I've been asked why I don't "do color". I'll beg to differ with this vest, the latest project off of my knitting needles. I'm in love with this gorgeous shade of green (called "lettuce" in Knitpicks Andean Silk).
Ok - so yes, I don't do different colors and colorwork knitting, as I'm much more of a lace, cables, and texture kind of gal. But you'll have to agree when you see this vest that I do appreciate a striking color, eh?
This vest is my current obsession. I wanted a longish vest, and I definitely wanted the shawl collar and some sort of angled front. Then, of course, is my need for stitch patterns. I used an all-over lace stitch for the bottom, then transitioned to a simple all-over cable pattern after some gathering at the waist.
The generous shawl-collar and wide ribbed front bands are in 1x1 ribbing. The upper back is in 2x2 ribbing for a nice fit.
Do you like it? It's my new fave. I didn't add any closures because I didn't want to limit how it was to be worn. Here are photos showing it pinned under the collar and at the waist using Romi's Shawl Pin. I also love it left open or belted with a wide leather belt.
*** 4/12/10 UPDATE ***
This pattern is now available! Find it at: http://www.sweaterbabe.com/knitting-patterns/shawl-collar-long-lace-vest.htm.
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