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Classic Camel Vest

Oct 10, 2008
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As the name states, this one is never going out of style. The soft and supple vest is knitted in a luxurious natural color camel and merino blend, and it will appeal to both the Corporate/Traditionalist and the Young Professional/Modern Casual guy. Easy to knit in stockinette stitch with single cable accents up each side of the center front, this timeless classic is a good choice for the following fit issues: Athletic and Full physiques, Short, Barrel-Chested, Broad Shoulders. The muffler is a great coordinate to the Classic Camel Vest or a lovely gift on its own. The ribbed cable pattern appears on both sides, so the muffler is reversible.

Designer Tara Jon Manning
Finished Size Adult S (M, L, XL). 40 (43, 48, 52)" (101.5 [109, 122, 132] cm) finished chest. 24 (25, 26, 27)" (61 [63.5, 66, 68.5] cm) finished length. Vest shown in size M.
Yarn Galler Yarns Sahara (50% camel, 50% Merino wool; 250 yds [229 m]/4 oz [114 g]): natural camel, 3 (4, 4, 5) skeins for vest; Needles Size 7 (4.5 mm): straight or 29" (70-cm) circular (circ). Size 5 (3.75 mm): straight or 29" (70-cm) circ. Size 6 (4 mm) 16" (40-cm) circ. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Stitch markers; stitch holders; darning needle; cable needle (cn); scissors; measuring tape; five ¾-inch (2-cm) buttons (shown: One World Button Supply, NPL 214-20 Coconut Husk 20 mm), crochet hook G (4.5 mm) for picking up stitches (optional).
Gauge Using largest needles, 20 sts and 28 rows = 4" (10 cm) in Stockinette stitch (St st); 8-st cable patterns for vest measure 1⅛" (2.9 cm) wide, relaxed. Using largest needles 15 sts = 2" 5 cm) in rib cable pattern for muffler. Check your gauge before you begin.

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millswis wrote
on Feb 6, 2010 6:29 AM

This is the best pattern and really suits the needs of my professional husband. Great fit and easy to follow.

on Nov 27, 2009 8:30 AM

I made this beautiful vest for my husband in a forest green Merino et Soie yarn.  This is a beautiful wool and silk plend yarn.  Hubby loves it and wore it on St. Patrick's Day.  I made Dorset buttons using two strands of the yarn and DMC embroidry floss in the center.  Yes, I had to separate the yarn but if I used all the yarn, the button was too bulky and didn't look right with this vest.  Learning to make Dorset buttons is really worth the effort.  I now make them for all my sweater projects. 

JodiHarrison wrote
on Jul 16, 2009 8:20 AM

Wonderful Pattern!  I made one for my husband in a beautiful autumn burnt orange and am almost done with one for my father in a yummy chocolate brown (he'll love it for Christmas!)  The pattern is very easy and the cables gave the pattern a little bit of variety.  I had never done cables before, but they look harder than they are!!  Thanks for the great pattern...maybe one in purple would be nice for me!!   Jodi Harrison


JudyB09 wrote
on May 18, 2009 3:50 PM
My problem is not with the download. I just copy & paste it to a WORD document & adjust the page however I want. What I don't understand is the cable never being mentioned in the pattern. At least I haven't found it just scanning over the pattern. And where is this muffler they are talking about? Help somebody !!!!
Hilgee wrote
on Mar 27, 2009 6:19 PM
It sounds like the decrease is on the last K and first P each decrease row. I just started today. Check with me in a few days as I am doing the fronts first.
ibcreative wrote
on Feb 9, 2009 8:26 PM
I'm confused by the neck decreases. The first neck decrease changes the cable pattern from 8 to 7 sts. The directions say to repeat that first row of taking the last st before the pattern and the first st of the pattern - that would wipe out the cable pattern. My instincts tell me to dec. before the remaining 7 cable sts. Any input to guide me here? Thanks
Jo Anne wrote
on Feb 8, 2009 3:03 PM
Do you work the band on the front and the back neck before you sew the shoulder seems together? I am a new knitter and it looks like the shoulder seems would have to be knitted together before you can do the band around the front edges and neck and also around the arm holes.
jmerritt wrote
on Feb 4, 2009 2:26 PM
I'm using a basic Merino wool from JoAnn's in Burgundy. My husband is always cold and insists he will wear it as a vest with his suits. Looks nice so far - it's my first time with cable stitch.
Carol@17 wrote
on Feb 1, 2009 12:50 AM
I have started this vest in simple Fishermans wool and it's knitting up beautifully. The yarn is inexpensive and nice to handle with its lanolin content. Thanks for a great site.
kim@5 wrote
on Jan 19, 2009 1:00 PM
I just finished this for my husband, his first request from me as a new knitter, and it turned out beautiful. Now both my sons want one. I can't wait to start another project.
Mary T wrote
on Jan 9, 2009 12:36 PM
I just finished 1st project of a burgundy acrylic for a friend who's teaching in China and is living without central heating! I hope it keeps him warmer than wearing 4 shirts..
Bridget wrote
on Jan 3, 2009 7:47 AM
If the download doesn't work, try using a different browser. I could not download in Opera, but could in Mozilla Firefox.
Annabel wrote
on Dec 29, 2008 5:41 AM
I wasn't able to get the download working, either, and I really want to give this one a try! finally, a request from my husband, and I can't deliver!!!!! toots
Joanie wrote
on Nov 17, 2008 12:42 PM
Thank you for the great suggestions. Right now I'm trying CascadeYarns 220 Superwash from Patternworks (my husband picked it out since the vest is for him). So far, the yarn has been a joy to work with. The real test will come with time. Joanie
MaryM wrote
on Nov 13, 2008 7:20 AM
I knitted this vest for my hubby's birthday. He's worn it and wants another in another color (His choice). My father in-law wants one, too. Keep up the terriffic work.
EVJ wrote
on Nov 7, 2008 2:56 PM

