Knitting pattern Bifurca vest by Teti Lutsak
Knitting pattern Bifurca vest by Teti Lutsak
Knitting pattern Bifurca vest by Teti Lutsak
Knitting pattern Bifurca vest by Teti Lutsak

Bifurca vest

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Bifurca is a cropped vest with modular construction. The vest consists of a central panel (essentially a rectangle), worked in the round and featuring a botanical colourwork pattern, and four sides, worked sideways from the central panel and joined at the underarms. The edges of the body and armholes are finished with half twisted ribbing worked in the round.

Bifurcation means splitting of a larger whole into two smaller and separate units. Furca hence means a fork. Imagine a tree that splits in the middle into two smaller branches — that’s where the inspiration comes from. And since both the front and back are identical — it’s bifurca — two-forked.

You can take a closer look at my sample and discover the design process in Episode 28 of my podcast.

Sizes:

The pattern is written for nine sizes 1 (2, 3, 4, 5) (6, 7, 8, 9) with a finished bust circumference of ca. 73 (82, 93, 102, 113) (122, 133, 142, 153) cm / 30 (33, 38, 41, 46) (49, 54, 57, 62) in. The recommended ease is from 0 to 10-20 cm (4-8 in).

The sample is shown in size 2 on a 160 cm (5.3 ft) tall model with ca. 84-66-94 cm (33–26–39 in) body measurements. Depending on a bra I wear, I have from 0 to 2 cm (0.75 in) of negative ease in the bust. Check test knitter’s projects and see which fit suits your body/lifestyle better.
If you are between sizes and/or looking for an oversized fit — pick a bigger size!
For more of the finished garment measurements, please refer to the schematic.

Yarn:

MC: ca. 105 (121, 136, 152, 168) (186, 204, 221, 240) g or less than 2 (2, 2, 2, 2) (2, 3, 3, 3) skeins of Semilla pura from BC Garn, 100% organic wool, with 350 m (383 yds) in 100 g, shown in colourway 04;

or ca. 366 (424, 477, 531, 589) (651, 712, 774, 839) m / 400 (463, 522, 581, 644) (712, 779, 847, 918) yds of any other sport/DK weight yarn with a matching gauge. The yardage includes 10% extra.

CC: ca. 28-30 g or less than 0.5 skein or ca. 110-120 m (120-130 yds) of any similar yarn, I used Woollin Heather from Wol Met Verve, 85% wool and 15% linen, with 400 m (438 yds) in 100 g, in colourway Brick).

Needles & notions:

∙ 2.5 mm (US 1.5) and 3.0 mm (US 2.5) circular needles;
∙ spare cables, spare circular needles or scrap yarn to keep sts on hold;
∙ a few stitch markers, preferably removable;
∙ a tapestry needle or a crochet hook to weave in the ends.

Gauge:

∙ 23 sts & 36 rnds in 10 cm (4 in) on 3.0 mm (US 2.5) needles measured over stockinette stitch worked in the round after blocking;
∙ 24 sts & 32 rnds in 10 cm (4 in) on 3.0 mm (US 2.5) needles measured over colourwork pattern worked in the round after blocking;
∙ 26 sts & 40 rnds in 10 cm (4 in) on 2.5 mm (US 1.5) needles measured over measured over half twisted 1x1 ribbing worked in the round after blocking.
Adjust the needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

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