Deep Cut Moss Vest

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This modern take on an older classic features a deep V-neck and armholes for a relaxed fit that can accommodate a variety of underlying layers. Perfect as a tank top cover-up, this chic vest also works well over long sleeve tops as a seasonal transition piece.

Skill Level: Advanced

Size: Small (Medium, Large, 1X, 2X) – schematics in diagram

Gauge: 8 sts and 7 rows in patt = 2”

Materials

Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Honor (70% baby alpaca, 30% silk; 275 yards [251 meters]/100 grams): Growth (3 (4, 4, 5, 5) balls)
Hook: US size H/8 (5.0 mm) cabled Tunisian hook
Notions: Two stitch markers

Special Stitches

Tunisian Knit Stitch (Tks): Insert hook from front to back between the front and back vertical bars, draw up a loop.
Tunisian Slip Stitch (Tsl st): Insert hook as directed, draw up loop, draw loop through stitch and loop on hook.

Pattern Notes

The fan is created on the return row, where 2 chains are worked on either side of 3 stitches worked together. We count each fan as 3 sts: the fan itself is one stitch, and one chain on either side of the fan. The other 2 chains are not counted as stitches. (Keep this in mind when checking stitch counts.) Work the chains tightly for a tidy look. On forward rows, when instructed to draw up loop in these chains, insert hook in BL only.
When joining yarn, secure the tail by weaving it in immediately to prevent first stitch from unraveling.
Last stitch of forward row is always worked under front and back vertical bars unless otherwise instructed.
The fabric will tend to curl. Wet blocking when done will eliminate the curl.

Pattern

Ch 138 (154, 170, 186, 202).
Row 1 Fwd: Draw up back loop of each ch.
Row 1 Rtn: Yo, draw through 1 loop, (yo, draw through 2 loops) 4 times, [ch 2, yo, draw through 4 loops, ch 2, (yo, draw through 2 loops) 5 times] 8 times, (yo, draw through 2 loops) 5 more times, *ch 2, yo, draw through 4 loops, ch 2, (yo, draw through 2 loops) 5 times, rep from * to end.
Row 2 Fwd: Tks in next 4 sts, *sk next ch, draw up loop in next ch, insert hook in loop behind fan and drap up loop, draw up loop in next ch, sk next ch,Tks in next 5 sts, rep from * 8 times, Tks in next 5 sts, rep from *8 times, to last 4 sts, tks in next 4 sts, work last st.
Row 2 Rtn: Rep row 2.
Rep row 2 till work measures 13” or desired length. Divide for Front and Back.

Back

Count 69 (77, 85, 93 101) sts from beg PM in this st. This represents the side “seam” there should be the same number of sts on other side of this M.

