Zack Sideways Vest by James Cox

Zack Sideways Vest

October 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
26.5 stitches and 34.5 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch - washed & blocked
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
2754 - 4131 yards (2518 - 3777 m)
Small (Medium, Large, X-Large)
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This design is created using both single-stranded solid colored yarn and double stranded variegated lace weight yarn. The double stranding creates a unique colorway. Before starting, wind half of each ball of variegated yarn separately so you can off set the colors when double stranding to achieve the most effective color blend. The body of this vest is knit sideways, in one piece with no side seams. Although the body of the vest is knit flat, we suggest using a circular needle to accommodate the large number of sts on the needle.

This downloadable pattern and yarn can be purchased from designer James Cox. The pattern is accompanied by a unique row checker to help keep track of stitch count row-by-row and all shaping.

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Variegated Color: Schoppel® Zauberball Crazy
75% Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon
459 yards (420m)/3.53oz. (100g) - double-stranded for body,
single-stranded for neck trim
4 (5, 5, 6) balls (color #2248 shown in photo)
Solid Color: Zitron® Trekking Sport
75% Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon
459 yards (420m)/3.53oz. (100g)
2 (3, 3, 3) balls (color #1460 shown in photo) single-stranded only


  • US4/3.5mm* 16”/40cm circular needle
  • US4/3.5mm* 32”/80cm circular needle
  • US4/3.5mm* 60”/150cm circular needle
  • US2/2.75mm** 16”/40cm circular needle
  • 6 buttons
  • Removable stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle
  • Or size needed to obtain gauge ** Or two sizes smaller than needed to obtain gauge

IMPORTANT: In order to achieve the same gauge in both the variegated and solid yarns, we found it necessary to double strand the Zauberball but used the Trekking single-stranded. If you are using other yarns, knit your gauge swatches using the yarns single-stranded. If you find that one or both of the swatches is too open or loose, then try to achieve gauge using two strands of yarn. Remember to take into account how using two strands will a affect the amount of yarn you will need. The most important thing is that you achieve the correct gauge in both the variegated and solid yarns.

SIZE Small (Medium, Large, X-Large)

SKILL LEVEL Intermediate

Finished Chest Circumference
37.5 (41, 42.75, 46.25)”/95.5 (104.5, 108.5, 117.5)cm

26.5 sts and 34.5 rows = 4”/10cm in stockinette stitch, washed and blocked.
It is important that you achieve the correct gauge in both the variegated and solid yarns. Use 2 strands of the variegated yarn and 1 strand of the solid yarn to achieve the correct gauge.
Because this style is knit sideways, it is particularly important that you achieve the correct row gauge.
Wash and dry your swatch according to the instructions on the yarn label before taking your gauge.