Today’s Classic Elite Web-Letter features a pattern by me!
Pattern: Braided Cable Vest
Designer: Rachel Henry
Available: FREE from Classic Elite in Web-Letter #316
Yarn: CEY Chalet (or Chateau!) — 8 to 10 skeins, depending on size
This is a super boxy vest — no shaping of any kind. All the drama is in the cables. The real secret is the amazing yarn though. Chalet is to DIE for. So lofty, so soft, so LIGHT for such a bulky yarn!
From the pattern description:
This super-cozy vest, shown in Chalet, can also be knit in Chateau, Chalet’s colorful counterpart. A great layering piece, the vest is worked
flat, beginning with the cable in back. The cable turns the corner at the front and stitches are picked up from along the side of the cable band and the body is worked in one piece to the armhole. The vest is not intended to meet in the front and can be worn belted or open at the front.
Last fall I started something new-to-me: sample knitting for another designer. Since then I’ve completed perhaps half a dozen projects for a staff designer at Plymouth Yarns. I really enjoy the challenge of knitting from a new pattern and working on a time table, even though sometimes the deadlines can be a little stressful. Working closely with an experienced knitwear designer has been educational and fun too. Best of all, this is paid work — the rate varies depending on the complexity of the pattern, but it is enough to make it worth my time.
The hard part, like anything associated with designing, is waiting to talk about it! Today I can share photos of my 2nd project with Plymouth: the Vita Vest.
Project: Vita Vest
Pattern: Vest 2045
Designer: Plymouth Yarn Design Stuido
Available: ask your LYS
Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Vita (color 751)
This was a cute little project — a simple pieced vest with all-over moss stitch. I liked the interesting shape as the hem curved up to mean the V-neck at a single button. The Vita yarn was a pleasure to work with: soft and drapey.