Matilda Waistcoat Pattern


This single pattern is available as a download.

For this pattern I used:

Yarn & Amounts: 8(9:10:11:12) 50g hanks of Kilcarra Tweed (100% Pure New Wool, 80m per 50g).

Metres: 640(720:800:880:960)m.

My Alternative Yarn Suggestions & Amounts: The Croft Shetland Tweed Aran 4(5:5:6:6) 100g hanks, or WYS Bluefaced Leicester Aran – Undyed 4(5:5:6:6) 100g hanks.

Needles: 4.5mm.

Notions: One Button.

Gauge (tension): 17 stitches and 24 rows to 10cm/4ins square over stocking stitch using 4.5mm needles.


To Fit Chest (suggested)
81.5-86.5 91.5-96.5 101.5-106.5 112-117 122-127 cms
32-34 36-38 40-42 44-46 48-50 ins
Actual Chest Size
94 103 115 127 138 cms
37 40½ 45¼ 50 54¼ ins
Length (from shoulder)
58 60 64 66 68 cms
22¾ 23½ 25¼ 26 26¾ ins

 My design ideas: This was another knitter’s request. When knitters visit my Skipton Studio I love chatting with them about garments they would love to knit. This waistcoat was the dream of a new knitter who wanted to knit a garment but was nervous about starting it. We decided something like the Matilda (which was still an idea in that conversation!) would be the perfect garment to start with. There are no sleeves (obvs!), only one button and no picking up stitches. Perfect! It is also a perfect “quick” project for an experienced knitter, one to sit and relax with while watching tv, or reading a book or spending time with friends and family, whatever makes you happy!
And if you wanted a version with sleeves then take a look at the Marian Cardigan!

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