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The Drew Vest


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The Drew Cardigan Vest by Marly Bird was Inspired by crochet designer Drew Emborsky's love of art deco. The vertical lines, texture and design detail along the collar give an assertively modern style to an ivy league vintage look that has symmetry rather than asymmetry. Knit with 100% fine merino wool from Fiesta Yarns, this sweater vest exudes luxury, glamor, and exuberance. The man in your life will look effortlessly cool in this piece. GAUGE 24 sts and 24 rows = 4" (10 cm) in Fan Panel Pat and in Twisted Garter Rib Pat SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS FINISHED MEASUREMENTS To fit chest: 361/2 (401/2, 441/2, 481/2, 521/2, 561/2, 601/2)" [92.5 (103, 113, 123, 133.5, 143.5, 153.5) cm] Finished chest: 381/2 (421/2, 461/2, 501/2, 541/2, 581/2, 621/2)" [98 (108, 118, 128.5, 138.5, 148.5, 159) cm] Length: 261/2 (27, 28, 28.5, 29.5, 30, 31) [67.5 (68.5, 71, 72.5, 75, 76, 78.5) cm]

Supplies Needed

  • Yarn: Fiesta Yarns "Boomerang" (100% extra fine super wash merino; 255 yds, 4 oz [100g]): 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) hanks in color Lava Rock.
  • Needles: Size US 7 (4.5 mm) circular needle, 32" in length, or size to obtain correct gauge, plus a spare needle in same size. Note: pieces are worked straight, circular needle is used to accommodate full width.
  • Notions: Stitch markers, stitch holders or waste yarn, tapestry needle, 6 buttons, approx. 1" [2.5 cm] in diameter.

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Marly Bird
Marlaina 'Marly' Bird fled the world of financial services to launch a career in the yarn industry and she hasn't looked back since. To Marly, a bi-crafty girl who both knits and crochets, the yarn is the star, not how you work with it. She is the national spokesperson for Red Heart Yarns, hosts the YarnThing podcast, is the author of Cold Weather Crochet and I Can't Believe I'm Entrelac Knitting, and co-author of Knitting for Dummies, 3rd ed. You've seen her designs in Knitter's Magazine, Interweave Crochet, Knitscene, Love of Crochet, Love of Knitting, and in the books Knitter's Book of Socks, Unexpected Afghans, Simply Crochet, Lace Yarn Studio, Blueprint Crochet Sweaters, and Knitting Plus. Along with her designing and podcast, Marly has a successful YouTube channel where she teaches both knitting and crochet. On top of all that, Marly also has several online classes available with Creativebug and In her spare time, Marly is a wife to a very understanding husband, raises three kids, and because life was not crazy enough--has three dogs. For more about Marly, go to