Armhole Shaping

Row 1: Sl st over next 3 (3, 3, 3, 7 sts , draw up loop in next bar, cont in patt to last 4 Tks before M, draw up loop in next 2 bars, leave next 3 (3, 3, 3, 7) sts unworked.
Row 1 Rtn: *Yo, draw through 2 loops, ch 2, yo draw through 4 loops, ch 2, rep from * to last 2 bars, yo, draw through 3 loops. (61 (69, 77, 85, 85) sts)
Row 2: Sk first ch, draw up loop in next ch, draw up loop behind fan, draw up loop in next ch, sk next ch, cont in patt to last st (this will look like 2 sts worked together), insert hook under both sts and draw up loop.
Row 2 Rtn: Yo, draw through 1 loop, ch 2, yo, draw through 4 loops, ch 2, cont in patt completing last ch-2 of last fan, yo, draw through 2 loops.
Row 3: Sk first ch, draw up loop in next ch, draw up loop behind fan, draw up loop in next ch, sk next ch, cont in patt to last fan, sk next ch, draw up loop in next ch, draw up loop behind fan, draw up loop in next ch, sk 2 ch, draw up last bar.
Row 3 Rtn: Rep Rtn row of row 2.
Rows 49 (46, 4-5, 4, 46): Rep row 3.
Row 10 (7, 6, 5, 7) Dec row Fwd: Rep row 3.
Row 10 (7, 6, 5, 7) Rtn: Yo, draw through 4 loops, ch 2, yo, draw through 2 loops, cont in estab patt to last fan, ch 2, yo, draw through 5 loops, ch 1 (to close fan). (59 (67, 75, 83, 83) sts)
Row 11 (8, 7, 6, 8) Fwd: Draw up loop behind fan, draw up loop in next ch, cont in patt to last fan, sk next ch, draw up loop in next ch, draw up loop behind fan, draw up loop in last bar of fan.
Row 11 (8, 7, 6, 8) Rtn: Yo, draw through 3 loops, ch 2, cont in estab patt to last fan, ch 2, yo, draw through 4 loops, ch 1 to close fan.
Rows 12-19 (913, 811, 79, 913): Rep prev row. 
Row 20 (14, 12, 10, 14) Dec row Fwd: Rep fwd of row 11.
Row 20 (14, 12, 10, 14) Rtn: Yo, draw through 3 loops, ch 2, cont in estab patt to last fan, ch 2, yo, draw through 4 loops. (57 (65, 73, 81, 81) sts)
Row 21 (15, 13, 11, 15): Draw up loop in next ch, sk next ch, cont in patt to last fan, sk next ch, draw up loop in next ch, draw up loop in last bar (2 sts worked together).
Row 21 (15, 13, 11, 15): Rtn: Yo, draw through 2 loops, ch 2, cont in estab patt to last fan, ch 2, yo, draw through 3 loops.
Rows 2229 (1620, 1417, 1214, 1620): Rep prev row.
Row 30 (21, 18, 15, 21) Dec row Fwd: Rep row 21.
Row 30 (21, 18, 15, 21) Rtn: *Yo, draw through 2 loops (do not ch 2), work in patt across to last 2 sts (do not ch 2), yo, draw through 3 loops. (55 (63, 71, 79, 79) sts)
Row 31 (22, 19, 16, 22) Fwd: Draw up loop in next Tks, cont in patt to last st, draw up loop in last bar (2 sts worked together).
Row 31 (22, 19, 16, 22) Rtn: Yo, draw through 1 loop, *yo, draw through 3 loops, cont in patt across.
Rows 3235 (2327, 2023, 1719, 2327): Tks in next 5 sts, cont in patt to last 6 sts, Tks in next 5 sts, draw up in loop last bar.
Rows 3235 (2327, 2023, 1719, 2327) Rtn: Rep rtn row 31.

Small Only
Continue to Shoulder Shaping.

Row (28, 24, 20, 28) Dec row Fwd: Rep prev fwd row.
Row (28, 24, 20, 28) Rtn: Yo, draw through 2 loops, cont in patt to last 2 sts, yo, draw through 3 loops. (61, 69, 77, 77) sts)
Rows (2935, 2129, 2124, 2934): Work even in patt.

Medium Only
Continue to Shoulder Shaping.

Row (30, 25, 35) Dec row Fwd: Rep prev fwd row.
Row (28, 24, 20, 28) Rtn: Yo, draw through 2 loops, cont in patt to last 2 sts, yo, draw through 3 loops. (67, 75, 75) sts)
Rows (3135, 2629, 3641): Work even in patt.
Row (36, 30, 42) Dec row Fwd: Rep prev fwd row.
Row (36, 30, 42) Rtn: Yo, draw through 2 loops, cont in patt to last 2 sts, yo, draw through 3 loops. (65, 73, 73 sts)

Large, 2X Only
Continue to Shoulder Shaping.

1X Only
Row 35 Fwd: Rep prev fwd row.

Row 35 Rtn: Yo, draw through 2 loops, cont in patt to last 2 sts, yo, draw through 3 loops. (71 sts)
Rows 3639: Work even in patt.
Row 40 Dec row: Rep row 35. (69 sts)
Continue to Shoulder shaping.

Shoulder Shaping

Short rows are used for shoulder shaping. Follow the instruction below, leaving any unworked loops from the first forward row on the hook until the third return row.

Right Shoulder

Next Row Fwd: Draw up loop in patt in next 13 (16, 18, 20, 21) sts.
Rtn: Yo, draw through 1 loop, (yo, draw through 2 loops) 9 (11, 13, 14, 16) times. (Short row 1)
Next Row Fwd: Inserting as in Tks, draw up loop in next 9 (11, 13, 14, 16) sts.
Rtn: Yo, draw through 1 loop, (yo, draw through 2 loops) 4 (5, 6, 6, 7) times. (Short row 2)
Next Row Fwd: Draw up loop in next 4 (5, 6, 6, 7) sts.
Rtn: Yo, draw through 1 loop, *yo draw through 2 loops across, continuing over loops on hook from all 3 shoulder shaping rows. (14 (16, 18, 20, 21) sts)
Tsl st across, inserting as in Tks, fasten off.

Left Shoulder

Join yarn in 14th st from end of row.
Next Row Fwd: Draw up loop in patt in next 3 (4, 5, 5, 6) sts.
Rtn: Yo, draw through 1 loop, *yo, draw through 2 loops, rep from * across. (4 (5, 6, 6, 7) sts)
Next Row Fwd: Draw up loop in patt in next 9 (11, 13, 14, 16) sts, working into short row just made and then into prev row.
Rtn: Yo, draw through 1 loop, *yo, draw through 2 loops, rep from * across.
Next Row Fwd: Draw up loop in next 13 (15, 17, 19, 20) sts, inserting as in Tks working into short row just made, then first shoulder-shaping row.
Rtn: Yo, draw through 1 loop, *yo, draw through 2 loops, rep from * across. (14 (16, 18, 20, 21) sts)
Tsl st across, inserting as in Tks, to fasten off.

Front Left Side

PM in side panel (group of 10 Tks) between 5th and 6th Tks. This is side of garment, opposite seam. PM in center Tks on front (M goes in 35th, 39th, 43rd, 47th, 51st) st.
Decreases at armhole edge should be done exactly as on back. Refer to instructions on Dec rows of back, following beg of fwd row and end of rtn row for all armhole decreases. At the same time, dec at neck edge as instructed below.
Row 1: Join yarn in 4 (4, 4, 4, 8)th st from first M, Tks in next 2 sts, work in patt to st before M.
Row 1 Rtn: Yo, draw through 2 loops (dec made), ch 2, yo, draw through 4 loops, ch 2, cont in patt to last 2 bars, yo, draw through 3 loops. (29 (33, 37, 41, 43) sts)
Row 2 Fwd: Sk next ch, draw up loop in next ch, draw up loop behind fan, draw up loop in next ch, cont in patt across, draw up loop in last bar inserting hook under 2 sts worked together.
Row 2 Rtn: Yo, draw through 1 loop, ch 2, yo, draw through 4 loops, ch 2, cont in patt completing last fan, yo, draw through 2 loops.
Row 3 Fwd: Work in patt to last fan, sk next ch, draw up loop in next ch, draw up loop behind fan, draw up loop in next ch, sk next ch, draw up loop in last bar.
Row 3 Rtn: Yo, draw through 4 loops, ch 2, cont in patt completing last fan, yo, draw through 2 loops. (28 (32, 36, 40, 42) sts)
Row 4 Fwd: Work in patt to last fan, sk next ch, draw up loop in next ch, draw up loop behind fan, draw up loop in last bar of fan inserting hook under 2 loops.
Row 4 Rtn: Yo, draw through 3 loops, ch 2, cont in patt across.
Row 5 Fwd: Work in patt to last fan, sk next ch, draw up loop in next ch, draw up loop in last bar of fan.
Row 5 Rtn: Yo, draw through 2 loops, ch 2, cont in patt across. (1X only, dec at armhole). (27 (31, 35, 38, 41) sts)
Row 6 Fwd: Work in patt to last fan, sk next ch ch, draw up loop in next ch, draw up loop in last bar inserting under 2 loops.
Row 6 Rtn: Yo, draw through 2 loops, ch 2, cont in patt across. (Large only, dec at armhole edge: 34 sts)
Row 7: Rep row 6. (Med and 2X only, dec at armhole: 30, 40 sts)
Row 8 Fwd: Rep fwd row 6.
Row 8 Rtn: *Yo, draw through 2 loops, do not ch 2, cont in patt across. (26 (29, 33, 37, 39) sts)
Row 9 Fwd: Work in patt completing last 5 Tks, draw up loop in last bar.
Row 9 Rtn: Work in patt to last st, yo, draw through 2 loops.
Row 10 Fwd: Rep fwd row 9.
Row 10 Rtn: Yo, draw though 2 loops, cont in patt to last fan. (1X only, dec at armhole.) (23 (28, 32, 36, 38) sts)
Row 11 Fwd: Work in patt completing last 5 Tks, draw up loop in last bar inserting under 2 loops worked together.
Row 11 Rtn: Yo, draw through one loop, cont in patt across.
Row 12 Fwd: Work in patt across.
Row 12 Rtn: Yo, draw through 2 loops, cont in patt across. (Large only, dec at armhole edge) (22 (27, 30, 35, 37) sts)
Row 13 Fwd: Rep fwd row 12.
Row 13 Rtn: Yo, draw through 1 loop, cont in patt across.
Row 14: Rep row 13. (Med and 2X only, dec at armhole: 26, 36 sts)
Row 15: Rep row 12. (1X only, dec at armhole.) (21 (25, 29, 34, 35) sts)
Row 16: Rep row 13.
Row 17: Rep row 12. (20 (24, 28, 33, 34) sts)
Row 18: Rep row 13. (Large only, dec at armhole edge: 27 sts)
Row 19: Rep row 12. (19 (23, 26, 32, 33) sts)
Row 20: Rep fwd row 12.
Row 20 Rtn: Yo, draw through 1 loop, ch 2, cont in patt across.
Row 21: Work in patt across.
Row 21 Rtn: Yo, draw through 4 loops, ch 2, cont in patt across. (Med and 2X only, dec at armhole) (17 (22, 25, 31, 31) sts)
Row 22: Work in patt to last ch 2, sk next ch, draw up loop in next ch, draw up loop in last bar inserting hook under 2 loops worked together.
Row 22 Rtn: Yo, draw through 1 loop, ch 2, cont in patt across.
Row 23: Work in patt to last fan, sk next ch, draw up loop in next ch, draw up loop in last bar of fan.
Row 23 Rtn: Yo, draw though 2 loops, do not ch 2, cont in patt across. (16 (21, 24, 30, 30) sts)
Row 24: Work in patt to across to last st (2 sts worked together), draw up loop in last st inserting hook under 2 sts worked together.
Row 24 Rtn: Yo, draw through 1 loop, yo draw through 2 loops, cont in patt across. (Large only, dec at armhole 23 sts)
Row 25: Work in patt to last st, draw up loop in last st.
Row 25 Rtn: Rep rtn row 24. (1X only, dec at armhole, 29 sts)
Row 26: Rep fwd row 25.
Row 26 Rtn: Yo, draw through 2 loops, cont in patt across. (15 (20, 22, 28, 28) sts)
Row 27: Rep row 24.

