Friday, May 24, 2013
River in Spring
This lace-patterned vest makes an ideal trans-seasonal garment, versatile enough to be worn at any time of the year.
Meant to evoke the rushing waters in the river in spring, swollen with melted snow, it is worked from the bottom up. The first third is knit in the Dimple Shale pattern, one of my favourite stitch patterns.
It combines the Feather and Fan Stitch with a ridge of ribbing, creating a tunneled stitch pattern. Slimming and feminine at the same time. It takes only four rows to complete each repeat so it is easily memorized--which makes for a relaxed and satisying knit.
The remainder of the vest is worked in an easy chevron stitch to the shoulders. The ribbed collar is worked around to the Centre Back where it is joined with a three-needle bind-off.
The yarn I used for this design is also a favourite of mine: Tanis Fiber Arts' Blue Label Finering Weight (80% superwash merino, 20% nylon, 365 m./400 yds. per 115 g. skein). It has a light and easy hand and is great for these undulating stitch patterns.
It can also be worked with equally beautiful results with Handmaiden Fine Yarn Sea Wool. Why not try one of these colours which have arrived recently?
You can see all the colour choices available here.
Which will be your colour this spring?