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Mr. Knightley's Vest Knitting Pattern Download

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It is male characters like Mr. Knightley, and their relationships, that have endeared Jane Austen to many of her readers. And these male characters were the inspiration for this vest. The designer wanted to create something sleek and beautiful for the Austen men. The gorgeous colorwork fabric is both masculin eand elegant. The wool/silk blend yarn gives the vest a warm functional aspect. Mr. Knightley's Vest, when paired with an ascot and a long coat, exemplifies the Regency era. It can also be worn with a T-shirt and jeans for a modern look. The twined knitting technique that is used to create the colorwork is easy to master and can be done by a beginner, even though the resulting fabric looks like it requires a seasoned knitter.

Finished Size: 35 ¼ (40 ¾, 44 ¼, 47 ¾, 51 ¼)" chest circumference, buttoned. Cardigan shown measures 40 ¾".
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Heritage Silk (85% Merino superwash wool, 15% mulberry silk; 437 yd [400 m]/100 g): #5608 pine (MC), 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) skeins; #5610 camel (CC) 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) skeins.
Yarn Weight: #3 - Light
Needles: Size 3 (3.25 mm): 16" and 36" circular (cir) and straight. Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle; six 5/8" buttons.
Gauge: 36 sts and 40 rows = 4" in colorwork patts.
Originally Published: Jane Austen Knits, 2011

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