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Dineh Blanket Vest

Knitting
January 2002
Weaving Southwest Worsted Singles
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches in St st with body needle.
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1140 yards (1042 m)
Size A (36" chest, 21.74" length)

SIZES: Size A (36” chest, 21.74” length), Size B (41.5” chest, 24.5” length), Size C (48.75” chest, 27.75” length)

YARN: Weaving Southwest Worsted Singles (85% wool, 15% mohair; 190 yd/4 oz) is used -- Sangre (Color A), 4 skeins; Garnet (Color B) and Slate (Color C), 1 skein each.

NEEDLES: Body needle: 24” circular size 6 for Size A, size 7 for B, size 8 for C. 24” and 16” circular needles two sizes smaller than needle used for body. 24” circular needle one size larger than needle used for body. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain gauge, as the gauge is the only way that this pattern’s size is defined.

NOTIONS: 5 5/8” buttons; stitch markers; stitch holders.

GAUGE: in St st on body needle:

- Size A: 18 sts and 30 rows = 4”
- Size B: 16 sts and 26 rows = 4”
- Size C: 14 sts and 22 rows = 4”

  • Note: Because this vest is knit sideways, it is very important to get an accurate ROW gauge!

The Navajo call themselves Dineh, which means “the people.” Navajo weaving began in the 1600s. By the 1800s, stripes and meanders, simple zigzag designs, had become traditional elements in their work. Weavers were able to add more color to their work by cutting up pieces of a Spanish cloth called bayeta, unraveling the yarn and using it in their own woven designs. A rich, rusty red was a favorite color The pattern of the Dineh Blanket Vest is based on the designs in a classic Navajo child’s blanket in the Bert Lies collection.

- from Cheryl Oberle’s Folk Vests.