A Vested Interest


I love knitting vests! Perhaps it’s because, without sleeves, you’re finished in nearly half the time! Perhaps it’s because they’re less bulky than a sweater, or because they aren’t too hot in our moderate winters here in the piedmont of NC. But overall I guess it’s because the knitting is fairly simple and straightforward.


I do like adding little embellishments here and there. I didn’t have a pattern for this vest, so I just did whatever came to mind…a little pocket on the front, a decoration on the back.

This vest is knitted with Noro Silk Garden Lite. There really is nothing better than the colorways Noro has in all their lines of yarn! They are an artist’s yarn for sure…rich, saturated colors with lovely grays and neutrals mixed in. I worked the striping by knitting four rows of one ball of yarn, then switching to a different ball of the same yarn, but starting with a different color. Does that make sense? Anyway, it was a quick and fun knit. I used ceramic buttons I had made several years ago while visiting some potter friends of mine in Reidsville. I loved using the different shapes down the front, adding a bit of whimsy to the overall look.

 I’m getting ready to start another vest, one a bit longer than this one. I absolutely love cropped vests and sweaters, but I want to see what I can come up with for a longer version. Do you have a favorite vest you’ve knitted? Do tell! I’d love to hear/see all about it!

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