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Robin Hunter

for Robin Hunter Designs   2011

The Prudence Crowley Vest

Hunter: "This vest is worked in two pieces. The back is knit from the bottom edge up. The front is knit in one long section like a sideways scarf with increases at each end. The edges of the vest back are self finishing and include instructions to smooth the normally used uneven stair step bind off methods. This project is a wonderful introduction to garments for the beginner, as there are no buttonholes and minimal sewing. The fit is very forgiving and will flatter many body shapes. The classic vest back gives the garment structure while the front looks like a large scarf is hanging around your neck. This creates a strong slimming vertical line on the front of the body. The front edges can be folded back into a shawl collar shape or left to stand high on your neck. The simple textured stitch pattern shows off the long run of the colourway to its best advantage, subtly blending the colour transitions."

Designer Note: The original yarn used here (Nashua Handknits Wooly Stripes) has unfortunately been discontinued. I'm often asked for suggested substitutes which then can be discontinued as well. Currently, March 2013, many knitters tell me Taiyo Aran has been successfully substituted. Creative Poems Aran, Kaleidoscope, Odin and Filzwolle Fine Color appear to be an almost identical match to the original yarn. For current substitutes if you have access to Ravelry, do a search on 100% wool yarns, choose Aran weight and not discontinued in the search boxes. Put the word single in the search box at the top of the screen and you will get the current available yarn matches.

The Deborah Beresford Vest is a reworking of this design with a different stitch pattern and gauge, and uses two strands of fingering weight yarn run together (swapped out at different rates) to give subtle shade changes.

(We are just blown away by this. Pick your superlatives-- Ed.)

Pattern Detail

  • no charts
  • schematics included
  • sewing required
  • fall/winter
  • straight (flat)
  • finished measurements – at bust 36 (38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54) inches, 91.5 (96.5, 101.5, 106.5, 112, 117, 122, 127, 132, 137) cm.
  • digital PDF has 6 pages (letter size)
  • beginner
    • 4 x 4 in
    • 4.5 mm
    • US 7
    • 16.0 over pattern
Click below for more images and yarn requirements
Prudencethreequarters Prudence_back_hi Prudence Prudence_pin_hi Prudence_front_hi Prudence_crowley.pdf-2data

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Wednesday, July 06 2011, 17:16

Just got my Kaleidoscope yarn in the mail for this pattern today. Can't wait to try it out!


Monday, June 13 2011, 15:29

This will be a perfect quick knit for gift giving! Love the drape of this.

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