Waterrock by Jennifer Kelley


March 2017
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 7 - 4.5 mm
520 - 770 yards (475 - 704 m)
30.5 (35, 40, 45, 49.5, 54.5) inch bust
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Waterrock is a slightly cropped top knit in Fern Fiber Roan DK that can either be worn as a layering piece, or alone as a summer top. Featuring lots of texture, and a split hem, it’s sure to be a staple in your wardrobe. Fern Fiber is based out of Asheville, NC near Waterrock Knob, located in the Appalachian Mountains. All yarns are hand-dyed using natural materials such as indigo, madder, and logwood. Their commitment to supporting local farms and mills make them a valuable fixture in the Western North Carolina fiber community.

Waterrock is meant to be worn with about two inches of positive ease, but would also look just as good with an inch or two of negative ease. If planning to wear as a summer top, negative ease is recommended, but if planning to wear as a vest, positive ease is recommended. While it has been designed to be slightly cropped, adding length is easy to do, and is noted where to do so in the pattern. Waterrock is worked from the bottom up, with the front and back hems worked flat separately in seeded rib, then joined together to work in the round. The sides of the vest are continued in seeded rib, while the body of the vest is worked in a slipped stitch pattern.

A note on yarn substitutions: yarn substitutions for Waterrock are encouraged! For a lighter, more breathable summer top, I would recommend a cotton or linen blend yarn.

Finished Sizes: 30.5 (35, 40, 45, 49.5, 54.5) inch bust
Gauge: 20 stitches x 24 rows = 4 inches in stockinette, after blocking
Suggested Yarn: 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 3) skeins of Fern Fiber Roan DK or 520 (580, 630, 680, 720, 770) yards of heavy DK or light worsted weight yarn.
Suggested needles: US 7 (3.25 mm)
4 stitch markers
Scrap yarn or stitch holders

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