Maghrib Vests by Sandy Cushman

Maghrib Vests

Knitting
July 1999
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 23 rows = 4 inches
in color pattern on larger needles
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
3.75 mm (F)
1133 - 1339 yards (1036 - 1224 m)
36¼ (40, 43½, 47¼, 51, 54½)" (92 [101.5, 110.5, 120, 129.5, 138.5] cm) finished bust/chest circumference, zipped
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This pattern is available from interweave.com for $7.99.

Interweave SKU: EP0780

Zippered front vest with stranded colorwork shown in two colorways, sized for women and men. Knit in a tube with a center steek, which is later cut open to insert the zipper. Traditional designs inspired by Moroccan textiles.

Yarn substitutions for the discontinued yarn used in original vests: 3 ply, 12 WPI firmly spun wool, bluefaced Leicester preferably.

Pattern Description from Interweave Online Store:
These vests are worked ‘in-the-round’ in the Fair Isle technique, using only two colors at a time. The ‘body tube’ is worked from hip to shoulder with a 5-stitch steek at the front opening and each of the armholes. A serviceable zipper completes the vest.

Finished Size: 36¼ (40, 43½, 47¼, 51, 54½)“ (92 101.5, 110.5, 120, 129.5, 138.5 cm) bust/chest circumference, zipped. Green vest shown measures 43 1/2” (110.5 cm); purple vest shown measures 47 1/4” (120 cm).

Yarn: Berroco Bluefaced Leicester (100% wool; 103 yd 95 m/50 g):

  • Green colorway: #7007 sage and #7012 boysenberry, 3 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4) balls each; #7018 dahlia and #7014 olive, 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2) ball(s) each; #7015 teal, #7009 deerskin, and #7013 black, 1 ball each.
  • Purple colorway: #7013 black, 4 (4, 4, 4, 5, 5) balls; #7018 dahlia, 3 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4) balls; #7006 British blue, #7002 burgundy, #7015 teal, #7004 evergreen, and #7014 olive, 1 ball each.

Yarn weight: #4 - Medium

Gauge:

  • 22 sts and 23 rows = 4” (10 cm) in color patt
  • 23 sts and 26 rows = 4” (10 cm) in St st.

Needles:

  • Body—Size 7 (4.5 mm): 29” (80-cm) circular (cir)
  • Edging—Size 6 (5 mm) 29” (80-cm) cir and double-pointed (dpn).
  • Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Size F/5 (3.75-mm) crochet hook; markers (m); stitch holders; waste yarn; 16” (40.5-cm) separating zipper; small sewing needle; blunt tapestry needle.

Originally Published: Interweave Knits, Fall 1999