A lovely commenter remarked to me the other day, well, about two months ago, that she was looking for the perfect vest to go with a new, crisp white shirt. I said I didn't know of one. But that seed was planted and next thing I knew, I had Crisp on my needles.
This is one of those perfect vests that you can layer over your button-down shirt for work, or over a t-shirt for something a bit less formal. The saddles at the top shoulders are really cool because they add just a touch of something-something and even though it looks like they're difficult to work with, they're not.
You know why? It's because this vest is knit from the top down. You start by knitting two simple rectangles--the saddles--and then once you've made them, you simply pick up and knit stitches along one side of each and work the back down to the end of the armhole. Next, you place the back "on hold," and pick up stitches along each of the saddles and work the fronts down to the armholes.
Next thing you know, you will have finished your Crisp and all you need to do is add a neckline edging and some armhole edgings. Knit from the top down, this is the sort garment that will take you through nearly all the seasons--especially if you use some really cool yarn whose color brightens your eyes and adds a spring to your step.
31.25 (34, 38.75, 42.75, 47.25. 51.25, 54.75)" chest
19.75 (20.25, 21.25, 21.75, 21.5, 22.25, 23)” length
Shown in size Small with 2” negative ease
Main Color: Red Rocks Fiber Works DK/Sport Weight Superwash Merino (100% Superwash Merino / 415 yds / 4 oz); “Merlot Alot" 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3) skeins OR approximately 600 (650, 700, 800, 830, 950, 1100) yds Sport Weight yarn
Contrasting Color: Approximately 10 yds DK weight yarn (in sample, same yarn was used in “Green Grass” colorway.
One or two 29" long or longer circular (circ) needles size US 4 (3.5 mm)
One 29” long circular needle size US 3 (3.25 mm)
One 16” long or longer circular needle size US 3 (3.25 mm)
One set of five double-pointed needles (dpn) size US 3 (3.25 mm), optional
Change needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
Stitch markers; stitch holders; scrap yarn; removable marker or safety pin
24 sts and 32 rows = 4" (10 cm) in Stockinette stitch (St st) using larger needles
Intermediate (only because it is a top down without raglan sleeves)
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