Another knitting project!  I guess you could say I’m totally addicted now LOL.  I really am fascinated by knitting and the intricate lace designs that I see – knitting is so much more delicate looking than crochet.

While browsing Ravelry one day (ok, I browse Ravelry just about EVERY day) I found the Lily of the Valley Vest and just fell in love with it.  The pattern write up included the following information:

This pattern is for experienced lace knitters looking for a challenging and satisfying lace garment to knit. It is a lace vest utilizing an adaptation of a stitch pattern first published in 1983.

Ok, so experienced lace knitter I am not!  But I was still up for the challenge.  So I decided to forge ahead and just take things VERY slowly.

Rocking the Wool yarn

I pretty much knew what yarn I wanted to use, so dug into my Yarnbox stash for some gorgeous Rocking the Wool Merino Sport weight that came in my December 2015 shipment in a lovely colorway called Jemina.  It was beautiful to work with – so soft and sort of squishy feeling.

It took me 4 months to make the Lily of the Valley Vest (told you I was going to take it S-L-O-W!).  It was so worth it though.  The pattern was well done and I simply took it one one row at a time and used a ton of stitch markers – actually I had to go buy more.

The pattern provides additional instructions for adding short sleeves to the vest and I originally contemplated modifying them to be long sleeves – but knew I didn’t have enough yarn.  I’m actually quite glad I didn’t add long sleeves as it would have been too warm.

If you love the look of this vest, don’t let it intimidate you if you haven’t been knitting very long – take the plunge and just take it slow and easy.  Remember, Rome was NOT build in a day!

Here are finished photo’s of the front and back.

Lily of the Valley Vest front viewLily of the Valley Vest back view

I can see a pattern here – I love the look of knitted leaves!

Nancy Smyth

Hi, I'm Nancy I'm a yarn addict, number cruncher/bookkeeper, and software developer. Strange combination right? I get the same feeling of joy when working with high quality yarns that I do when a column of numbers are all neatly aligned and add up properly.

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