 together] 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) times. Purl 1, knit 2, knit front and back, knit 2, purl 1. [Yarn over, knit 2 together] 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) times. (Purl 1, knit 1) twice. Knit last stitch. Turn. [104 (114, 124, 134, 144, 154, 164, 174, 184) stitches]

Row 4 (Wrong Side): Knit 1, (purl 1, knit 1) twice. [Yarn over, purl 2 together] 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) times. Knit 1, purl 2, knit 1. Place Marker to separate left front from upper back stitches. *Knit 1, purl 2, knit 1 [Yarn over, purl 2 together] 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) times. Repeat from * 2 more times. Knit 1, purl 2, knit 1. Place Marker to separate upper back from right front stitches. Knit 1, purl 2, knit 1 [Yarn over, purl 2 together] 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) times. (Knit 1, purl 1) twice. Knit last stitch. Turn.

Divide for armholes
Each section will be worked separately, beginning with the right front panel.

Right Front Panel Knit Instructions

Row 1 (Right Side): Knit first stitch (knit 1, purl 1) twice. [Yarn over, knit 2 together] 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) times. Purl 1, knit 3. Turn. [23 (25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39) stitches] (Remove marker and place remaining stitches on spare needle or stitch holders.)

Row 2 (Wrong Side – decrease row): Knit first stitch, purl 2, knit 1. (do NOT yarn over) Purl 2 together, [yarn over, purl 2 together] 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) times. (Knit 1, purl 1) twice. Knit last stitch. Turn. [22 (24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38) stitches]
Row 3 (Right Side – decrease row): Knit first stitch (knit 1, purl 1) twice. [Yarn over, knit 2 together] 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) times. Purl 2 together, knit 3. Turn. [21 (23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37) stitches]
Row 4 (Wrong Side – no decrease): Knit first stitch, purl 2, knit 1. [Yarn over, purl 2 together] 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) times. (Knit 1, purl 1) twice. Knit last stitch. Turn.
Row 5 (Right Side – no decrease): Knit first stitch (knit 1, purl 1) twice. [Yarn over, knit 2 together] 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) times. Purl 1, knit 3. Turn.Repeat Rows 2-5 [2 (3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)] more times, decreasing the number of (yarn over, knit 2 together) or (yarn over, purl 2 together) repeats by one each time. The total number of stitches will decrease by 2 each time you repeat these four rows.Work additional rows in pattern (no decreases) until the armhole measures 9 (10, 11, 11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 13) inches / 23 (23, 25, 25, 28, 28, 30, 30, 33) centimeters, ending with a Wrong Side row.
This should be approximately 23 (23, 23, 19, 19, 17, 17, 11, 7) additional rows.On a Right Side row, Bind Off in rib pattern for the first 4 stitches, then *knit 2 together, slip last stitch back to left-hand needle. Repeat from * to end of openwork stitches. Bind Off remaining stitches in pattern (knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches).

Knitting the Upper Back

Place next 58 (64, 70, 76, 82, 88, 94, 100) stitches for upper back onto needle. Attach yarn at right underarm with right side facing.

