I’m not really a vest person. I always feel like vests add bulk, and then I want to put a belt around it to take down the bulk, and then I’m like, “Forget it, I’ll just not wear a vest OR a belt!” Which is where the idea for Put a Belt On It came from – a vest with a built-in belt?! Perfect! And jazzed up with a ton of cables and texture? Cropped? Longer in the front? … so I went a little nuts. But it is my only wearable vest. I’ve got to make it special!
Construction starts with the belt, then short rows are worked to shape bottom of vest. Stitches are then picked up and all stitches are worked for back and fronts. Fronts are then held and back is completed. Fronts are then worked individually, shoulders are seamed, and stitches are picked up around front for collar.
Finished Size 26-29 (30-33, 34-37, 38-41)” natural waist, measures just above top of hip bone. Vest shown in Knit Picks Swish DK Marble Heather in 30-33″ and in Wooly Wonka Fibers Aerten DK Brocade in 34-37”.
Yarn Knit Picks Swish DK, 100% Superwash Merino Wool; 123yds/50g: Marble Heather, 4 (5, 5, 6) skeins; Turmeric (CC) 1 (1, 1, 2) skeins.
Yarn Wooly Wonka Fibers Aerten DK, 80% Superwash Merino Wool, 10% Nylon, 10% Cashmere: Brocade 3 (3, 4, 4) skeins; Chaplin 1 (1, 1, 1) skein.
Needles Size 6 (4 mm): 24″ circular (cir). Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle; 2 1 1/2” D-shaped belt closures.
Gauge 22 sts and 25 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in St st.
Designer Allyson Dykhuizen is a knitwear designer and knitting teacher from Michigan who currently lives in Chicago and Minneapolis. Her patterns have been published in Interweave Knits and Knitscene magazines, and by Lion Brand Yarns. She self publishes and blogs on her website The Sweatshop of Love, and runs Holla Knits. For questions about this pattern please contact Allyson at firstname.lastname@example.org.