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This is a versatile trapezoid shaped vest, or wrap, that can be worn in a variety of ways. No Sweater Knitting Experience is Necessary! This is entirely knit in Garter Stitch, and easily customizable to make it your own!I have tried my best to capture many styling options on different body shapes. The purchase includes 2 PDF files: the pattern, and a small “look book” of what some of the testers created and different ways to style the piece.

My test knitters used a variety of yarns to create marled designs. There are 2 options for angled slope (MORE DRAMA and LESS DRAMA) and 6 options for overall width, with the ability to really customize beyond what is given to make it your own.

This knit uses either 2 strands of fingering weight yarn held together for a marled look OR 1 strand of DK weight yarn. Pattern testers used a combination of yarns in their projects. Testers were able to create sizes in between these provided sizes as well, simply by working more repeats.

This project includes coloring pages (yesssss!) and fill in boxes for you to write down your own special recipe. The body is worked side to side, and the collar and trim are picked up and knit after. Oh, and did I mention this is entirely done in the knit stitch? True story.

Take a peek at the Schematics in the photos here to get a sense of the overall sizing and yarn amounts needed.

Yardage estimates are provided in GRAMS
Size 0: 10” (25 cm) back width, designed to fit actual back widths 8”-12” (20-30 cm) (body: 190g, collar and trim 165g) Shown on models with 24” and 25” (60 and 60 cm) chests, with lots of positive ease!

Size 1: 12” (30 cm) back width, designed to fit actual back widths 10” -14” (25-36 cm) (body: 240-260g, collar and trim: 160-190g) Designed to fit Sizes 30” to 42” (76-107 cm), shown on models ranging from size 35” to 42” (89-107 cm)

Size 2: 14” (36 cm) back width, designed to fit actual back widths 12”-16” (30-40 cm) (body: 275-295g, collar and trim: 180-230g) Designed to fit Sizes 36” to 48” (91-122 cm), shown on models ranging from sizes 35” to 44” (89-112 cm)

Size 3: 16” (40 cm) back width, designed to fit actual back widths 14”-18” (36-46 cm) (body: 330-350g, collar and trim: 220-250g) Designed to fit Sizes 42” to 54” (107-137 cm), shown on models ranging from 40” to 48” (102-122 cm)

Size 4: 18” (46 cm) back width, design to fit actual back widths 16”-20” (40-51 cm) (body: 360-405g, collar and trim: 260g) Designed to fit Sizes 48” to 58” (122-147 cm), shown on model size 46” (117 cm)

Size 5: 18” (46 cm) back width, designed to fit actual back widths 16”-20” (40-51 cm). For this size, the fronts are designed longer (body: 420-495g, collar and trim: 280g) Designed to fit sizes 52”-62” (132-157 cm). I am not sure of the model size, but this sample was knit with suggested front measurements, and some dimension added to the back, and I am told that this recipient likes it!

NOTE: The amounts of yarn above indicate what the testers actually used. Some lengthened the body, which accounts for a range of yarn amounts used within this range. Some testers used scraps, some used full skeins, and they all made it work beautifully.

Thank you to everyone who has encouraged this project.

Test Knitters: Michelle F., Jennie K., Holli P., Louise R., Amy S., Sarah S., and Susie W.

ADDED TESTERS FOR EXPANDED SIZE RANGE: Valerie A., Cheryl B., Kim G., Betty J., Heather L., and Lane V.

Tech editing: Jennifer Riester
Photography: Emily Straw
Yarn Support: Leading Men Fiber Arts
You will get the following files:
  • PDF (3MB)
  • PDF (1MB)