Fair Isle-ish vest ive started

ffarff's picture

After knitting blanket after blanket ive decided to start knitting myself a few vests.
Here's one i started a few days ago. The Back done, half way through the front. The plan is to finish it within the week. I'm on track which I'm really happy about.

So what to do next? I want to do a vest similar to this pattern. Anyone know where i can find the pattern?

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brenthaig's picture

That is impressive- the subtlety of colours and simple yet not boring pattern. A man's perfect garment. Well done-a classic. Cannot say enough about how great it is. (Makes me want to redo my knitting plans for the next few months.)

ffarff's picture

haha. ive been too scared to do anything two colours for years despite always wanting a vest like it. it feels so good to FINALLY getting it done.

Tom Hart's picture

Have to agree with Brent. It's awesome. It is exactly and precisely the kind of thing I'd like for myself. Please continue to post about this as it progresses. Extremely well done. I really, really like it.

ffarff's picture

cheers and will do!

ronhuber's picture

Beautiful vest. If you can find Fair Isle Knitting by Sheila MacGregor you will find thousands of fair isle patterns. You can choose your own colours or follow the colours in the photo. Check out Jamieson and Smith Wool Brokers in the Shetland Islands for traditional wool.

I second that. Her book was sitting in my wish list on amazon for about a year until i finally broke down and got it. It just came a couple weeks ago. It is a great resource for patterns, as well as a lot of background into the history and tradition of fair isle knitting. She doesn't have any stitch-by-stitch patterns, but has pretty clear explanations of how to make your own garment to fit any size.
Keep up the good work!

ffarff's picture

oh awesome. i think i might get it

ffarff's picture

that might have been the book i was looking at today!

CLABBERS's picture

I'm green with envy! Your work is stunning.

ffarff's picture

why thank you

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very nice work. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Bill's picture

take a look at :
Luke's Diced Vest by MaryJane Mucklestone

ffarff's picture

thank you!

Kerry's picture

If you are on Ravelry, there are 7 pages (15 vests to a page), just pattern search Fair Isle vests.

ffarff's picture

ah forgot about that place. cheers!

bobinthebul's picture

Cool! I hadn't even thought of vests...it might be the perfect "bridge" project to do before I get up my courage to try a real sweater. With sleeves and stuff. ;)

ffarff's picture

that's what i was thinking too. ive never done something sleeve-y.