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If you follow all the rules you miss all the fun!

- Katharine Hepburn

French Canyon

I am a vest person. A vest is, I believe, the perfect way to add a layer of warmth ... and without the bulk of sleeves to get in the way.

So while I frequently design with other people in mind, this project was, really, just for me. Although, well, as long as I'm knitting, I may as well break it up with a bit of pattern writing, so here is my FO, just for me ... and for all the rest of you vest people:

French Canyon has a classic style, with shaping at each of the wide cables,
a shaped and textured back ...

... side panels worked in a slip-stitch waffle rib that, because of it's smaller row gauge, naturally creates a nice shirt-tail scoop above the hips ...

... and tidy attached I-cord trim all around.

Construction: Vest is worked from the bottom in one piece to underarms, with bodice fronts and back worked separately. Shoulders are shaped with short rows and joined using 3-needle bind off. Attached I-cord trims fronts, neckline and armholes.

Finished chest sizes: 30 1/2 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50 1/2, 56)" / cm. Vest shown is size 38 worn on a 36" bust.

Yarn: Sunday Knits 5 ply (worsted) in Nirvana (92% merino 8% cashmere), Eden (100% merino), Brigadoon (100% merino tweed or Angelic (75% merino 25% angora); 125 m / 137 yd per 50 g / 1 3/4 oz skein): 5 (6, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9) skeins. Shown in Angelic clove.

Substitute any worsted-weight yarn that works to gauge.

Needles & Notions: Needles size 8 US / 5 mm straight or circular needles, pair of size 4 US / 3.5 mm double-pointed needles, cable needle or double pointed needle; tapestry needle, 8 stitch markers, six 3/4" buttons.

Gauge: 17 sts and 26 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch. Measure gauge on washed and dried swatch.

Skills used: Cables, increases, decreases, attached I-cord trim.

Available as a pattern download or as a kit

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