Bruntsfield by Ysolda Teague


May 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in charted colourwork pattern in the round on larger needle
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
3.0 mm
1250 - 2195 yards (1143 - 2007 m)
Finished chest circumference of 30¾[34¼, 37¾, 41¼] (44½, 48, 51½) [54¾, 58¼]
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A v-neck Fair Isle vest with strong lines and traditional ‘x’ and ‘o’ geometric patterns. Bruntsfield is worked from the bottom up in the round. Above the underarm additional steek stitches are added to bridge the gaps at the neck and armholes to avoid working stranded colourwork back and forth. When the knitting is complete these are finished with crochet and cut open, detailed illustrated instructions are included for this process. After cutting the steeks open, stitches are picked up around the armholes and neck and ribbed bands are worked. A crisp angle at the ‘v’ on the neck is created by working mitred decreases.

Bruntsfield is worked in five undyed colours to make the most of the amazing variety of Shetland fleece colours. Selecting colours is one of the most exciting aspects of stranded colourwork and can create incredibly different looks but it can also be challenging. To make planning your own combinations easier a colour in chart and quick reference palette are included.

30¾[34¼, 37¾, 41¼] (44½, 48, 51½) [54¾, 58¼] finished chest circumference.

Refer to schematic and measurement charts for more detailed measurements and metric sizing.

Shown in size 34¼ with no ease.

Note: in order to maintain the pattern flow over the shoulders without affecting the armhole fit the length from the bottom edge to the underarm varies. You may prefer to choose fit over perfect pattern matching, in which case work exactly the length desired and ignore the directions to end on a certain row of the chart.

See information images for detailed measurements, yarn colours and yardage.

Helpful links
Tutorial - Crochet steeks on Cruden
Technique Thursday - Colour dominance
Technique Thursday - Choosing colours, a guest post from Felicity Ford
Technique Thursday - Swift swatching in the round
Tutorial - Tubular Cast on
Tutorial - Tubular Bind off