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    • Knitting pattern for simple vest with overlapping fronts
    • Schematic included
    • Suitable for intermediate knitters

    Pattern paper format: only US letter


    A slightly fitted vest knit in one piece from the bottom up with armbands and collar picked up.

    This pattern uses short rows and the three-needle bind off for the shoulders. You will need to know how to pick up wraps for short rows and how to pick up stitches.

    I had several awesome great-aunts with cool names – this is the first of several vests I have named in their honor. My Aunt Aileen was one of my favorite people. She raised beef cattle on a farm and lived in a beautiful, unusual, rambling, understatedly grand old house that fascinated me as a child. You are probably picturing a rough and ready, weathered, mannish woman, but she was attractive, petite, stylish, and well-educated. She was my grandmother’s closest sister (there were six girls in the family). The older I get, the more I realize just how amazing she was. By far the coolest octogenarian I’ve ever known. I hope I’m fortunate enough to be even a little bit like her when I’m 80.

    Note: front flaps have been raised about an inch and a half from the sample shown.

    Sizes available (actual garment measurement at bust in cm, with an overlap at the front of 12.5 cm for the smallest size and 15 cm for the other sizes): 81, (91.5, 103, 114.5, 128)

    Gauge: 21 stitches and 28 rows to 10 cm in stockinette

    Note: Though conversions to the metric system have been made on this page for your convenience, the pattern itself uses American measurements.

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    Materials you need at home:

    • Approximately 780, (915, 1005, 1125, 1280) m of sport-weight yarn. Sample was knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Sport (100% merino wool)
    • 3.75 mm/US 5 circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge. You will need 40 cm circulars (or DPNs) for the armhole ribbing and longer ones for the body
    • Stitch markers
    • Stitch holders, spare needles, spare cables, and/or waste yarn for holding stitches
    • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends