Welcome to Project Knitway or should I say Project Renottaway? It's my cyberspace place to post my favorite things...thoughts about family and creativity and design. One of my favorite things is making stuff, specifically clothing and accessories from fiber and metal. So you'll see a lot about that here. I also love spending time with my family, so there will be a bit about that too. When I'm not with my family or in my studio, I am most likely at nextdoor, my store. I have always had a store ever since I was a young woman. I started with a weaving store called the niddy noddy in Waukesha eons ago. I ended with nextdoor in Brookfield. It's my dream store filled with great clothing, especially denim. Really nice women work and shop there, it's a fun place to be. You can find us there every day and online at www.shopatnextdoor.com So come for a visit here and there.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Simplvest...or a Blog is Worth a Thousand Pictures

Over the past 35 years I have knit thousands of sweaters, jackets, and vests of various complexities. This vest is from one of my earliest patterns and still one of my favorites. It is also one of the simplest. I've come to the conclusion of late that simple is best. There are so many beautiful ready to wear knits available on the market for less than you as a knitter can purchase the yarn to make them. For me the challenge is to make something that is creatively simple and different from the maddening crowd. Also because I enjoy selling my work, the pieces I make have to be cost effective. Long gone are the days of demanding high prices for one of a kinds, so I am always conscious of time and materials. This vest can be knit from a multitude of yarns, suitable for the season at hand. It is easily knit by machine or by hand and can be embellished in many ways to make it unique and fashionable for the current day looks. It's the perfect addition to your favorite skinny jeans tucked into a pair of uggs. As you can see by my diagram, anyone can knit it, as it is nothing more than a rectangle with a slit. I knit my vest to be 20" wide and 60" long. Again you can just plug in your gauge...ie 4st/" and 5r's/"... you would cast on 80 st and knit 300 rows. You will want to start the neck slit
about 3" below the half way point and knit the slit to be at least 14 inches long. In blogs ahead I will offer up lots of fun finishing techniques to add to your vest. In the meantime...

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