Rooibos by Amy Swenson


February 2010
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
US 10 - 6.0 mm
675 - 1250 yards (617 - 1143 m)
Chest: 32[36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56] inches
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This pattern is available for free.

I’m a sucker for chunky knits. I love how quickly they work up, how deliciously weighty they feel when worn, and how cozy they keep me during the chilly winter months. As a curvy girl, though, it can be tough to knit in the heavier gauges while still flattering my figure.

I designed this vest to be fun to knit, with just enough challenging techniques to keep me on my toes. It features a ribbed back panel and knit-on pockets for a stylish challenge. But I also wanted it to be fun to wear; fitted with a ribbed back panel and waist shaping, swingy, and fashion-forward with boots and skinny jeans.

Like a warm cup of the tea its named after, the Rooibos vest will be a great layering piece for winter and beyond.

Editor’s note: it’s pronounced “Roy-boss”. Because I figure more people than just me didn’t know that either.