The next pattern preview we have for Shibui Texture is my Alsea vest. Knit with Shibui Knits Staccato on size 6 (4mm) needles, it has a luscious drape. The cable pattern on the body keeps the loose fabric from sagging and provides visual interest. I’m proud of this pattern most of all because I designed the body’s stitch pattern:
And all-over cable design with dropped stitches to keep it from getting bulky. The end result is a rippling fabric that handles beautifully…
The design itself was inspired by Japanese fisherman’s vests, which the final result bears little resemblance to. But the cropped body and double-breast do reference mensware slightly.
Anyway, the other ‘draw’ of this pattern is that it can be knit with as few as 3 skeins of Staccato (if you’re svelt like Jenny, the model) or 6 skeins, if you’re more Reubenesque like myself :)
All in all, I’m quite pleased with the design and am thinking about making one for myself… As soon as I finish the other vest I have on the needles.
*Fun fact for non-Oregonians, Alsea is a river port. The name ‘Alsea’ actually is derived from ‘Alsi’, the name of the Native American tribe that lived there.