This is a somewhat belated birthday present for my mom. She requested a copy of a vest worn by her yoga instructor. I picked a nice neutral color so that it would go with lots of tops. The yarn is the classic Cascade 220.
The construction is very simple. Although I love sewing, I do not like sewing up hand-knitted garments. To avoid the sewing, I prefer to knit seamless patterns. My favorite knitting book is Custom Knits by Wendy Bernard for this reason. The patterns in the book are fine, but what I really find useful is the basic guides for knitting a top down raglan, a seamless body with knit-on sleeves, and a yoke sweater. There are also guidelines for different necklines. Using these instructions, I am able to knit up a swatch to get gauge and then seamlessly knit my sweater. For the vest, I just followed the top-down instructions and omitted the sleeves. I did not even use any waist shaping because I was going for a relaxed silhouette.
The vest is mostly a stockinette stitch, with seed stitch bands around the front edge and armholes. I should have made the font band just a bit wider. I also knit some short pieces of i-cord, which are stitched on to create the button loops.
There’s not much more to say about this simple piece. However, I’m glad I was able to re-create something for my mom.