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Kinsol Trestle Vest (PDF Knitting Pattern)

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The Inspiration
While doing some vacation research online, I came across this absolutely awe-inspiring structure which became the inspiration for my design -- the Kinsol Trestle men’s vest.

The Kinsol Trestle is a wooden railway trestle, built in 1911 - 1920, located in the Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. At 44m (145 feet) high and 188m (614 feet) long, it is the longest trestles in the British Commonwealth and one of the highest in the world.

Abandoned in 1980, preservation efforts have been underway to include this historic treasure as part of the Canada Trails system so it can be used by runners, hikers, cyclists and equestrians. There are many more pics and stories on their website http://www.kinsol.ca/


This classic pullover vest is worked in one piece to the armholes, then divided for front and back. The vest features a progression from cabled ribbing at the lower edge, through an all over lattice cable pattern, into a herringbone pattern and then to stockinette stitch in the chest. All stitch patterns are given in both chart and row-by-row form.

Size
Finished Chest Measurements
40 (42 ½, 45 ¼, 47, 50, 52 ½, 55, 57 ¾, 60 ½, 62 ¼, 65)” / 101.5 (108, 115, 119.5, 127, 133.5, 139.5, 146.5, 153.5, 158, 165) cm
Shown in size 42 ½” / 108 cm; intended to be worn with 2–4” / 5–10 cm of positive ease.

Yarn
3 (4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5) skeins Briggs & Little Regal (272 yds / 248 m per 4 oz / 113 g skein; 100% Wool) in #13 Light Grey

Needles
4.5mm / US 7 circular needle, 32” / 80 cm long
4mm / US 6 circular needle, 32” / 80 cm long
4mm / US 6 set of double-pointed needles

Gauge
18 sts and 27 rows = 4” / 10cm in Stockinette stitch using size 4.5mm / US 7 needles, blocked.

Notions
Cable needle, stitch markers, stitch holders.


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