Row 1 (Right Side): Knit 3, purl 1. (do NOT yarn over) Knit 2 together, [yarn over, knit 2 together] 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) times. Purl 1, knit 2, purl 1, [yarn over, knit 2 together] 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) times. Purl 1, knit 2, purl 1, [yarn over, knit 2 together] 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) times. Purl 1, knit 3. Turn. [57 (63, 69, 75, 81, 87, 93, 99) stitches]
Row 2 (Wrong Side): Knit first stitch, purl 2, knit 1. (do NOT yarn over) Purl 2 together, [yarn over, purl 2 together] 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) times. Purl 1, knit 2, purl 1, [yarn over, knit 2 together] 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) times. Purl 1, knit 2, purl 1, [yarn over, purl 2 together] 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) times. Knit 2 together, purl 2, knit last stitch. Turn. [55 (61, 67, 73, 79, 85, 91, 97) stitches]
Row 3 (Right Side): Knit 3, purl 1. [Yarn over, knit 2 together] 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) times. Purl 1, knit 2, purl 1, [yarn over, knit 2 together] 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) times. Purl 1, knit 2, purl 1, [yarn over, knit 2 together] 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) times. Purl 2 together, knit 3. [54 (60, 66, 72, 78, 84, 90, 96) stitches]
Row 4 (Wrong Side): Knit first stitch, purl 2, knit 1. [Yarn over, purl 2 together] 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) times. Purl 1, knit 2, purl 1, [yarn over, knit 2 together] 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) times. Purl 1, knit 2, purl 1, [yarn over, knit 2 together] 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) times. Purl 1, knit 3. Turn.Repeat Rows 1-4 [2 (3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)] more times, decreasing the number of (yarn over, knit 2 together) or (yarn over, purl 2 together) repeats in the first and last openwork sections by one each time.
The number of repeats in the middle openwork section will remain the same. The total number of stitches will decrease by 4 each time you repeat these 4 rows.Work in pattern until upper back measures 9 (10, 11, 11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 13) inches / 23 (23, 25, 25, 28, 28, 30, 30, 33) centimeters – or the same length as right front armhole (count rows to be sure).On a Right Side row, Bind Off in pattern for all knit and purl stitches, and [knit 2 together, slip last stitch back to left hand needle] for all openwork stitches.

Knit Left Front Panel

Place remaining 23 (25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39) stitches on needle. Attach yarn at left underarm with right side facing.

Row 1 (Right Side – decrease row): Knit 3, purl 1. (do NOT yarn over) Knit 2 together, [yarn over, knit 2 together] 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) times. (Knit 1, purl 1) twice, knit last stitch. Turn. [22 (24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38) stitches]
Row 2 (Wrong Side – decrease row): Knit first stitch (purl 1, knit 1) twice. [Yarn over, purl 2 together] 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) times. Knit 2 together, purl 2, knit last stitch. Turn. [21 (23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37) stitches]
Row 3 (Right Side – no decrease): Knit 3, purl 1. [Yarn over, knit 2 together] 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) times. (Knit 1, purl 1) twice, knit last stitch. Turn.
Row 4 (Wrong Side – no decrease): Knit first stitch (purl 1, knit 1) twice. [Yarn over, purl 2 together] 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) times. Knit 1, purl 2, knit last stitch. Turn.Repeat Rows 1-4 [2 (3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)] more times, decreasing the number of (yarn over, knit 2 together) or (yarn over, purl 2 together) repeats by one each time. Total number of stitches will decrease by 2 each time you repeat these four rows.
Work additional rows in pattern (no decreases) until the armhole measures 9 (10, 11, 11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 13) inches / 23 (23, 25, 25, 28, 28, 30, 30, 33) centimeters – or the same length as the right front armhole (count rows to be sure).
This should be approximately 24 (24, 24, 20, 20, 16, 16, 12, 8) additional rows.On a Right Side row, Bind Off in rib pattern for the first 4 stitches, then *knit 2 together, slip last stitch back to left-hand needle. Repeat from * to end of openwork stitches.
Bind Off remaining stitches in pattern (knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches).Sew shoulder seams, matching knit stitches and openwork stitches on the front panel and upper back.
Weave in ends.
Work additional rows in pattern (no decreases) until the armhole measures 9 (10, 11, 11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 13) inches / 23 (23, 25, 25, 28, 28, 30, 30, 33) centimeters – or the same length as the right front armhole (count rows to be sure).
This should be approximately 24 (24, 24, 20, 20, 16, 16, 12, 8) additional rows.On a Right Side row, Bind Off in rib pattern for the first 4 stitches, then *knit 2 together, slip last stitch back to left-hand needle. Repeat from * to end of openwork stitches.
Bind Off remaining stitches in pattern (knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches).Sew shoulder seams, matching knit stitches and openwork stitches on the front panel and upper back. Weave in ends.

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