Nothing says deep autumn like a wool vest. As the leaves begin to accumulate on the almost frozen ground, a bulky vest is the perfect layering option to keep you warm. The shawl collar and slight waist shaping of Freeport give it a fitted, sophisticated look while the inside-out stripes give it a more unique and artisan feel than your standard wool vest. The hip to underarm section is worked in stockinette while the top portion is worked in garter stitch with stripes every other row.
This is a great project for a beginner knitter who is ready to try out a few new techniques, most notably short row shaping, the three needle bind off technique, as well as the Elizabeth Zimmerman “Phony Seam” technique (from her book “Knitting Without Tears.”) This technique allows you to get the look and feel of a side seam while still working your garment seamlessly—it’s quite ingenious!
A seamless knit using bulky-weight yarn (I used Lamb’s Pride Bulky) and sized from XS-3X, Freeport will knit up fast and be a great addition to your autumn and winter wardrobe.
Pattern Cost: $5.50
Sizes: XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X)
Finished Chest Size: 32.75 (35.75, 40.25, 44.25, 48.25, 52.25, 56.25)” / 83 (91, 103, 112, 123, 133, 143) cm
3.5 sts & 5 rows = 1 in/2.5 cm in stockinette st with larger needles
3.5 sts & 7 rows = 1 in/2.5 cm in garter st with larger needles
Yarn: 690 (750, 850, 930, 1015, 1100, 1180) yds of bulky-weight yarn for main color and 140 (152, 172, 188, 205, 222, 240) yds of bulky-weight yarn for contrasting color
Needles & Other Supplies:
• US 10.5 29”/6.5 mm 74 cm (or size needle you need to get gauge)
• US 10 29” & 16”/6 mm 74 cm & 41 cm circular needles (or 1 size smaller than size needed to get gauge)
• Extra US 10.5/6.5 mm needle for three needle bind off technique (can be straight, DPN, or circular)
• Crochet hook size H
• 4 stitch markers
• 3 stitch holders
• Tapestry needle
• 1 toggle