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!
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!
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.