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Designed by Hilary Smith Callis

With all the gorgeous textures and stitches filling the pattern books on my shelves, it’s still those classics, Stockinette and Garter, that I come back to time and again. Amande is my attempt to use these old friends of mine to create a garment with interesting lines and a unique shape. And because there aren’t any fancy stitches to keep track of, there are some fun techniques in there to keep you on your toes: i-cord bind offs, applied i-cord worked as you go, short rows, various cast-ons, pockets, and a big, chunky cable up the back.

The vest is knit from the bottom up, mostly in one piece (very minimal seaming), and the fronts of the vest are created by picking up sts down the fronts and working short rows on either side. The pockets are created as you go, with the linings picked up and knit after the body of the vest is done. Add some funky buttons to make it your own – I chose almond (amande) shaped wood, to go with the rustic nature of the wool.

  • Cascade Yarns Ecological Wool (100% Wool; 478 yds/ 437 m per 250g skein] in Black (8095); 1 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2) skeins or 465 (530, 595, 660, 725, 790, 850, 915) yds/ 425 (485, 545, 605, 660, 720, 780, 835) m of a similar yarn
  • Needles:
  • US 10 (6.0 mm) circular needles; 32-60”/ 80-150 cm for the sleeves, 29-60” / 75-150 cm or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Cable needle or spare dpn of same size
  • Other Materials:
  • 6 stitch markers, scrap yarn
  • 6 medium-sized (~1.25”/ 32mm diameter) buttons
  • Coordinating thread and needle
  • Tapestry needle
  • Sizes:
    Women’s XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL)
    15 sts x 21 rows = 4” in Stockinette Stitch
    Skill Level: