Freeport Shawl Collar Vest
December 2016 Update: I am in the process of revamping this pattern as it’s now over 6 years old and needed some updating. I will re-release this pattern soon when v2.0 is ready!
Nothing says deep autumn like a wool vest. As the leaves begin to accumulate on the almost frozen ground, a bulky vest is the perfect layering option to keep you warm. The shawl collar and slight waist shaping of Freeport give it a fitted, sophisticated look while the inside-out stripes give it a more unique and artisan feel than your standard wool vest. The hip to underarm section is worked in stockinette while the top portion is worked in garter stitch with stripes every other row.
This is a great project for a beginner knitter who is ready to try out a few new techniques, most notably short row shaping, the three needle bind off technique, as well as the Elizabeth Zimmerman “Phony Seam” technique (from her book “Knitting Without Tears.”) This technique allows you to get the look and feel of a side seam while still working your garment seamlessly—it’s quite ingenious!
A seamless knit using bulky-weight yarn (I used Lamb’s Pride Bulky) and sized from XS-3X, Freeport will knit up fast and be a great addition to your autumn and winter wardrobe.
Sizes: XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X)
Finished Chest Size: 32.75 (35.75, 40.25, 44.25, 48.25, 52.25, 56.25)”/83 (91, 103, 112, 123, 133, 143) cm
3.5 sts & 5 rows = 1 in/2.5 cm in stockinette st with larger needles
3.5 sts & 7 rows = 1 in/2.5 cm in garter st with larger needles
• Suggested Yarn: Lamb’s Pride Bulky or any bulky weight yarn with correct gauge
• 6 (6, 7, 8, 9, 9, 10) skeins/690 (750, 850, 930, 1015, 1100, 1180) yds of main color
• 2 skeins/140 (152, 172, 188, 205, 222, 240) yds of contrasting color
• US 10.5 29”/6.5 mm 74 cm (or size needle you need to get gauge)
• US 10 29” & 16”/6 mm 74 cm & 41 cm circular needles (or 1 size smaller than size needed to get gauge)
• Extra US 10.5/6.5 mm needle for three needle bind off technique (can be straight, DPN, or circular)
• Crochet hook size H
• 4 stitch markers
• 3 stitch holders
• Tapestry needle
• 1 toggle
Freeport is knit from the bottom-up and all in one-piece (no seaming!). As you work your way up, a little waist shaping is added. At the underarms, stitches are bound off and each front piece and back piece is worked separately in garter stitch to the shoulders. Also, at the underarm is where the Elizabeth Zimmerman “Phony Seam” technique is done (detailed instructions and pictures on how to do this included in the pattern). At the shoulders, the fronts and back are seamed together by using the three needle bind off technique. To create the armband ribbing as well as the front band ribbing, stitches are picked up and knitted and worked in 2x2 ribbing. The shawl collar is created by working short rows back and forth (detailed instructions below). Lastly, a toggle loop is created by crocheting a short chain. If you don’t crochet (or have any interest in learning how to chain), there are alternative options given.