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A traditional Fair Isle vest worked from the bottom up entirely in the round. The neck and armholes are shaped with steeks — don't be scared! Seven colours of Jamieson and Smith 2ply jumper weight wool are used.
  • The neck and armholes are steeked and the front shoulders are worked slightly longer at 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. 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.
  • YARN Fingering weight / 4ply wool yarn. Directions for reinforcing the steeks with crochet are provided. This method requires a relatively ‘sticky’ wool that has not been superwash treated. Shown in Jamieson and Smith 2ply Jumper Weight (100% wool, 125yds / 114m, 0.88oz / 25g) in: MC – #FC11 CC4 – #FC24 CC1 – #FC41 CC5 – #203 CC2 – #FC62 CC6 – #91 CC3 – #132

     

    GAUGE

     

    30 sts and 36 rows = 4” / 10 cm in charted colourwork pattern in the rnd NOTIONS Stitch markers, scrap yarn for putting sts on hold and finishing steeks. NEEDLES Size 2 US / 2.75mm 24” / 60cm circular Size 3 US / 3.25mm 24” / 60cm circular 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. ABBREVIATIONS: REFER TO P. 6 SIZING Regular and tall sizes with a finished chest circumference of 32(35 1/4, 38 1/2, 41 1/2) [44 3/4, 48, 51 1/4] (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.

  • Yards
    Regular
    mc 560 590 630 660 700 745 785 835 880
    cc1 200 215 225 235 245 260 280 295 310
    cc2 55 60 65 65 70 75 75 80 85
    cc3 165 175 180 190 200 215 225 240 250
    cc4 100 105 110 115 120 125 130 140 150
    cc5 75 75 80 85 95 100 105 110 115
    cc6 20 20 20 20 25 25 25 35 35
    Tall
    mc 575 600 635 665 700 740 780 820 870
    cc1 295 305 325 335 350 365 385 405 425
    cc2 60 60 65 70 70 75 80 80 85
    cc3 175 180 190 195 210 220 230 240 255
    cc4 105 105 115 115 120 130 135 140 155
    cc5 75 80 85 85 95 100 105 110 115
    cc6 20 20 20 25 25 25 25 35 35
    Metres
    Regular
    mc 510 540 575 605 640 680 720 765 805
    cc1 185 195 205 215 225 240 255 270 285
    cc2 50 55 60 60 65 70 70 75 80
    cc3 150 160 165 175 185 195 205 220 230
    cc4 90 95 100 105 110 115 120 130 135
    cc5 70 70 75 80 85 90 95 100 105
    cc6 20 20 20 20 25 25 25 30 30
    Tall
    mc 525 550 580 610 640 675 715 750 795
    cc1 270 280 295 305 320 335 350 370 390
    cc2 55 55 60 65 65 70 75 75 80
    cc3 160 165 175 180 190 200 210 220 235
    cc4 95 95 105 105 110 120 125 130 140
    cc5 70 75 80 80 85 90 95 100 105
    cc6 20 20 20 25 25 25 25 30 30
     

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