Editor’s Choice: Eria Vest by Juliana Lund
We’re changing seasons and layering is just the thing to combat unpredictable weather! Merion’s favourite this week is a vest knit that will become a staple!
A cardigan is a very handy thing in changeable weather, because you can pop it on or take it off, and it’s an easy garment to wear, but so too is the vest, or tank – and it’s great staple to wear over long sleeved tees and other knitwear.
I fell in love with the Eria Vest by Juliana Lund at first sight! The neckline and the fabulous faux buttoned side seams are sweet design features and I am a great fan of a cowl neckline – it’s flattering, cosy and in this case, deliciously deep.
Eria is knitted flat, with the cowl neck added separately, and the pattern has clear schematic details and step by step instructions for how to make up and add buttons.
It knits up in a worsted or aran weight yarn, and the pattern includes 11 sizes: bust measurements 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52 and 54″ requiring 625, 675, 750, 800, 850, 925, 975, 1025, 1075, 1150, 1225 yards of yarn respectively.
In the images here, Eria is knitted in an alpaca/acrylic blend, but any worsted or aran weight yarn will work well. It is important to consider a yarn with some drape, to give that cowl some swish, but you could even knit this in a cotton yarn for warm weather!
I love Berroco Vintage – it comes in great value 100g skeins (190m/216 yards per 100g), in a dizzying 88 shades! There are lots of gorgeous blues and teals, and I’ve chosen three below!
Alpaca knits into a beautiful fabric, and baby alpaca (the first shearing of the alpaca) is especially soft. GGH Baby Alpaka Color is gorgeously soft and warm, and comes in 24 colours. It’s a worsted weight yarn, and each 50g ball contains 100m (109 yards).
If you prefer an acrylic blend, Phildar Partner 6 is a fantastic value yarn that is currently in the sale! A blend of wool, acrylic and nylon, Partner 6 is available in over 20 colours, and a great budget option that will wash well too.
Make a vest for spring and one in cotton for summer!
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Last updated: March 11th, 2016.