Begonia Lace Racerback by Tian Connaughton

Begonia Lace Racerback

February 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
872 - 1526 yards (797 - 1395 m)
32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60)” finished bust measurement
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Begonia is a lightweight layering vest with fun details that add an element of surprise. An entwined lace panel grows up the racer back while the front focuses on clean lines that drape and swing. Sweet pleats on the front bring together form and function by drawing in the front pieces while adding charming details and textural interest.

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Knit from the bottom up, Begonia is worked as separate pieces with are seamed together at the sides and grafted with Kitchener stitch at the shoulders. A simple 1x1 rib around the armholes finishes off this modern vest. The pattern features written instructions for the lace portion of the design.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60)” finished bust measurement; garment is meant to be worn with 0 to 2” of ease.

YARN: Knit Picks Comfy Fingering (75% Pima Cotton, 25% Acrylic; 218 yards/50g): Peony 24818, 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7) balls.

NEEDLES: US 6 (4.00mm) straight or circular needles,
or size to obtain gauge
US 5 (3.75mm) straight or circular needles plus DPNs or longer circular for Magic Loop, or one size smaller than gauge needle size

NOTIONS: Yarn Needle, Stitch Markers, Scrap yarn or stitch holder, Cable Needle

GAUGE: 26 sts and 34 rows = 4” Stockinette stitch on larger needles, blocked.

  • PLEAT DEC errata (for sizes 36-60): …slip 3 sts onto the CN and knit together with 3 sts from working needle… instead of placing 2 sts on CN and working 2 sts from needle.

  • PLEATS: If you have never done pleats, this video by Drops Design might help:


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