Fisher Vest by Jenjoyce Design

Fisher Vest

September 2021
Worsted to Aran weight yarn
both are used in this pattern
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
4.5 stitches and 6 rows = 1 inch
in charted pattern
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
340 - 1050 yards (311 - 960 m)
30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50) inches
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A seaworthy classic buttoned vest with a modern twist for fisherwomen, fishermen, fisherteens & fisherkids! Knit bottom up, flat, and seamlessly in one piece. Pattern is written for aran/heavy worsted weight yarn, in six sizes 30-50” bust, includes a gauge substitution chart so you can use bulky to fingering/sport weights and have a broader size range from 24”-60” bust, with more yarns you love (note that some yarn weights will exclude some sizes.) Vest has choice of crew or v-neck shaping, and with four charts to choose from, you can make a traditional fishermen’s style vest in your favorite heirloom yarn, or handspun!


  • Cream Vest: size 3, Simply Wool bulky, with crew neck, and (main) Fisher Chart, and ribbing option-1.
  • Grey Vest: size 4, Istex Lettlopi, with chart variation-1, ribbing option-2 (with cables in ribbing) and Narrow Shoulder option with extra shoulder decreases.
  • Light Grey Crew-Neck size 3, Istex Lettlopi, with main chart, ribbing option-2, and crew neck.
  • Green Vest: size 2, Cascade Eco+, crew neck, chart variation-3, and ribbing option-1 .

Yarn: Shown in Simply Wool by Knitpicks, 193 yards = 100g, or any aran or heavy worsted weight wool or wool blend.
Gauge: 18 sts & 24 rows = 4 inches (4.5 sts & 6 rows = 1”)
Needles: 40” circular, or needles long enough to hold body circumference comfortably, in following sizes:
Needles 1 = US 7-8 4.5-5mm or size to get preferred gauge,
Needles 2 = needles 2 sizes smaller than size to get gauge, for ribbing.
Sizes: 1 ( 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) Actual Vest measuring:

  • Bust (with 1” button band overlapping): 29.6 (33.8, 38.1, 42.3, 46.5, 50.7) inches.
  • Tot length from shoulder to bottom: 20.3 (23.4, 26.4, 29.3, 32.2, 35.1) inches
  • Body from bottom edge to armhole: 12.9 (15, 16.9, 18.8, 20.6, 22.5) inches
  • Armhole length (before armhole ribbing): 7.4 (8.4, 9.5, 10.5, 11.6, 12.6) inches

Yardage: approx. 380 (530, 660, 780, 940, 1040) yards –or-
approx. 200 (280, 340, 400, 490, 540) grams.

FITTING NOTE: The sizes for Fisher Vest are graded for average build, unisex, with gauge of 4.5 sts = 1” -- all sizes having same proportion using percentage grading, it is up to the experienced knitter to make adjustments for custom sizing (as plus, petite, tall, etc).

Construction: Fisher Vest is worked bottom up, flat, in rows back and forth with right-side (RS) and wrong-side (WS). Worked in one piece to underarm, then fronts and back are worked separately to the shoulders. Shoulder seams are not shaped, but joined at finish with 3-needle bind-off Armholes & button bands picked up at edges and worked last. NOTE that each size is unique how the charted motifs look through the armhole and neck shaping, and shoulder join.

I invite Any & All who are knitting Fisher Vest to bring questions, comments, great tutorial links, and otherwise general related chattiness to my Jenjoyce Group which exists just for knitters of Jenjoyce’s patterns. The kettle is on… see you there !