This month’s edition of Dana’s Edit marks my 12th column in this series—we’ve made it a year sharing sweater patterns and inspiration. Thank you for inviting me into your Ravelry queues with my favorite picks.
Since it’s spring and it’s such a transitional time of year weather-wise, I thought I’d veer off the beaten path of sweater picks and give you something different: vests!
A vest can be a versatile piece in your wardrobe and a great layer when it’s chilly, but not so cold that you need a sweater. Also, the lack of sleeves means you will definitely get a vest finished faster than a sweater. Who doesn’t love a fast and satisfying knit?
When I think of what a classic knit vest should look like, Summer Fog is it.
It has a little bit of ease to it, clean lines, and a pocket for your phone. It’s simple, stylish, and functional as a layer for when you need a little something to keep the chill away.
In the MDK Shop
I made this vest for my Mom. She loves vests so I thought she would love it if I knit her one. I know when she sees her smiling face modeling her vest on MDK, she will be absolutely tickled. Isn’t she the cutest?
Editors’ note: yes, she is the cutest!
But back to the vest. I originally picked this pattern because of the beautiful twisted rib collar and the pockets.
It drapes like a dream, and is so modern that you can wear it with anything. I also loved how it was constructed, so much that I ended up knitting another Hilary Smith Callis vest, Pommier, which has a two-color brioche collar.
If you’re looking for a pullover layer, Massaman is it. It’s knit in a worsted weight yarn with a gorgeous textured stitch pattern and an added bonus: the cowl is detachable!
You may start your morning with a chill in the air. As the day warms up, if the cowl is too much, you can just remove it.
I think that’s a brilliant design element. Now I want all my knits to have some detachable layer I can rip off when I get too warm.
If I ever wanted to feel like I’ve got a bit of a badass in me (I don’t, I’m such a rule follower), I’d definitely knit this vest. It has been in my library for forever and it is one of the reasons I bought that issue of Amirisu.
Harley is one of the coolest knits I’ve ever seen, mimicking a motorcycle jacket with a diagonal zipper. It’s knit using worsted weight, but at a tighter gauge to make it a warmer layer. I even love the deep shade of green the sample was knit it; something about it just says cool to me.
Perhaps this spring you’ll add a vest to your wardrobe as an alternative to a great sweater. Who says you need sleeves all the time?