Linden Button Up by Noriko Ho

Linden Button Up

March 2024
both are used in this pattern
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in Stripe Pattern
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
415 - 1040 yards (379 - 951 m)
1 (2, 3, 4, 5)(6, 7, 8, 9)
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When I had an emergency surgery, I decided to knit myself a Linden Vest for fun during recovery. As I was picking out yarns, I started to think, hmmm, wouldn’t this be fun as a button-up version, as well? And, well, here we are! While I was at it, I opted to lengthen this version a smidge and lower the v-neckline which actually caused it to become more a sweetheart neck. Unintentional, but definitely loving it!

This vest is worked from the bottom up, in pieces. It is then seamed for added stability (especially with the alpaca fiber content), and the armholes and buttonband are picked up and worked after. There are options for three different buttonholes (with tutorials linked in pattern), and a couple helpful blog posts linked, as well.

1 (2, 3, 4, 5)(6, 7, 8, 9)

Final dimensions
Chest Circumference: 30.25 (33.5, 38.25, 41.5, 46.25)(49.5, 54.25, 57.5, 62.25)”/77 (85, 97, 105.5, 117.5)(125.5, 138, 146, 158)cm
Mel (blonde) has a chest circumference of 44”/112cm and is wearing a Size 5 (yellow and grey model) with +2.25”/5.5cm of ease. Rainie (curly hair) has a chest circumference of 36”/91.5cm and is wearing a Size 3 with +2.25”/5.5cm of ease. Noriko (me, black and pick hair) has a chest circumference of 41”/104cm and is wearing a Size 4 with +0.5”+1.5cm of ease. Maddie (pink hair+glasses) has a 39”/99cm chese circumference and is wearing a Size 4 with +2.5”/+6.5cm of ease.
The recommended ease for this vest is –2” to +2”/-5 to +5cm of ease. Testers worked theirs between -4” and +3”/-10 to +7.5cm of ease. Some testers chose to work a size that gave them zero to +1” of ease at the low chest (underbust) but higher negative ease than recommended at the full chest.

Color A: Republica Unicornia BFL DK (100% SW British Bluefaced Leicester wool, 246yds/225m/100g) in colorway When the Ship Comes In (the grey and yellow sample)
275 (320, 375, 405, 480)(530, 595, 650, 705)yds/250 (295, 345, 370, 440)(485, 545, 595, 645)m of a smooth DK weight yarn
Color B: Republica Unicornia Suri Silk Floof (74% Baby Suri Alpaca, 26% Mulberry Silk, 328yds/300m/50g) in colorway The Lovecats (the grey and yellow sample)
140 (165, 195, 210, 245)(250, 285, 305, 335)yds/130 (150, 180, 190, 225)(250, 285, 305, 335)m of a fuzzy/textured yarn that can be worked at a DK gauge

Note: The brown and pink version uses Republica Unicornia BFL DK in Forest Floor and Suri Silk Floof in A Rose for Emily. The red and grey version was using discontinued stash yarns (very sorry, still a smooth DK weight plus a fuzzy yarn knit at a DK gauge).

US 4 3.5 mm - 40”/100cm circular for hem of body/buttonband (length is to more comfortably accommodate the number of sts along the buttonband) and 16”/40cm circular for armhole ribbing
US 6 4 mm - 32”/80cm circular
Or size to obtain gauge.

removable stitch markers, scrap yarn to place sts on hold, tapestry needle, 4 (4, 5, 5, 5)(5, 5, 6, 6) buttons between 3/8”-3/4”/10-19mm in diameter (the yellow sample has 3/8”/10mm buttons, the red sample has 5/8”/15mm buttons, and the brown/peach sample has 3/4”/19mm buttons)

20 sts x 38 rows = 4” x 4” 10 cm x 10 cm in Stripe Pattern on larger needles, blocked.

This pattern has been tech edited by Jen Hurley.