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The Winter Tree Vest

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : The Winter Tree Vest
The Winter Tree Vest
The Winter Tree Vest
The Winter Tree Vest
The Winter Tree Vest
The Winter Tree Vest

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Work 2 x 2 rib and st st
  • Chain st
  • Pick up sts

Pattern Description:

The Winter Tree Vest was inspired by a beautiful tree I saw silhouetted against the sky in a paddock recently. As a deep dark forest dweller, I really do love trees. :)

This is a wool vest with waist shaping and a scoop neck, worked flat from the bottom up in two colours. I have noted where length may be added if desired. The shoulders have slightly more width than a normal vest, as I find this line more flattering than narrow straps. I also find it better if you tend to carry a messenger bag slung across your body.

The vest has a stripey back, contrasting rib edgings which are picked up and knit flat, and a tree embroidery worked entirely in chain stitch after the vest is complete, which gives it a nice relief effect. The embroidery is simple but effective, and would work equally well on a cushion cover, or even shrunk down for a pocket.


17 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches in St st on 5mm (US 8) needles

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 75cm/30"(80/32, 85/34, 90/36, 95/38, 100/40)


  • 2 x 4mm (US 6) needles (the neck and armhole ribbing are worked flat, but you may find a circular easier to use)
  • 2 x 5mm (US 8) needles
  • 2 x stitch holders
  • Darning/tapestry needle
  • Tearaway stabiliser (or similar) for working embroidery

You Will Also Need:

  • Main Colour (MC) Green: 290 (300, 320, 340, 360, 380) metres 317 (328, 349, 372, 393, 415) yards
  • Colour 2 (Col.2) Grey: 240 (255, 270, 285, 300, 320) metres 229 (279, 295, 312, 328, 349) yards

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Bendigo Woollen Mills Rustic 8ply, 100% wool, 400m/437 yds per 200g ball


1 x ball Graphite Col. 970 1 x ball Elm Col. 947