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Eco Vest

Apr 19, 2010
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This pattern can be found on pages 14-17 of Knitting Green: Conversations and Planet-Friendly Projects, by Ann Budd with contributions from some of the knitwear industry’s leading designers. The eco in Eco Wool means that this yarn is neither dyed nor chemically processed, but instead of having the raw feeling of many minimally processed yarns, Eco Wool is surprisingly smooth and clean. Katie Himmelberg used this earth-friendly yarn to knit an unstructured vest that can transition from fall to spring. Katie knitted the vest in a single piece to the armholes, then worked the back and fronts separately to the shoulders. The shaping is achieved through cable stitches rather than increases and decreases.

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on Oct 10, 2013 9:12 PM
gotrice wrote
on Sep 30, 2012 10:56 PM

It is also not clear in the instructions regarding M1 to use - is it M1R or M1L?  or did I miss something?

jess@32 wrote
on May 21, 2012 7:57 PM
MichelleM@51 wrote
on Mar 17, 2011 11:44 AM

lulublossom: the increase row will bring you up to the number of stitches you need to make the right width for the eco vest. I believe the increase row is right after the 4 rows of knit stitch.

lulublossom wrote
on Feb 25, 2011 4:12 PM

Is it just me?

I would love to make this vest, but immediately recognized some problems with the pattern.  First the book (p. 15) calls for a worsted weight (#4 medium) yarn, when in reality it should read bulky weight (# 5 bulky).  Second, the number of cast on stitches (p. 16) are incorrect.  If I'm reading the instructions correctly, you would need to cast on 142 (158, 174) stitches in order to (from the dividing row instructions) "work 31 right front sts in patt for all sizes; place next 80 (96, 112) sts on holder...;then place rem 31 sts on separate holder for left front."  And finally, the dimensions on the pattern diagram (width) are incorrect.  Looks to me like the finished width (not including front garter rib) would be 31"(34.5" ; 38"). 

Errata are in order here, don't you think?

Elisabeth@2 wrote
on Jan 22, 2011 9:41 AM

you might get an answer on Ravelry


Elisabeth@2 wrote
on Jan 22, 2011 9:41 AM

you might get an answer on Ravelry


Karin@40 wrote
on Dec 3, 2010 3:41 PM

I wanted to make this for my daughter but I am having an impossible time with the pattern gauge.  There is no way you can get that gauge with those needles.  You can't cast on 138 stitches and get something that is 21 inches wide.  Then if you add up the diagram numbers for width is doesn't match the finished size measurements.  I am completely frustrated with this pattern and disappointed that I bought the book.  I have tried 3 different sizes of needles and can't even come close.  What am I doing wrong, I could really use some help.  Has anyone else successfully made this vest and if so how did you do it.


on Apr 27, 2010 4:31 AM
BarbaraL@45 wrote
on Apr 20, 2010 4:39 PM

Hi Katie:


Is there anyway I can get the pattern for this vest without buying the whole book.  I am a spinner, weaver and

knitter and I have the perfect spun Shetland fleece that would be wonderful for this vest.  Thanks,

Barbara Levant