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Lichen Waistcoat

Folk Vests
Knitting
January 2002
Jamieson's 2-ply Shetland
Light Fingering / 3 ply ?

Waistcoat features XO and peerie patterns. Garment, knitted in stockinette stitch using two-color stranding technique, is worked circularly up to the shoulders. Steeks are made for the front opening and armholes.

Sizing Notes: The size of the vest is determined by the needle size - the larger sizes are made using larger needles. For this reason, doing a gauge swatch is very important!

Measurements:

  • Size A: 42.25” / 107.5 cm chest; 24.25” / 61.5 cm length
  • Size B: 45.5” / 115.5 cm chest; 25.5” / 65 cm length
  • Size C: 49.5” / 126 cm chest; 27” / 68.5 cm length

Yarn: (Note: Recommended yarn has been discontinued.)

  • Color A: 750 yd / 685 m
  • Color B: 450 yd / 411 m
  • Color C: 300 yd / 274 m
  • Color D: 150 yd / 137 m
  • Color E: 150 yd / 137 m

Gauge (in Fair Isle pattern on larger needles):

  • Size A: 28 sts and 32 rows = 4” / 10 cm
  • Size B: 26 sts and 30 rows = 4” / 10 cm
  • Size C: 24 sts and 28 rows = 4” / 10 cm
  • Remember: Gauge determines how your garment will fit. Swatch until you get it right!

Needles:

  • Size A: US 3 / 3.25 mm, 24” / 60 cm circular needles; US 1 / 2.25 mm, 16” / 40 cm circular needles
  • Size B: US 4 / 3.5 mm, 24” / 60 cm circular needles; US 2 / 2.75 mm, 16” / 40 cm circular needles
  • Size C: US 5 / 3.75 mm, 24” / 60 cm circular needles; US 3 / 3.25 mm, 16” / 40 cm circular needles

Notions:

  • Six 1/2” / 12 mm buttons
  • Stitch markers
  • Stitch holders

Techniques (included in book):

  • Steeks
  • Fair Isle stranded knitting
  • Chart reading
  • Pick up stitches by knitting
  • Three-needle bind-off