Argyle Vest by Ann Budd

Argyle Vest

September 2008
DK (11 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch on larger needles
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1528 - 2101 yards (1397 - 1921 m)
About 33½ (36, 41, 46½)" (85 [91.5, 104, 118] cm) bust circumference
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Pattern Description from Color Style: “In a twist on classic argyle patterning, Ann Budd worked colorful diamonds in different sizes against a neutral background on the front of this lightweight vest. She chose different colors to accent the diagonal lines. Because a different ‘ball’ of yarn is needed for each color area, the same number of balls is used whether all the diamonds and diagonal lines are worked in the same color or not - and more colors are so much more fun! A soft tweed yarn and round neck give this vest a casual look, and knit-three-purl-one ribs along the sides and across the back give it a slightly slimming fit while preventing the edges from curling.”

Finished Size: About 33½ (36, 41, 46½)“ (85 91.5, 104, 118 cm) bust circumference.

Yarn: Sportweight (#2 Fine).
Rowan Felted Tween (50% merino, 25% alpaca, 25% viscose; 191 yd 175 m/50 g): #SH157 camel (tan; MC), 3 (4, 5, 6) balls; #SH158 pine (dark green; A), #SH154 ginger (rust; B), #SH150 rage (red; C), #SH161 avocado (light green; D), and #SH152 watery (teal; E), 1 ball each.

Needles: Front and back - size 5 (3.75 cm). Neck and armbands - size 4 (3.5 mm): 16” (40 cm) circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Markers (m); bobbins for winding lengths of yarn (optional); tapestry needle


  • “Knit the first and last stitch of every row for selvedge stitches.”
  • “Pay close attention to the chart - while the patterns for the diagonal lines and large diamonds begin on right-side rows, the patterns for the small diamonds begin on wrong-side rows.”
  • “Work the Argyle chart in the intarsia method, using a separate ball or bobbin of yarn for each color block and twisting yarns around each other at color changes to prevent holes from forming.”