Knitting Preview: June 19, 2021 Issue

knitting a waistcoat

Have you ever tried knitting a waistcoat? It’s a winner all year round!

We have a smashing waistcoat for you this week featuring wide borders and two pockets for a casual, informal look.

This waistcoat features King Cole Cotton Top DK, a mix of cotton and acrylic, which is very comfortable to wear. The flecked yarn comes in 10 alternative shades so if blue is not your choice, check out the other shades at You can find your nearest stockist there, too.

knitting a waistcoat

Photograph by Ally Stuart.

Instructions are available for sizes 76/81 cm (30/32 ins) through to 127/132 cm (50/52 ins).

Actual size is around 17/12 cm (6½/4½ ins) bigger so your usual size will give you a good fit over a layer.

We have graded this as an easy design. It is mostly worked in reverse stocking-stitch (purl 1 row, knit 1 row) with the wide borders worked in a broken rib pattern (one row K1, P1 rib, one row purl).

The pockets are simple to do, but if you don’t want them, just continue up the front and omit the place pocket lining instructions.

Finally, two buttons complete the look.

We hope you love our casual waistcoat, designed with your comfort in mind.

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Liz O’Rourke

Liz is part of our Features Team and her hobbies include knitting and crafts, reading and foreign travel which are also her main responsibilities on the “Friend”. If you walk into the office you will soon spot her desk, it’s the one piled high with knitwear and balls of yarn!