Alastair is a rugged unisex vest. The pattern incorporates several different textures to create a warm, breathable fabric appropriate for winter hikes. The stitch patterns are simple enough for a beginner, but the interesting construction details will keep advanced knitters engaged. The vest is knit flat in three pieces from the bottom up with minimal shaping, and is intended to be worn with 2-4” of positive ease. A seamed construction has been chosen to add stability and structure, with stitches picked up around the neck for the collar, and around the arms for a band of 1x1 ribbing. There is a zip fastening at the front, with I-cord edging on either side.
Sizes: 38 (41.25, 44.75, 48, 51.25, 54.75)” finished chest measurement; designed to be worn with 2-4” of positive ease Yarn: 880 (990, 1100, 1320, 1430, 1540)yds / 805 (905, 1006, 1207, 1306, 1408)m worsted weight yarn, preferably pure wool. [Sample shown is knit using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed in Flagstone Heather] Needles: 4.5mm straight or circular needles, or size to obtain gauge 4mm DPNs or 16” circular needles, or one size smaller than size to obtain gauge Notions: yarn needle; stitch marker; scrap yarn or stitch holders; spare needle; zip of appropriate length; matching sewing thread Gauge: 19 sts and 27 rows = 4” in St st, blocked 19 sts and 28 rows = 4” in Moss stitch, blocked
Skills used: German twisted cast on, tubular bind off, inset pockets, picking up stitches, knitting in the round, seaming, Kitchener stitch.
ERRATA: Please note that there are issues with some sections of the moss stitch pattern on the front pieces. If you have difficulties in maintaining the moss stitch please contact the designer for assistance.