A Vest for Charles
Two stitch patterns from the original are used: the Diamonds and Crosses brocade border is separated by welting and topped by King Charles Brocade (a.k.a., Double Diamond). The King’s vest was knit in silk by a master knitter at 21 stitches per inch! A more manageable gauge and rustic woolen-spun yarn make this vest au courant for the Everyman (or woman).
What you’ll love about knitting A Vest for Charles:
- Worked all in one piece from the bottom up to the underarms, then the fronts and back are worked separately, finally joined with a three-needle bind-off
- Integrated button bands and Seed stitch edgings make for a handsome, virtually finish-free project.
- Historic knit-purl patterns, one above the hem and the other over the rest of the body, will pique and keep your interest while knitting
- Bonus: A vest means no sleeves! You will still create a handsome, fully-fashioned garment without having to knit sleeves.
- Subtle knit-purl patterns make this a special knit that whispers about how it was hand-crafted with love and talent
- Button-up style means this is a versatile garment that you can dress up or down
- You’re wearing an item inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion, as well as by a pivotal moment in British history
31¾ (36, 39¾, 44, 47¾, 51½)-inch/80.5 (91.5, 101, 112, 121.5, 131) cm chest circumference, buttoned, with 5-stitch front bands overlapped
Vest shown measures 36 inches (91.5 cm)
- Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yds 128 m/1.75 oz 50 g): #08 truffle hunt, 5 (6, 6, 7, 8, 9) skeins. Size 6 (4 mm) 29-inch or longer circular (cir) needle (ndl). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge, and choose length close to desired chest circumference.
- Stitch holders or waste yarn
- Spare cir ndl same size or smaller than main needle for three-needle bind-off
- Tapestry needle 10 (11, 11, 11, 12, 12) ½-inch buttons
17 sts and 30 rows = 4 inches in St st
- Casting on
- Binding off
- Three-needle bind-off
- Chart reading
- Working flat
- Sewing on buttons
7/23/19: Updated pattern corrects some confusion with the short row shoulder shaping. For older versions of the pattern from Jane Austen Knits and The Best of Jane Austen Knits:
- Under “Shape right front neck”, work Next row to 2 sts (not 3) before previous wrapped stitch, then work decrease and turn (decrease secures yarn so no need to wrap). There will be no wraps to work as a result.
- Same for “Shape left front neck” as for right, then do not break yarn at end of section.
- Eliminate Rows 3&4 of Shoulder Shaping for Right & Left Fronts (just before breaking yarn).