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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 Suzi on 18th Feb 2015
I wanted to test a free pattern first to see the quality & I'm impressed. The pattern is well-written with details that make a project worth the time and effort. I'm convinced. Thank you.
Posted by Leslie on 20th Jul 2014
I liked the pattern because it is knit in one piece. The pattern is well written and easy to follow, I really appreciate that. It is a flattering vest, even when knit in the larger sizes - another plus!
Posted by Christine P on 3rd Jun 2014
I have not yet started this project, but was so impressed with your designs that I decided to start with a free pattern to test the waters. As a rule I don't buy knitting patterns as there are so many "freebies" available on-line, but... sometimes you get what you pay for and in the case of "sweater babe" the designs are so nice I would definitely buy them.
I love the contemporary, slightly rebellious designs. I would categorize this vest as "punk chic", and know that I will receive many compliments in the office if the finished product is as nice as the pic.
Plan to revisit this website regularly!
Posted by Jeri on 14th Apr 2014
This vest is so versatile it can be worn with your best dressy clothes or look just as great with jeans. I just luv it
Posted by Unknown on 3rd Feb 2014
I haven't knitted anything to wear for many years, but this lovely pattern has inspired me to give it a go.
Posted by Patricia on 7th Jul 2013
I just received the pattern and I think it will be perfect for hiding some 'issues' that are better unseen. I will be casting on any day now - just need to finish one other thing.
Posted by Elaine on 28th Jun 2013
I have not started this pattern yet, but have read through it. I really love the design, and I am looking forward to making a start on this project very soon....I need something nice for holidays in about 6 weeks time, so determined that it will be this vest.
Posted by Leah on 25th Jun 2013
This was a pleasant, quick knit and I like the end result. Thank you Sweaterbabe for the free pattern. I am a little pear shaped and was concerned about having enough to wrap around my rear end, however, I blocked it with a little extra tension in that area and it looks and fits great.
Posted by Unknown on 17th Jun 2013
The directions are excellent and the results are spectacular!
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!
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