For Mom and Dad – Apron and Vest

Yesterday, my parents celebrated their 25th anniversary, so this post is for them! Here, Topsy and Toby pose as a happily married couple sharing a kiss before dinner.

Both patterns are worked on size 8 needles with Impecable brand yarn.

Dress-up Vest

            Back:

                        Cast on 25 stitches

                        Work 2 rows knit 1 purl 1 ribbing

                        Work 10 rows stockinette stitch

                        Row 11: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 19, knit 2 together, knit 1

                        Row 12: Purl

                        Row 13: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 17, knit 2 together, knit 1

                        Row 14: Purl 4, bind off 13, purl 4

                        Slip last (left) 4 stitches on a holder

                        Work 7 rows stockinette stitch with first (right) 4 stitches, starting with a knit row

                        If desired, slip the first stitch of every row for a more polished look

                        Bind off

Re-attach yarn to left side and work 7 rows stockinette stitch, starting with a knit row.

Bind off

            Right side:

                        Cast on 9 stitches

                        Work 2 rows knit 1, purl1 ribbing

                        Work 12 rows stockinette stitch

                        Row 13: knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 4, knit 2 together

                        Row 14: Bind off 3, purl 4

With remaining 4 stitches, work 6 rows stockinette stitch, slipping the first stitch of every row to make a neat edge.

                        Bind off

            Left side:

                        Cast on 9 stitches

                        Work 2 rows knit 1, purl 1 ribbing

                        Work 12 rows stockinette stitch

                        Row 13: Knit 2 together, knit 4, knit 2 together, knit 1

                        Row 14: Purl 4, bind off 3

Re-attach yarn to remaining four stitches and work in stockinette stitch for 6 rows, slipping the first stitch of every row to make a neat edge.

                        Bind off

Finishing: Weave in ends. Sew side seams approximately 1 and ¾ inches up from the       bottom. Sew shoulder seams together. Sew on 3-4 snaps for closure.

                       

 

Apron

            Cast on 25 stitches

            Knit 2 rows

            Row 3: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 19, knit 2 together, knit 1

            Knit 9 more rows, making 12 in all

            Row 13: Knit 1, knit 2 together, repeat to last 2 stitches, knit those.

            (16 stitches should remain on the needle)

            For a skirt length apron, knit 4 more rows and then bind off

            Sew a ribbon on the top edge for the tie.

            For a pinafore apron, keep going

            Row 17: knit

            Row 18: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 4, knit 2 together, knit 4, knit 2 together, knit 1

            (13 stitches should remain on the needle)

            Continue knitting for 10 more rows

            Row 29: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 7, knit 2 together, knit 1

            Row 30: Knit 5, knit 2 together, knit 4

            Row 31: Bind off, leaving a long tail

Use this long tail to crochet a loop for the neck (the chain will be about 6 ½ to 7 inches long)

            Sew an 18-inch piece of lace on the middle back of the apron to form the waist tie

            Decorate with a heart or other sewn-on felt shape if desired.

 

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