Talia by SweaterBabe
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March 2008
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 9 - 5.5 mm
570 - 1140 yards (521 - 1042 m)
XS through 3X
This pattern is available for free.

A Design from SweaterBabe published on Knitty.com:

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When I need a slimming pick-me-up outfit, I reach for something fitted, something black, something with gorgeous detailing that will make me feel instantly more chic. Finding nothing in my closet that met these lofty needs, I decided to create this shapely knit vest.

It’s all about the curves and detailing (and no seams!). This vest is knit from the bottom up in one piece, including the button bands, starting with a sexy, curvy scroll lace border. The lace stitch naturally creates the pretty scalloped hem. The stitches are then decreased in three stages to get the beautiful, tiered effect that leads into the nipped in waist.

The curvy scroll lace is continued up the front and ends with the open, u-shaped neckline (great for wearing with all sorts of tops and designed to flatter). Arm and neck borders are worked in garter stitch with decreases at the underarm for the best fit and tapering at the front top border corners to keep with the curvy theme.

The resulting fit is ultra flattering whether it’s worn casually open or closed like a fitted corset. I love this vest with a flirty blouse and dark skirt for a night out, or over a long-sleeve tee and jeans. It’s the perfect go-to piece to fill the void in my closet. -- Katherine of SweaterBabe.com

XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X)


  • Chest: 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54) inches
  • Length: 26.25 (26.25, 26.25, 27.5, 27.5, 29.5, 29.5) inches

Also available from SweaterBabe.com here.