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Novita Hygge Wool: Alsta vest

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Knitted from the chunky Hygge Wool yarn, the stunning Alsta cable vest works looks great both on its own and with other upper garments. The vest is knitted in one piece up to the armholes and finished with ribbed borders at the neck and armholes.
Magazine Novita Talvi 2021 -lehti (in Finnish)
Pattern N:o in Magazine 9
Skill level Intermediate
Novita Hygge Wool: Alsta vest

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    Availability:In stock
    SKU N04219
    Pattern details
    Size
    XS(S)M(L)XL(XXL)

    Yarn demand

    Novita Hygge Wool

    (010) Off White 650(700)750(850)900(950) g



    Needles and other supplies

    Circular needles (80 cm / 32 in) Novita 7 mm (UK 2 / US 10¾) and 10 mm (UK 000 / US 15); 7 mm circular needle (40 cm) for the borders



    Designer
    Reetta Pellikka

    Details

    Body

    Using the smaller circular needle (80 cm), cast on 126(134)142(166)174(202) sts and work ribbing in the round for 8 cm. Place markers at the beginning of round and midpoint. 63(67)71(83)87(101) sts in the front and back.

    Switch to the larger circular needle (80 cm) and begin the cable pattern on row 1 of the chart: *k4(6)8(5)7(5), work 1 st on the right end of the chart, repeat the 18 st pattern 3(3)3(4)4(5) times, k4(6)8(5)7(5)*, repeat *–*. Keep working 8(16)10(14)10 at both ends in stockinette st. Work rows 2–4 of the cable pattern, then keep repeating rows 5–12.

    When the piece measures approx. 21(22)23(24)26(27) cm and you have last worked an odd-numbered row of the chart, divide the sts into two groups: work next round to last 2(2)3(3)4(4) sts before beginning of round marker, bind off next 4(4)6(6)8(8) sts for armhole. Work to last 2(2)3(3)4(4) sts before side marker, bind off 4(4)6(6)8(8) sts for armhole. 59(63)65(77)79(93) sts in the front and back.

     

    Top front

    Leave the back sts on hold. With the 59(63)65(77)79(93) front sts, work back and forth.

    When the armhole measures 16(17)18(19)19(20) cm, loosely bind off the middle 17(17)17(19)19(19) sts for the neckline. Work one side at a time.

    When the armhole measures 24(25)26(27)27(28) cm, bind off the 21(23)24(29)30(37) shoulder sts.

    Knit the other side in the same manner.

     

    Top back

    With the 59(63)65(77)79(93) back sts, work back and forth.

    When the armhole measures 24(25)26(27)27(28) cm, bind off.

     

    Finishing

    Sew the shoulder seams.

    Neckline: Using the smaller circular needle (40 cm) and with RS facing, evenly pick up and knit a total of 54(54)56(56)58(58) sts from the neckline edge. Work ribbing in the round for 10 rounds, then bind off loosely. Fold the ribbing and sew the edge to the inside.

    Armhole borders: Using the smaller circular needle (40 cm) and with RS facing, evenly pick up and knit a total of 56(58)60(62)62(64) sts from the armhole. Work ribbing in the round for 8 rounds, then bind off loosely. Fold the ribbing and sew the edge to the inside.

    Knit the other armhole border in the same manner.

    Pattern instructions
    Finished dimensions

    body circumference 94(102)112(122)132(142) cm / 37(40¼)44(48)52(56) in

    length 45(47)49(51)53(55) cm / 17¾(18½)19¼(20)20¾(21¾) in



    Stitch patterns & gauge

    Stitch patterns Ribbing in the round: *k1, p1*, repeat *–*. Stockinette stitch in the round: knit all rows. Cable pattern: follow the chart and instructions.

    Gauge 9½ sts in stockinette st with larger needles = 10 cm / 4 in; 18 st cable pattern approx. 12.5 cm / 5 in

    Note The vest is knitted in one piece up to the armholes. The top back and top front are knitted flat.
    There are 3 cables in the front and back in sizes XS, S and M; 4 cables in sizes L and XL; and 5 cables in size XXL.



    Body

    Using the smaller circular needle (80 cm), cast on 126(134)142(166)174(202) sts and work ribbing in the round for 8 cm. Place markers at the beginning of round and midpoint. 63(67)71(83)87(101) sts in the front and back.

    Switch to the larger circular needle (80 cm) and begin the cable pattern on row 1 of the chart: *k4(6)8(5)7(5), work 1 st on the right end of the chart, repeat the 18 st pattern 3(3)3(4)4(5) times, k4(6)8(5)7(5)*, repeat *–*. Keep working 8(16)10(14)10 at both ends in stockinette st. Work rows 2–4 of the cable pattern, then keep repeating rows 5–12.

    When the piece measures approx. 21(22)23(24)26(27) cm and you have last worked an odd-numbered row of the chart, divide the sts into two groups: work next round to last 2(2)3(3)4(4) sts before beginning of round marker, bind off next 4(4)6(6)8(8) sts for armhole. Work to last 2(2)3(3)4(4) sts before side marker, bind off 4(4)6(6)8(8) sts for armhole. 59(63)65(77)79(93) sts in the front and back.

     

    Top front

    Leave the back sts on hold. With the 59(63)65(77)79(93) front sts, work back and forth.

    When the armhole measures 16(17)18(19)19(20) cm, loosely bind off the middle 17(17)17(19)19(19) sts for the neckline. Work one side at a time.

    When the armhole measures 24(25)26(27)27(28) cm, bind off the 21(23)24(29)30(37) shoulder sts.

    Knit the other side in the same manner.

     

    Top back

    With the 59(63)65(77)79(93) back sts, work back and forth.

