His Vest Using Rowan Cashmere Tweed
The vest you’ve been asking for—for him or her! The slightly high V-neck has a modern look, the ribbed armbands extend just to the shoulder’s edge, and the easily-adapted length is designed for hands-in-pockets ease. Equally right for business or casual, it fits perfectly well over a men’s button-up shirt, a woman’s dressy blouse, or a relaxed tee.
We knit this version of His Vest in Rowan’s DK-weight Cashmere Tweed. This yarn has all the warm woolliness of our favorite tweed, but with a softness that can only be achieved with cashmere. It’s a blend of 80% wool and 20% cashmere with a lofty, 2-ply twist. And we love Cashmere Tweed’s liberally flecked color palette of earthy neutrals and warm jewel tones—plenty of selections for him and her!
Finished chest: 40 (43, 46, 49, 52, 55)"/102 (109, 117, 124, 132, 140)cm circumference, after seaming and blocking.
Finished length: 26¾ (26¾, 27, 27¼, 27¾, 28)"/68 (68, 68.5, 69, 70, 71)cm, from high-shoulder point (where shoulder meets neck, excluding ribbed neck band) to hem.
9 (10, 11, 11, 12, 13) skeins Rowan Cashmere Tweed (96 yds/88m each).
Or approx. 820 (875, 950, 1015, 1085, 1160) yds/750 (800, 870, 930, 995, 1060)m of a DK-weight yarn that typically knits as 21-22 sts to 4"/10cm.
Shown in Night in size 46".
NEEDLES & NOTIONS
US 6 (4mm) needles, or size to obtain gauge.
US 4 (3.5mm) 16-24"/40-60cm circular needle, or 2 US sizes/.5mm smaller than gauge needle.
Stitch markers; 1 locking marker.
Darning needle to finish.
21 sts/30 rows = 4"/10cm in stockinette stitch on gauge needle, after blocking.
Garment is knit in pieces and seamed using mattress stitch. Neck and arm bands are picked up and knit in the round.
When designing this vest, we really wanted the center V to be, well, centered! Take a peek at the close up picture of the front V-neck and you'll see a single stitch wide column of knit stitches directly in the center. At this point in our pattern, something really neat happens - we think you'll love it as much as we do!
Test knitters appreciated our finishing instructions and tutorial support for binding off and picking up stitches - we hope the teaching sections included in this pattern will become a skills library of sorts for use on future garments.
The Free Pattern
See "The Details" tab for size, yarn, needle, and gauge information.
Digital His Vest pattern. (Download)
Printed His Vest pattern. (Requires shipping.)
COLOR: 001 Oats. Oatmeal with brown sugar.
COLOR: 002 Smoke. Campfire smoke.
COLOR: 003 Granite. Dark grey with specks of blue and purple.
COLOR: 004 Night. Starry night sky.
COLOR: 005 Cinder Rose. Dark mauve with specks of cream and red.
COLOR: 006 Andorra Red. Spiced red wine.
COLOR: 007 Camel. Classic tweed.
COLOR: 008 Chocolate. Fudge with walnuts.
COLOR: 009 Ruby. Ruby red with specks of pink and blue.
COLOR: 010 Mustard. Honey mustard.
COLOR: 011 Petal. Cotton candy pink.
COLOR: 012 Jade Garden. Dark aquamarine with brown specks.
COLOR: 013 Yorkshire. Dark turquoise with pops of brown and blue.