Thrifty by Kelly van Niekerk


September 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch (blocked)
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
197 - 766 yards (180 - 700 m)
16 sizes: 35cm - 72.5cm chest circumference (approx newborn to 10y)
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In times gone past, our mothers and grandmothers prided themselves on their thrifty habits. In modern times we favour excess consumption – lets start a revolution and start knitting with more thrift!

Thrifty is constructed from the hem upwards, and worked in the round.
The body is worked using a high contrast colour, before transitioning to a neutral colour, just prior to the armholes. Front and back are separated and worked back and forth, before rejoining on top of the shoulders.
The neckline and armholes are finished with an applied i-cord edging; stitches will need to be picked up to do this.
Sizes 35cm-52.5cm have a buttoned neckline, secured to the upper back of the vest.

applied i-cord (for sleeve and neck opening)
kitchener stitch or 3-needle bind off (for shoulder)
knitting in the round
picking up stitches (for edgings)
provisional cast on (for seamless i-cord)