Mielie (South African maize) is simple, classic, and utterly wearable in a number of ways. This vest is knit in Stockinette Stitch from the top down, mostly in one piece, with waist shaping. A ribbed collar is added once the body is complete, and is folded and sewn down for a thicker, warmer, and more dramatic shape. Mielie can be worn all snapped up, barely fastened with the collar falling open, or all open for a more relaxed look – the use of snaps allows you to choose the best placement after trying the finished vest on. And no fall piece is complete with out pockets – knit them straight onto the body (or simply leave them off if your hands are warm enough already).
Sample shown in size 32” / 81.5 cm with 1”/ 2.5 cm of negative ease.
Mielie is available as a ready-to-make project on Kitterly.
Specific yarn requirements:
The Plucky Knitter Primo Worsted (75% Merino, 20% Cashmere, 5% Nylon; 200 yds / 183 m per 100g); 4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8) skeins in Honey Wilkes;
Or, 665 (760, 855, 950, 1045, 1140, 1235, 1330, 1425) yds / 610 (695, 780, 870, 955, 1040, 1130, 1215, 1305) m of a worsted weight yarn
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Technical editing by Alison Green.