Wharf Street Tips

On this page you’ll find tips and tutorials for all the techniques used in my Wharf Street vest! I review the following topics on this page:

Picking a Size

The Wharf Street vest has 10 sizes to pick from, all numbered 1 through 10. The most important thing to look at is the finished circumference of each size which is:

33 (37, 41, 45, 49) (53, 57, 61, 65, 69)”

You should pick a size whose finished circumference is approx. 3-8″ larger than your actual bust circumference. Whether or not you choose a size on the lower end of that range vs the higher end just depends on how you prefer to wear the vest. I’m wearing mine on the higher end of that range (I’m wearing the 3rd size – 41″) and wearing with 7.5″ of positive ease at my bust. I chose this because a) I personally like a more layered, oversized look and; b) my hips are much wider than my bust so choosing a smaller size would have made the vest look more fitted on my body and I wanted a more drapey look.

If you’re unsure which size to pick, it may also be helpful to measure the width of some vests or sweaters you have in your closet that you like the fit of and compare that to the body width listed in the schematic on the pattern. And to learn more about sizing and ease, check out my blog post about the topic here.

Yarn Options

The pattern calls for worsted-weight yarn (although some aran-weight yarns can work as well). I used the yarn Cumulus by Juniper Moon Farm which is a chainette-constructed cotton/nylon blend. This type of construction makes the yarn feel SO light and airy and it’s velvety soft too. Often you think of worsted or aran-weight cotton as feeling heavy but that is not the case at all with this yarn. The other benefit of this type of fiber construction is that it drapes beautifully in the box stitch pattern (sometimes also referred to as “double moss stitch”) and provides really clear stitch definition.

If you’re looking for similar, non-wool alternative, I swatched with 2 other yarns that I think could work well too:

Above is Happiness by WoolAddicts. Just like Cumulus, it’s a cotton/nylon blend and the fiber construction almost looks like pieces of felt! It’s so light and airy and provides great stitch definition.

Above is Remix by Berroco. I knit with this yarn a lot and I think it’s a great option to consider for this vest as well. It’s more textured and will provide a more tweedy and wool-like appearance but the feel and drape of a non-wool yarn.

And below are some other yarns that I haven’t yet swatched with but are similar in terms of the yarn/fiber construction:

  • Bozzolo by Berroco
  • Amira by Lang
  • Far by Woolfolk

Of course other fiber types could work as well! Any type of yarn will work but the fabric created (and the look of the stitches) may just be a little different. For example, I also swatched with Berroco Ultra Wool (in green below). As you can see, the definition of the knit stitches (these are the flat stitches whereas the purl stitches are the bumpy ones) isn’t as strong as in the Cumulus yarn (in orange). Both yarns can work but the stitch definition just looks different in each.

Gauge swatching in the round

Because the body of this vest is worked in the round, then it’s important to do your swatch in the round. Although normally my in the round gauge is different than my flat gauge, personally I didn’t experience that with the box stitch pattern (my gauge was the same regardless) but I still do recommend that you swatch in the round because your experience may be different.

If you’re new to swatching in the round, check out my tutorial here. In it, I show how to swatch in the round in stockinette stitch whereas in this vest pattern you’ll want to swatch in the box stitch pattern, but the technique I work for swatching in the round is the same regardless of stitch pattern.

Specific to Wharf Street, I suggest casting-on 30 stitches (you could do more if you prefer – just make sure it’s a multiple of 4+2) and then working the swatch as follows:

  • Work a k2, p2 ribbing border on the bottom for a few rounds.
  • Then work the Boxs Stitch pattern in the round as follows:
    • Rnd 1: *p2, k2; rep from * to last 2 sts, p2.
    • Rnd 2: rep rnd 1.
    • Rnd 3: *k2, p2; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
    • Rnd 4: rep rnd 3.
    • Rep rnds 1-4 for 5″ or so.
  • Then work the same k2, p2 ribbing border at the top for a few rounds.

When measuring your swatch, the great thing with this stitch pattern is that you know the box stitch is made up of 2 stitch repeats, so as you measure you can just count “2, 4, 6…” etc.

Pattern reading tip

In the instructions for this pattern, the use of brackets is found throughout. For example, a row might state: [k2, p2] to last 2 sts, then k2.

Whatever is listed in the brackets is considered a repeat sequence. So in the above example, that should be read as: “repeat the sequence of k2, p2 over and over again until you reach the last 2 sts, then k2”.

Here’s another example from the pattern: p4, k2, [p2, k2] to last 4 sts, p4

This should be read as: “p4, then k2, then repeat the sequence of p2, k2 over and over again until you reach the last 4 sts, then p4.” So the only thing being repeated over and over again in that line is what’s in the brackets – the p2, k2.

Pick-up and knit neckline stitches

The neckline ribbing in Wharf Street is created by working the ‘pick-up and knit’ technique around the neckline, and then working in rib stitch. If you’ve never done a pick-up and knit around a neckline, you can checkout my video lesson here. It’s for a different pattern, but the techniques I use are the same regardless of the specific design.

[note: video lesson specific to Wharf Street coming soon]

Pick-up and knit armhole stitches

Similar to the neckline, the armhole trim is created by working the ‘pick-up and knit’ technique around the entire armhole. You’ll first pick-up and knit stitches on the left side of your underarm and then you’re instructed to pick-up and knit 3 stitches for every 4 rows around the entire armhole until you’re back at the underarm. Then you’ll pick-up and knit your rightside underarm stitches and then you’ll be done!

If you are new to picking-up and knitting along a vertical edge (such as in an armhole), it may be helpful to watch this video lesson. It’s for a different pattern (and not a vest like Wharf Street) but the pick-up and knit technique is the similar.

[note: video lesson specific to Wharf Street coming soon]

Other knitting techniques

Below are links to different knitting techniques that are used in Wharf Street: