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Flowered Waistcoat

Wear a bit of spring when winter's chill gets you down

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Stylized floral motifs enliven Sasha Kagans fitted zippered vest. Placed on a checkerboard of stockinette and reverse stockinette blocks, the motifs are worked with a bobbin of yarn for each flower, while the background yarn is carried across the entire row. The neck and armholes are finished with seed-stitch bands that are picked up and knitted, then folded over and hemmed in place. A warm tweedy yarn in vibrant colors makes this a perfect garment for those cloudy days of late winter when the promise of spring seems remote.
Finished Size: 38 (42, 46 1/2, 50 1/2)" (96.5 [106.5, 118, 128.5] cm) bust/chest circumference, zipped. Vest shown measures 42" 106.5 cm).
Yarn: Rowan Yorkshire Tweed Aran (100% wool; 175 yd [160 m]/ 100 g): #410 wild plum (MC), 4 (5, 5, 6) balls; #411 hero (blue-green), 1 ball. Rowan Magpie Aran (100% wool; 153 yd [140 m]/100 g): #692 morning
Yarn weight: #4 - Medium
Gauge: 19 sts and 24 rows
Needles: Body: Size 7 (4.5 mm). Edging: Size 5 (3.75 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Tapestry needle; 20 (21, 21, 22)" (51 [53.5, 53.5, 56] cm) separating zipper; pins, sharp-point sewing needle, and thread for inserting zipper.
Originally Published: Interweave Knits, Spring 2005

SKU: EP0052

Author/Speaker/Editor: Sasha Kagan

Format: eProject