This long, modern vest is completely seamless, worked flat from the bottom up, and features compelling textures in easily executed stitches. This is not a fussy knit – simple shaping and raw edges make up a piece that is engaging and enjoyable.
I’ve become more interested in designs that are somewhat modular in that they can be transformed by the wearer. The ladder in the back can be left open and hang freely which is more on edge and relaxed for warmer weather, it can be picked up from the hem for a neat, uniform fabric, or it can be picked up in the middle and worked up to the collar so that the bottom drapes open while the top pulls in to fit neatly across the shoulders. I love the versatility this design element brings to an otherwise simple article.
Finished Size 32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44)” bust circumference. Vest in Berroco shown in 36”, vest in Knit Picks shown in 32”.
Yarn Berroco Fiora, 40% Cotton, 30% Viscose, 15% Alpaca, 10% Nylon, 5% Wool; 246yds [225m]/100g: 3808, savannah, 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6) hanks.
Yarn Knit Picks CotLin, 70% Tanguis Cotton, 30% Linen; 123yds/50g: 24464, Harbor, 7 (8, 8, 9, 10, 10, 11) balls.
Needles Size 5 (3.75 mm): 24” circular (cir) to accommodate a large number of stitches, Size 7 (4.5 mm): 24” circular (cir) to accommodate a large number of stitches. Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Markers (m); tapestry needle, one 1 ½” button.
Gauge Size 5 (3.75 mm) 22 sts and 30 rows = 4” in St st, Size 7 (4.5 mm) 18 sts and 24 rows = 4” in Chinese Waves.
Notes The first stitch of every row of Body will be slipped purl-wise for selvedge to underarms.
Schematic shows measurements with Wide Ladder st worn open.
The Designer Courtney is a stay at home mom, knitting instructor, and the lady behind Pink Brutus Knits. She has been designing full-time since 2009; inspired to create useful knits that incorporate clever shaping and logical construction. For more information about Courtney and her designs, join her on Instagram (pinkbrutusknits) or visit her website (www.pinkbrutus.com). For questions about this pattern please contact Courtney at firstname.lastname@example.org.