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