Another new pattern! Circle Vest
Available now: Circle Vest Ravely Link
Circle Vest FAQ
I knit this in two styles- with or without ruffles. There are TWELVE sizes and instructions for using 4 weights of yarn- dk, worsted, aran, bulky. Don't let that scare you! Yes, the rumors you have heard about my patterns being long is true- and this one is no exception at 12 pages! That is mostly do to LOTS of large pictures so you can see details and since there are so many sizes. The sizes are all in easy to read charts though (like the size and yardage chart is).
Using deceptively simple construction, this vest is easy to knit and takes advantage of the stretchiness of ribbing to provide a flattering fit. Knit stitches on each side of the ribbing make a built in edge for the armhole. There are two versions: with ruffles (above) and without, depending on how fitted you wish the vest to be.
-Circular needles sized as per chart.
-A tapestry needle to weave in ends
-Optional: buttons, snaps, pin, or brooch to close vest
-scrap yarn for provisional cast on and for trying on vest
*, **- repeat from * to **
yd- yard m- meter
Increase knitwise- pick up loop between stitches with left needle, knit in to back of loop.
Increase purlwise- up loop between stitches with left needle, purl in to back of loop.
(1 inch is about 2.5 cm)
Take the time to check your gauge.
Dk- 6.5 stitches/inch
Worsted- 6 stitches/inch
Aran- 5 stitches/inch
The yardage measurements are generous so you can knit the ruffle version or add additional rows if you are more busty. If you wish to knit the plain version you will need about 20%-30% less yarn.
For best fit measure across your back from shoulder to shoulder and use back measurement to pick your size.
Sample 1 (medium green)
Knit using 2 skeins of Cascade Eco+ in color 9448 for an aran weight vest in a 34” chest with 18 inch armholes.
This vest is more fitted since there are not ruffles at the edge and there are only a few bust increases.
Sample 2 (ruffle version, dark green)
Knit using 3skein Cascade 220 Heathers color 9447, knit very loosely then fulled to end up at a bulky weight (3 st/in) gauge. 32” chest with 16” armholes.
Less fitted than Sample 1, this one is great if you don’t want a super fitted vest or if you want more give at the bust and hips.
If you wish to create a fulled (felted) version you will need to knit all measurements approx. 30% larger and use larger needles- do a swatch to see how much your yarn shrinks.
(Available on Ravelry: Circle Vest)