Crofthoose Vest by Ella Gordon

Crofthoose Vest

September 2017
yarn held together
+ Bulky
= Bulky (7 wpi) ?
10 stitches and 12 rows = 4 inches
in pattern stitch with two strands carried together
S (M, L)
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This vest is inspired by one I made a few years ago from a Japanese pattern, it was the first piece of knitting which used my crofthoose motif, I found the lack of instructions in the pattern very liberating to knit and I have tried to replicate the style of pattern with some extra information in the text. I redesigned the motifs and used two strands of a heavy aran/light chunky yarn to knit this vest which has a Cowichan feel. It is knit flat and in one piece up to the armholes and then each front and the back is worked separately, the main pattern is in the chart and although the finishing (collar, crochet edging and zip) take time you will end up with a cosy, slightly cropped vest which works up quickly in the thicker yarn.

Jamieson & Smith Shetland Chunky (Aran / Chunky weight; 100% Real Shetland Wool; 120m / 131 yds; 100g balls)
Yarn A: Steekit; 3 (4, 5) x 100g balls
Yarn B: Kirn Mylk; 2 (3, 3) x 100g balls
Yarn C: Charcoal; 2 (2, 3) x 100g balls
Yarn is held doubled throughout.

7 mm x 60 or 80 cm / US 10.5 x 24” or 32” circular needle for rib and collar 9 mm x 80 cm / US 13 x 32” circular needle for main knitting
7 mm / US 10.5-K crochet hook
Open-ended zip (I used a 35.5 cm / 14” for size S, for M & L you may need a 38 or 40.5 cm / 15” or 16”)

Three sizes: S (M, L): to fit bust 91.5, (101.5, 112) cm / 36 (40, 44)”
Length to underarm: 33 (35.5, 37) cm / 13 (14, 14.5)”
Length to shoulder: 53.5 (58.5, 61) cm / 21 (23, 24)” Shown in size S with 2.5 cm / 1” positive ease.

10 sts and 12 rows to 10 cm / 4” over chart knitting flat using 9.00mm / US 13 needles, after washing and blocking.
You may need different sized needles to match tension. Please check your tension carefully and adjust your needle size accordingly.