A Vest for Charles by Kathleen Dames
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A Vest for Charles

November 2013
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
560 - 1260 yards (512 - 1152 m)
32 (36, 40, 44, 48, and 52)" chest circumference, buttoned
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Charles Musgrove had the good taste to fall for Anne Elliot but ended up marrying her sister Mary. Doesn’t he deserve a handknit, too?

Inspired by a knitted vest (more of a henley-style tunic) worn by Charles I to his execution in 1649, this vest should bring Charles Musgrove better luck. Two stitch patterns from the original are used: the Diamonds and Crosses brocade border is separated by welting and topped by King Charles Brocade (a.k.a., Double Diamond). The King’s vest was knit in silk by a master knitter at 21 stitches per inch! A more manageable gauge and rustic woolen-spun yarn make this vest au courant for the Everyman (or woman). Worked in one piece to the underarms, this vest has integrated button bands and edges, as well as short-row shaping for neck and shoulders and a three-needle bindoff, for an almost finish-free knit.

Finished Size
32 (36, 40, 44, 48, and 52)”/81.28 (91.44, 101.6, 111.76, 121.92, 132.08) cm chest circumference, buttoned. Vest shown measures 36” (91.44 cm).

Brooklyn Tweed, Shelter (100% Wool; 140 yds/50g skein): #08 truffle hunt, 4 (5, 6, 7, 8, 9) skeins.

Size 6 (4.0 mm): 29” circular (cir). Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge, and choose length closest to chest circumference. A second needle of the same size is helpful for three-needle bindoff.

Markers (m); stitch holders or waste yarn; tapestry needle; 10 (11, 11, 12, 13, 14) buttons.