I love hand-dyed fingering-weight yarn. My LYS stocks some great fingering yarns in a variety of lovely colors, but sometimes only in two skeins each.
My goal in designing Paprika was to get a garment in a range of sizes out of two skeins of fingering. This open-front vest is sized by back width, rather than bust circumference, so you’re not forced to make a larger size to accommodate the extra bust inches (that don’t want to be covered up by this vest, anyway). As shown in the second photograph, the elasticity of the fabric allows the option for a dramatic front closure.
The body is worked in stockinette, with some subtle back shaping. All armhole shaping is complete before the lace begins, and both front and back have a little gather at the beginning of the lace section. An almost invisible ribbed edge is worked throughout the piece to provide stability and prevent rolling, and this ribbed edge is continued along the neck edge, creating a simple, smooth, and stable edging.
No seaming or picking up stitches! If you can decrease, make yarn overs, and work a three needle bind-off, you can knit this vest.