Boardwalk by Heidi Kirrmaier

Boardwalk

Knitting
June 2012
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
25 stitches and 37 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch, after blocking
US 3 - 3.25 mm
725 - 1200 yards (663 - 1097 m)
(30, 32¾, 34½, 36½) (38½, 41, 44¼, 48)" finished circumference at chest
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Designed to be a piece for all seasons, Boardwalk is a light and simple layering or standalone vest with just the right amount of architectural detail to delight the hands while knitting and catch the eye when wearing. Its mitered welt neck feature (which mirrors the hem and cap sleeves) is akin to the geometry of gently weathered decks, benches, and boardwalks — true and fond reminders of slow summer walk by the beach. Work this piece in Peerie for a strikingly crisp effect or in Loft for a subtler, tweedy air.


Construction

  • Top is constructed from the bottom up.
  • The lower front and back hems are worked separately first, then joined to continue working the body circularly to the armholes, forming side slits where the separate pieces were joined. The body is then divided for front and back, which are worked flat separately to the shoulders, with the sleeves directly attached. Short rows are used to shape the shoulders, and then the tops of the sleeves and shoulders are neatly joined with a Joinery Bind Off.
  • Lastly, stitches are picked up around the neckline to complete the mitered neck detail.

Yardage

Loft Version

  • 725 (775, 825, 875) (950, 1000, 1100,1200) yards of fingering weight wool yarn

Peerie Version

  • 665 (750, 785, 840) (905, 960, 1020, 1075) yards of fingering weight wool yarn

Yarn

Loft Version

  • 3 (3, 4, 4) (4, 4, 5, 5) skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50 grams)
  • Photographed in color Woodsmoke

Peerie Version

  • 4 (4, 4, 4) (5, 5, 5, 6) skeins Brooklyn Tweed Peerie (100% American Merino Wool; 210 yards/50 grams)
  • Photographed in color Henge

Gauge

  • 25 stitches & 37 rows/rounds = 4” in stockinette stitch with Size A needle, after blocking with slight stretch
  • 25 stitches & 50 rows = 4” in Welt Pattern with Size A needle, after blocking with slight stretch

Needles

  • One 32” circular needle and one 24”circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed
  • Suggested Size: 3¼ mm (US 3)

Finished Dimensions

  • 30 (32¾, 34½, 36½) (38½, 41, 44¼, 48)“ [76 (83, 87.5, 92.5) (98, 104, 112.5, 122) cm] circumference at chest
  • Sample shown is size 34½“ [87.5 cm] with + 2½” [5.5 cm] ease on model

Need help picking a size? See our resource page on Selecting a Sweater Size

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:

  • Short Rows: Wrap & Turn Method
  • Joinery Bind Off

Skill Level

3 out of 5