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#82 Talia Shaped Vest

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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. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY You should know how to work on circular needles, make sts, inc and dec, and sew a seam. GAUGE 16 sts = 4" [10cm] and 22 rows = 4" [10cm] in Stockinette St SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Chest: 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54)" [76 (86.5, 96.5, 106.5, 117, 127, 137) cm] Length: 26 1/4 (26 1/4, 26 1/4, 27 1/2, 27 1/2, 29 1/2, 29 1/2)" [66.5 (66.5, 66.5, 70, 70, 75, 75) cm] TO FIT SIZES: XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X)

Recommended with this pattern

  • 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
  • 1 - 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) 1 - 20" or shorter circular needle in size 9 [5.5 mm] OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE Stitch markers Stitch holder Yarn tapestry needle 4 Buttons, each 1 1/4" [3 cm] in diameter Sewing needle and thread

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