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Soft, Fleecy Vest for Baby

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Baby's feather and fan vest

This pattern for a feather and fan baby singlet was originally published in the Australian Women’s Weekly, on April 1st, 1944


1 oz. Lady Betty wool, 3-ply (fingering weight).
1 pair Old UK No. 9 knitting needles. (US size 5, or 3.75mm)


Length from top of shoulder, 10½ inches. Width all round at underarm, 15 inches.


To get these measurements, it is absolutely necessary to work at a tension to produce 8 sts. to the inch in width.


The Front

Using the No. 9 needles, cast on 72 sts. Knit one row plain.

Proceed as follows:

1st Row: (K2tog) 4 times, * (yo, k1), 8 times, (k2tog) 8 times; repeat from * to the last 16 sts. (yo, k1) 8 times (k2tog) 4 times.

2nd Row: Purl.

3rd Row: Knit.

4th Row: Purl.

Repeat the last 4 rows three times.

Continue in rib of k2, p2 until ribbing measures 5 inches, then work from the 1st to the 4th rows four times **, proceed as follows:

* (k2, p2) 4 times, turn (16 sts)

Continue on these 16 sts in rib of k2, p2, for 4 inches. Cast off.

Join in the wool at the neck edge, and cast off 40 sts.

Work in rib of k2, p2, on the remaining 16 sts for 4 inches.

Cast off.

The Back

Work exactly as given for the front until you reach **. Cast off.

To Make Up

With a slightly damp cloth and warm iron, press lightly.

Join side seams to end of ribbing.

Join shoulder straps to back.

Crochet an edging round the neck and armholes as follows:

* 3 ch., 2 dc (US single crochet) into 1st stitch, 1 ch. miss 1 stitch, 2 d.c. into next 2 sts. repeat from * all round neck and sleeves. Note from Sarah: I advise against threading ribbon through the neck, as was done in the original pattern,  because it can tighten around baby’s neck if it gets caught on anything.

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