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New Pattern Release: Concord Vest!

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I got the pattern for my Concord Vest up for sale yesterday!

Concord Vest zoomed outIt’s my first independent pattern release in months, actually. This is thanks to two secret sweaters for a yarn company, and the hibernating gray sweater. So I’m really pleased to release this pattern out into the wild, just in time for summer knitting. It’s designed in DK weight yarn (Cephalopod Yarns Traveller, to be specific) and is available in bust sizes 27 (30.5, 33.5, 36.25, 39.25 / 42.25, 45, 49.5, 53)”, or 68.5 (77.5, 85, 92, 99.5 / 107.5, 114.5, 125.5, 134.5) cm.

My favorite part about this vest is the interesting construction. Because I wanted a pick-up free sweater–that is, one in which there would be no picking up of stitches–I designed it with the armhole and neck edging knit along with the main piece.

Concord Vest sneak peekBut this created a problem: how would I do the typical underarm shaping without being able to bind off stitches at the beginning of rows? The answer was creative decreasing. By working double and single decreases on both sides of the fabric, I was able to mimic the slope of “traditional” bind-off underarm shaping, while leaving the side pattern intact.

Concord Vest sidePlus this meant it was really fun to knit. :-)

Concord is available for purchase for $5.00 through Ravelry via this link (you do not have to have a Ravelry account to purchase). I hope you all like it as much as I do!

6 Comments

  1. Katinka
    Katinka05-21-2013

    Cute vest! Traveller is one of my “if I could only have one yarn for the remainder of my days…” yarns. :)

  2. kristieinbc
    kristieinbc05-22-2013

    I love this vest pattern! i am sort of between sizes. Would it be better to go up or down?

    • Triona
      Triona05-22-2013

      I would say definitely go down rather than up in size. The ribbing on the sides makes it a little stretchy, so it’s pretty forgiving. The one I’m modeling above has about 2″ negative ease (maybe even 2.5″–I’ve gained a little weight recently, ugh).

  3. Lisa
    Lisa05-23-2013

    I saw your design on the Budding Designers board…love it! Enjoyed visiting your blog..

  4. Lisa
    Lisa05-23-2013

    P.S. I lived in New Castle, Indiana for many years, not too far from Anderson. :)

  5. Truly Myrtle
    Truly Myrtle05-29-2013

    I love it! Now, i really must get my wee tank up and running … eep!

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