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I've been a 'crafter' all my life, and especially enjoy fiber arts. My first professional design was published in 2005, and since then I've had my designs published in knit.wear, Knitscene, Creative ...

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Tabard Vest

from Desert Rose Fiber Arts
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Tabard Vest
Tabard Vest
Tabard Vest

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • purl
  • k2tog
  • yarn overs
  • cabling

Pattern Description:

Fashioned after a medieval tabard, "Tabard Vest" is a fun topper that will add style and grace to nearly any outfit. Easy knitting, easy fitting and easy wearing - you'll reach for this vest time & time again.

"Tabard Vest" features a Lace & Cable stitch pattern, front & back V-neckline and flexible button placement. The Lace & Cable pattern creates a nicely scalloped hemline while the center cable frames the flattering V-neck. Naturally formed openings in the stitch pattern serve as buttonholes - which leaves the shoulders to be joined and the 'button links' to be crafted as the only finishing!

Shape and fit are determined by where the buttons are placed - high, low, or somewhere in-between - it's knitter's choice. This allows you to customize the fit & look of "Tabard Vest" without making adjustments to your knitting.

Knit "Tabard Vest" in Soft Payette by Universal Yarns (as shown in the sample - yarn has sequins in it) for a dressier look, or knit it in a matte yarn for a more casual top. I love projects that are easy to knit yet have that special touch - and "Tabard Vest" is one of these projects.

Photography by Shane Baskin / Blackbox Studios


24 sts and 25 1/2 rows = 4 inches in Lace Cable pattern
(While gauge is important, a slight difference will not affect the success of this project).

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Finished chest: 24 (36, 48, 60, 72) inches
  • Finished length: 22 1/2 (25, 26 1/2, 28, 30) inches


  • 672 (896, 1344, 1792, 2240) yds / 300 (400, 600, 800, 1000) grams DK weight yarn
  • US 8 (5.0mm) 29-inch circular needle
  • US 7 (4.5mm) 29-inch circular needle
  • US 7 (4.5mm) dpn - optional
  • cable needle
  • * circular needles used to accommodate the number of sts - vest is knit flat

You Will Also Need:

  • 8 - 3/4 inch buttons
  • 8 inches jewelry chain
  • stitch holders
  • tapestry needle

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