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Nutshell Pattern


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Knitting: Nutshell
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Pattern Details:

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Skill Level:

medium skill level requirement Intermediate

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • you will learn (there is a detailed appendix):
  • backwards loop cast-on
  • increases
  • decreases
  • intarsia technique
  • short rows
  • bind-off
  • attached i-cord
  • zipper tutorial

Pattern Description:

This seamless waistcoat is knit with the warming Icelandic L(c)ttlopi yarn and is designed to be a perfect fit for small, medium and larger sizes. To achieve a flattering fit in all sizes, the pattern calls for extensive waist shaping in the small and medium sizes and moderate waist shaping in the large sizes. From size 49.25 upwards, the waistcoat is knitted in an A-line. The waistcoat is shown with moderate waist shaping. It is worked in one piece from bottom up.

The stitch pattern is the linen stitch which results in a tight fabric with heavy drape that holds its shape very well. Wavy stripes in a contrasting colour at the sides break up the straight lines of the linen stitch panels which form the body. Finally, an attached I-cord in the same contrasting colour makes for a neat finish.


22 sts and 36 rows = 10 cm (4 in)
- Linen St
- US#8/5 mm or size needed to obtain the correct gauge

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • To fit bust sizes from 32-55.5 inch (12 sizes)


  • US#8/5 mm circular needle, 40 cm (16 in) [for pocket facing, front panels and collar]
  • US#8/5 mm circular needle, 60-150 cm (24-60 in) [for body, including front and side panels as well as the back]
  • US#6/4 mm circular needle, 60 cm (24 in) or longer [for zip lining]
  • 5 dpns, US#6/4 mm [for attached I-cord edging]

You Will Also Need:

  • 4-12 stitch markers [to mark pocket linings and short rows]
  • 2 lengths of waste yarn [to hold pocket sts and right front panel and back sts]
  • 2 cables for interchangeable needles or 2 extra circular needles [to hold pocket sts and right front panel and back sts] - optional
  • 1 crochet hook US#G-6/4 mm [to pick up sts for zip lining]
  • 1 tapestry needle [to weave in ends]
  • 1 button [for collar]
  • 1 zip fastener, 50 cm (19.5 in) for sizes 32 to 38.5, 55 cm (21.5 in) for sizes 40.5 to 47, 60 cm (23.5 in) for sizes 49.25 to 55.5
  • sewing machine [to sew in zip fastener]
  • sewing thread to match colour A and to match the colour of the button [to sew in zip fastener and sew button]

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

L(c)ttlopi, 100% new wool; 100 m (109 yd)/50 g;


oatmeal heather, black heather

About Designer

About Designer

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My name is Jana Huck. I live in Luebeck, Germany. I started knitting when I searched for something that I still could do while being sick and it has become a passion. I almost started designing right from the beginning as I had no patience for following directions. I always need a challenge when I knit. I love to have an idea and to think: Yes, this would be nice but it is impossible to do. Then ...

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