Today's pattern feature is called Rippling Lace. This elegant, flowing vest is such a flattering design. I know a lot of ladies that would love to have one of these versatile garments in their wardrobes. With it's flattering shaping and beautiful stitch pattern, I think almost every figure could pull this one off. Grace sized the pattern from XS to 5X, which makes this really an accessible pattern.
The only thing I might change about this pattern for myself is the length. I think this vest would look good shorter as well. The lace stitch is really appealing and makes the whole vest hang so nicely on the body.
In Grace's words...
XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
Width: 45.75 (50.5, 53.5, 57.5, 61, 65.5, 68.75, 71.75, 75.5)”
Length: 33.25 (33.75, 33.75, 35, 35, 36.5, 36.5, 37, 37)”
Size 11 U.S. (8mm) needles, single point or circular whichever you prefer
Approximately 2 yards of aran weight waste yarn in a contrasting color for a lifeline (optional)
9 (9, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 14, 15) hanks of Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Hand Dyes (50% royal alpaca, 50% merino wool, 100 yards per 100g skein), shown in color #2024 Mulberry.
12 sts and 20 rows = 4” in open linen lace stitch, blocked.
This pattern had a plan from the beginning... I knew exactly which yarn, which stitch, which gauge and which shape I wanted in the end. The stitch I came up with when I was playing around with the stitch I used for the Olga's Vest (another stitch I came up with), but I LOVED the way it looked in the Worsted Hand-Dyes (one of my top ten favorite yarns!).
I knew I wanted the shape of an A-line to make this garment more wearable for all body types (especially me.... since I am a little more ample in the booty area). I wanted to use short rows since they are my favorite technique. I have already made two of these and I just love it! Maybe I'll make a third in a lighter weight yarn for the warmer seasons :)
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