Viola Vest Tank Knitting Pattern Download
34 (38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58)”
[86 (96.5, 106.5, 118, 127, 137, 147)cm] bust circ.
37 (42, 46.5, 50, 53, 56, 61)”
[94 (106.5, 117, 127, 134.5, 142, 155)cm] hip circ.
Suggested Fit: 2-4” positive ease at bust to wear as Tank.
Suggested Fit: 5-8” positive ease at bust to wear as Vest (outerwear), See Notes.
Shown in size 38” (102cm) with 2” (10cm) positive ease at bust.
Yarn Chai by Berroco
56% Linen, 44% Silk: 142yds (130m)/50g
5 (5*, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9) skeins, shown in Silver 8608
If you are making Size 38" and plan on adding any length, you may need a 6th ball of Chai.
- 32” or 40” circular needles in size US 6 (4mm) or size needed to obtain gauge.
- 32” or 40” circular needles in size US 5 (3.75mm) or one size smaller than size used to obtain gauge.
- One spare size US 6 (4 mm), for three-needle BO.
20 sts and 26 rows = 4” (10cm) in Rev Stk st on size US 6 (4 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge, after wet-blocking.
22 sts and 30 rows = 4” (10cm) in 2 x 2 RIb on US 5 (3.5mm) or size needed to obtain gauge, after wet-blocking.
- 6 Stitch Markers, plus 9-11 removeable M’s
- 9 buttons
- Waste yarn or stitch holder(s)
- Tapestry needle
We get many requests for vest patterns in the yarn shop I work at, A Good Yarn Sarasota. This design can be worn as a Tank or by choosing a a size with more ease, it can be worn as an outer layer or Vest. A DK weight wool or wool blend yarn could easily be substituted for cooler weather.
For this design, Rev Stk is the RS and Stk st is the WS. This vest/tank starts at the bottom, as one piece. You’ll have the option to work Short Rows to create a sloped hemline. There are hip decreases before the body is separated into Front(s) and Back pieces. You will put some stitches on hold, while working other parts. The shoulders are seamed using Three Needle Bind-Off. Next, you’ll be picking up along the Front edges & neckline and knitting the Front/Button Band. You can choose to add button holes, or knit the Front Band without them.
Sizing: For this design, if you want to wear this as a tank, I recommend 2-4” of positive ease at the bust (this means you add that amount to your ACTUAL bust measurement- the widest part). That will give you the Finished Measurement size you should choose. At a 36” bust, I have on the 38, i.e. 2” of ease (worn as a Tank). If you’d like to wear this as a layering piece (Vest/outer garment), you will want to choose a size with more ease (closer to 5-8” of ease),
All of my patterns are named after important figures in the history of Sarasota and Manatee Counties. The inspiration behind this piece is Viola Welch. Read about Viola’s story from the Bradenton Herald
Read more about my transition to knitwear design HERE.