The next pattern preview we have for Shibui Texture is my Alsea vest.  Knit with Shibui Knits Staccato on size 6 (4mm) needles, it has a luscious drape.  The cable pattern on the body keeps the loose fabric from sagging and provides visual interest.  I’m proud of this pattern most of all because I designed the body’s stitch pattern:

And all-over cable design with dropped stitches to keep it from getting bulky.  The end result is a rippling fabric that handles beautifully…

The design itself was inspired by Japanese fisherman’s vests, which the final result bears little resemblance to.  But the cropped body and double-breast do reference mensware slightly.

Anyway, the other ‘draw’ of this pattern is that it can be knit with as few as 3 skeins of Staccato (if you’re svelt like Jenny, the model) or 6 skeins, if you’re more Reubenesque like myself :)

All in all, I’m quite pleased with the design and am thinking about making one for myself… As soon as I finish the other vest I have on the needles.

To learn more about this pattern (or the booklet itself!), visit the Shibui Knits website or check it out on ravelry.

*Fun fact for non-Oregonians, Alsea is a river port.  The name ‘Alsea’ actually is derived from ‘Alsi’, the name of the Native American tribe that lived there.

About the Author fyberduck

I love socks, lace, and all sorts of ‘traditional’ knitting subjects. I studied Classics and textile history (independent minor) at Uni and have a love of anything ancient. That said, I also like to mix it up with modern shapes and silhouettes, often with a little tradition thrown in for fun.

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