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Men’s Clothing
Berroco Design Team

Peter is an easy all-over two color fairisle v-neck vest.

Shown in size Small


Directions are for men’s size X-Small.  Changes for sizes Small, Medium, Large and X-Large are in parentheses.

Finished Measurements

Chest – 36(40-44-48-52)”

Length – 26(26 1/2-26 1/2-27-27 1/2)”


7(7-8-9-10) Balls each Berroco Pure Merino (50 grs), #8560 Bordeaux (A) and #8501 Ecru (B)

Alternate yarn: 4(4-5-5-5) Balls each Berroco Comfort (100 grs) #9760 Beet Root (A) and #9701 Ivory (B)

Straight knitting needles, sizes 8 and 9 OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE

24” Length circular knitting needle, size 8

1 St holder

3 St markers


20 sts = 4”;  24 rows = 4” in St st following chart on size 9 needles


Note 1

When changing colors, always hold color to the left and pick up new color from underneath.  This twists yarn so there are no holes.

Note 2

When working chart, always carry yarn not in use LOOSELY across back of work.  Where yarn must be carried across more than 3 sts, twist colors to avoid long loops.


With smaller straight needles, using A, cast on 102(110-122-130-142) sts.

Ribbing:  Row 1 (RS):  K2, * p2, k2, rep from * across.

Row 2:  P2, * k2, p2, rep from * across.  Change to B and rep Rows 1 and 2 once more.  Rep these 4 rows twice more, then change to A and rep Row 1 once more, end on RS.  Change to larger needles and p the next row, dec 12(10-12-10-12) sts evenly spaced across – 90(100-110-120-130) sts.  Join B and work even in St st following chart until piece measures 17” from beg, end on WS.

Shape Armholes:  Bind off 6(6-7-8-9) sts at beg of the next 2 rows – 78(88-96-104-112) sts.  Dec 1 st each side every RS row 9(11-13-14-16) times – 60(66-70-76-80) sts.  Work even until armholes measure 8 1/2(9-9-9 1/2-10)”, end on WS.

Shape Shoulders:  Bind off 5(7-8-9-10) sts at beg of the next 2 rows, then 5(6-7-9-10) sts at beg of the next 2 rows.  Bind off remaining 40 sts for back neck.


Work same as back until piece measures 17” from beg, end on WS – 90(100-110-120-130) sts.

Shape Armholes and V-Neck: Next Row (RS):  Bind off 6(6-7-8-9) sts, work until there are 38(43-47-51-55) sts on RH needle, sl center 2 sts onto holder, join another ball of yarn and k to end.  Work both sides at once.

Following Row:  Bind off 6(6-7-8-9) sts, p to end – 38(43-47-51-55) sts each side.

Still working both sides at once, dec 1 st at each armhole edge every RS row 9(11-13-14-16) times.  AT THE SAME TIME, dec 1 st at each neck edge every RS row 15(14-14-13-12) times, then every other RS row 4(5-5-6-7) times.  When all decs have been completed, work even on 10(13-15-18-20) sts each side until armholes measure 8 1/2(9-9-9 1/2-10)”, end on WS.

Shape Shoulders:  Bind off 5(7-8-9-10) sts at each armhole edge once, then 5(6-7-9-10) sts once.


Sew shoulder seams.

Neckband:  With RS facing, using circular needle and A, beg at left shoulder, pick up and k58 sts along left front neck edge, place marker, k2 from holder, place marker, pick up and k58 sts along right front neck edge, then 38 sts along back neck edge – 156 sts.  Mark for beg of rnd and carry marker up.

Rnd 1:  K2, * p2, k2, rep from * to 2 sts before marker, work 2 tog, sl marker, k2, sl marker, work 2 tog, p2, * k2, p2, rep from * to end – 154 sts.  Work in ribbing as established.  Continue to dec 1 st before 1st marker and after 2nd marker every rnd working 1 more rnd A, 2 rnds B, then 1 rnd A. Bind off in ribbing with A, dropping markers.

Armbands:  With RS facing, using smaller straight needles and A, pick up and k118(122-122-126-130) sts around entire armhole edge.  Beg with Row 2, work in ribbing same as back working 1 row A, 2 rows B, then 1 row A.  Bind off in ribbing with A.  Sew side and armband seams.