It seems like I’ve always been a fiber junkie. My maternal grandmother taught me to sew and crochet when I was a little girl. In the early 1990s, I studied fashion design at Washington University in ...
It seems like I’ve always been a fiber junkie. My maternal grandmother taught me to sew and crochet when I was a little girl. In the early 1990s, I studied fashion design at Washington University in St. Louis and opened my first fiber-related business - Studio #96 in St. Charles, Missouri. I worked for several years with an artist who painted original designs on silk fabric which I then transformed into clothing that was sold in upscale boutiques across the country. I also designed and sewed clothing for others, including wedding and bridesmaid dresses.
My husband and I purchased and restored a circa-1870’s building in downtown Madisonville, Kentucky in 2003 and it became Black Dog Fiber Studio in 2010. The studio got its name from our sweet black lab, Magic, who used to come to the studio with me. Alas, he is getting up there in age and prefers to stay home now.
Currently I spin, weave, knit, felt, and dye my own yarns and fabrics which I make into wearable art. I’ve always derived great joy from creating a design in my mind and then making the materials come alive. Seeing others enjoy my work is icing on the cake.
While Black Dog Fiber Studio is not a retail shop with set hours, I do open the studio for “fiber fellowship” most Tuesday evenings, as well as for occasional local art shows in conjunction with the Hopkins County Art League. I teach knitting, dyeing and felting workshops and create and publish knitting, crochet and sewing patterns. Many of my patterns are featured in the online and print catalogs of Knit Picks (www.knitpicks.com), as well as through my Etsy shop (www.blackdogfiberstudio.etsy.com). I spend way too much time on the social network for all things fiber (Ravelry.com) - you can find me as “Mariaknittedit.”
Cabled Embrace, a twist on my original vest pattern "Embrace . . . like a warm hug". Knit in a solid or tonal yarn to show off the cable, this vest is another great layering piece over just about anything. Simple short-row details at the bust and hip help to emphasize the cabled waistband and gracefully flow over your curves. Bulky weight yarn and minimal finishing details make this a quick yet elegant addition to your wardrobe.
Pattern is suitable for an advanced beginner who is familiar with cable construction and includes detailed instructions for each half of the vest and instructions or web links for each technique.
Notes: Vest is worked sideways. You will knit the left half of the vest and then the right half, joining them with Kitchener stitch in the center back.
3 stitches and 4 rows per inch
440 yards of Bulky weight