CONSTRUCTION This set-in-sleeve vest is a more masculine take on the Always Vest, with deeper armholes and wider shoulders. It is worked from the bottom up, without waist shaping. The hem and body are worked seamlessly in the round, then the garment is divided into front and back, which are worked flat and shaped at the armholes and neckline. Lines of garter stitch outline the armholes, and the neckline and armholes are picked up and worked in two-by-two ribbing.
The stitch pattern for this vest was adapted from the Always chart found in the Twisted Stitch Sourcebook, by Norah Gaughan.
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR SIZE
This pattern is #sizeinclusive with 8 size options.
Finished garment bust: 36.5 (38.75, 43, 47, 52, 56.25, 60, 62) inches / 91.5 (97, 107, 117.5, 130, 140.5, 150, 155) cm.
Using your full bust and waist measurements, choose a size that will give you up to 2 in/ 5 cm of positive ease for men (the difference between body’s smaller measurements and the garment’s larger measurements at these points) or up to 2 in/ 5 cm negative ease for women (the difference between your larger measurement and the garments smaller measurement at these points). Sizes 7 to 9 may require less positive ease. Sample shown in Size 2 with 0 in/ 0 cm of ease.
The most fool-proof method is to measure a similar fitting top in your wardrobe and choose a garment size that matches.
3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6) skeins of
Crux Fibres 100% Canadian Worsted, 100% untreated wool, 200 y/115 g in colour “Mrs. Brown”.
Please note that this yarn is thicker than its classification of worsted implies. I would put it as aran.
OR 600 (625, 675, 800, 875, 950, 1025, 1100) yards of a substitute yarn, such as:
Briggs & Little Heritage, 100% pure wool, 215 y /113 g.
Custom Woolen Mills Mule Spinner 2 Ply, 100% Canadian-grown Merino and Rambouillet wool, 216 y /112 g.
Superwash: Over The Moon Yarn, Asteroid Aran 100% SW Merino Wool 181y / 100 g.
OR 1190 (1250, 1350, 1475, 1600, 1750, 1875, 2000) yards of untreated DK wool yarn HELD DOUBLE, such as:
Estelle ECO Tweed DK, 50% Wool, 25% Alpaca, 25% Lycocell, 382 y/100 g.
Ribbing: 5.5 mm/ US 9
Main: 6 mm/ US 10
Bind off: 5 mm/ US 8
Substitute with sizes required to obtain gauge if needed. If your gauge alters working in the round compared to flat, adjust accordingly.
Long: 30 in/ 75 cm
Short: 16 in/ 40 cm
GAUGE in 4 in/10 cm after blocking
Stockinette with Main needles, worked flat and in the round
15.5 sts by 25.5 rows/rounds.
Scissors, scrap yarn, tapestry needle, and stitch markers (up to 5).