Small Only
Rows 28-29: Rep row 25.
Row 30: Rep fwd row 28.
Row 30 Rtn: Yo, draw through 2 loops, cont in patt across. (14 sts)
Rows 31-35: Work even across.

All Other Sizes
Row 28: Rep row 26. (Med and 2X only, dec at armhole) ((18, 21, 27, 27) sts)
Row 29: Work in patt.
Row 30: Work in patt across. Large and 1X only dec at armhole 20, 26 sts.
Row 31: Work in patt.
Row 32: Rep row 26. ((17, 19, 25, 26) sts)
Row 33: Work in patt.

Med Only
Row 34: Rep row 26. (16 sts)
Row 35: Work even in patt, cont to shoulder shaping.

Large Only
Rows 34-35: Work even in patt.
Row 36: Dec at armhole. Cont to shoulder shaping. (18 sts)

1X and 2X Only
Row 34: Rep row 26. (24, 25 sts)
Row 35: Dec at armhole. (23, 24 sts)
Row 36: Work even in patt.
Row 37: Rep row 26. (22, 23 sts)
Row 38: Work even in patt.
Row 39: Rep row 26. (21, 22 sts)

1X Only
Row 40: Dec at armhole. Cont to shoulder shaping. (20 sts)

2X Only
Rows 40-41: Work even in patt.
Row 42: Dec at armhole. Cont to shoulder shaping. (21 sts)

Shoulder Shaping

Follow instructions for Back Right Shoulder Shaping.

