Button Box

Introducing the Button Box vest – inspired by a favorite fabric top I wore to the workplace some years ago in my past business life.  This is a cropped top with side slits at the hips, and buttons down the back.  I love the way it finishes off a simple jersey and skirt (or slacks) combination, and works really well with jeans too.  The stitch is kept simple in this translation – all garter – to showcase its lines.  Short rows at its front and back hems create a dip at their centers that is echoed by the wide scoop of its neckline.  This piece is worked without seams from the bottom up.  Garter trimming at the neckline and armholes finishes off these edges.  You'll find this to be a quick knit and a fun project with lots of versatility and years of wear-ability to be sure.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Bust:  32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56" / 81.25, 91.5, 101.5, 111.75, 122, 132, 142.25 cm
Waist:  28, 32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52" / 71, 81.25, 91.5, 101.5, 111.75, 122, 132 cm
Hips:  34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58" / 86.5, 96.5, 106.75, 116.75, 127,  137.25, 147.25 cm
Length:  21¾, 22¼, 22½, 22¾, 23, 23¼, 23½" / 55.25, 56.5, 57.25, 57.75, 58.5, 59, 59.75 cm at centers

MATERIALS
Yarn
Shown in Lark wool by Quince & Co. (100% wool; 134 yds / 123 m per 50g skein); color – Sorbet #117; 5, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9 skeins, or for comparable yarn, approximately 660, 740, 820, 885, 960, 1030, 1100 yds / 605, 680, 750, 810, 880, 945, 1005 cm.

Needles
US8 / 5mm or size to obtain gauge
1 24 to 32" circular (circ) – to manage multiple stitches (pattern knit flat) and neckline trim
1 pair straight (or 2nd circ) – to work the separate front and side backs of the lower bodice before joining
1 16" circ – for armhole trim

Notions
Stitch markers (rings (and locking – optional, for button placement))
Stitch holders
Tapestry needle
6 – ½" buttons

GAUGE (after blocking)
20 sts and 40 rows = 4" / 10 cm in garter stitch

SKILLS REQUIRED
Long-tail cast on, garter stitch, decreasing (k2tog), increasing (kfb), short row shaping, buttonholes (yo-k2tog), garter stitch grafting, and stitch pick-up around neckline and armholes.

11 page pdf includes pattern instructions, row tracking grid for at the same time instructions, photographs, schematics, and standard abbreviations and definitions relevant to this pattern.

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