ERRATA: knitters who printed the pattern out early on will find corrections on the pattern page at knitty.com printed in pink.
Notions: stitch holders or spare needles, stitch markers, yarn needle, six 1” buttons.
I moved recently to a town outside of Boston whose morning streets are dominated by busy parents getting to the errands of their day while kids are at school. I have to admire their pluck, their practical energy of taking care of their families, and to respect their get ‘er done togs. As a designer, I am prone to flights of fancy, of slightly arty interpretations of whatever I am obsessed with at the moment. Not everything I knit is something you can throw over your yoga clothes or pop on to pick up a quart of milk. So in the spirit of my new neighborhood, I have interpreted the casual outer layer of late fall in New England, the puffy vest.
Strategically placed ribbing provides fuss free curves that can be wet blocked away if you want something less tailored in fit. The Blue Sky Alpacas Extra is a lush and bulky yarn that makes this a delicious knit to wear as an outer layer now, and as a cozy under layer later when the winter winds pick up. Pockets because: pockets. And a hood, for ducking the PTO president in the bread aisle. Throw this on, and seize the day.