Thursday, February 28, 2013

Knitting Spring Violets

Spring Violet Vest
started January 16, 2013
I first saw the pattern for the Spring Violet Vest in the vendor's area at the Reno show. I don't know how many times I went back to the booth, drawn by the samples on display.
The booth had many varieties of the vest on display and kits available, but the pattern was not sold individually.

When I returned home, I contacted the company to see if the pattern was available and again was told it was not sold separately, only as a kit.

My friend Cheryl must have grown weary of me talking about the vest. Before Christmas she presented me with a wrapped box and said, "This is NOT a Christmas present." I was shocked and pleased when I opened the box to find the vest kit.

The vest is knit on size 6 needles, using three different weights and types of yarn: a superwash wool, a soft twist rayon, and a rayon loop. Specifics about the vest can be found on my Ravelry project page.

The photo on the kit, and on the pattern show the tunic-length vest, but the pattern itself is for the shorter version - not good marketing strategy in my opinion.

It is an easy pattern to follow, but the rayon loop yarn is difficult to knit.

Cheryl, I am still humbled by your generous gift. Thank you!


  1. What a great looking vest. Easy to knit (except for the yarn) and easy to wear. Hum, after all the other things I think I want to knit I may have to look into something like this.

  2. What a wonderful friend! Obviously, you and I have another thing in common... analysis paralysis. I'm sure it will be stunning.

  3. I have to say that I really like the color combo in this particular kit. Cheryl did a great job in picking it out. I'm anxious to see it finished too...and it's getting close!!

  4. My pleasure!

  5. Gorgeous!! I love the flow of color in yours.

  6. Very interesting looking construction. I like your colors and can't wait to see the finished vest. I agree that they should have both lengths in the pattern and then you buy the 'kit' for the length you want. That being said - now you have the pattern and can make a longer one because you can do math and figure it out :) Happy Knitting! g

  7. WOw Its going to be GORGEOUS Nancy!

  8. That vest looks like it is knit from side to side. Am I correct?

  9. Well the color you got was much more attractive than the ones in the photo, it is going to be so, so pretty! The construction of the pattern looks very fun too. Also, I'm so sorry I haven't answered your question about the raglan increases on the sweater I just finished. I know the problem you are talking about, I used to have problems with holes as well, but then found I was doing the increase wrong. In that case it was just a simple kfb around each of the sleeve markers. I wish I could help you troubleshoot and be more helpful.

  10. I like the color..and I would have been upset about the false marketing too:(

  11. That's so pretty...and it will hang beautifully.


  12. What gorgeous colours ( I would live in a purple world if I could!) I think that's one almost any woman would get a lot of use out of. My goal in the next two weeks is to finish the guy sweater I am working on ....... tired of having it hang over my head!

  13. That vest is going to be beautiful. The colors are just right for you.


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