Pattern – Barrey Hiking Vest (download pattern only)



Public hiking paths abound in Shetland. The paths, maintained by Access Shetland, traverse both public and private lands, allowing people to enjoy the best Shetland scenery. 

One doesn’t go hiking in Shetland without a sweater or vest.

The colors I chose for my original Barrey HIking Vest were grey and white Langsoond Shetland wool from our friend Donna Smith who lives on a croft in Burra. I wanted those colors to stand out, so I used a Norwegian Lice Pattern for the body, and a simple two-color diamond band for a motif. Because of the Norwegain influences, I adopted the Old Norse name for the Isle of Burra – Barrey.

The Barrey Hiking Vest looks great in natural shades but there are so many color possibilities with this vest that we have put together a few kits (links below) but also encourage knitters to choose their own colors from the Lettlopi line we carry.

This garment is worked in the round from the hem up, with steeks for the armholes and front. Stitches for the front band are picked up after steeking the center front. Shaping can be added by increasing or decreasing the number of stitches flanking the side seam.

If you would prefer to purchase the pattern through Ravelry you can find the pattern page HERE. 

The pattern offers sizes ranging from 36″, 38″, 40″, 42″, 44″, 46″, 48″, 50″, 52″, 54″, 56″ bust. 
Yarn requirements for the sizes are listed below. 

Shade (quantity) –

Motif Shade (1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5)

Background Shade (4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8)

Kits for the shades used in gallery photos are linked below: 
Southwest colors (Background Shade Apricot 1704, Motif Shade Glacier Blue 1404)
Stone Blue and Light Ash (Background Shade 9418, Motif Shade 54)
Light Ash and Violet Heather (Background Shade 54, Motif Shade 1414)
Ash Heather and White (Background Shade 56, Motif Shade 51)



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