Shoalwater by Chelsea Berkompas
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Shoalwater

Knitting
August 2015
DK (11 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 10 - 6.0 mm
738 - 1353 yards (675 - 1237 m)
33”, (35”, 37” 39”, 41”, 43”, 45”, 47”) finished bust measurement.
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Shoalwater is a twisted racerback summer vest with a lovely draped lace front. Knit in a cool cotton/linen blend and at a loose gauge, this vest works up very quickly and has incredible, lightweight drape and flowing summer style. It is knit flat from the bottom to the armholes in one piece and then the back and fronts are knit separately. The front lace panels are repeats of a beautifully simple lace stitch and are knit just like a scarf. Finally, all the pieces are seamed together making use of a few different grafting and finishing techniques, all of which are explained in depth. Shoalwater is simple summer style - cool, flowing and effortless - a vest ready to take you from beach to festival!

Shoalwater is one of the four patterns included in the Sidewalk to Seashore collection. Designed in the soft and summery Knit Pick’s Cotlin and inspired by the coast, this collection includes a lace skirt, a twisted racerback vest, an asymmetrical shawl and a fringed triangle cowl. Easy living, no fuss, beach-y summer style - enjoyable to knit and to wear!

Shoalwater Pattern Info:

SIZES:

  • 33”, (35”, 37” 39”, 41”, 43”, 45”, 47”) finished bust measurement. (I suggest choosing a size that gives you 1” of positive ease.)
  • Length of vest from base of neck to CO edge: 26.5”, (27”, 28”, 28”, 28.5”, 28.5”, 28.75”, 29”)
  • Armhole depth: 8.5”, (9”, 9.25”, 9.5”, 9.75”, 10”, 10.25” 10.5”)

MATERIALS:
Knit Pick’s Cotlin (70% Tanguis cotton, 30% linen; 123 yards/50g)

  • Linen (MC) 3, (4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6) balls or approx. 369, (492, 492, 492, 492, 615, 615, 738) yards
  • Harbor (CC): 3, (3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5) balls or approx. 369, (369, 369, 492, 492, 492, 492, 615) yards

NOTE ABOUT SIZING:
This vest is designed to be loose and flowing with 1” of positive ease at the bust (plus lace panels that can overlap entirely) and 7” of positive ease at the bottom hem. The amount of drape you will get is very dependent on the yarn chosen as well as the gauge. If you are substituting a different yarn (especially one without linen in it!), knit a good sized swatch first to make sure you are getting the right gauge!