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Knitting Spring:Introducing theMeadowlark Vest

February 6th, 2012

Part of being a designer is forcing your brain to think outside the current season, in essence, predicting what you’ll want to be wearing 3, 4 or 5 months down the road.

It’s not always easy, particularly in mid-winter or the doldrums of August. But if it was easy, would it be so very fun?

I like to think of it as “knitter’s optimism”; this need to think a season ahead. After all, there’s an essence of hope to imagining the future, even just in terms of what I might want to wear when the weather turns warm.

I’ll be honest, though. I’m not much of a warm-weather knitter by nature. I love big woolens and cozy cables. And yet, I seem to do my most prolific – and favorite – designing for the warmer spring and summer months.

Maybe it’s because I can’t stay away from my needles during the cold months, and maybe it’s because I’m “forced” into thinking outside the current season because of trade-show and publication deadlines. In any case, though, this new pattern, Meadowlark, is a perfect example of my inner optimism working overtime.

Meadowlark almost didn’t happen. I got in on the project pretty late; only about 6 weeks ahead of the January TNNA trade show. And like many designs, it took me awhile to think through the construction details while matching it to the design that I’d proposed to Lorna’s Laces.

Finally, a mere two weeks prior to the deadline, I got it. And I knit like a fiend until the vest was done.

To me, Meadowlark is a whisper of Spring. You could wear it over long sleeves as a light but warmish layer. But the drape, the ease of the overall lace pattern, promises crocuses and rainshowers, and that wonderful first day you can go to work without a jacket.

Meadowlark is knit with two strands of laceweight yarn held together and 4.5mm needles. It’s a quick knit that uses little yardage, and would be equally stunning with a single strand of sport-weight or a light DK.

I used Lorna’s Laces Helen’s Lace in Dobson, a new tonal solid that I was instantly drawn to from the first samples. The blue is cool and tinged with silver. It feels almost like a neutral, and these photos don’t do it justice.

In terms of the design, I wanted something with minimal finishing, but knew that structure was necessary to keep such a drapey garment in place.

The ‘back’ is actually part of the front too. The front panel is knit on by joining at the end of rows, and becomes the back neckline as it’s joined to the racer-back piece. It’s another wacky but wonderful construction, and it turned out just as I’d hoped.

I hope you enjoy knitting this one, and I hope that it gives you some of that knitter’s optimism while you wait for those first blooms of Spring.

$5.00 US

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2 Responses to “Knitting Spring: Introducing the Meadowlark Vest”

  1. Lesley Says:

    Wow – love the design! Will be a nice addition to cloud chaser for spring knits!!

  2. Lauren Says:

    Love it!

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