The lybrary vest has simple styling that lends itself to the classroom, workplace, or weekend. This vest has such a classic aesthetic, it could become your uniform. The jumper length has a certain schoolgirl chic. The shorter, hip-length version is flattering to layer without the bulk of a sweater. Whichever length you choose, this pattern is a nice little primer of techniques that you’ll use again and again.
TECHNIQUE WALKTHROUGHS IN THIS PATTERN:
Clip & turn short-row shaping.
Customizing body length.
PHOTO TUTORIALS IN THIS PATTERN:
Picking up stitches for bands.
Adding selvedge stitches for a pocket band.
Sewing down pocket bands.
Choose a DK-weight yarn that typically knits at 22 sts to 4”/10cm, or a combination of yarns that results in a soft fabric with some body when knit at that gauge.
Shorter version: Approx. 855 (960, 1065, 1170, 1295) yds/782 (878, 974, 1070, 1184)m.
Shown in orange Rowan Felted Tweed (191yds/175m per skein); Color 154. Model is wearing 39”/99cm finished size with 6”/15cm of ease.
Longer version: Approx. 1125 (1265, 1395, 1530, 1675) yds/1029 (1157, 1276, 1400, 1532)m.
Shown in grey in Baa Ram Ewe Dovestone DK (252 yds/230m per skein); Color 8, Coal. Model is wearing 43”/109cm finished size with 8”/20cm of ease.
For custom lengths: To lengthen or shorten body, add or subtract approx. 35 (39, 42, 45, 49) yds/32 (36, 39, 42, 45)m of yarn per 1”/2.5cm of knitted length.
NEEDLES & NOTIONS
US 6 (4mm) needles, or size to obtain gauge.
US 4 (3.5mm) 24”/60cm and 16”/40cm circular needles, or 2 US sizes/.5mm smaller than gauge needle.
Locking markers or coiless safety pins for ‘clip-and-turn’ and for button placement.
Darning needle to finish.
5/8”/16mm buttons: 7 for shorter version, 9 for longer version. Needle; thread or yarn.
22 sts/30 rows = 4”/10cm in stockinette stitch on larger needle, after blocking.