Tuesday, August 26, 2014


This is Kust, the latest in my collection inspired by my summer bike tour in the Netherlands.  It's got all sorts of special details that make it a high-quality wardrobe staple.  Particular attention is paid to the shaping - traditionally snug at the hips, but with a relaxed fit and delicate waist shaping - and the edgings.  The cast-on edge is a ribbed, cable cast on, a technique that looks like a tubular cast-on, but doesn't require waste yarn or extra steps, and the neckline and armhole edgings are finished with tubular bind-offs.  The round neckline is flattering and functional, since it can be opened up for a little extra air or buttoned up for warmth.

I made mine using Hazel Knits Artisan Sock, a go-to yarn for me.  The color, Henna, is a beautiful burnt brick orange/red that I found to be really inspiring.  Like many Hazel Knits colors, the depth and complexity make it a bit difficult to describe, but worked in simple Stockinette stitch, it really shines.  

It was hard to part with, but this sample, along with 15 others, will be in a traveling trunk show this fall and winter.  Check out the shops signed up to participate so far:

September, 2014: Fibre Space, Alexandria, VA
October, 2014: Fancy Tiger Craft, Denver, CO
November, 2014: Stash Local, Corvallis, OR
December, 2014: The Knitting Boutique, Glen Burnie, MD
January, 2015: Beehive Wool Shop, Victoria, BC

Speaking of fun events, I'll be teaching at Knit Fit in Seattle this November!  I'm excited to offer classes on beginning lace, finishing, and yarn substitution.  There are a lot of other great classes and activities going on that weekend, so I encourage you to check out the website.  The marketplace is sure to be even better this year too - Hazel Knits will have a booth!

You can read about upcoming trunk shows, classes, and clubs in the Events section on my website.

Back to the new vest pattern - it's now available on Ravelry and on my website.

Finished Measurements

33.25 (37.5, 41.5, 45.75, 50, 54, 58.25, 62.5) in/84.5, 95.5, 105.5, 116, 127, 137, 148, 159) cm

Intended to be worn with +2-4 in/5-10 cm of ease at bust for casual fit; shown in size 33.25 with +3.25 in/8 cm of ease on model.

25 sts/30 rows = 4 in/10 cm in Stockinette stitch using Gauge Needle (Needle C) 

735 (830, 970, 1125, 1175, 1245, 1360, 1475) yd/675 (760, 890, 1030, 1055, 1135, 1245, 1345) m Fingering weight yarn

Shown in Hazel Knits Artisan Sock (90% Merino, 10% Nylon; 400 yd/366 m per 120 g skein) 
Color: Henna; 2 (3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4) skeins

*Needle sizes are recommendations only; always use needle size necessary to achieve given gauge.
Needle A: US #2/2.75 mm 24 in/60 cm circular needle
Needle B: US #3/3.25 mm 24 in/60 cm circular needle
Needle C (Gauge Needle): US #4/3.5 mm 24 in/60 cm circular needle
Needle D: US #3/3.25 mm 16 in/40 cm circular needle
Needle E: US #2/2.75 mm 16 in/40 cm circular needle

stitch markers
tapestry needle
three .5 in/1 cm buttons

Technical Editor: Tana Pageler
Copy Editor: Jessie Kwak

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