Olga chose a clean, simple silhouette to feature Trace’s graphic colorwork gradient that moves from dark to light over the length of the garment. The vest features several gorgeous details: graceful hem facings along the base of the body, neck opening, & armholes, and side vent with varied length on Front/Back pieces. While the body length is different on Front and Back, the neck depth is the same; in this way, the piece can be worn with either side as front, giving the wearer styling options. We photographed the sample with the longer piece in back.
Fingering weight wool yarn in the following approximate yardages, with A being the darkest color and F the lightest color, and the values of the others falling in between in a gradated fashion:
- A: 145 (155, 175, 205, 230, 255) yards
- B: 175 (190, 215, 250, 275, 305) yards
- C: 210 (230, 260, 300, 335, 370) yards
- D: 205 (220, 250, 290, 325, 360) yards
- E: 145 (155, 175, 205, 230, 255) yards
- F: 75 (80, 90, 105, 115, 125) yards
- 28 stitches & 40 rows/rounds = 4″ in Colorwork Pattern worked in the round, after blocking (with slight stretch)
Size A needle:
- One each 16″ and 32″ circular needle and one set of 4 or 5 double-pointed needles (DPNs) in size needed to obtain gauge listed
- Suggested Size: US 1 (2¼ mm)
- One spare long circular needle in the same size
- 35½ (37¼, 40½, 45¾, 49¼, 52½)” garment circumference at bust
- Intended Ease: +0-1″
- Sample shown is size 35½” with +1″ ease on model
- Vest begins with Front and Back hem facings being worked separately. After working the turned facing, you will cast on a steek to work the colorwork sections of each hem in the round; one is slightly longer than the other.
- Both hems are then joined together into the round for working Body. Body is worked circularly throughout.
- At the underarm, steeks are cast on for armholes, to maintain circular knitting. All steeks are 7 stitches and will be worked in a “checkerboard” pattern on 2-color rounds. Steeks 3 and 4 are created at the base of the neck opening on Front and Back.
- Steeks are cut, then shoulders are seamed. Hemmed facings are added to the base of neck and armhole openings during finishing.