Gretel Vest by Anne Podlesak

Gretel Vest

November 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
30 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Woodland Path Chart after blocking
US 3 - 3.25 mm
1275 - 2125 yards (1166 - 1943 m)
Finished bust sizes 32 ¾ (35, 38, 41 ¼, 44 ½, 47 ½, 51)”/83 (89.5, 96.5, 105, 113, 120.5, 129) cm, after blocking, buttoned
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This women’s slightly cropped vest is worked from the bottom hem up to the armholes in one piece. There is subtle shaping from the hem to the waist using gusset decreases incorporated into the pattern. The vest also features a rounded neckline, with the front edges, neckline and armholes finished with simple garter-stitch bands.

Sample size shown is 35” (88.5 cm), worn with approximately 2”/5 cm of positive ease. You’ll want to pick a size with at least 1/2-inch or so of positive ease so you can layer it if you plan on wearing it with a slim-fitting top underneath. For normal sized tees and shirts, 1-2” of positive ease is recommended.

Pick a fingering weight yarn that yields a nice drape (something like these silk/merino blends) without much if any halo to yield great stitch definition.

Inspiration: The tale of Hansel and Gretel , who are taken into the woods by their father and left, then captured by the wicked witch, only to escape her clutches is a classic tale of good and evil. I was inspired by the concept of meandering woodland trails under towering trees for this Bavarian twisted-stitch vest.

Note that this vest is one of of an 8-piece set in the Legendary Knits, volume 3 collection.