Pattern of the Week: Orsino’s Vest

I always love the menswear in Interweave Knits. It’s fun for the knitter but stylish and modern enough to make men want to wear it. Orsino’s Vest in Interweave Knits Summer 2017 is no exception—it can bring a relaxed look to a 3-piece suit or dress up jeans and a tie for a great office look.

I’ve spoken with Joni Coniglio, the senior project editor at Interweave and designer, about her vest.

Orsino's Vest

“My husband, Carl, loves handknit sweaters and accessories. However, since we moved to Colorado from Nebraska six years ago, I’ve noticed that he hasn’t been wearing the heavier sweaters I’ve made for him because the winters are so much milder here. And because not knitting for such a “knit-worthy” guy isn’t an option, I’ve had to make some adjustments in the types of garments I make for him and the yarns I use. Orsino’s Vest is light enough that Carl can wear it on even the mildest of winter days. It’s also versatile enough that he can wear it with jeans or a dress shirt and pants,” said Joni.

The vest is worked in one piece from the bottom up to the armholes and then divided. The simple rope cables can be worked without a cable needle for speedy knitting. To make the cable pattern show up even more clearly, use a size 3 needle, which is at the smaller end of the range for a sportweight yarn.

Pattern Details

Difficulty Easy

Finished Size 35¼ (38¾, 44½, 48½, 52¼)” chest circumference, buttoned. Vest shown in the magazine measures 38¾”; modeled with ¾” of negative ease. Carl’s vest has a 44 1/2″ chest circumference.

Sugar Bush Yarns Bliss (70% extra fine superwash merino wool, 20% mulberry silk, 10% cashmere; 105 yd [96 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #4022 platinum, 9 (10, 11, 13, 14) balls.

Size 3 (3.25 mm): 16″ and 32″ circular (cir). Size 4 (3.5 mm): 40″ cir. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Marker (m); cable needle (cn); stitch holders; 7 (8, 8, 9, 9)” buttons; tapestry needle.

Gauge 23 sts and 29 rows = 4″ in charted patt on larger needle.

Anyone would be thrilled to wear this amazing vest, and it knits up faster than a cabled sweater, so you can knit it as a gift and not feel overwhelmed.

If you make this vest, please let us know! Tag us on Instagram @InterweaveCraft.

Happy knitting,


(Originally posted on May 8, 2017; updated on August 7, 2019.)

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