Joanie, you should check out  Their Swish Worsted Yarn is inexpensive and a very soft merino; I highly recommend it.  I am knitting up another sweater from this book in their Swish Bulky in the color Verdant Heather.  The yarn color is much more complex and beautiful than on the website.

Stimps wrote
on Nov 5, 2008 1:51 PM

to Joanie:

Just pick up a nice worsted weight of something you like.  There are lots of alpaca/wool blends out there that are sooo soft.  I have a sweater with 60%alpaca/40% acrylic - I figured the acrylic content would help it stay in shape, and also keep pilling  from happening, and I was right; it worked.  Really amazingly soft and strong after a couple years.

AlexiaE wrote
on Nov 1, 2008 6:49 AM

I know DH will love this (he's a big vest fan) so it's going on "his" queue.  I'm interested in the muffler mentioned in the pattern description.  Any chance of getting a link?

Joanie wrote
on Oct 31, 2008 9:03 AM

I plan to knit this for my next project.  My husband really likes the look of it.  Question:  has anyone come up with a less expensive yarn for it?  I simply cannot afford Galler's Sahara, but want to make sure the finished products looks great.  Thanks for the help.


New Haven, MO

SusanC@4 wrote
on Oct 30, 2008 5:43 PM

I knitted this vest for my husband's birthday this month and he LOVES it!  It was easy to knit and I loved not having to knit sleeves.

Eclecktic wrote
on Oct 30, 2008 4:25 PM

SashaB: I don't care about needing a man to wear this. _I_ would wear it. Being a full figured woman, men's patterns give me a little more lee-way to play with fit. I also enjoy the classic shape of this one. If I am going to knit something, I want it to last far beyond a few seasons in style.

Eclecktic wrote
on Oct 30, 2008 2:30 PM

SashaB: I don't care about needing a man to wear this. _I_ would wear it. Being a full figured woman, men's patterns give me a little more lee-way to play with fit. I also enjoy the classic shape of this one. If I am going to knit something, I want it to last far beyond a few seasons in style.

SashaB wrote
on Oct 29, 2008 7:00 AM

I want to know where all you ladies found men who would wear this.  My husband has a major aversion to knitwear unless it's scratchy wool made into socks or a blaze orange hat for hunting season.  Oh, and blaze orange mittens with a trigger finger.  What's wrong with a lovely cashmere scarf in the off season?

EVJ wrote
on Oct 28, 2008 9:24 PM

I made this in a French blue color in Cascade 220, and it is one of the nicest pieces I have ever made.  After the three granddaughters, this is my father's favorite gift from me.

There are some very nice sweaters in Manning's book Men in Knits.  I recommend it.  My next project is the Tweeds Cardigan to be knit up in KnitPick's Swish bulky.

on Oct 27, 2008 7:33 AM

The download went through smoothly and effortlessly (the glitch must have been fixed) and the directions look easy and clear.  I can't wait to finish one of my projects so I can start on this one!

DeannaD wrote
on Oct 27, 2008 6:09 AM

Me three!

KarlaD wrote
on Oct 27, 2008 5:30 AM

The downloading  is not working.

KarenS@2 wrote
on Oct 26, 2008 9:52 AM

I couldn't get this to download even after I signed in.