I'm so excited to introduce you to my latest design, the Adrie vest!
It's been a long time in the making but the process was a pleasure. Along the way I took several in-progress photos, so you get to see much more of the design process than usual! Here goes . . .
First off, the yarn is insanely beautiful. It's Madelinetosh Tosh Merino light and it has these subtle shades in it that take my breath away. The colorway I used is called Calligraphy and it reminds me of mushrooms, with shades it it that go from brownish to greyish to pinkish. Every time I look at it I get the same thrill I got initially, so that really speaks for the beauty of the yarn. And the finished fabric? It's flowy and light, soft and smooth, and drapes likes nobody's business. If you haven't had a chance to work with this yarn yet, run, don't walk, to the LYS to grab a skein!
I knew that I wanted to use this stunning yarn for something drapey and cozy, but I didn't want to make a shawl simply because I wanted to do something new. The flowy vest was the perfect solution! I sketched, swatched, and ripped a bunch until I came up with the Adrie vest. It features a cable along the neckline that has no up/down direction (you'll be knitting it from both ends!) and various textures that show off the beautiful yarn.
Here's a closeup of the cable that starts everything off:
And bonus: in this unusual construction method, each section is knit from the previous one, so there are no ends to seam! I know you love that.
Here's how my vest looked when it was nearly done:
You can't really tell from the photo but the fronts are picked up and knit off the back, so you don't have to sew them to each other. It makes finishing so much simpler when all you need to do is weave in the ends and block!
Here's how it looks from the back when worn:
I wore this vest around at Vogue Knitting Live this year and got tons of compliments. I like to wear it over a fitted long-sleeve shirt with fitted jeans, that way the proportions are balanced out. I think it would be cute over a sleeveless dress too, if you're more of the boho type . . . I just can't pull that look off myself!
Here are the basic details:
Size & Finished Measurements:
Shown in size Small. My bust is 37”.
Back width at bust: 18”(21”,24”)
Length at center back: 19”(21”,24.5”)
25 sts/38 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch on size US #4/3.5mm needles
3(4,4) skeins Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (100% superwash Merino), 100 grams/3.5 oz, 440 yards/402 meters, in color Calligraphy
The knitting pattern is 5 pages long and includes detailed schematics to help you understand the unusual construction.
The PDF is available for purchase as an immediate download. Price is $5.50 and you can either purchase from my site or via Ravelry:
If you have any questions about the design please ask!