Bee Leaf Vest and Tunic by Ekaterina Filippova-Blanchard

Bee Leaf Vest and Tunic

Knitting
September 2022
Aran (8 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in Rib 1x1
US 6 - 4.0 mm
555 - 1150 yards (507 - 1052 m)
XS (S, M, L) XL
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Perfect for layering, this sleeveless vest features a flattering V-neckline and works equally well as a vest or a tunic. What sets this vest apart is the asymmetrical hemline, with the back being slightly longer than the front and the side splits that enhance mobility and create a sense of flow and movement when you wear it. Delicately woven into the fabric, the leaves pattern gives a nod to nature’s grace, bringing a touch of the outdoors to your wardrobe.

This sweater comes with three length options: cropped (high hip), medium (low hip) and tunic.

Lace pattern is only charted.

Construction
The ribbed hem that feeds straight into the lace pattern is worked in two pieces to form the splits, with longer Back hem. Then the Body is worked in the round from the lower edge to the base of the V-neck and the underarms, where the two sides of the front and the back are divided and worked separately to the shoulders. Collar and armhole ribbings are picked up and worked in the round once shoulders are seamed.

Size and Finished Measurements
Sizes XS (S, M, L) XL
Finished Chest circumference:
40 (48, 56, 64) 72 “ / 100 (120, 140, 160) 180 cm
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Short vest shown in size S (45.5”/ 114 cm)
To be worn with approx. 10-14”/ 25-33 cm of positive ease
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Tunic shown in size M (45.5”/ 114 cm)
with approx. 16”/ 40 cm of positive ease at chest

Materials
Short Vest - approximately 545 (655, 800, 955) 1130 yards/ 500 (600, 725, 875) 1035 meters
or 5 (6, 7, 9) 11 balls

Medium Vest - approximately 765 (875, 985, 1200) 1310 yards/ 700 (800, 900, 1100) 1200 meters
or 7 (8, 9, 11) 12 balls

Tunic - approximately 835 (1000, 1200, 1415) 1645 yards/ 765 (920, 1100, 1300) 1510 meters or 8 (10, 12, 14) 16 balls of Triade by Cheval Blanc (38% Wool, 28% Nylon, 22% Cotton, 7% Acrylic; 109 yd / 100 m per 50 g skein)
or any aran weight wool blend yarn
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Short Vest in Size S shown in Ardoise (013)
Tunic in Size M shown in Biche (120)
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US 6 / 4 mm 16” / 40 cm and 32” /80 cm circular needles
If necessary, adjust needle size to obtain accurate gauge
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stitch markers, stitch holders or scrap yarn, tapestry needle

Gauge
finished (post-blocked)
19 sts and 26 rounds = 4”/10 cm in 1x1 Rib
18 sts and 22 rounds = 4”/10 cm in Leaves pattern Stitch

Pattern Difficulty
Intermediate

Skills Required
Knit, purl, yarn over, basic increasing and decreasing, picking up stitches, reading charts