I had the pleasure of being a pattern tester for this cute vest called Explorer Big Brother. It is knit in the most unusual way which allows for absolutely no seaming!! If you know me than you know that I hate sewing. I was on a time line to get this done and I managed to get it done much sooner than I anticipated. I finished it is 6 days (7 if you count the time I spent making the gauge). The striping was not part of the pattern but a little embellishment I added. The sweater vest pattern is a good template to use for the basics of the vest and then the knitter can add detail as she sees fit. If you are interested in the pattern, please contact Julie at
Here's the deets of the project
Vest size: 10
Child's chest circumference: 26 inches
Gauge: 18 sts/4 inches
yarn: Patons classic wool (worsted weight). 2 skeins red, 1 skein black. I only used about 1.5 skeins of red and about a half of black. If this was knit in a solid color I am sure it could be completed with only 2 skeins.
approximate yardage: each skein is 223 yards. I estimate I used less than 450 yards
Length from shoulder to bottom of ribbing: 21.5 inches