*New Pattern!

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Finally!! I’ve added a new pattern to my Etsy Shop! It’s a sweater and sweater/vest I’ve been wanting to offer for quite some time. It just takes time to write a pattern properly, with all the information you want to offer so that others can be successful in making it.

Appalachian Comfort  A Beginner Sweater (with Sweater Vest option)

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This pattern is perfect for beginning knitters!! Pass it along to any you may know, beginners or otherwise, who would like a simple project for fall comfort. It can be for any season, depending on the type of yarn you choose. I’m wanting to knit my next one in a yummy Noro yarn.

Here are some things you might like to know:

What You Need:

Bulky Weight Yarn :
For Size Small: 550 yds. Medium: 650 yds. Size Large: 850 yds.
(Shown in pic: Patagonia’s Araucania cotton, 105 yds. each)
Other suggestions: Noro Obi, Kama, Iro, Kogarashi, Plymouth Yarn Gina Chunky, Araucania “Tolten”.
Size 10, round or straight needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)
Interlocking Stitch Markers
Yarn Needle

*Instructions are written for sizes small, medium and large!

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The simplicity of this pattern makes it terrific for an on-the-go project where you don’t have complex charts and stitch patterns to follow. Yet I’ve written the pattern in such a way as to allow you to make it your own by adding various stitch patterns and securing the front in multiple ways.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend full of yarny goodness!

A Vested Interest

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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.

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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.

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 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!