Hastings by Shaulaine White


September 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
31 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Colourwork
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
1094 - 1640 yards (1000 - 1500 m)
XS-3X (30 3/4" to 52 1/2" finished bust)
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Hastings is a colourwork vest that makes for a nice warm layer in the cooler months, without being too warm indoors. Being a cropped vest, it requires relatively little yarn and doesn’t take as long to knit as a sweater. Colour changes only occur every few rows, there are no more than 2 colours per row, and there is no waist shaping. This is a good project for those new to colourwork. The tricky parts are the neck and armhole shaping, but detailed instructions and extra chart aids are provided for these sections.

Hastings is named after Captain Hastings. If you are a Poirot fan then you will know what I mean when I say this is inspired by the many vests of Arthur Hastings! (The David Suchet version.)

The pattern contains colourwork charts for 2 different palette options, shown in the photos. The pattern and yarn are available together as a kit here: https://dawnorchid.ca/yarn/kits/

Finished Bust Sizes: 30.75”, 34.25”, 36”, 38”, 39.75”, 43.25”, 45”, 48.75”, 52.5”

Yarn Requirements:
Yarn Quantities - Palette A / Palette B - Size XS to 3X g:
C1 - Windy Dunes / Ancient Pine - 105 (XS) to 175 (3X) g
C2 - Sunny Shallows / Wild Iris - 75 to 115 g
C3 - Burnished Oak / Opal Flame - 45 to 70 g
C4 - Winter Sun / Chicory - 60 to 85 g
C5 - Night Kayak / Midwinter - 10 to 15 g
Dawn Orchid BFL is available in 25g and 115g skeins, in all colours.

Skills Required:

  • Stranded or fairisle knitting and a basic understanding of yarn dominance

  • 3-needle bind-off

  • Working in the round

  • Backwards loop cast-on