I’ve always loved vests--they can be such a perfect layering piece in the fall, winter and early spring months. I have knit up lots of vests using bulky and chunky weight yarn, but really wanted a cardigan-style vest that had a lighter feel to it, yet still felt warm and cozy. As soon as I made a swatch using Magnolia I knew it was the perfect yarn for such a vest. Its DK weight makes it a great choice for a vest that you would want to wear both indoors and out and its blend of silk and merino give it a super soft and luxurious feel.
I always like my designs to be as seamless as possible and this Magnolia Sweater Vest is no exception. It’s worked in one piece from the bottom to the underarms, and then fronts and the back are worked separately. Because of the natural drape of the yarn, I still wanted to create structure and the feeling of a side seam. To achieve this, a very simple fake seam is created by purling two stitches on both sides of the body on right side rows and knitting these two stitches on wrong side rows. When stitched all the way from the bottom to the underarm, it gives the illusion of a seam. The final product is a simple, modern sweater vest that you can enjoy wearing through multiple seasons.
- Elizabeth Smith (designer)
70% wool, 30% silk
An exquisite blend of merino and silk, Magnolia has a subtle sheen and great stitch definition. The semi-solid colors give Magnolia the illusion of light reflecting off the surface of the fabric. Magnolia's elegance is perfect for dressy, special occasions or for everyday luxury.
Here is the free downloadable Magnolia Sweater Vest pattern. (file size: 508 KB)
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