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  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!

Alberta Vest

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.

Alberta Vest

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!

Alberta Vest

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!

Alberta Vest

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”)

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!

That is lovely - I especially love the name, as I call the Alberta area my home as well :) Well, as soon as get back to PDX next month!

Beautiful work, as always.

I am in love with stripes right now, and your vest affirms my obsession. it looks great!

Have a wonderful trip! I wish I could leave this chilly city for a week or two!

While in Tampa you MUST visit the Dali Museum... even if you aren't a fan of him (as I wasn't), go anyway, it's amazing and I have a much better appreciation of him now. Enjoy!

ps, the vest is lovely!

I love the sweater... and must say, I am impressed by the Frankenstein-ness of it. Well done!

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!

Gorgeous and practical! Another winner!

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.


all the ladies must smile when they see you knitting away on the plane!

Congratulations on the great feature story (and beautiful glove pattern) in the new Vogue "Knitting." And on your meteoric rise to fame!

Love the vest, great photos also. <3

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?)

As usual, your talents are a marvel. Some day, I hope to create such lovely creations!

AND stop by two great yarn shops:

In South Tampa near the airport:
Knit'n'Knibble www.knitnknibble.com

In North West 'Tampa' - in Odessa
they have an entire room dedicated to Noro.
Fiber Art, Inc. www.fiberart-inc.com

And a wonderful tea shop that hosts an eclectic knitters group (some from USF) on Thursday nights
Kaleisia Tea, near USF, www.thetealounge.com

Have a great time here!-elizaduckie

Looks great. Great photos too :-)

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.

Oooh, have fun in Florida. I've never been but I hear they have an abundance of sunshine. The vest is fabulous - I just wish the hubby would actually wear a vest (or even have an open mind about one).

I was wondering if that's where the name came from! I win! =oD

Exactly what the kinds of projects I need now that I actually have leftover yarn hanging around the house. Now if only the husband would wear vests...

it is rough to run out of knitting on a trip, but on the other hand ... it gives you a guilt-free reason to go acquire more yarn.

Oh, that's great! I love how the stripe colors fade into each other.

I love it. very stylish. Wonderful colors!

Heh, by folks you mean Linda, right? Love her. Love the vest, too. I've been thinking I really need some vests, since I tend to overheat too easily otherwise.

Sending you greetings from the Alberta Hood, Pdx!

Lovely pattern!

The vest looks great. Enjoy the sunshine.

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, beautiful work as always. you are so talented!

is that you modeling the vest?

have fun in Fla!

Come to St. Petersburg (home of the Tampa Bay Rays) on Friday morning for knitting circle at my house! Ten-thirty - wine and paninis! Today's temperature - 78 and bright sunshine :)

Come to St. Petersburg (home of the Tampa Bay Rays) on Friday morning for knitting circle at my house! Ten-thirty - wine and paninis! Today's temperature - 78 and bright sunshine :)

absolutely gorgeous

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.

KnitnKnibble is a wonderful knitting store in Tampa!!!Go to knitnknibble.com

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

Have a nice and save trip!
Hong Kong

Creep that I am, I was discussing your brilliance to a friend. He recognized your name and it turns out we went to the same university, so hello from Tacoma! What a small small world.

Love the vest, by the way!

Close Knit is one of my very favorites in Portland. Alberta is eclectic & artistic. Love that you named the vest after such a gem. Beautiful design --- once again.
anne s.

Great vest -- I'd love to play with a solid & a self striping yarn with it. Now I just have to convince one of the men in my life that they are vest wearers!

Congratulations ! It's wonderful and I love it...

So very beautiful, as always.

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!

The vest is beautiful. Thanks for another great pattern.

I need to make this for my husband. like now! :)

you're looking at it the wrong way...running out of knitting on a trip isn't a tragedy, it's an excuse to go yarn shopping. =]

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!

yes. but doesn't running out of knitting translate to : excuse to go yarn shopping in an exotic local? or is that just my alterior motive? hum.
have fun in the sunshine!

I love to see your blog!
Another perfect project, as always.

amazing, i love the colours !

I always treat running out of knitting while on vacation an excuse to hit up a new yarn store for inspiration.

Gorgeous! I think my man would wear this!

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.

Florida welcomes you. :)

I'm thrilled that you've written up the pattern. Please advise if the pattern is only available in the magazine. On Ravelry it states that the pattern is available for $6.95 but it doesn't say where!

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!

Enjoy your trip to Florida!

Is that you? Gotta be your brother? You haven't changed that much on me! :o)

Love the vest!!

Please don't take this the wrong way, I'm a married woman with two kids, but you are quite handsome! Thanks for brightening my drab February day!

Love your vest!!
Have fun in Florida.

That west is soo classy! That would be something for my dad, especially given how much he loves his Noro striped scarf. Too early to even mention xmas knitting but I'll be back for this one!

What a handsome vest! I love that it is worked with steeks, too. Off to add this to my Ravelry queue!

i live just off alberta and am not surprised you call this area home when in pdx - you have such wonderful taste. love the vest too!!!

can't see the pattern from the links you posted, when I have a little time I will request an invitation to ravelry, I will love to knit this for my husband

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!

Jared- OMG- you handsome devil. That is the perfect sweater for handspun.

love it!!

this is gorgeous. will def put this on my to-do-list. have an awesome trip over here in pdx.

Jared, after seeing your original post I knit up this version using my leftover cascade 22o yarn.
The Alberta district has been my home for the past 11 years.

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...

Cool vest...I wish I had some talent to knit a piece like that..but it's too late hahaha...keep up the good work:)Lavett...

This is a great vest. The colors are amazing.
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