This vest is the epitome of autumn cozy! Living in a cold weather climate always makes me feel like I must have something cozy but that can be layered as well. A vest is the answer to this need. I wanted something with color and texture and the two-color brioche is perfect. While it takes a few rows to get into the rhythm, once you have it down your knitting time will fly by! The yarn used gives the oversized collar amazing drape that would look great worn open and loose or buttoned up. I’ll be wearing this vest with my skinny jeans and boots over a basic long-sleeved t-shirt all season.
Finished Size 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52)” bust/chest circumference. Vest shown in Anzula in 32″ and Knit Picks in 36”.
Yarn Anzula For Better or Worsted, 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon; 200 yards/100 grams: Seaside (MC), 4 (5, 6, 7, 8, 8) skeins; Rootbeer (CC), 4 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7) skeins.
Yarn Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash, 100% Superwash Wool; 110 yards/50 grams: Dove Heather (MC), 8 (10, 12, 14, 16, 17) skeins; Nobel Heather (CC), 8 (10, 12, 13, 14, 15) skeins.
Needles Size 6 (4 mm): 40″ circular (cir); Size 8 (5 mm): set of dpns. Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Locking stitch markers (m); tapestry needle; four 1” buttons; matching thread; sewing needle.
Gauge 18 stitches x 20 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) in brioche stitch on size 6 (4 mm) needle.
Notes This piece is knit lengthwise from side to side beginning at the left front.
I found it easiest to join new skeins at the beginning of a new row all along the bottom edge of the piece. Here they are less noticeable and will virtually disappear once they are woven in.
In brioche you are working the front and back of a row in each brioche row. When counting rows count each st as one row. Row count is given for total number of rows.
Since this garment is completely reversible, RS and WS refer to the direction the MC knit stitches are facing. When you are on a MC WS row you will be brioche purling the MC stitches because they won’t be facing you. When you are on a MC RS row you will be brioche knitting the MC stitches because they will be facing you.
The Designer: Andrea began designing knitwear patterns for women and children at the beginning of 2013. Since then she has been published in Interweave Knits, petite Purls, and is beginning to work on a book of sweater designs for men and children. She strives for designs that are unique and modern while still remaining classic and wearable. Find Andrea on Twitter @andrea_knits, andrea_knits on Instagram, and on the blog Life on Laffer. For questions regarding the pattern contact Andrea at email@example.com.