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Circular Vest 3
September 2, 2018
September 22, 2018
Project info
Circular Vest 3
Balboa Waistcoat by Kari-Helene Rane
Modified Medium
Needles & yarn
US 10 - 6.0 mm
AC Royal
18 yards in stash
1.92 skeins = 434.0 yards (396.8 meters)
Alpagas Charlevoix
August 21, 2018

This yarn may be a bit drapey for the vest but then again, maybe not. The pattern does call for alpaca…


I get 54, 4-row repeats with 103 g of this yarn (aka 1 ball).

103g = 226 yards = 54, 4-row repeats

54 x 4 rows = 216 rows in 54 repeats

Each row uses almost 1 yard of yarn.

Every 4-row repeat uses 3.9 yards

It appears that my garter-stitch gauge, preblocked, is 8 st x 8.5 rows and I sense this yarn may grow.

To get to 84 repeats for the waistcoat (size small), in total, you need 30 more 4-row repeats or 117 yards of the remaining 226 yards. That leaves 109 yards to make the vest back.

To get to 90 repeats for the waistcoat (size medium), in total you need 36 more 4-row repeats or 141 yards of the remaining 226 yards leaving 85 yards to make the vest back.

Make the vest back now (put stitches for waistcoat on holder) by using a modified version of the previous version’s instruction (see Letlopi version). This time, on the basis of your gauge, you’ll CO 38 to get to pre-blocked 9.5” length x 8.5” width will take approximately 36 rows based on the difference in gauge between this version and the one you made with the thicker Letlopi (see that project page) - Update: this actually took 58 rows or ~52 g 0r ~100 yards…

I slipped the first stitch of each garter row purlwise for an easier edge to seam. Next time, I might just pick up and knit from the blocked waistcoat and then seam the bottom. - Don’t do this again, there would be more structure if I hadn’t slipped the stitches and this yarn is drapey enough as it is.

Block waistcoat so that the opening (into which the back piece will be sewn) is 10” diameter. That should allow for enough room for armholes without them being too long.


In the end I have 8g of yarn left. Not a bad usage for a great piece. I did 90 4-row repeats (size medium).


In the end, I got 90 repeats out of my yarn and I wouldn’t have wanted to do fewer that this. This yarn is less thick and malleable that the letlopi so it doesn’t recover or block large in the same way.

I also cast on provisionally when starting the waistcoat section so that I could do a 3 needle bind off at the seam. It created a much nicer looking end result than when I seamed two cast off edges.

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  • Originally queued: August 28, 2018
  • Project created: September 1, 2018
  • Finished: September 23, 2018
  • Updated: April 3, 2019
  • Progress updates: 5 updates