Universal Vest by Sally Melville
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Universal Vest

August 2015
Aran (8 wpi) ?
15 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
4.5 mm
990 - 1210 yards (905 - 1106 m)
S (M, L, 1X, 2X)
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This vest has some similarities with the Einstein Coat (from The Knit Stitch)—all done in garter with slip-stitch edges. But there are significant differences: the vest has short rows (for back shaping, of which you can see evidence in side and back views), and it has no seaming.

A Major difference between this piece and the coat is that it can be worn upside-down! If worn “right-side-up,” it has narrower shoulders and longer front. If worn “upside down,“ it has wider shoulders and a shorter front. Fortunately, the pockets work in both.

There are other options that appear through the pattern: a variegated body + solid collar, or a collar with some shaping.

Many of these options are visible in the accompanying photos.