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Men’s Clothing
Berroco Design Team

Peter easy is a solid version of v-neck vest.

Shown in size Medium


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)”


10(12-13-14-16) Balls Berroco Pure Merino (50 grs), #8532 Brick

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


18 sts = 4”;  24 rows = 4” in St st on size 9 needles



With smaller straight needles, 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.  Rep these 2 rows until piece measures 2 1/2” from beg, end on RS.  Change to larger needles and p the next row, dec 20(20-22-22-24) sts evenly spaced across – 82(90-100-108-118) sts.  Work even in St st 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 – 70(78-86-92-100) sts.  Dec 1 st each side every RS row 8(10-11-12-14) times – 54(58-64-68-72) sts.  Work even until armholes measure 8 1/2(9-9-9 1/2-10)”, end on WS.

Shape Shoulders:  Bind off 5(6-7-8-9) sts at beg of the next 2 rows, then 4(5-7-8-9) sts at beg of the next 2 rows.  Bind off remaining 36 sts for back neck.


Work same as back until piece measures 17” from beg, end on WS – 82(90-100-108-118) sts.

Shape Armholes and V-Neck: Next Row (RS):  Bind off 6(6-7-8-9) sts, work until there are 34(38-42-45-49) 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 – 34(38-42-45-49) sts each side.

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

Shape Shoulders:  Bind off 5(6-7-8-9) sts at each armhole edge once, then 4(5-7-8-9) sts once.


Sew shoulder seams.

Neckband: With RS facing, using circular needle, beg at left shoulder, pick up and k56 sts along left front neck edge, k1 from holder, place marker, k remaining st from holder, pick up and k56 sts along right front neck edge, then 38 sts along back neck edge – 152 sts. Mark for beg of rnd and carry marker up.

Rnd 1: * K2, p2, rep from * to 2 sts before marker, work k2 tog, sl marker, SSK, p1, * k2, p2, rep from * to end – 150 sts. Working in ribbing as established, continue to dec 1 st before and after marker at center front neck every rnd until band measures 1 1/2”. Bind off in ribbing, dropping markers.

Armbands: With RS facing, using smaller straight needles, pick up and k118(122-122-126-130) sts around entire armhole edge. Beg with Row 2, work in ribbing same as back for 1 1/2”, end on WS. Bind off in ribbing. Sew side and armband seams.