Prado Vest by Heidi Kirrmaier

Prado Vest

Knitting
October 2019
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches
in st st
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
300 - 1340 yards (274 - 1225 m)
Children's 6-12; Men's XS to 5X; Women's XS-6X (measurements given below)
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I’m happy to see menswear inspired clothing in fashion again (although, is it ever really out?) I designed this neat little vest for the whole family in 25 different sizes! It is intended to be worn with 1-4 inches of positive ease. (See below for finished chest measurements.)

The yoke is knit sideways, and then the body is knit top down making it easy to adjust the length to your liking. The design also lends itself well to colour blocking; the yoke and body could be made in different colours, and the garter trims including the garter strip across the chest could be yet another colour. The options are endless!

Techniques used in this design include: provisional cast on, picking up sts, knitting flat and in the round, and making basic increases and decreases. Short rows are used only in Women’s sizes 2X to 6X.

The men’s and women’s have somewhat different proportions. Based on a similar chest circumference, the women’s design relative to the men’s has: a slightly wider and lower V; narrower shoulders; less armhole depth; less body length. The women’s also includes a split hem detail.

I knit the sample in Prado de Lana Romney worsted, but you can use any worsted or aran weight yarn that knits to the pattern gauge.

Children’s finished chest measurements (inches) and yarn requirements (yards):

Size 6: 26¾“ / 300 yds
Size 8: 28¾” / 360 yds
Size 10: 30½“ / 415 yds
Size 12: 32½” / 465 yds

Men’s finished chest measurements (inches) and yarn requirements (yards):

XS: 36” / 575 yds
S: 39¾“ / 655 yds
M: 43½” / 765 yds
L: 47¼“ / 845 yds
XL: 51” / 940 yds
2X: 54½” / 1030 yds
3X: 58¼“ / 1115 yds
4X: 62” / 1185 yds
5X: 65¾” / 1280 yds

Women’s finished chest measurements (inches) and yarn requirements (yards):

XS: 32½“ / 510 yds
S1: 35¼” / 580 yds
S2: 37” / 600 yds
M1: 39¾“ / 655 yds
M2: 42½” / 710 yds
L: 45½“ / 765 yds
XL: 48¼” / 840 yds
2X: 51¾“ / 930 yds
3X: 55½” / 1010 yds
4X: 59¼“ / 1075 yds
5X: 64” / 1180 yds
6X: 68½” / 1260 yds