Humphrey by Astrid Kauffman


September 2010
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
16 stitches = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
710 - 1434 yards (649 - 1311 m)
36 to 52 inch finished chest
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This pattern is available for free.

Pattern is in the KnittySpin section of Knitty Deep Fall 2010. Original vest is made from handspun; Cascade Ecological Wool is suggested as a substitute.

14 November 2018- Now available in Danish (Awesome! Thanks, Marianne Holmen!):

23 March 2013 Hi all- there are a couple of errors in the pattern which I think most of you have identified- my apologies. My intention is to tart it up in a nice pdf at some point in the future. Here are the fixes/clarifications as I understand them:

  • the gauge swatch should be worked on the larger needle
  • When working the waist, arm hole and v neck shaping, maintain the alignment of the broken rib. If in doubt at the edges, work an extra knit before you begin the pattern- you won’t see it when you pick up the edgings or it will be in the seam under the arm.
  • For the body, measurements until you divide for front and back should read Work even in Broken Rib pattern as established until work measures 12.5 (13,13.5, 13.5, 14) inches from cast-on edge, ending after a Round 2 of pattern.
  • At the Vneck shaping section first line should read, Row 1 (RS): K24(27, 30, 33, 36) sts, slip next 2 sts to a holder, turn. Continue only on these sts for left front.
  • On the right Front, measurement should read Work even in pattern until piece measures 22.5(23, 23.5, 23.5, 24) inches from cast-on edge, ending with a WS row.
  • Shoulder seams should read Shoulder seams: Holding the fronts and back with RS together, start at the shoulder edges and using three needle bind off, BO 15(17, 18, 20, 22) stitches along each shoulder., 20(22, 26, 28, 30) remain on needle at back of neck.
  • Neck section should read: With RS facing, rejoin yarn at neck edge of left shoulder join. Pick up and knit 21(22, 22, 23, 26) stitches down left front neck , work one stitch from safety pin at center front neck, place marker, work second stitch from safety pin stitch onto needle, pick up and knit 21(22, 22, 23, 26) stitches along right front neck; work across 20(22, 26, 28, 30) sts of back neck. Place marker and join for working in the round. 64(68, 72, 76, 84) sts.

Let me know if any of this doesn’t make sense. Apologies again. Best- AK

From the description:

“I bought this fleece from Wendy Dennis of Tarndwarncoort Polworth Wool at the Australian Wool and Sheep Show in Bendigo and lugged it home on the train. Enamored with the natural color variation, I opted for minimal processing and spun in the grease.

The resultant yarn is 8 wraps to the inch, although 8ish is probably more accurate. The Broken rib stitch pattern gives a nice hard boiled ’50s geometric feel to the vest, while cleverly disguising most of the more extreme variations in yarn thickness and twist.“