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Cottonwood Vest

Folk Vests
Knitting
October 2002
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
1090 yards (997 m)
41.5 (44.5, 48.25)" / 105.5 (113, 122.5) cm chest circumference

Vest with design inspired by the highly-textured bark of the cottonwood tree, native to the American plains. Pattern is created with combination of stranded two-color knitting and cable knitting, worked from a chart. Except for bottom border facing, vest is knitted circularly up to shoulders, with steeks for the center front, neck, and armholes.

Measurements:

  • Note: Larger sizes are made by using larger needles. For this reason, doing a gauge swatch is very important.
  • Size A: 41.5” / 105.5 cm chest; 21.5” / 54.5 cm length
  • Size B: 44.5” / 113 cm chest; 23” / 58.5 cm length
  • Size C: 48.25” / 122.5 cm chest; 25” / 63.5 cm length

Yarn: (all sizes)

  • Cheryl Oberle’s Dancing Colors Hand-Dyed Yarn (50% merino/ 50% mohair, 490 yd / 448 m = 8 oz): 1 hank in Ruby
  • 600 yd / 549 m of black sportweight wool

Needles:

  • 24” / 60 cm circular needles in US 7 / 4.5 mm for Size A; US 8 / 5 mm for Size B; US 9 / 5.5 mm for Size C.
  • 24” / 60 cm and 16” / 40 cm circular needles, four sizes smaller than needles used for body

Gauge (in pattern stitch on larger needles):

  • Size A: 28 sts and 27 rows = 4” / 10 cm
  • Size B: 26 sts and 25 rows = 4” / 10 cm
  • Size C: 24 sts and 23 rows = 4” / 10 cm
  • Note: Gauge determines fit, so swatch until you get it right!

Notions:

  • One 22-24” separating zipper, black (too long is better than too short as zipper can be shortened)
  • Sewing needle
  • Sewing thread to match zipper
  • Cable needle
  • Stitch markers
  • Stitch holders

Techniques: (included in book)

  • Two-color stranded knitting
  • Steeks
  • Backward-loop cast-on
  • Chart reading
  • Pick up stitches by knitting
  • Three-needle bind-off