Branching River Vest, Cropped by Cat Bordhi

Branching River Vest, Cropped

August 2014
DK (11 wpi) ?
35 stitches = 4 inches
in p2, k3 ribbing
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1150 - 1200 yards (1052 - 1097 m)
All sizes
This pattern is available for $20.00.

This is the vest I have been dreaming of for years—with great fit, mesmerizing streams of cables, and tilted front edges. The cropped style rides just above the waist and has a V-shaped dip in the back.

It looks complicated but is a very easy knit, and one of those projects that makes you feel like purring. The cables are simple and methodical. It can be worn closed with a shawl pin or open, with the fronts folded back (they are reversible), or you can let it swirl with you as you move.

All four photos show the same cropped vest on three very different people. This size suits such a wide range of people that most of my students who try it on decide to stay with the basic size, although modifying it for a closer fit is very simple. There are lots of tips for refining the fit and playing with style.

If you knit your vest with Frog Tree Ewetopia, or a good substitute (substitution test: 10” should stretch to about 11.5”), and match my gauge, you are likely to love wearing the basic size.

The final photo shows the schematics for the cropped style and the other two styles (Tunic and mid-length), as well as small inset photos of the difference between the three styles.