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Hi, my name is Mary Gildersleeve. I began designing shortly after teaching myself to knit at the age of 8, primarily because I do not take commands very well and I also could not afford the fancy ...

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I Heart Austria vest and cap

from By Hand, With Heart
(6) Name: 'Knitting : I Heart Austria vest and cap
I Heart Austria vest and cap
I Heart Austria vest and cap

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • you must know how to read charts for the six different diamonds on the vest and matching cap
  • ability to knit in the round for the cap

Pattern Description:

This design was a labor of love: ten years ago we were blessed to move to a small village an hour south of Vienna, Austria. My husband was earning a Masters degree and we lived in the shadow of an ancient Carthusian monastery, homeschooling our (then) four children. We were only able to stay two years but Austria got into our heart, and remains there to this day. We took home a lifetime of memories and our youngest son, born during our sojourn in Niederoesterich. Now, almost eight years later ... I have finally published a design worthy of our memories.

A traditional hand-knit ensemble with a modern twist: The style of the vest is classic -- and mine has (optional) knitted in pockets. The stitch patterns are original but reminiscent of the traditional Austrian traveling-stitch motifs seen throughout the country. I enjoyed mixing and matching the motifs to give a bit of spunk to this classic!

The cap coordinates perfectly and is uber warm since the cuff is folded up (allowing a double-layer to protect ears).

A traditional hand-knit ensemble with a modern twist!


17sts x 34rows = 4" over garter stitch on US 8 needles

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • vest sized to fit S (40") - 2X (56"); cap to fit adult


  • ovest = 850 (1000, 1000, 1250, 1350) yards superwash worsted-weight wool
  • ocap = 200 yards
  • US#8 circ knitting needles for vest
  • US #4 dpns for optional knit-in pocket-lining
  • US#8 circs (16") and dpns for hat
  • stitch markers
  • stitch holders
  • cable needle
  • nine 5/8" buttons