Shibui Linen Vest by Kristen Ashbaugh-Helmreich

Shibui Linen Vest

Fingering (14 wpi) ?
15 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Garter Stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
700 - 800 yards (640 - 732 m)
S/M & L/XL
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I’ve always had a thing for drapey clothing. Even during the days when tight clothing was all the rage, I yearned for looser styles and flowing layers. I guess I am a little bohemian at heart! Imagine my excitement when those styles came back into fashion a few years ago and suddenly I had many different options to choose from!

You really can’t beat the amazing drape that linen provides. When Shibui debuted their Linen yarn earlier this year, I knew I had to design something with it. I had a simple vest in mind featuring lots of garter stitch, a racer back, and flowing sides that drape with your body. Luckily, this yarn does that with minimal coaxing and gets softer and even more floaty with washing, blocking, and wearing. It can be knit with or without stripes, and it’s sure to become your favorite lightweight summer wardrobe accessory for layering, belting, and generally looking chic! I hope you enjoy this new free pattern from Jimmy Beans Wool!

Finished Measurements:
S/M- 41.25” wide X 22” long. Racerback height- 14” tall.
L/XL- 46.5” wide X 24” long. Racerback height- 16” tall. (Shown)
* Note on Sizing: piece will grow another 10-20% with first few wearings, mostly in length. Please choose your size accordingly. The S/M is best fits a 34-38” bust (5’7” or shorter) and the L/XL best fits a 40-44” bust (5’8” or taller) but you could easily follow the height directions for either size depending on your height. For example, if you are 5’7” or shorter but have a 40” or larger bust, you might consider knitting the height requirements for the S/M while casting on for the L/XL. The opposite goes for someone who is a S/M in the bust category but 5’8” or taller- cast on for S/M but follow instructions for L/XL for length. For reference, I have a 42” bust and am 5’11”. I knit the L/XL.

Thanks so much to Shibui for providing the yarn for this project!