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Shibui Linen Vest Free Knitting Pattern

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I've always had a thing for drapey clothing. Even during the days when tight clothing was all the rage, I yearned for looser styles and flowing layers. I guess I am a little bohemian at heart! Imagine my excitement when those styles came back into fashion a few years ago and suddenly I had many different options to choose from!
You really can't beat the amazing drape that linen provides. When Shibui debuted their Linen yarn earlier this year, I knew I had to design something with it. I had a simple vest in mind featuring lots of garter stitch, a racer back, and flowing sides that drape with your body. Luckily, this yarn does that with minimal coaxing and gets softer and even more floaty with washing, blocking, and wearing. It can be knit with or without stripes, and it's sure to become your favorite lightweight summer wardrobe accessory for layering, belting, and generally looking chic! I hope you enjoy this new free pattern from Jimmy Beans Wool!
You can purchase the items to make your own Shibui Linen Vest here!
Shibui Linen Vest
Full Downloadable and Printable Patterns Available Here
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Specifications (we've listed the specs here, but the full pattern is available above) *If you are just making a solid color vest, the 3 skeins of one color should be sufficient for both sizes. I had most of a hank leftover of each of the contrasting colors, and I'm contemplating another vest with the leftovers! :)
  • 15 sts and 30 rows to 4" in garter stitch after blocking.
*Note on Gauge: Take the time to check your gauge by knitting a swatch and blocking it hard. This fabric stretches out a ton with blocking and wear and doing a gauge swatch will save you the agony of knitting a garment that doesn't fit properly.

Finished Measurements
  • S/M- 41.25" wide X 22" long. Racerback height- 14" tall.
  • L/XL- 46.5" wide X 24" long. Racerback height- 16" tall. (Shown)
* Note on Sizing: piece will grow another 10-20% with first few wearings, mostly in length. Please choose your size accordingly. The S/M best fits a 34-38" bust (5'7" or shorter) and the L/XL best fits a 40-44" bust (5'8" or taller) but you could easily follow the height directions for either size depending on your height. For example, if you are 5'7" or shorter but have a 40" or larger bust, you might consider knitting the height requirements for the S/M while casting on for the L/XL. The opposite goes for someone who is a S/M in the bust category but 5'8" or taller- cast on for S/M but follow instructions for L/XL for length. For reference, I have a 42" bust and am 5'11". I knit the L/XL.

About the Designer
Designer - Kristen Ashbaugh-Helmreich

Kristen Ashbaugh-Helmreich lives in Reno, NV and works on the Customer Engagement team at Jimmy Beans Wool; her tasks include social media (Ravelry & Pinterest, yay!) and coordinating the blog, she co-writes the bi-monthly newsletters and designs knitting, sewing and crochet patterns among various other fun tasks. Outside of work, she is the designer behind Marinade Designs (, her own line of knitting patterns that she is hoping to expand in the coming year. When she's not knitting or sewing her own clothes, she is working in her garden, tending to her chickens, cooking up delicious food, doing yoga, or hiking and backpacking with her husband and their feisty little mutt Wallace. Feel free to check out all of Kristen's designs on Ravelry:

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We hope you enjoy this free knitting pattern. This free pattern and the associated photographs are only for personal non-commercial use and are not for resale.
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