    When the armhole measures 24(25)26(27)27(28) cm, bind off.

     

    Finishing

    Sew the shoulder seams.

    Neckline: Using the smaller circular needle (40 cm) and with RS facing, evenly pick up and knit a total of 54(54)56(56)58(58) sts from the neckline edge. Work ribbing in the round for 10 rounds, then bind off loosely. Fold the ribbing and sew the edge to the inside.

    Armhole borders: Using the smaller circular needle (40 cm) and with RS facing, evenly pick up and knit a total of 56(58)60(62)62(64) sts from the armhole. Work ribbing in the round for 8 rounds, then bind off loosely. Fold the ribbing and sew the edge to the inside.

    Knit the other armhole border in the same manner.


    Skill levels

    Beginner

    Have you just learned to knit, maybe still trying to figure out the very basics like knit and purl stitches? Or are you picking up knitting again for the first time since elementary school? Start here.

    Technique

    Beginner-level patterns include only basic knitting techniques: knitting and purling. You’ll also need to cast on and cast off stitches. The projects can be worked flat or in the round. Easy, regular decreases are used. Most patterns are worked in stockinette or garter stitch. Other simple stitch patterns may occur, and they are always detailed in the written pattern. Stripes of different colours may be used, but no more advanced colourwork.

    Patterns

    All patterns are written and do not include charts. Abbreviations are not used. Getting gauge is not crucial to the finished piece. Patterns include mostly accessories such as scarved and beanies. Pillowcases and other home decoration pieces.

    Adventurous beginner

    Got the basics covered? You’d like to take a swing at your first pair of socks, perhaps some easy cables or colourwork? A treasure of patterns awaits you on this level.

    Technique

    Patterns on this level may include simple colourwork, cables or lace. Colourwork patterns repeats are relatively short, cables simple and symmetrical and lace patterns easy and relatively small, covering details rather than entire pieces. The colourwork, cable and lace stitches are not worked into decreases or increases. Colourwork yarn floats are short, max. 3-4 stitches. Picking up stitches may occur. On this level, you’ll also find easy patterns using domino knitting, log cabin knitting or tunisian crochet.

    Patterns

    Patterns may include simple charts. In case special techniques are employed, they are detailed our in the instructions, either as text or e.g. through videos. The patterns may also suggest ”shortcuts”, i.e. easier ways to accomplish a technique. Most of the basic socks with heel flaps or afterthought heels are on this level, as well as mittens with no-gusset thumbs. There’s also plenty of sweaters, usually yoke sweaters or raglan sleeve sweaters.

    Intermediate

    So knitting is a regular hobby for you? Abbreviations, charts and instructions are no more than a walk in the park? Perhaps you’re looking for something to challenge yourself with, even at the odds of frogging?

    Technique

    In addition to basic techniques, some special techniques may be employed on this level, e.g. short rows. The same pattern may include both lace and cables. Magic loop knitting or entrelac, two-coloured brioche stitch, also here. In general, patterns require a more advanced ability to "read" your knitting. Lace patterns are also more advanced than on the previous level, but the lace stitches are still worked on right side only. Intarsia may be included, but in relatively simple and symmetrical patterns.

    Patterns

    Patterns on this level can feature concurrent shaping, e.g. neckline shaping at the same time as sleeve decreases or sleeve decreases into cable pattern. Sweater sleeves may require more advanced shaping. Most of our sweaters are at this level. Other patterns include e.g. magic loop patterns and toe-up socks.

    Advanced

    Turn off that telly and lash the doors, maximum concetration required! Although this skill level doesn’t bring much more in terms of technique, there’s simply more going on at the same time. Skill, concentration and perception are requisite.

    Technique

    On this level, you’ll find more advanced intarsia patterns, including intarsia in the round. Brioche patterns with decreases and/or cables are also here. Beginning of rounds may shift and multiple markers are needed. Lace or cable stitches may be worked also from wrong side. We’ve also included patterns featuring steeks here. Steeking isn’t hard as such, but requires the nerves and confidence of an experienced knitter.

    Patterns

    Patterns may include complex steps and require simultaneous reading of both charts and written instructions. Gauge may vary over different steps of the project. The patterns often feature much details and a combination of techniques. The size of the project is not what determines whether it’s advanced or not; focus is on technique, overall complexity and the risk of errors during the project.

    Gauge & Swatching

    Gauge and Swatching

    Every pattern is based on a certain gauge, expressed as stitches or rows per 10 cm. It is important that you make a swatch to check your gauge before you start the actual project. If your gauge doesn’t match the pattern’s gauge, your finished garment won’t be the correct size either.

    Swatching Start by knitting a swatch. Use the yarn, the needles and the stitch pattern you intend to use in the project. Make the swatch a little wider than 10 cm, so that you’ll be able to measure the stitches properly. Block the swatch by pinning it to a surface, then steam it gently. Count the stitches; put a pin in a stitch, then measure 10 cm from that stitch and put another pin there. Count the stitches from pin to pin – that’s your gauge! If needed, measure both horizontal and vertical gauge (rows). If you’re measuring rib or brioche stitches, stretch out the swatch slightly before measuring.

    Adjusting gauge

    If your gauge doesn’t match the pattern gauge, you can adjust it by switching needle size. If your swatch has too few stitches per 10 cm (i.e. your knitting is too loose), switch to smaller needles. Conversely, if your swatch has too many stitches per 10 cm, your knitting is too tight and you’ll need a larger pair of needles. Always knit another swatch in order to determine proper gauge and sizing. Also note that the pattern yardage only applies to the pattern yarn, the yardage may differ if you choose another yarn.

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