Knit Alpaca Vest
550 (600) 650g of beige yarn (88% alpaca wool, 12% nylon; 60m/50g);
Knitting needles 12;
Circular knitting needles 12 (120 cm long).
Size: S (M) L.
Wrong-side pattern: in RS row – purls, in WS row – knit sts.
Pearl pattern: * 1 knit st, 1 purl*; replace the pattern to 1 st in every row.
Fur pattern: 1st row: 1 selvage st, leave st on LH needle, then, draw working yarn between 2 needles to yourself, twist thumb once (from right to left), draw previously left st on LH needles between needles and make as knit st. Slip st from LH needle. Return these 2 knit sts to LH needle and make as knit2tog*; repeat from * to *, 1 selvage st;
2nd row: purl.
Repeat 1st-2nd rows.
Stars pattern: the quantity of sts is multiple 4 + 1 + 2 selvage sts.
1st row: 1 selvage st, * 1 purl, purl3tog, leave sts on LH needle, yarn over and make the previously left 3 sts as purl3tog*; repeat from * to *, 1 purl, 1 selvage st;
2nd row: knit;
3rd row: 1 selvage st, * purl3tog, leave sts on LH needle, yarn over, make the previously left 3 sts as purl3tog, 1 purl*; repeat from * to *, 2 purls, 1 selvage st;
4th row: knit.
Repeat 1st-4th rows.
Stitches control: 8,5 sts x 10 rows = 10 x 10 cm.
Back and Front
Make as one-piece cloth to arm-holes. Cast on 71 (79) 87 sts and work with fur pattern with straight and reversed rows. In 10 cm from the set-up row, make 7 cm of stars pattern, make the next 7 cm with fur pattern and after that work with pearl pattern. In 30 cm from the beginning of pearl pattern, divide sts in the following way: leave the first 13 (15) 17 sts of right front, bind off 3 sts, leave the next 39 (43) 47 sts of back, bind off 3 sts, continue work on the next 13 (15) 7 sts of left front. For this, make 6 cm of pearl pattern, then, make 4 cm of fur pattern and after that work with stars pattern. For smaller or bigger size, make 1 st of wrong-side pattern after/before selvage st. In 4 cm from the beginning of stars pattern, bind off 1 st from the right side, then, bind off 5 (6) 7 x 1 st in every 2nd row = 7 (8) 9 sts. Bind off sts in the next RS row. For back, make 6 cm of pearl pattern, then, make 4 cm of fur pattern and 16 (17) 18 cm more of stars pattern. Then, bind off sts. Make right front in symmetry to left front.
Make shoulder seams. Cast on 162 (166) 170 sts along front and neck-hole with circular knitting needles 12 and work with fur pattern for 10 cm with straight and reversed row, then, bind off sts.