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Circle Swing Coat or Vest

from Sarah Montie Handknits
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Circle Swing Coat or Vest
Circle Swing Coat or Vest
Circle Swing Coat or Vest
Circle Swing Coat or Vest
Circle Swing Coat or Vest
Circle Swing Coat or Vest

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knitting & purling in the round, knitting in waste yarn, changing yarns

Pattern Description:

This is an art piece, literally I had my first one as a piece of fiber art in an art show.
It is basically a large circle with sleeves.
It can be a great stashbuster, using up leftover balls of yarn or all those textured yarns you couldn't resist and now don't know what to do with them
Very simply, you knit a large circle in garter stitch. The armhole stitches are picked up from waste yarn that has been knitted into the circle, and the sleeves are knit down in the round to the desired length. There are no seams to sew, only ends to weave in for the finshing. Since the armholes are not centered it can be worn two ways, either as a swing coat or a bolero type jacket.
This is a "concept" pattern. The concept is that you are knitting a circle and you are placing sleeves in the circle according to your own measurements. I have used bulky yarns and a variety of textured yarns. You can actually use any weight yarn you want and appropriate needles for that weight. You could even use a different stitch pattern. I chose garter stitch because it is reversible and I could easily remember when to make my increases (every other row or every knit row). I used textured yarns and color to create interest rather than the stitch pattern. This becomes a one of a kind art piece when you mix colors and textures. I hope this pattern will bring out the artist and designer in you.
Experience with knitting in the round, changing yarns, and picking up stitches is recommended.
Intermediate level.


I used bulky yarn at 16sts=4in/10cm
The gauge doesn't have to match mine, you can actually knit the pattern to your own gauge

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Can be made to any measurement

You Will Also Need:

  • Size 10/6mm or 10.5/6.5mm needles in varying circular lengths
  • 8 Ring markers
  • Waste yarn, preferably smooth cotton

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