This vintage pattern for a set of matching lace vest and panties was first published in the early 1940’s. The vest and pants feature an elegant lace stitch pattern and the vest has a cinched waist. The vest can be updated to make a nice camisole if you begin knitting at the waist shaping
This pattern uses old UK knitting needle sizes and is knit with fingering weight yarn.
To fit 32 – 34 inch bust.
Lincoln Mills Merino Baby Wool—6 ozs.
(Panties— 2 1/2 ozs., Vests—3 1/2 ozs.)
1 pair No. 9 needles.
1 pair No. 12 needles.
1 yard 1/2 inch satin ribbon.
Vest — Length 26″
Panties — Length
Front seam 11 1/2″
Leg seam 5 1/2″
7 sts. to 1 inch. 10 rows to 1 inch.
K = Knit
P = Purl
St = Stitch
Inc = Increase
Dec = Decrease
Tog = Together
W.O = Wool Over
W.F = Wool Forward
W.B = Wool Back
W.R.N = Wool Round Needle
PSSO = Pass the slipped st over
SC = Single Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
Ch = Chain
P. W = Purlwise
Sl = Slip
St st = Stocking Stitch
Front and Back alike: Cast on 103 sts. on No. 9 needles and knit first row into back of sts. Now work in following pattern; (A multiple of 10 sts. plus 3).
Row 1—K. 1, K. 2 tog., *w.f., K. 3, w.f., K. twice into next st., w.f., K. 3, w.f., slip 1, K. 2 tog., p.s.s.o., repeat from * across row, ending the last repeat slip 1, K. 1, p.s.s.o., K. 1.
Row 2 and all alternate rows— Purl.
Row 3—K. 1, K. 2 tog., * w.f., K. 3 tog., w.f., K. 2 tog., w.f., slip 1, K. 1, p.s.s.o., w.f., slip 2, K. 1, p.s.s.sts.o., w.f., slip 1, K. 2 tog., p.s.s.o., repeat from * across row, ending last repeat slip 1, K. 1, p.s.s.o., K. 1.
Row 5—K.4, * K. 2 tog., w.f., K. 1, w.f., slip 1, K. 1, p.s.s.o., K. 5, repeat from * across row, ending last repeat K. 4 instead of K. 5.
Row 7—K. 3, * K. 2 tog., w.f., K. 3, w.f., slip 1, K. 1, p.s.s.o., K. 3, repeat from * across row.
Row 9—K. 1, K. 3 tog., * w.f., K. 1, w.f., K. 3, w.f., K. 1, w.f., slip 2, K. 1, p.s.sts.o. slip the K. 1 back on to the left-hand needle and pass the 1st and 2nd sts. from left-hand needle over the K. 1, then slip the st. back on to the right-hand needle, repeat from * to last 9 sts., w.f. K. 1, w.f., K. 3, w.f., K. 1, w.f., slip 2, K.1, p.s.sts.o., K. 1.
Row 11—K. 2, * K. 2 tog., w.f., K. 1, w.f., slip 1, K. 2 tog., p.s.s.o., w.f., K. 1, w.f., slip 1, K. 1, p.s.s.o., K. 1, repeat from * to last st., K. 1,
Repeat from Row 1, 4 times (48 rows in all).
Now change to st. st. and work until vest measures 14 inches from start. Change to No. 12 needles and decrease to 93 sts. by knitting every 9th and 10th sts. tog. across row. Work 3 1/2 inches in K.1, P. 1 ribbing.
Change back to No. 10 needles and st. st. and work 3 inches.
Work in pattern for 36 rows, (3 repeats). Work 4 rows in garter st. and cast off loosely. Work another piece in the same manner.
Right Leg: Cast on 103 sts. with No. 10 needles and work in pattern given for vest, commencing to increase at each end of the 4th row and thereafter increasing at each end of every 4th row (working these increased sts. in st. st.) until 3 complete patterns have been completed.
Continue increasing at each end of every 4th row, working in st. st. until there are 123 sts. on needle.
Work 3 rows even.
Decrease at each end of alternate rows, twice, then decrease at each end of every 4th row, 8 times. (103 sts. on needle).
Continue in st. st. until leg measures 8 inches from first decrease row.
Commence shaping back as follows:
P. 53, turn—knit back.
Next row—P. 50, turn—knit back.
Next row—P. 45, turn—knit back.
Next Row—P. 40, turn—knit back
Next Row—P. 35, turn—knit back
Change to No. 12 needles and work across entire row in K. 1, P. 1 ribbing for 3 1/2 inches. Cast off.
Work left leg in same manner, except that the back shaping will be:
K. 53, turn—purl back
Next Row—K. 50, turn—purl back
Next Row—K. 45, turn—purl back
Next Row—K. 40, turn—purl back
Next Row—K. 35, turn—knit back
Press all pieces carefully.
Sew up side seams of vest.
Work a row of picot edging around top edge of vest.
Sew shoulder straps in place. Sew up front and back leg seams of panties.
Work a row of picot edging around bottom of each leg.
If necessary a casing for elastic may be crocheted around top of pantie ribbing, as given in General Instructions .
Start at the edge of the garment with 1 double crochet (US single crochet) * ch 3, 1 dc into first of these ch, 3 dc; repeat from * ending with 1 dc
: The general instructions in this book did not contain any information on crocheting a casing for the elastic.