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February 2013
Aran (8 wpi) ?
US 10 - 6.0 mm
US 10 - 6.0 mm
750 - 1350 yards (686 - 1234 m)
S (M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
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There is something timeless about a long vest. Portia starts with three panels for the fronts and back then all three are joined across one row forming side vents for ease of wear and movement; the body panel is then worked in one piece up to the armholes where the back and front panels are worked separately; the only finishing is a three-needle bind off at the shoulder seams. Easy details like the garter stitch side faux seams and the toggles with twisted tab closures add a touch of customization and style.

Mango Moon Yarn’s Mantra is the cousin of Nirvana seen in Chanrda. Mantra brings cotton to the party and the colors are vibrant and varied from the recycled sarong materials that make up part of the yarn’s structure. The cotton adds just a little bit of fullness and structure that we really loved for this design.

S (M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
To Fit Bust: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60)”/81.5 (91.5, 101.5, 112, 122, 132, 142, 152.5)cm
Finished Bust: 35 (39, 43, 47, 51, 55, 59, 63)”/89 (99, 109, 119.5, 129.5, 139.5, 150, 160)cm
Finished Hip: 36.5 (40.5, 44.5, 48.5, 52.5, 56.5, 60.5, 64.5)”/92.5 (103, 113, 123, 133.5, 143.5, 153.5, 164)cm
Finished Length: 30 (30, 30.5, 31, 31, 31, 31.5, 31.5)”/76 (76, 77.5, 78.5, 78.5, 78.5, 80, 80)cm

5 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9) skeins Mango Moon Mantra (30% recycled viscose/67% cotton/3% spandex; 100g/150yds); Sample size Small shown in color Purple/Purple
Size US 6/4mm needles
Size US 10/6mm circular needle, 30”/76cm or longer
Stitch holder, stitch markers, yarn needle

24 sts 25 rows = 6 x 5”/15 x 12.5cm over Stockinette st.

1. Garment is worked from the lower edge upwards. Lower panels are worked separately and then joined together, leaving side slits between the panels. Body is worked up to the underarms. Piece is then divided and back and fronts worked separately.

  1. Circular needle is used to accommodate large number of stitches. Work back and forth in rows on circular needle as if working with straight needles.