Front Right

Work decreases at armhole edge as on back.  At the same time, decrease at neck edge as instructed.
Join yarn 1 st to the left of M.
Row 1 Fwd: Draw up loop in same st, draw up loop in next st, cont in patt to last 3 sts, leave them unworked.
Row 1 Rtn: Yo draw through 2 loops, ch 2, yo, draw through 3 loops, ch 2, cont in patt to last 2 bars, yo, draw through 3 loops. (29 (33, 37, 41, 43) sts)
Row 2 Fwd: Sk next ch, draw up loop in next ch, cont in patt to last st (2 sts worked together), draw up loop in last st inserting hook under both bars.
Row 2 Rtn: Yo, draw through 1 loop, ch 2, yo, draw through 4 loops, ch 2, cont in patt to last st, yo, draw through 1 loop.
Row 3 Fwd: Sk next ch, draw up loop in next ch, cont in patt completing last fan, sk last 2 ch, draw up loop in last bar.
Row 3 Rtn: Yo, draw through 1 loop, ch 2, yo, draw through 4 loops, ch 2, cont in patt o last fan, ch 2, yo, draw through 5 loops, ch 1. (28 (32, 36, 40, 42) sts)
Row 4 Fwd: Draw up loop behind fan, draw up loop in next ch, cont in patt across.
Row 4 Rtn: Yo, draw through 1 loop, ch 2, yo, draw through 4 loops, ch 2, cont in patt across to last fan ch 2, yo, draw through 4 loops.
Row 5 Fwd: Sk next ch, draw up loop in next ch, cont in patt across.
Row 5 Rtn: Wrk in patt to last fan, ch 2, yo, draw through 3 loops. (1X only, dec at armhole). (27 (31, 35, 38, 41) sts)
Row 6: Work in patt.  (Large only, dec at armhole: 34 sts)
Row 7: Work in patt. (Med and 2X only, dec at armhole: 30, 40 sts)
Row 8 Fwd: Work in patt.
Row 8 Rtn: Work in patt to last 2 sts, do not work ch 2 for last fan, yo, draw through 3 loops. (26 (29, 33, 37, 39) sts)
Row 9: Fwd: Draw up loop in next Tks, continue in patt across.
Row 9 Rtn: Work in patt to last st, yo, draw through 2 loops.
Row 10 Fwd: Work in patt across.
Row 10 Rtn: Work in patt to last 2 sts, yo, draw through 3 loops. (1X only, dec at armhole.) (23 (28, 32, 36, 38) sts)
Row 11: Work in patt.
Row 12: Rep fwd row 11.
Row 12 Rtn: Work in patt to last 2 sts, yo, draw though 3 loops. (Large only, dec at armhole). (22 (27, 30, 35, 37) sts)
Row 13: Work in patt.
Row 14: Work in patt. (Med and 2X only, dec at armhole: 26, 36 sts)
Row 15: Rep row 12. (1X only, dec at armhole.) (21 (25, 29, 34, 35) sts)
Row 16: Rep row 11.
Row 17: Rep row 12. (20 (24, 28, 33, 34) sts)
Row 18: Rep row 11. (Large only, dec at armhole edge: 27 sts)
Row 19: Rep row 12. (19 (23, 26, 32, 33) sts)
Row 20: Work in patt.
Row 20 Rtn: Work in patt completing last fan, yo, draw through 2 loops.
Row 21: Work in patt.
Row 21 Rtn: Work in patt to last fan, ch 2, yo, draw through 5 loops, ch 1. (Med and 2X only, dec at armhole). (17 (22, 25, 31, 31) sts)
Row 22: Draw up loop behind fan, draw up loop in next ch, cont in patt across.
Row 22 Rtn: Work in patt to last fan, ch 2, yo, draw through 3 loops.
Row 23: Draw up loop in next ch, cont in patt.
Row 23 Rtn: Work in patt to last 2 sts, do not work ch 2 for last fan, yo, draw through 3 loops. (16 (21, 24, 30, 30) sts)
Row 24: Tks in next st, cont in patt across.
Row 24 Rtn: Work in patt to last st, yo, draw through 2 loops. (Large only, dec at armhole 23 sts)
Row 25: Work in patt across. (1X only, dec at armhole 29 sts)
Row 26: Rep row 24. (15 (20, 22, 28, 29) sts)
Row 27: Work in patt.

All Sizes
Rep rem rows of Front Left, up to Shoulder Shaping.

Shoulder Shaping

Rep Back Left Shoulder Shaping.

Finishing

Wet block and pin sweater. To fit on blocking board, you can do half of it at a time.
Sew side seam. Sew shoulder seams.
Join yarn in any st at underarm and work sc edging around entire armhole, inserting hook under 1 or 2 loops as is convenient. Rep on opposite armhole.
Optional: you can also add sc edging around the neckline to clean up any irregularities. yarn ball

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