Interweave Knits Fall 2018: Breakwater Beach Vest

I have a confession to make that is slightly embarrassing as a person who’s been knitting for over a decade: I am terrified of sleeves. I’m working up the courage to give a sleeved garment a try, but in the meantime, I’ll focus on gorgeous sleeveless garments like the lovely Breakwater Beach Vest, designed for Interweave Knits Fall 2018 by Irina Anikeeva.

The Cape Cod story from this New England-inspired issue evokes cool, salty sea breezes and the warmth of a wool sweater on a chilly fall day. It’s full of updated, creative takes on traditional cabled pullovers, ready to challenge you and find homes as staple items in your wardrobe.

The Breakwater Beach Vest in particular honors the gansey sweaters worn by British sailors, celebrating the beauty, craftsmanship, and utility of these traditional garments, but without the sleeves! Having no sleeves makes this piece a wonderful layering garment. It keeps your torso and neck supremely warm, while still allowing you to throw a jacked on over the top. No more “sweater elbow,” the name I have given to the unpleasant feeling of having a sweater bunched up under your coat.

This vest knitting pattern is also a great “baby garment” for those who want to learn garment construction without biting off too much of a challenge. In this design, you’ll tackle a split hem, easy neck and shoulder shaping, picked-up stitches around the armholes and neck, and a tubular bind-off to finish the cowl turtleneck.

If you haven’t knit a garment before, you’ll find this a pleasant but achievable challenge. If you’re a garment-knitting pro, this DK-weight, sleeveless project will fly off the needles. Either way, you’ll wind up with a treasured fall layering piece that will keep those chilly breezes at bay! Grab a copy of our beautiful Fall 2018 issue and start your own Breakwater Beach Vest today.


Breakwater Beach Vest

Pattern Details

DESIGNER Irina Anikeeva

DIFFICULTY Intermediate

FINISHED SIZE 33 (35½, 39¾, 42¾, 47¾, 52¼)” bust circumference. Vest shown measures 35½”; modeled with 4″ of positive ease.

YARN Jo Sharp Classic DK Wool (100% wool; 107 yd [98 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #301 natural, 8 (9, 10, 11, 12, 13) balls. Yarn distributed by Kingfisher Yarn & Fibre.

NEEDLES Size 4 (3.5 mm): 16″ circular (cir) and two 24″ cir. Size 5 (3.75 mm): 24″ cir. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Markers (m); cable needle (cn); size F/5 (3.75 mm) crochet hook; waste yarn for provisional CO; stitch holder; tapestry needle.

GAUGE 22 sts and 32 rows = 4″ in St st on larger needle; 18½ sts and 32 rows = 4″ in Seed st on larger needle; 18 sts of Horseshoe Cable chart measure 2½” wide on larger needle; 8 sts of Right and Left Cable charts measures 1¼” wide on larger needle.


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