Oregon Vest


Petite - Underarm (buttoned) 97.5cm Length 54.5cm
Small - Underarm (buttoned) 106cm Length 56.5cm
Medium - Underarm (buttoned) 114.5cm Length 58.5cm
Large - Underarm (buttoned) 123.5cm Length 60.5cm
X Large - Underarm (buttoned) 132cm Length 62cm
XX Large - Underarm (buttoned) 140.5cm Length 64.5cm

This kit includes a colour-printed pattern card with full instructions and all the yarn required to make Oregon Vest in your chosen size. It is available in both Spring (shown in vest) and Autumn (see details) colourways. This design is also available as a cardigan, see Design Gallery for more details.

Price: from £95.00

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Oregon Vest is a stranded colour design made in Alice Starmore ® Hebridean 2 Ply with full instructions for knitting in the round with steeks at all openings. Fully illustrated descriptions of the stranded colour method of knitting can be found in Alice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting, which is available from our Books section.





Length is from top of shoulder to side seam hemline.

The knitted measurements given are of the finished design when it has been knitted with the tension stated in the pattern instructions.

The range of sizes available depends on the individual design. For garments such as pullovers, cardigans, vests and jackets, use the underam measurement to determine the size you require. The underarm measurement is the finished width around the entire garment, measured under the arms. For a garment with a front fastening, such as a cardigan, the finished underarm is given when the front bands are overlapped and the garment is fastened.

To determine which size is required, use the actual chest/bust measurement, which should be measured straight across the back, under the arms and over the fullest part of the chest/bust.
Then add one of the following measurements according to the type of fit you require:

For a close, body-hugging fit add 1 to 3cm to the actual chest/bust measurement.
For a standard fit add 5 to 8cm.
For a loose fit add 9 to 12cm.
For an oversize fit add upwards of 12cm.

The knitted length given for garments is measured from the top of the shoulder to the bottom of the hem.


I come from a landscape that is virtually treeless, so the forests of Oregon left a lasting impression on me. The memories of a Spring road trip along the Mackenzie River are particularly vivid, and inspired this popular and enduring design. To recreate those memories I designed stylised firs for the main pattern; they evoke the dense, high backdrop of conifers that blocked out the sky. The border design is my take on the Mackenzie River, flowing at eye level by the road. I designed a pattern reminiscent of floating leaves, and filled it with the colours of light on water, and of dark undergrowth through which the first hints of Spring were starting to appear. I made similar trips in September and October but an Autumn version of the design was a long time coming because I lacked a suitable palette of colours. Getting it right involved designing my Hebridean yarn range with the shades and subtlety that I needed.

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