The Vest is Yet to Come

Actually, the vest is finally finished but I couldn’t come up with a pun for that.

The torso of a woman wearing a green rib knit vest with a single green button at center neck, blue from hem, and blue crochet edging over a grey long sleeve shirt and black pants standing in a garden.

This vest came about because I had a variety of green yarn in similar weights sitting around in my stash. I wanted to do something with it, so I opened up my 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders book and searched through until I found something that matched the approximate weight category.

The front of a green knit vest with blue hem and crochet edging and a single green button at the center neck laying on a light wood floor.

The Simple Mistake Rib Vest by Karen J. Minott fit the bill perfectly. I didn’t end up having enough of the green (though I did try to gauge it by knitting with the rest of the yarn in pattern for enough stitches for the front. I did not take into account the neckline increases and fooled myself into thinking I had enough), so I added some blue at the bottom front since the vest is knit from the bottom back hem up and over to the front hem. I did both front panels at the same time so they would run out of yarn at the same time, and also because shirts take a long time and I would’ve procrastinated even more if I had to do another front panel after finishing the first one.

The back of a green knit vest with blue crochet edging laying on a light wood floor.

To tie it all together (and because I was already out of green yarn) I worked the crocheted edging all around the neck, hem, and armholes in the blue yarn. The edging is only called for on the neckline, but I thought it would look less out of place or like I had run out of yarn if I added it to the bottom and arms. I also sewed the side seams with that blue yarn, even though you don’t see it as much from the outside.

Close up of two buttons sewn together on the edge of a green knit vest with blue crochet edging.

To make the button more stable, I used two of the same button to sandwich the edge and make it sturdy.

All in all, this is a great stash-busting pattern. I would say if you have a bunch of yarn in the same weight but different colors, striping them in could make a really nice vest with this pattern. Or you could always just use the same yarn throughout and have a really polished garment.

On Designing

Is that too pretentious of a title? Meh. Anyway, I have finished many things recently, but I am not ready to write everything up about them just yet. So instead, I thought I’d share a bit about how I go about designing patterns.

Most of the time, it starts with a swatch and a bit of math on paper. I have to write it out, and often a few different times, so I can see what is going to happen. With these socks in particular, I had to draw out the increases several times, and I am having to do that for each size because I cannot wrap my brain around it to just jump into it.

Other times, I can just measure a swatch and work from there. But that just means I have to do the piece over and over. Like with this blanket. I thought I was going to like the larger squares, but it was too much.

The second time I started this blanket, I still went too large with the squares. But I did find out that you can get a full scarf out of a single ball of Lion Brand Heartland Tweed yarn, in case that information is of use to anyone.

Third times the charm for this particular blanket. Once I finally make the piece I was aiming to make, taking notes on it all the way, I write the pattern up fully, wait at least a week, and then make one following the pattern exactly to make sure I’ve gotten all the steps down. That final version is usually the one I use for the pictures I include in my patterns, though I sometimes also include the one from which I wrote the pattern if it didn’t change much.

There’s a bit of a sneak peek into my design process. Hopefully it’s helpful for anyone looking to design their own knitting or crochet patterns.

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Fabulous Fraternal Felici Socks – Pattern Release

After a comedy show’s worth of technical errors, I present my newest knitting pattern and two new finished objects: Fabulous Fraternal Stripe Socks.

I started the purple pair in November 2020, but had to put it down for a while in a vain attempt to get holiday presents made. I got two holiday presents made, and one is still being worked on, so after I finally gave up on those for the holidays I went back to the socks.

Once I finished them, I knew I wanted to create a pattern out of them. I wrote it up and ordered a second ball of Felici through Amazon, which happened to be the only ball of it they had available to order, so I could go through and make sure I got every step written down.

I love a good fraternal pair of socks, and this pattern means you can get a full pair of ankle socks from one ball of yarn. I work them two at a time, toe up, magic loop style, but the pattern can also be worked one at a time.

The purple pair uses my trusty go-to of Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off, but for the blue pair I used a Long Tail Tubular Bind Off for the first time. Probably going to stick to my regular bind off for socks, but perhaps on things I’m already doing in 1×1 rib I will go for the tubular bind off. Switching from 2×2 to 1×1 was a bit fussy and not as fast.

I used a bit of a waffle pattern for the top of the sock, which looks really cool in the stripes, and my favorite heel flap and gusset construction for the heel with the slip stitch pattern carried up into the gusset for extra reinforcement.

Now for the pattern information:

These ankle socks are perfect for when you really want a certain color way of Knit Picks Felici yarn, but only manage to snag a single ball. They are meant to not match exactly, so you don’t have to worry about finding the color repeats.

Worked toe-up, this pattern is also perfect for personalizing to your exact size. Just try it on as you go! Instructions for tweaking the pattern to fit your foot length are given in the instep section. Just be warned that you might not be able to go much longer than the original pattern without adding in a second ball of yarn because there is very little left over at the end.

This pattern is written specifically for Knit Picks Felici yarn, but can be made in any fingering weight yarn with which you can achieve 7 stitches and 9 rows rows per inch. It requires a knowledge of both knit and purl stitches, and experience with knitting in the round is recommended.

If you use Ravelry (or even if you don’t and want to buy it there), you can get it here: buy now

You can also get it from my Ko-fi shop.

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