Beautiful and easy to work Vine Lace pattern (provided in both chart and written form) makes a simple little lacy tank, perfect for adding that extra layer you'll need for spring (or any time your outfit needs a little oomph). Worsted weight yarn (tosh dk is a dk/light-worsted) makes this a quick one, too.
The modeled tank is shown with 4" negative ease to open up the lace pattern. Finished item sizes are XS/24", S/27.5", M/32", L/36", and XL/40".
Vine Lace (Barbara Walker, A Treasury of Knitting Patterns) is a lovely and simple lace to work in the round, with two rows of plain knitting and a pattern row that is almost the same every other row (one stitch shifts from the end to the beginning of the repeat). If you're new to lace, this is a very pretty and easy to master pattern with a great transitional garment at the end! Plus, I've provided the pattern in both written out and charted forms.
Skills needed include:
Binding off in 1x1 rib
Knitting in the round
17 sts x 24 rows = 4" in Vine lace
250 yards of DK weight
I live and knit in New York City and Bath, Maine, with my husband and our three children, getting my style fix in the one and my New England (Red Sox/cranberry bog/lobster roll/chilly nights in need ...
I live and knit in New York City and Bath, Maine, with my husband and our three children, getting my style fix in the one and my New England (Red Sox/cranberry bog/lobster roll/chilly nights in need of a sweater) fix in t'other.
Though I didn't realize it at the time, I've been a knitwear designer from my first large-scale knitting project, a poncho for which I wanted to use a different yarn than called for, as well as a different stitch pattern. The LYSO helping me with yarn looked at me like I was crazy!
I've always wanted to make things the way I want them. Is that so wrong?
But it wasn't until I read Elizabeth Zimmermann’s books that I found the confidence to really start designing. I prefer working in the round/all in one piece to take advantage of knit fabric's flexibility. Sweaters are my main interest, but I also like accessories and other small projects that allow me to explore new techniques and stitches while watching my children play at the park.
Before diving into knitwear design, I lived in Boston, where I learned to knit, and worked as an art director in book publishing. Happily, the building blocks of design translated from graphic to knitwear for me. It's like writing a sonnet: there are strict rules about form (book covers should display the title and author, sweaters should have openings for head/hands/body and be constructed from knitted fabric), but within those forms there is boundless room for creativity.
My patterns have been published in Knitty.com, Jane Austen Knits, and Knitscene.