Branching River Vest, Mid-Length by Cat Bordhi

Branching River Vest, Mid-Length

August 2014
DK (11 wpi) ?
35 stitches = 4 inches
in p2k3 ribbing
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1250 - 1300 yards (1143 - 1189 m)
all sizes - simple to adjust up or down
This pattern is available for $20.00.

This is the vest I have been dreaming of for years.
It has great fit, mesmerizing streams of cables, and tilted front edges. The mid-length style has V-shaped dips at each side as well as at center back.

Although it looks complicated, it is a very easy knit, and one of those projects that makes you feel like purring. The pattern includes a tiny tutorial vest so you know your way around the pattern before every starting it. 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 five photos show the same mid-length vest on two very different women. 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. The final photo shows the schematics for all three styles as well as small inset photos of the difference between the three styles.

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.