A v-neck Fair Isle vest with strong lines and traditional 'x' and 'o' geometric patterns. Bruntsfield is worked in five undyed colours to make the most of the amazing variety of Shetland fleece colours.
Bruntsfield is worked from the bottom up in the round. Above the underarm additional steek stitches are added to bridge the gaps at the neck and armholes to avoid working stranded colourwork back and forth. When the knitting is complete these are finished with crochet and cut open, detailed illustrated instructions are included for this process. After cutting the steeks open, stitches are picked up around the armholes and neck and ribbed bands are worked. A crisp angle at the ‘v’ on the neck is created by working mitred decreases.
For larger sizes you may find it more comfortable to use a longer circular for the body up to the underarms.
Working the armhole ribbing may require additional needles in the smaller size depending on whether you prefer to work small circumferences on magic loop, dpns or two circulars.
Selecting colours is one of the most exciting aspects of stranded colourwork and can create incredibly different looks but it can also be challenging. To make planning your own combinations easier a colour in chart and quick reference palette are included.
Directions for reinforcing the steeks with crochet are provided. This method requires a relatively ‘sticky’ wool that has not been superwash treated.
Skills for knitting this project
Build your skills by following the links to our clear step-by-step tutorials.
Learn all of the skills you need to make Bruntsfield with our beginner colourwork course. The Stranded Colourwork Basics course is a 4 week self-guided online knitting course, with continued access to the course so that you can return to each chapter for a refresher, again and again, whenever you need.
Size 2½ US / 3mm 24" / 60cm circular Size 4 US / 3.5mm 24" / 60cm circular Size US C-D / 3mm crochet hook
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