Alberta (The Striped Vest Returns!)I knit this vest last spring - it was a bona fide Frankenstein of harvested tweed from recycled thriftstore sweater wool and a gaggle of handspun Shetland that I had no idea what to do with. It's gotten a lot of wear this year and the folks at Wild Fibers Magazine asked me if I'd write up the pattern for their 5th Anniversary Issue - which I was happy to do!
I took the vest along on my trip to Portland over the holidays for a proper photo shoot and formal pattern-writing session. Alberta is named after the PDX neighborhood of the same name - the place I call home whenever in Portland.
The pattern [Ravelry Link] is written for worsted weight wool - 4.5 stitches to the inch - with no suggested retail yarn, due to the whole Frankenstein thing I mentioned above. I'd love to see what other juicy wools others knit this up in!
The vest is steeked (see the gorey details here & here) for both armholes and neck opening, which means no purling! And also fast knitting - this one just flew off the needles back in May.
As a heads up, a few typos squeaked their way past both me and the tech editor - I've listed the changes at the bottom of the post as well as on the pattern page on Ravelry. My apologies for this!
I'm off to Tampa for 5 days (my first time to Florida. Ever.) - and looking forward to a little sunshine! The most important item on my immediate agenda is the same one we all face the night before a flight: what knitting to bring and how much! As a rule I tend to bring more than I need - carrying an extra project is so worth the alternative - running out of knitting while away from home! Now that's a tragedy!
[Alberta Pattern Errata] ** third row below Begin Working Stripes should read: “Repeat last four rounds, establishing 2-row stripe motif…” **Last line of Shape Armholes Section should read: Repeat last round until yoke measures 4” (4”, 4”, 4”, 4.5”)
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Take a drive to Sarasota for the most beautiful beach on Siesta Key. I-75 South to Exit 205 - follow for about 5 or 6 miles, finally crossing Route 41. Continue over the bridge onto Siesta Key. Go right at the end of the road and follow Midnight Pass Road (bear left at the fork- Fire Station)) and the beach is on your left. White sand as soft as ever. You'll love it!
I am currently making what I hope to be similar to this vest using Noro Silk Garden and Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk Aran. My husband is not really into knitwear but he really liked this vest... We'll have to see how it turns out!
Hi Jared, I just caught your article in the current Vogue Knitting... Congrats! I really enjoyed it...especially since I have read your blog for a while now and have been keeping up on your knitting projects. I hope your knitting passion/career takes off for you.
Love the multi-color stripe effect. Do you think Noro would work for that in this vest? Or do you have any other suggestions? (& if you suggest Noro, do you think Kuyeron or Silk Garden is closer to the right weight/texture?)
Love the look of this vest. It's classic and classy. I think I've finally convinced my non-vest wearing husband that he would be the recipient of more handknits if he would just get over it and wear a vest. This just might be his next gift.
Thanks for another great future project. I've made your Koolhaus hat and it turned out super. I hope our Florida weather stays nice for you while you're here -- it'll definitely be better than New York.
Gorgeous vest! If you head down to Sarasota, do check out the Ca d'Zan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ca_d%27Zan). The colors and textures (and Banyan trees!) are well worth the trip. A fantastic place to spend a day.
I'm sure you'll enjoy Florida. We used to live in Tampa before moving to Hong Kong in 2001 because of my husband's job. Yesterday I wrote on my blog about bringing needles on board. If you're curious, see here ilapko.com/irina.
One more recommendation for Tampa: Go for a nice, long walk on the Bayshore. It is (or was) the longest continuous sidewalk in the country, and it's a lovely thing to do in the morning and evening. It starts near downtown and follows the bay a long, long way. (You can even do a workout along the route if you are so inclined.) Enjoy yourself!
This is a wonderful way to use up left over yarn! I have a whole bag of left overs from sweaters and hats that would be perfect for this. Thanks for the pattern! I see a new sweater vest for my dad in the future!
I love the look of this vest. I think I'm going to see how much yarn I have after one of my sweater projects and frankenstein my own out of leftovers. Something about how you created the project just means to me that I shouldn't go out and buy yarn to explicitely make this topper.
Gorgeous! I love the no-purling! I too panic with the thought of having time to knit with no knitting, especially when far from home on vacation. Happy packing! Have a great time in FL! Enjoy the Sunshine state!
My knitting teacher gave me the link to your beautiful blog. I've been "lurking" for awhile now and thought I'd tell you how very much I do enjoy your site. It's a lovely think when artistry meets craftsmanship as it has in you. Well done!
Awesome Vest! FLorida -enjoy! I love it there. Tampa is very pretty! We are actually leaving for Orlando and Tampa on 3/15 till 3/21 - you have a blast. Definately go to the beach and relax. Knitting and all!
The man in my life who got the Urban Aran might be interested in getting this one too :) I frogged two store bought vests that he doesn't wear at all... I need a few more thrift store snatches to mimick the Frankesteinism... your vest is perfect in it's imperfection... as always, i am inspired... inspired to frog more unused fibers to turn into something beautiful... thanks for posting...