Nancy's Fair Isle vest

A new classic!

My popular Nancy's vest pattern gets a fresh new look knitted with gorgeous stranded colorwork

A slanted front edge gives this vest a feminine profile, with a little dip in the front and with a bit of a flare.

It's knit from the bottom in the round with steeks up the front and at armholes.

The shoulders are shaped with short rows in the round. (We use Janine Bajus's clever technique to pull this off.)

The grey vest with blue trim is the original colorway - Colorway 1.
Colorway 2 has the same trim as background color, and its sample was modified - cropped 2".


Stats

Sizes of finished vest: 30.5 (34, 38, 42) (45.5, 49.5, 53.5)". Wear with recommended ease of 1-4". Shown in size 38; worn with 2" ease on 36" dress form.

Yarn (for original colorway: Sunday Knits 3 ply (sport weight) yarn in a variety of woolen blends and the following colors:

Pebble (main color): 390 (420, 450, 490) (520, 550, 580) yds;
Storm (trim): 220 (240, 260, 280) (300, 320, 350) yds;
Storm (pattern): 100 (100, 110, 120) (130, 130, 140) yds;
Fawn: 60 (60, 60, 70) (70, 80, 80) yds;
Amethyst: 50 (50, 60, 60) (70, 70, 70) yds;
Mulberry: 40 (40, 40, 40) (50, 50, 50) yds;
Sand: 30 (30, 30, 30) (40, 40, 40) yds;
Tomato: 30 (30, 30, 30) (40, 40, 40) yds;
Blackish: 20 (20, 20, 20) (20, 30, 30) yds;
Curry: 20 yds.

Substitute any light sport-weight woolen yarn: 960 (1020, 1100, 1180) (1260, 1340, 1430) total yds.

Needles & Notions: Size 5 US (3.75 mm) circular needles and pair of double-pointed needles, Size 4 US (3.5 mm) needles, markers, tapestry needle, six 5/8" (15 mm) buttons (optional).

Gauge: 25 sts and 28 rows = 4" in stranded stockinette stitch using size 5 needles, and in ribbing using size 4 needles.

Techniques used: Alternate cable cast-on, buttonholes using cable cast on, short row shoulders, Italian sewn bind-off. All techniques are explained or refer to linked tutorials.

Pattern includes: Written instructions, colorwork charts, schematics, glossary.



Knit Nancy's Fair Isle vest

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