Columns of welts in varied scale distinguish this oversize, drop-shoulder vest. Bonnie Sennott, who contributed the Sawmill River Hat to Wool People 8, drew inspiration from automotive grilles to create a gansey-style overall texture.
Grille is intended for 6-10” of ease, but the weightless fabric of Loft and strong vertical lines will keep it from looking bulky. The front and back pieces are knit flat and seamed; a ribbed neckband is picked up and worked seamlessly to double height, then folded and sewn down inside the garment for a perfect finish.
The ideal lightweight layer to throw on over casual or work outfits, this vest is sure to become a wardrobe staple. Try it in a warm neutral like Barn Owl, a dark, complex shade like Artifact, or a bold modern hue like Hayloft—this versatile design will sing in any color.
- 1250 (1375, 1600, 1760, 2015, 2200) yards of fingering weight wool yarn
- 5 (5, 6, 7, 8, 8) skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50g)
- Photographed in color Almanac
Please note: the stitch patterns in this garment are charted only.
- 26 stitches & 38 rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch or pattern from Chart B or C with Size A needle(s), after blocking
Size A (for Body Ribbing and Main Fabric):
- One pair of straight needles or one 32″ circular needle* in size needed to obtain gauge listed
- Suggested Size: 3½ mm (US 4)
Size B (for Neckband Ribbing):
- One 16″ circular needle two sizes smaller than Size A
- Suggested Size: 2¾ mm (US 2)
*Knitter’s preferred style of needle may be used
- 37½ (42½, 47½, 52¼, 57¼, 62¼)” circumference at bust
- Intended Ease: + 6–10″
- Sample shown is size 42½” with + 8½” ease on model
Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern
- Sloped Bind Off