Project Inspiration: The Lone Star Vest – NorthCoast Knittery

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Project Inspiration: The Lone Star Vest

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     *Of course* we knit year round, and you know that we always try our best to constantly bring in new things to keep you excited... But today is October 1st, and it's officially GAME ON for knitting season- even for the knitters who couldn't muster up the motivation during warmer months. At least once a day someone comes in and confesses that they haven't knit in a long time, but they want to get started again. We walk around with them, and we always find something to fit their skill level and style.

     One style that all of us here really like is tweed. There's something so sweet and sophisticated about the texture created by little flecks of wool sprinkled into a soft, cozy, plush yarn. Tweed is such a classic look that both men and women can appreciate.... Especially when it's as touchable (and affordable!) as the brand new yarn Telluride by Classic Elite.

     Telluride is a sport weight yarn, which is a fantastic weight for light layerable garments and accessories. Bulkier gauges knit up quick, but the small gauge from lightweight fingering and sport weight yarns have such a beautiful aesthetic that I dare say look more professional than the playful and fun big-knits. Each skein of Telluride has 182 yards of superfine alpaca, linen, and donegal tweed, and it knits at a gauge of 6 - 5.5 stitches per inch on US size 4 - 5 needles.... Would you believe that it's only $10 per ball? 

     Since Classic Elite is so fabulous, they sent us some Telluride ahead of time so we could finish a sample to share with you when the yarn made its arrival. We knit up the Lone Star Vest, which is a super cute cabled design with a button band running up the back. It's the perfect project to share with you, because it actually doesn't require too much yarn. The vest is for sizes XS (S, M, L, XL), and it uses 4 (4, 5, 5, 6) balls of Telluride. So even if you knit the XL, you're only looking at spending $60- which is such a bargain compared to the $160-$170 typically spent on nice yarn for XL sweaters and tops.

     The Lone Star pattern is available on its own for $6 on ravelry, but it is also available with 10 other beautiful designs in a book called Inspired by Patchwork

     I like how the cables run down the top of the vest, and simple stockinette runs around the waist. I think that helps keep it from being too heavy and too form fitting in the wrong places. The shaping is just right to be flattering.

     Vests are nice, especially in our climate, because they are easy to layer on when you need them. If you choose a neutral color it'll be wearable with practically any outfit.... but of course you could choose a bold color for a statement piece- much like our pink version in the photos. Luckily Telluride comes in 12 different colorways! So you'd no doubt find one that you love. 


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