Invested Interest: The How-to of Knitting a Vest


Cost includes 6 hours of class.

A virtual class with Denise Bell

Feb 11, 2:00-4:00pm
Feb 18, 2:00-4:00pm
Feb 19, 2:00-4:00pm CST

Learn all you need to know to knit a circular, stranded vest by making a mini. Whether it’s your first circular garment, first stranded knit, or first steeking experience, Denise shows you how.

Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 4 weeks following the event.

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Want to venture beyond knitting socks and hats? Consider a vest. Useful as a layer or shoulder-season attire, a vest is a good introduction to knitting garments. In this 3-session workshop, Denise covers all of the important components for knitting a stranded adult vest.

Before class, we cast on and work the ribbing for a mini-vest (don’t worry, we’ll tell you how many stitches and rounds). In the first session, we discuss yarn selection, techniques for two-color knitting, whether and where to add an accent or “pop” color, gauge, catching floats on the backside of the garment, and side seams.

By the second session, you will have knit to the armhole (just a couple of inches on our mini!) so we can insert steek bridges, learn to shape the armholes and V-neck, and how to create sturdy shoulder seams.

In the final session we will cut those steeks, pick up stitches and add ribbing, and discuss the ever-important blocking. You will have completed your mini and gained the skills and confidence to go full-size.

An optional $13 kit is available for this class.
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Kit includes 2 balls of Jamieson & Smith Shetland jumper-weight yarn

Special skills or knowledge needed to take this class:
Be able to work 2×2 ribbing in the round and basic increases and decreases.

Supply list
• US 2  and 3 (2.75mm and 3.25mm) 16” circular and double-point needles or size to achieve a gauge of 7 stitches per inch in pattern.
• Knitting Basics: Sharp scissors, Notebook, Pen or pencil with eraser, Removable markers, Tapestry needles (large and small), Tape measure
• Optional kit
1 ball (125 yds) each of two highly-contrasting colors of “sticky”, fingering/jumper-weight wool yarn (example Jamieson & Smith Shetland Wool Brokers, Jamieson Spindrift, Rauma, or Knit Picks Palette yarn; not superwash)

Additional information

Skill Level

Main Technique


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