I borrowed an established traditional fisherman sweater motif, and designed this vest. I call it the Flamborough Vest after the traditional motifs of the namesake.
I used steeks for armholes as well as front, and I am fully a steek fan from this day on ! What else I did which was new in my experience, was start the ‘v’ for the neck opening higher than is customary for a v-neck, to give optimal warmth, and still not cover up entirely what is worn beneath it. Well also, Jeff didn’t want a crew neck, and I don’t think a standard v-neck would be warm enough, so I decided somewhere in between. It works ! Not being a fashion garment, nor a completely utilitarian one either, it is a nice meeting in the middle. Here is a peek to the progress ~
About the yarn : I would have loved more than anything to knit this vest in a real traditional wool, or even better, my own handspun, but Jeff is extremely sensitive to the touch of wool, starts to itch within ten feet of it. So I used a nice worsted weight superwash wool, and I have to say, I am surprised at the soft texture ! Not in the least bit scratchy , a one-hundred-percent wool garment.
Detailed on Ravelry
Edit in October 2022: I have designed a vest with two neck shapings, that has three charts, one of which is nearly exactly like this one, the pattern is here: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fisher-vest
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I have a soft spot for superwash wool. I picked up some Cascade Superwash Merino on my first visit to an actual yarn store and just fell in love. Also, I have a hard time convincing myself to knit something that I (or the recipient of my gift) will have to hand wash.
I’m a lazy american.
Sava, I also have fallen deeply in love with Superwash Merino Wool, even though it’s not the best choice for everything, it certainly is a lovely fiber all of it’s own. It doesn’t have the bounce or resilience of regular wool, and it won’t ‘spit splice’ worth a damn 😉 … but it’s gorgeous, takes dye extremely well, and is sooo soft. I actually wouldn’t mind handwashing and air-drying, for that is not why I love it, but it seems to prefer a little toss in the dryer to get it’s bounce back. The vest I made for my boyfriend, he wouldn’t have anything made from wool, yet he’s worn this many times.
Oh, and Sava… don’t forget to comment on my latest give-away post ! 😉