Marte is that indespensible piece that works as a top layer over a shirt or a middle layer without bulky sleeves under a jacket. It echos the traditional gansey with cables on the top and stockinette on the bottom but includes refined techniques like sloped bind-off at the shoulder and i-cord edging at the armholes. It is knit in two pieces, from the bottom up, and seamed. Stitches are picked up and worked in rib for the double-layer collar. The cable design is worked following a large chart. Marte is designed to fit loosely, worn with 6-8" of ease. Finished chest measurements are 34 (40, 46, 52, 58)" with finshed lengths of 23.25 (24, 25.5, 26.25, 27.75)". The vest can be hand washed and dried flat. Brooklyn Tweed has assigned this Julie Hoover design a skill level rating of 4 out of 5 (adventurous intermediate).
Marte was designed to be knit in Loft, Brooklyn Tweed's fingering weight yarn spun from US-produced Columbia-Targhee wool. It is a woolen-spun yarn, with lots of tiny air pockets that make it lightweight but warm. It has a soft hand and slight fuzzy halo after wet blocking. For Marte, Loft is knit at 5.75 stitches per inch in stockinette.
The kit includes the pattern and yarn. For this project you will also need:
- 32" circular needle or single point needles in US size 6 (OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE)
If you adjusted the size above to get gauge, adjust the needles below correspondingly.
- 32" circular needle or single point needles in US size 5
- 16" circular needle in US size 5
- 16" circular needle in US size 4
- 16" circular needle in US size 3
- stitch markers
- cable needle
- locking stitch marker
- T-pins and blocking wire for blocking (optional)
- sock yarn for seaming (optional)
- tapestry needle
Marte is shown in Loft color 102 Woodsmoke. If you would like your vest to be in this color, simply order the kit above, using the pull-down menu to select the size. If you would like to pick your own color, see our Loft page to view the options. Then return to this page, order the kit, and tell us your color choice in the box above.