Although the Aftur sweater that I made in 2007 was not my *first* yoked garment (I also made the Balmoral cardigan and the Tempting sweater in 2005 but they were not my best work… I was still a beginner when I made both of those) the Icelandic colorwork yoked pullover was the one that pretty much “sealed the deal” and made me fall head over heels in love with yoking. My first colorwork garment and one of my all-time favorite knits – I couldn’t
wait to make some more.
…and I am not the only one with yokes on the brain… Whitney started the perfectly named Society for the Appreciation of Yoked Sweaters blog and Ravelry group and there are some beautiful sweaters in the Ravelry gallery that really inspire me. Stacey and I have weekly conversations about which yoked colorwork projects we are planning… and I just saw the Lopi #28 preview…
No more waiting. I decided to try one of the free patterns from the Istex website, the Lett-Lopi Vest (links to .pdf) – a vest knit in the round with a pretty and relatively simple colorwork yoke. I cast on with some of the yarn leftovers from my Aftur – Lite Lopi and some recycled yarn from a thrift shop sweater. I am using the great heathery violet with indigo undertones for the main body, and I am planning to use mustard, ivory, black, and possibly another color for the yoke. The pattern only calls for three colors but this Lolly isn’t afraid to use the stash and to use the color! I decided to call my vest the “Védís Vest”, named after the designer of this vest (and many amazing Lopi patterns, including Aftur), Védís Jónsdóttir.