A traditional Fair Isle vest worked from the bottom up entirely in the round. The colourwork is simple but effective alternating a smaller and larger motif, the larger of which is offset on alternate repeats.
The neck and armholes are steeked and the front shoulders are worked slightly longer than the back to both drop the back neckline for a better fit and to allow the stitch patterns to flow over the shoulder. Detailed instructions for finishing the steeks with crochet are provided. After cutting the steeks open stitches are picked up around the armholes and neck and ribbed bands are worked in one of the contrast colours for a slightly sporty detail.
Size US C-D / 3mm crochet hook
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.
Directions for reinforcing the steeks with crochet are provided. This method requires a relatively ‘sticky’ wool that has not been superwash treated.
The colourwork is simple but effective alternating a smaller and larger motif, the larger of which is offset on alternate repeats. Seven colours are used to shade the patterns but the number used can be varied. A colour in chart and quick reference palette are included for planning your own combinations, I recommend using a more vibrant or unexpected colour at the centre of the larger motifs.
Shown in Jamieson and Smith 2ply Jumper Weight (100% wool, 125yds / 114m, 0.88oz / 25g) in: MC – #FC11 CC1 – #FC41 CC2 – #FC62 CC3 – #132 CC4 – #FC24 CC5 – #203 CC6 – #91
30 sts and 36 rows = 4" / 10 cm in charted colourwork pattern in the rnd
Regular and tall sizes with a finished chest
circumference of 32(35¼, 38 1/2, 41 1/2)
[44 3/4, 48, 51¼] (54 1/2, 57 1/2)”
Where two numbers, eg. 1(2), or two sets
of numbers, eg. 1(2, 3, 4) [5, 6, 7] (8, 9) /
1(2, 3, 4)[5, 6, 7](8, 9), are given the first
refers to the regular sizes and the second
to the tall. If only one set is given follow
the number for your size when making
either the regular or tall version.
Learn all of the skills you need to make Cruden 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.
Shown in Jamieson and Smith 2ply Jumper Weight (100% wool, 125yds / 114m, 0.88oz / 25g)
Needles and notions
Size 2 US / 2.75mm 24" / 60cm circular Size 3 US / 3.25mm 24" / 60cm circular
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