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.
- 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
- 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!
- 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
- Backward-loop cast-on
- Chart reading
- Pick up stitches by knitting
- Three-needle bind-off