Florin Child's Sleeveless Vest

Red Florin Vest

The unusual Coin Cable forms the lower hem and the back neck of this cabled sleeveless vest; the "coins" flow into the ribbed panels of elongated Firefly Cable which form the body. The cable twists are not only decorative; they also reinforce the point of the "V" neck and the bottoms of the armholes. Worked in the round to the armholes, this vest knits up quickly in a heavy worsted yarn—especially since finishing is minimal. Although the intended ease is 2 to 4", the ribbed fabric skims the body contours, so the vest will not look baggy if you opt to knit a garment with 5 to 6" of ease. The refined details, handsome fit and coin trim earned the name "Florin," from the gold coins minted in Florence, Italy in the Middle Ages.



Adventurous beginner to intermediate: skills required include working in the round, increases and decreases, reading charts, cable knitting, keeping accurate count of rows, short row shoulder shaping, and three-needle bind off. Skills NOT needed include picking up stitches for edgings and sewing seams! There are no seams to sew (shoulders are seamed using three-needle bind off) and all edgings are worked along with the body of the vest!



  • Yarn:Heavy worsted weight yarn: 250 (325, 425, 550, 650) yds. Shown in Adrienne Vittadini Trina (55% merino wool, 35% microfiber, 10% cashmere; 71 yd (65 m)/50 gm): 4 (5, 6, 8, 9) skeins red #112 (size S) or orange #100 (size L).
  • Needles: U.S. Size 8 (5mm) circular needle, 24-30" long depending on size worked. Optional: straight needles for working back and forth after dividing for front and back. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
  • Notions: Markers; cable needle; stitch holders (1 small, 1 med); tapestry needle.

Sizes & Measurements

Table of Sizes & Measurements
  XS S M L XL  
Chest 19 23 26.5 30.5 34.5 inches
  48 58 67 77 88 cm
Length 12 14 17 19 21.5 inches
  30 36 43 48 55 cm
Cross Back 7.5 8.5 9.5 10.5 11.5 inches
  19 22 24 27 29 cm
Armhole Depth 4 5 5.5 6 6.5 inches
  10 13 14 15 16 cm


18 sts and 24 rows = 4" in St st. Approx 21 sts and 24 rows = 4" in Firefly cable. Check gauge on blocked swatch.


Price: $6.50