New Design: Arcade Vest

Yes, it is finally finished (= FO: finished object) and I am pleased with the result. A straight vest inspired by Haider Ackermann’s strict architectonic style and jewel colors. Arcades made by twists and cables, framed by double moss/seed stitch and outlined by an I-cord edge around neck and armholes. The double front adds volume and shape. You can close it as you wish; with a shawl pin, brooch or a belt. Stylish when closed at the top for an asymmetrical look. Using a 3.5mm/US 4, it has been a delight to knit in the newly launched Norsk Pelsull/Norwegian Furwool, a pure wool with a subtle sheen available in stunning melange shades here: ull.no. I am pleased to announce that the pattern has been sold to the Norwegian magazine Familien/The Family and will be published shortly – before the autumn, date to be confirmed. The pattern will be available in English in my Ravelry store (ravelry) a year after magazine publication – in the mean time you can queue it…

I needed time to consider what type of edge I should chose on this project – see my work-in-progress-wip post. In the end, it was trial and error. Making an edge on a swatch does not always solve the edging issue. I found the double moss/seed stitch edging at the front too flimsy and folded it completely – one of the options I had considered from the outset. The neck, I decided was perfect with an I-cord cast/bind off, for definition and a bit of added volume. I tried the same at the armhole but realised that the armhole needed a bit of shaping in addition so I chose to knit several rounds of moss/seed stitch first with a few decreases and then an I-cord cast/bind off. I considered adding buttons to the front, but prefer to wear it asymmetrical hence I made no buttonholes. A good option would be to add a decorative button – or more – with a snap fastener at the back, I believe.

The vest is knitted in one piece, half of each moss/seed stitch panel is folded back as interfacing – knitted together at the top and sewn in place along the WS. The neck stitches are picked up and cast/bind off with an I-cord. While the armholes are similar but worked in the round with a few rows of moss/seed stitch first before the cast/bind off. The arcade pattern – yes, it is from Barbara Walker’s second-treasury-of-knitting-patterns – consists of twists, increased and decreased stitches in the middle and is quite difficult to read but does feel like working with lego project: building arcades. It did not take long until I learned the stitch pattern by heart. That is my type of stitch pattern!

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15 Responses to New Design: Arcade Vest

  1. Tracy A. says:

    Absolutely stunning, Linda! I have such a new appreciation for what goes into pattern development.

  2. LuisaM says:

    It’s beautiful!
    I love the architectonic/geometric references in knitting patterns.

  3. Randi says:

    wow! Its beautiful! Just stunning! You must let us know when we can purchase the pattern 🙂

  4. Ruth says:

    Very striking–congratulations!

  5. Anna says:

    Beautiful vest! I guess it must be a wonderful yarn! Wool is the best for me:). I also like moss stitch, it goes well together with all kind of patterns (twisted stitches, lace etc).

    • Thank you for your complement, Anna! Yes it is a wonderful yarn! I agree moss stitch is so versatile, and easy to combine with other stitch combinations!

  6. Janieb says:

    Oh Linda I love this. The edgings are lovely, & add finesse to the design. Such a versatile addition to any wardrobe. I can totally see myself knitting this. Another wonderful design, congratulations!

    • Fabulous response to my design, Janie! Thank you so much! Yes, I believe the edgings makes a difference on a knitted garment – between looking homemade and handmade. Preferably with a professional touch, hence the doubling of openings at the front.

  7. Just stunning. Elegant. Ahhh, I have a hunch I will be using your cable pattern selections into a new sweater I will be making up for Thor’s next birthday … He has become such a lover of cables!

    • Thank you so much, Karen! I understand Thor very well – I am into a cable period myself. Not only do I enjoy how they look I enjoy knitting them too! I look forward to seeing the sweater!

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