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When I need a slimming pick-me-up outfit, I reach for something fitted, something black, something with gorgeous detailing that will make me feel instantly more chic. Finding nothing in my closet that met these lofty needs, I decided to create this shapely knit vest.
It's all about the curves and detailing (and no seams!). This vest is knit from the bottom up in one piece, including the button bands, starting with a sexy, curvy scroll lace border. The lace stitch naturally creates the pretty scalloped hem. The stitches are then decreased in three stages to get the beautiful, tiered effect that leads into the nipped in waist.
The curvy scroll lace is continued up the front and ends with the open, u-shaped neckline (great for wearing with all sorts of tops and designed to flatter). Arm and neck borders are worked in garter stitch with decreases at the underarm for the best fit and tapering at the front top border corners to keep with the curvy theme.
The resulting fit is ultra flattering whether it's worn casually open or closed like a fitted corset. I love this vest with a flirty blouse and dark skirt for a night out, or over a long-sleeve tee and jeans. It's the perfect go-to piece to fill the void in my closet.
See all the Blog posts on this Talia Vest (including great finished photos from customers!)
Finished Knit Measurements:Chest: 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54)" [76 (86.5, 96.5, 106.5, 117, 127, 137) cm] Length: 26 ¼ (26 ¼, 26 ¼, 27 ½, 27 ½, 29 ½, 29 ½)" [66.5 (66.5, 66.5, 70, 70, 75, 75) cm]
TO FIT SIZES: XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X).
Yarn Used: Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted (85% Wool/15% Mohair); 4 oz/113 g [190yd/173m] per skein: 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6) skeins in color #M-05 Onyx.
Pattern Gauge: 16 stitches = 4" [10 cm] and 22 rows = 4" [10 cm] in St st on Size 9 [5.5mm] needles.
Yarn Label Gauge and Information: A medium/worsted weight yarn with a gauge of 4 1/2" sts per inch on size 8 US [5 mm] needles..
Total Yardage Required: Approximately 570 (570, 760, 760, 950, 950, 1140) yds [519 (519, 692, 692, 865, 865, 1038) m].
Some suggested yarn substitutes to try:
Malabrigo Merino Worsted Yarn
Berroco Ultra Alpaca
Cascade 220 Wool
Patons Classic Wool Merino
Manos del Uraguay 100% Wool
Checkheaton Merino Supreme
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes
[Many MORE suggestions in Ravelry for this pattern. Just find this pattern under SweaterBabe designs and look in the "yarns" tab]
If you have a yarn substitute to suggest for this project, email us!
Knitting Needles Used: 32" or longer circular needle in size 9 [5.5 mm] OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE (there are too many stitches to comfortably knit on straight needles) and 20" or shorter circular needle in size 9 [5.5 mm] OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE.
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Posted by Jennifer on 14th May 2013
I thought that the pattern was very easy for me to follow (I am a beginner knitter) and it came out beautifully. Thank you!
Posted by Unknown on 16th Apr 2013
I knit one as a gift for my aunt a few years ago and am now planning to knit a second one for myself. Even as a novice knitter I found the pattern easy to follow. I especially like the length of the vest and the little details that break up the monotony.
Posted by Zinzin on 30th Mar 2013
love the length and design
Posted by Unknown on 10th Mar 2013
I prefer a light colour.
Posted by Unknown on 8th Mar 2013
This is a lovely vest. Thank U for making it available for us.
Posted by Pam H. on 4th Mar 2013
I have been looking for a pattern like this one. Love the detail in the pattern. Can't wait to start the pattern. I have read thru the directions and it doesn't seem to difficult.
Posted by Terri Lester on 27th Feb 2013
Easy to understand directions and fun to make. I love the designs and intricacy. I used a lighter color and the pattern really pops!
Posted by Terri Lester on 23rd Feb 2013
I love the pattern for the Talia Shaped Vest. Its clear, not too difficult, and I love the way the vest can be worn dressed up or down.
Posted by Brenda on 23rd Sep 2012
I love how fancy the vest looks. I would be comfortable wearing it with anything. I can't wait to knit it. I just have to decide on a color and type of yarn.
Posted by Jean on 21st Sep 2012
Found just what I was looking for and found it easy to understand and knit. Fits well too.
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