Killabrew Vest Class


Dates: Saturdays, March 20, April 17, June 19, July 31, August 21 (5 sessions)
Times: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Eastern 

This unisex vest pattern uses the Fair Isle knitting technique and incorporates armhole and neck steeks.

Available on backorder

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If you’ve dabbled in Fair Isle knitting (and even if you haven’t!), the Killabrew Vest from designer Denise Bell of Lost City Knits is a good first-time, very user-friendly, “I’m-ready-to-make-a-garment-if-Sarah-promises-to-hold-my-hand” Fair Isle project.

The vest uses just 2 colors (or you can add a third for a “pop”) of a jumper-weight (fingering-weight) woolen-spun Shetland wool. The charted motif is small and easy to memorize. There will be steeks at the neck and armholes that you will cut open with a pair of scissors, but that is not as scary as it sounds and you will be SO PROUD OF YOURSELF afterward. And Sarah will be holding your hand (figuratively speaking) the entire time.


  • All knitting class sessions will take place online via Zoom at the appointed times only, and will not be recorded.
  • A Zoom link will be emailed to each student 24 hours prior to each upcoming class session.
  • The online instruction will consist of two windows: one with Sarah’s smiling face, and one with on-camera close-ups for demonstration purposes. Each student’s smiling face will also be viewable in a window.
  • Each student will be responsible for using Zoom (super easy by clicking on a link) on an electronic device that is large enough for the instructor window and demonstration window to be clearly viewed.
  • No refunds.

Skill level

  • Adventurous knitter and above
  • MUST be comfortable with both knitting and purling
  • Fair Isle experience would be helpful, but is certainly not a requirement

Materials needed

  • Pattern: Killabrew Vest pattern by Denise Bell of Lost City Knits
  • Yarn: Jumper-weight Shetland wool in 2 or 3 colors (main color, background color, and optional “pop” color). See yarn amounts at Lost City Knits (please note: the size in inches is the FINISHED size of the vest, not your chest measurement, and the balls referred to in this table weigh 25 gms each). Suitable yarns can be mixed and matched, and include:
    • Jamieson & Smith 2-ply jumper weight Shetland wool (available online at Lost City Knits)
    • Harrisville Designs Shetland (available online and in-store at Woven Art Yarn Shop)
    • Elemental Affects Shetland (available in-store at Woven Art Yarn Shop)
  • Needles:
    • US 3 (3.25mm) 16″ and 32″ circular needles (or size to obtain gauge in pattern) for main body
    • US 2 (2.75mm) 16″ and 24″ circular needles for ribbing
  • Notions:
    • stitch markers
    • blunt darning needle
    • sharp scissors


  • Homework to be completed before Session 1:
    • wind at least one skein of each color into a ball before the first class session, if necessary
    • with main color (or with “pop” color so you can conserve the main color) and the smaller 16″ circular needle, cast on 88 stitches (or a multiple of 4 that fits around the needle), place marker, join without twisting to work in the round, and work 2×2 ribbing for 1″, then knit 1 round while increasing 10 stitches approximately evenly spaced around (for a total of 98; a multiple of 7)
  • Session 1: swatch and block (cast on and work ribbing before Session 2)
  • Session 2: begin Fair Isle portion of vest (work lower body to armhole before Session 3)
  • Session 3: begin armhole and v-neck steeks (work upper body to shoulder before Session 4)
  • Session 4: prepare and cut steeks, join shoulders (get those shoulders joined before Session 5)
  • Session 5: begin borders, finish off steek facings

Photos used with permission of Denise Bell/Lost City Knits