It was love at first stitch. That explains why I just couldn’t put her down…
Pattern: Létt-Lopi Vest, Ístex free patterns (links to .pdf)
Yarns: Reynold Lite Lopi / Berroco Peruvia
Needles: Size US 5 and 8 circulars
Knit completely in the round and not even one seam to sew! Does it get any better than that?! Also knit in eight days… and honestly, I could have finished it faster but I wanted to savor some bit of it… I told you I couldn’t put it down – especially once the yoke started. The colors – leftovers of Reynolds Lite Lopi from my beloved Aftur (and my first dip into the Icelandic yokes) and a recently acquired skein of Berroco Peruvia for the ivory portions. The colors came together better than I could have imagined. I think purple and yellow are a match made in heaven!
…and just when we started to take photos, it started to **snow!**
If you are going to model an Icelandic vest, it really should be snowing – all about authenticity!
The pattern is easy and simple to follow. I totally recommend it. If you have never tried colorwork, I feel that Icelandic yokes are a great way to “cut your teeth”. They are knit with worsted or aran-weight yarns and use bigger needles, making it easier to see and carry the yarns across the back. With most traditional yokes, there are no more than two colors per row of knitting. The only consideration with any stranded knitting: watching the tension of the stranding to avoid the puckering effect. A good blocking can ease up some slight puckering, but you have to be conscious of it while you are working on the garment. With this particular pattern, and most Icelandic yokes, you decrease stitches within the colorwork patterning. The charts can be slightly confusing with the “no stitch” distinction. Since this was a .pdf, I noticed that my printer did not color the “no stitch” area properly, and when I started the ivory, my count was off. So, I got a colored pencil and went over the chart to make it crystal clear. You may want to do this too to avoid any ripping or miscounting!
I slightly modified the small cap sleeves with 3 rows of seed stitch to match the hem and the neckline. The pattern does not state this, but I felt that it finished the garment off better than the raw rolled edge of the stockinette. You could also single chain crochet for a few rows. I went down to a size 5 needle with the sleeve cap but still got a slight bell effect. It doesn’t bother me too much, but if I were to do it again, I would probably go down to an even smaller needle size.
I made the Medium – measuring 87 centimeters, approximately a 34-inch bust. The wool does have some ease, and after a light blocking to straighten out the hems and the armholes and even out the colorwork, I feel that I got a perfect fit. There are some waistline decreases and bustline increases incorporated into the pattern to add a more modern and fitted look. I do love to mix the modern look with the traditional motifs…
Wonder how long I can wait till I cast on for the next yoked garment? …I already know that it is not going to be very long… I am totally addicted. I consider this one a little warm up for the Vest-uary knitalong (Rav link) for February though… I will be casting on for this beauty – not a yoke, but amazing nonetheless.