Guild Member Show and Tell:
Some of you will remember Elizabeth Hilton, who was a member of our guild before she moved with her family to just north of Kingston a few years ago. When I visited with her last summer, she showed me many versions of a beautiful modular vest that she had designed and knit for herself and for a few friends. As we sat and knit together we talked about the classes that I was teaching at Creative Yarns and she asked if I thought she might be able to teach this vest there. I was happy to facilitate this happening and took the course myself this fall.
The original pattern is for a “regular” length vest. Since I am over 6 feet tall I decided to make it tunic length. But during the 4-session class, I followed the pattern and made it as designed. It starts with 8 individual diamonds, in 4 colour combinations, using 3 solid colours and 1 variegated yarn. Then the stitches are picked up along the edges, and ends woven in as you go, to start building block upon block up to the top. In my case, after finishing this part, I started picking up stitches and working downward to make it tunic length. I used smaller needles on the row at the high waist for a bit of shaping there.
Then I decided to make sleeves. I had thought I would use one colour and stocking stitch, but was not happy with the first attempt.
So decided to mix all the colours together in linen stitch. To tie in with the bright i-cord edging, beginning at the cuff I used the bright turquoise with the soft purple and gray. Then I took out the turquoise and used the variegated yarn in its place. The variegated yarn has a bit of the bright turquoise in it, so the colour was dispersed all the way up the arms. Linen stitch, at 49 rows and 31 sts to 4 inches, is a bit nasty and time consuming, but I am happy with the results.
All the details are on my Ravelry page, TrishD. Elizabeth will be teaching this vest again at Creative Yarns, so watch their website for details next spring. The pattern is currently only available at Creative Yarns.
- Trish Denhoed (TrishD on Ravelry)
Shawl Pattern: Modular Diamond Vest by Elizabeth Hilton
Yarn: 3 colours of Madeline Tosh Sock yarn and some Manos del Uruguay Alegria for the variegated
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