Bravais Shawl Vest by Maria Leigh

Bravais Shawl Vest

May 2019
DK (11 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in lace patt on larger needle.
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1635 - 2180 yards (1495 - 1993 m)
14 1/4 (17 3/4)" back width at underarm.
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Part wrap, part cardigan, this easy-going garment is versatile enough to pack on all your summer adventures. Inserted in the simple geometry of a rectangle, finished arm openings turn a two-dimensional knitted plane into a three-dimensional vest that wraps around you to cuddle up or hangs loose to stay cool.

Difficulty Easy

Finished Size 14 1/4 (17 3/4)“ back width at underarm. Vest shown measures 14 1/4” on model with 32” bust.

Yarn Jo Sharp Soho Summer DK Cotton (100% cotton; 109 yd (100 m)/ 1 3/4 oz (50 g)): #236 Jet, 15 (20) balls. Yarn distributed by Kingfisher Yarn & Fibre.

Yarn Weight 3

Needles Sizes 5 (3.75 mm) and 6 (4 mm): 32” circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Markers (m); waste yarn for provisional CO; size G/6 (4 mm) crochet hook; cable needle (cn); stitch holders; tapestry needle.

Gauge 18 sts and 28 rows = 4” in lace patt on larger needle.

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  • This vest is worked back and forth in one piece from the lower edge to the underarm, then the upper fronts and back are worked separately to the top of the armhole, then the collar is worked in one piece to the end.
  • A circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of stitches.

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