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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Exothermic
Exothermic Exothermic Back
Exothermic Exothermic Vest
Exothermic Exothermic front detail

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Basic knitting skills, slipped stitches, decreases, three needle bind-off, picking up stitches, ribbing, seed stitch, hand sewn zipper installation

Pattern Description:

Looking for a pattern for a man's garment that a man will really wear?

This front-zippered men's vest is created using a reversible, textured, yet easy-to-work pattern stitch, the fluted rib. The stitch creates softly rounded columns (resembling a quilted channel) on one side (Side 1) and a knit rib on a bed of seed stitches on the reverse side (Side 2). Color blocks at the waist and upper chest are created by alternating two rows of accent and main colors. Seamless construction makes this a quick project, great for creating that extra layer of warmth.
The vest is knit flat from the bottom up in one piece. A mandarin collar, worked in a 2x2 rib, is picked up around the neck edge. The fluted rib pattern does not roll, so additional treatment of the bottom and armscye edges is not necessary. A reversible, separating zipper is easily sewn into a knit placket to secure the front opening.


21 sts and 27 rows = 4" (10 cm) in Fluted Rib with larger needles after a light blocking.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Sizes: Men's S [M, L, XL] for Chest: 36 [40, 44, 48]" (91.5 [101.5, 112, 122] cm)
  • Finished Measurements: Chest: 40 [44, 48, 53]" (101.5 [112, 123, 134.5] cm) lightly stretched


  • Cascade Eco+ Wool, 100% natural Peruvian wool [478 yds/437 m, 8.8 oz/250 g skein]:
  • MC: shade 8493 Brown: 2 [2, 3, 3] skeins
  • CC1: shade 2433 Teal: 1 skein (takes less than 100yds/91 m)
  • CC2: shade 7824 Orange: 1 skein (takes less than 50 yds/46 m)
  • US 10.5 (6.5 mm) circular needle, 24" (60 cm) or longer, or size required to obtain gauge
  • US 9 (5.5 mm) circular needle, 24" (60 cm) or longer

You Will Also Need:

  • 1, 22 [24, 24, 24]" (56 [61, 61, 61] cm) separating, reversible zipper
  • Stitch holders (3), or waste yarn
  • Yarn needle
  • Sewing needle, pins, and matching thread for zipper installation