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Swiss Collar Vest

Folk Vests
Knitting
October 2002
Jamieson's 2-ply Shetland
Light Fingering / 3 ply ?
24 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch on larger needles for vest; 14-16 sts = 4" / 10 cm blocked and stretched for collar
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1200 - 1500 yards (1097 - 1372 m)
38 (42, 48)" / 96.5 (106.5, 122) cm chest circumference

Lace collar vest is inspired by traditional Swiss costume that includes beautifully knitted lace scarves worn as collars over traditional bodices. Vest is worked in one piece to underarm, and then fronts and back are worked separately to shoulders. Smaller needles are used at the waist to give a slightly tapered shape. Shoulders are shaped with short rows. Collar is not attached, so vest or collar can be worn separately.

Measurements:

  • Size A: 38” / 96.5 cm chest; 21.5” / 54.5 cm length
  • Size B: 42” / 106.5 cm chest; 22” / 56 cm length
  • Size C: 48” / 122 cm chest; 24.5” / 62 cm length

Yarn:

  • Note: Recommended yarn has been discontinued. Pattern requirements are included here for information purposes. Select a light fingering weight, 100% wool yarn that will allow you to get the recommended gauge.
  • Jamieson and Smith’s 2-ply (100% wool, 150 yd / 137 m = 1 oz / 25 g): 7 (8, 9) skeins in Color #55 Red; 1 skein in Color #1A Cream.

Needles:

  • 24” / 60 cm circular needles US 3 / 3.25 mm and US 2 / 2.75 mm for vest
  • 24” / 60 cm circular needles US 7 / 4.5 mm for collar

Gauge: (in stockinette stitch on larger needles)

  • Vest: 24 sts and 34 rows = 4” / 10 cm
  • Collar: 14-16 sts = 4” / 10 cm (blocked and stretched)
  • Note: Remember that gauge determines how your garment will fit. Swatch until you get it right!

Notions:

  • seven .5” / 12 mm buttons
  • 2 safety pins
  • stitch markers
  • stitch holders

Techniques: (included in book)

  • Short rows
  • Pick up stitches by knitting
  • Three-needle bind-off