The Norwegian magazine Familien has published yet another special issue called “På Pinnene”/On the Needles and I am delighted to say that it includes two of my patterns: Merino Vest Wrap and Tau (a scarf). The vest was first published in my Norwegian knitting book (only translated into Finnish), but Eivind Røhne photographed it again last May, modelled by the gorgeous Emma Ross with make-up & hair styling by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design. Above you see the cover of the magazine.
The Merino Vest Wrap is knitted in the hand dyed Madeline Tosh Sock using 3 mm/US 2.5 needles. Great in Blue is the headline followed by: The vest is knitted sideways in an hand dyed yarn with Indian crosses. The last two words belong to the scarf and were deleted during the proof reading.
Tau scarf was made for the Vienna Wool & Design Festival magazine “Wool 2 Go” in May 2017. I knitted the sample in Lang Yarns, Yak using 4.5 mm/US 9 needles.
The Norwegian magazine “Familien På Pinnene” is available in newsagents and selected supermarkets in Norway or by SMS if you have a Norwegian registered mobile phone: Send “Pinne19” with your name and address to 2205. If you live abroad you can order the Norwegian special magazine by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org and then transfer payment into their bank account.
Merino Vest Wrap is an old design made for my knitting book, published in 2012. I wanted some new photos for it so I included the garment in the photoshoot we had at Villa Malla in May. Photographer Eivind Røhne brilliantly captured model Emma Ross, with make up & hair by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, wearing the vest knitted in the gorgeous hand-dyed Tosh Sock yarn. The pattern has also been reviewed by my technical editor Barbara Khouri. Merino Vest Wrap is now available in English in my Ravelry Store.
Here is my introduction to the pattern: Inspired by Tinde Knits gorgeous designs by Norwegian designer Iselin Hafseld is this vest knitted sideways in Tosh Sock hand dyed yarn with Indian crosses. The vest can be used upside down for a smaller collar and a longer vest. Drape it as you please and pin it together.
Size: One size.
Finished measurements: 74 cm/29.5” wide and 112 cm/44” long.
Yarn: Madeline Tosh Sock (100% merino wool, 100 g, 361 m/395 yds). Sample is made in discontinued shade Baltic which can be replaced by Esoteric:
5 skeins; 1643 m/1797 yds
Needles: 2.5 mm/US 2 circular needle 40 cm/16” for armhole band.
3 mm/US 3 circular needle 80 cm/32”.
Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.
Notions: Stich markers, stitch holders, cable needle and yarn needle.
Gauge: 24 sts and 36 rows in Indian cross stitch using 3 mm/US 3 needle measures 10 cm/4” square.
Notes: The vest wrap is knitted sideways in one rectangular piece with shaped armholes. To make the vest longer, add pattern repeats of 6 stitches at left side of work (end of RS row) before the border stitches.
I am delighted to share this stunning photo of Nina Hove Myhre’s Merino Vest Wrap, from my book (available in Norwegian and Finnish), knitted in the original yarn Madeline Tosh Sock yarn in a gorgeous green shade; Tannenbaum – here are more divine colours to chose from: madelinetosh. To adjust the length of it, hence the width since it is knitted sideways Nina used a 3.5 mm/US 4 instead of the 3 mm/US 2.5 recommended, and notice the covered button she has knitted and attached on one end. You can read about how she did it and see more detailed photo on her blog: fiberandart.
My idea was to design a vest with a small waterfall front, which you could wrap tight around your body and use a shawl pin to hold it in place, or leave to hang loose. It can be worn upside down with a larger collar and a shorter back if preferred. I was smitten with all the turquoise shades in the colour called Baltic, and thought it looked marvelous in the extended openwork pattern, where you wrap the yarn 3 times around the needle, pulling out the extra wraps on the next row and then cable them, 3 stitches at the time, framed with garter stitch on each end and around the armholes. Instead of doing the wraps, a skilled knitter on Ravelry has discovered, knit a row instead of the wrap row on much larger needles, a 9 mm/US 13. The yarn in an incredible soft merino hand-dyed in semi solid or multi colors. Above is the beautiful Anna Pfeifer wearing the vest, photographed by Kim Müller from my book “To rett en vrang. Designstrikk” (here it is: cappelendamm) I would be thrilled if you wanted to share a photo of your finished project from my book, on Facebook, here on the blog or in our group at Ravelry. Come and join us, if you have not already done so!