I came up with this idea while sitting on a fishing boat wishing I had something to knit besides the heavy cabled cardigan I was working on. I wanted something light and airy, something cotton that would pass smoothly through my fingers, worked in a bright color to get me excited for summer. I love the idea of wearing this over a simple white tee and cuffed denim shorts, or as an accent piece over a fun summer dress. However you wear it, it’s sure to please, but I think all the fun is in the knitting!
Finished Size 30 (34, 41, 44)” bust/chest circumference. Vest in Knit Picks in 34”, vest in Voolenvine in 30”.
Yarn Knit Picks Shine Sport, 60% Pima Cotton, 40% Modal® natural beech wood fiber; 110yds/50g: Reef, 5 (6, 7, 8) skeins.
Yarn Voolenvine Smitten DK, 80% Merino, 10% Nylon, 10% Cashmere; 231yds/100g: Beach House, 3 (3, 4, 4) skeins.
Optional Dip Dye/Color Blocking CC: Yarn Love Anne Shirley, 100% Merino Wool; 250 yds/115g: Granny Smith 1 (1, 1, 1) skein. You’ll need around 40 (60, 60, 80) grams of your CC.
Needles Size 6 (4.0 mm): 16″ and 24″ circular (cir); Size 6 (4.0 mm): straight. Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle.
Gauge 18 sts and 24 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in St st.
Notes The top is worked from the top down. Start by building the Left and Right fronts, then build the back piece before joining together. The remainder of the body is worked on circular needles to accommodate the large number of stitches.
The Designer: I’ve been knitting for over ten years now, and I’ve never felt the urge to stop. There’s just something unique about being able to create something from nothing, with just some fiber and a pair of needles. I write pretty often on my blog at http://kleverknits.com where I share pictures and thoughts about what I’m working on, and what I’d like to be able to knit in the future. For questions about this pattern please contact Kirsten Singer at firstname.lastname@example.org.