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Knit a Vest

Noro Retro Ribbed Vest Green
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Yarn: Noro Retro
Pattern: V-Neck Shell in Knitting Noro: The Magic of Knitting with Hand-dyed Yarns, by Jane Ellison

I've been wanting to knit a vest forever -- specifically, a ribbed, v-neck vest. I cleaned out my favorites on Ravelry last night and noticed SO MANY vest patterns in my faves. (Of course, viewing my faves was a mistake . . . this entry would have been written last night had I not gotten sidetracked viewing my faves and your faves too!)

But back to vests. I love them, but hadn't knit one yet. This was my first. I love that a vest keeps me warm but not too warm. And when I saw this deep green Noro Retro, I immediately envisioned using it for a ribbed vest. The Jane Ellison pattern book was the inspiration, but while I love it, it's not suited for knitters who like a lot of clear and accurate instructions. For that, I recommend The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns: Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes and Gauges, by Ann Budd.

I'm planning to knit another vest soon -- but with a heathered worsted weight yarn and the basic v-neck vest pattern in this booklet. I'm looking at a lot of patterns I might have avoided had I not discovered that I really enjoy seaming -- specifically, mattress stitch. It's really kind of magical and I enjoy the process.

When I was a teenager, I remember falling in love with a colorful striped sweater I found in an upscale shop, but my mom pointed out that the stripes didn't match up front to back and that it was a sign of poor workmanship. If she saw this vest, it would probably drive her crazy. There's a subtle striping effect from where the fibers change and the stripes in front don't match the ones in the back. Although I could have knit this in the round, I actually wanted wider stripes instead of the narrower ones that would have resulted from circular knitting. Now that I know what I'm doing, I have another vest to finish -- the Gesta Vest that I started quite a while ago, but avoided finishing completely because it called for a single crochet edging around the neckline. I can totally do that now - easy peasy.


Very nice, Janet. Love the color.

Lovely! I've been wanting to knit a vest for the longest too...once I get my queue down a bit...hahaha...

love the backstory to the vest I already loved on ravelry. and I wishing I could learn to love seaming, too. even mattress stitch. I have gorgeous noro blossom in my stash earmarked for that gesta vest. you've inspired me to at least *think* about maybe doing it. thanks!

I did not know the Noro Retro... Interesting... Beautiful vest! I never wear vests and hats, but I'm starting to think that that may have to change ;-)

Had my first experience with knitting yesterday. Totally harder than I expected but the bug has bitten and I am determined to get a scarf out of the deal some day.

Your vest is so pretty. And so is your blog.

Have a lovely day.

Looks awesome on you Janet! Great job!

That vest looks great, I like the yarn. I have never knittd a vest but making a fairisle one does appeal, one day!

my mom pointed out that the stripes didn't match up front to back and that it was a sign of poor workmanship.

my mom always said the exact same thing! hehe! drove me nuts! she would make me spend hours pinning and repinning a pattern on plaid/ stripped fabric before allowing me to cut it out. made. me. crazy. i'm much more a "close enough" kinda gal. '->

lovely vest!

Oh it's lovely and I chuckled at the quote from your mother. Mine used to insist on holding a garment up to the light and closely examining every single seam, zip, inch of fabric and complaining about the slightest thing.

Very nice! I like the deep plunge it takes in front. Different than most vests and adds a snazziness to the whole outfit.

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At moments of great enthusiasm it seems to me that no one in the world has ever made something this beautiful and important.Thanks for the article.

Art is the colors and textures of your imagination.That`s what i think, at least.

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Hey there! I just did a search for Noro Retro and found this post from a while back. I got some birthday money from my mom and was thinking about splurging on some Retro for an Hourglass sweater. Do you think it would wear well as a sweater? Is it itchy? Does it stretch after blocking?
Thanks!!! Hope you are well!!!!!

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