Henri – Vest Pattern – Episode 0Special Edition by Catherine J. Hall
It seems easy enough to find baby patterns, and once those little ones are grown, there are tons of sweater patterns. But, most of our children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews spend at least a few years in between 3T and Adult Size Small. It can be difficult at times to find simple, classic designs for grade-school children; you know, sweaters and accessories that aren't too "cutesy", and that the kid in your life won't be embarrassed to wear past kindergarten. In our own case, we also want garments that do double duty. That means that anything reversible (Lily likes to dig in the dirt) or that will fit over the course of several seasons (layering comes to mind) is likely to catch our attention.
Finding very little in the way of applicable patterns, we started to make our own. In this pattern, the shaping is easy. The fit is generous, and the piece can be worn either over a shirt as a vest, or on its own as a tank. Lily Grace (formerly Henri Violette) has worn this sweater for two years, from the ages of 6 to 8, and it doesn't look like she'll give it up any time soon.
You can make the sweater in one color, or use as many colors as you have for a vibrant vest. Use up those leftovers, or let the kid in your life choose something soft from your favorite local yarn store. "Henri" is knit in worsted weight yarn, and can be made in any fiber that you like. If you can get gauge, you will need around 300 yards total, in as many different yarns as you like.
Chest is 13" across (that's 26" around).
This vest should fit an average kindergartener, but measure your little one if at all possible. The vest looks cute when worn loose or tightly fitted, so you have a little more leeway than you usually do with a pattern. Also remember that some fibers (cotton, in particular) "grow". Knitting, by its very nature, is bound to stretch.
Yarn - Any worsted weight (or yarn that knits to gauge) yarn in any fiber, about 300 yards total.
Sample is knit from Patons "Katrina", 92% rayon and 8% polyester, 150mt/163yards - 100gr/3.5 oz,
Frost #10217 - 1 skein
Chocolate #10031 - 1 skein
Needles - 16"- or 24"-circular needles, size 8 or size needed to get gauge
Notions - Size I crochet hook
17.5 stitches = 4" in stockinette stitch