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Amala Vest by Amanda Berka

The March 2010 stitches is available on the main web site at http://www.mysisterknits.com/community/news. Inside is a profile of a fast rising local crochet designer, Aaron Matthew Asmussen and a closer look at two of the many new yarns to arrive in recent weeks.

The free pattern this month is by local designer, Amanda Berka. She set out to make a lightweight and versatile vest that was both stylish and easy to knit. She definitely met her goal when she designed Amala (Ravelry link). Amala is essentially a tube with two armholes. If you can rib and knit stockinette stitch in the round you can knit this vest!

Amala Vest by Amanda Berka

Simplicity does not mean sacrificing detail, however! Once the neck is complete and you split the tube to make the armholes you also turn it inside out so that the public side of the cowl when worn is in stockinette stitch. By turning it inside out she has also eliminated a bunch of purling that would have otherwise been required to achieve stockinette stitch on the public side. Clever!

Amala Vest by Amanda Berka

The vest has wide, deep armholes to better accommodate less fitted sleeves. It also has a slight A-line silhouette to help easily float over any trouble areas many of us would like to hide. Due to the unique construction the vest is only offered in three sizes, but the introductory paragraph offers some guidance for those more experienced knitters who might wish to upsize it or even just modify it for a real personal fit.

Pattern: Amala (on Ravelry)
Source: My Sister Knits March 2010 Stitches, page 3
Designer: Amanda Berka (on Ravelry)
Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed; 50% wool, 25 % alpaca, 25% viscose; 191 yds per 50 g; color 151, 4 (4, 5) skeins.
Needle Size: US 6 / 4mm circular needle, adjust size if necessary to obtain gauge
Gauge: 24 sts and 30 rnds per 4” / 10 cm in St st in the round
Sizes: Women’s S (M, L) with finished bust circumference of 32” (34”, 36”) and hip of 37.3” (39.3”, 41.3”). Zero ease recommended. Size M shown on 34” bust.

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St. Denis's Nordique SportOne of the new yarns we’ve been talking about for some time is Veronik Avery’s new line, St. Denis. We’ve got a selection of colors of the Nordique Sport in stock along with the premiere magazine of patterns. Nordique is a 100% wool sport weight yarn. There are 150 yards per 50 g ball and according to the label it has a gauge of 6-7 sts per inch on US 2 – 6 needles. The yarn is multi-ply for great stitch definition and durability. It looks equally fantastic in textured, cabled, fair isle and lace patterns.

The premiere issue of St. Denis magazine contains 16 patterns using a wide variety of techniques for sweaters and accessories. There is a fantastic group of contributors to the magazine as well – Veronik Avery herself, Pam Allen, Ysolda Teague, Franklin Habit, Jared Flood, Carol Sulcoski, Mary Jane Mucklestone, Robin Melanson, Laura Grutzek and Jennie Eveleigh Lamond. You can see a preview of the magazine on Classic Elite’s web site or on Ravelry.

Nordique from St. Denis YarnsStop in to see and pet the yarn for yourself. While you are there take a look at Veronik’s Porcupine Hat we have on display.

Some free patterns you might want to consider for this yarn include:

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