Shanna's Cable and Lace Vest by Lorna Miser

Shanna's Cable and Lace Vest

March 2009
Sport (12 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Floral Lace Pattern
US 4 - 3.5 mm
800 - 1200 yards (732 - 1097 m)
Bust: 34 (37, 40, 44, 47) inches
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Pattern Description from Faith, Hope, Love, Knitting: “I’ve tried to design a garment that reflects Shanna’s feminine, tasteful style, and acknowledges her love of texture, cables, and lace. Consequently, this is a very advanced project, because the cables, lace, and shaping must all be done simultaneously. Shanna also loves working with finer-gauge yarns on smaller needles, and the yarn featured in this vest is still one of her favorites.”

Skill Level: Experienced

Size: Fitted sizes, per measurements below

Finished Measurements:

  • Bust: 34 (37, 40, 44, 47) inches
  • Length (hem to back neck): 21½ (22½, 23½, 24½, 25½) inches


  • Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport (100% superwash wool; 200 yd per 2.6ox skein), four (four, five, five, six) skeins color Manzanita #2ns
  • US #4 (3.5 mm) knitting needles
  • One 16-inch US #4 (3.5 mm) circular needle
  • Stitch markers
  • Stitch holders
  • Cable needle
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge: 24 sts and 30 rows = 4 inch in Floral Lace Pattern

Notes: Cable edging is worked first, then lace pattern begins in the middle of the row, working progressively longer rows to make a gently shaped, short-rowed hemline. Because the cable edging pulls in more than the lace pattern, more sts are cast on fro the hem than are decreased when beginning the lace. When working neck and armhole shapings in lace, if there aren’t enough stitches for a complete or half pattern repeat, work extra stitches in Stockinette.