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Mielie Vest

Knitting
November 2013
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
665 - 1425 yards (608 - 1303 m)
Finished bust: 28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60)” / 71 (81.5, 91.5, 101.5, 112, 122, 132, 142, 152.5) cm; Length from back neck to hem, excluding collar: 21.75 (22.5, 23.5, 23.75, 24, 24, 24.5, 25, 25)'' / 55 (57, 59.5, 60.5, 61, 61, 62, 63.5, 63.5) cm
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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.

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

Please come ask questions and share either progress or FO photos in The Yarniad’s Symposium group, here!

Technical editing by Alison Green.