Hug

Hug, named simply because that's how it feels when you wear it – is a cushy, go-to vest for all seasons.  Adding style to comfort my Hug vest is hip-length, with a deep v-neckline, shaping at its waist, slits at its sides, and buttons down its back.  Worked in garter stitch throughout, short rows at front and back hems create a dip at their centers.  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 classic piece to be a quick knit and a fun project.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Bust:  32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56" / 81.25, 91.5, 101.5, 111.75, 122, 132, 142.25 cm
Waist:  27, 31, 35, 39, 43, 47, 51" / 68.5, 78.75, 89, 99, 109.25, 119.5, 129.5 cm
Hips:  34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58" / 86.5, 96.5, 106.75, 116.75, 127, 137.25, 147.25 cm
Length:  24¼, 24¾, 25, 25¼, 25½, 25¾, 26" / 61.5, 63, 63.5, 64, 64.75, 65.5, 66 cm at centers

MATERIALS
Yarn
Shown in Cascade 220 by Cascade Yarns (100% Peruvian Highland wool; 220 yards / 200 m; 3½ oz / 100 g skein);
color – Silver Grey #8401; 4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6 skeins, or for comparable yarn, approx 810, 880, 970, 1060, 1150, 1230, 1320 yards / 745, 805, 890, 970, 1055, 1125, 1210 m.

Needles
US7 / 4.5mm 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 additional circ) – to work the separate front and back sides of the lower bodice before joining and upper bodice after armhole split
• 1 16" circ – for armhole trim

Notions
Stitch markers (rings (and locking – optional, for button placement))
Stitch holders
Tapestry needle
8 – 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.

12 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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