Knitting for my girl.

Handspun vest | Clean : : the LuSa Organics Blog

Handspun vest | Clean : : the LuSa Organics Blog

Handspun vest | Clean : : the LuSa Organics Blog

Handspun vest | Clean : : the LuSa Organics Blog

Handspun vest | Clean : : the LuSa Organics Blog

Remember those Winter Solstice gifts I scrapped in exchange for a simple, sane, happy holiday? I got back to them this month and cast Lupine's off this week.

She's crazy about it.

The purple is a silky amazing yarn from my local yarn shop and the blue is a handspun that's all my own! (Remember this?)

The vest is my first sizable project from my own yarn. How satisfying!

The pattern is loosely based on Carina Spencer's Handspun Pinafore. But since I am unable to follow any recipe or pattern as it is written (Improvise! Modify! Adapt!) I changed it. A lot. I am utterly unable to silence my inner designer.

And I love how it turned out.

Instead of an open-front style pinafore I turned it into a pullover vest. I thought it would be a little more rough-and-tumble for farm days. And when she came in from chicken chores yesterday morning, caked with straw I decided that was true.

My project is here if you want more details, and the rest of my projects are here.

(For the record, all of Carina's patterns are stunning. Do check them out if you are looking for a new project this season.)

8 thoughts on “Knitting for my girl.

  1. Tameka says:

    Man, you’re good. That is soooo cute! I love it! I’m a beginner knitter and seeing your products inspire me not to give up on it again.

  2. Beth says:

    So much beauty here! She looks so happy. There is nothing like hand spun. Great work, mama! That inner designer line is a good one for me…I used to think I “should” be following patterns instead. Thanks for freeing me a bit more here.

  3. Mikaela says:

    So sweet! I love your modifications; good eye. And how special to use your own yarn.

    I love feather & fan; I just cast off a feather and fan cowl for my mom this evening. Knitting season is so wonderful, isn’t it?

  4. Jonel says:

    Hi Rachel,
    So sweet! That is totally the vest I’ve been looking for! I’ve been wanting to knit vests for my two girls, but haven’t been able to find a simple pullover with a little bit of “girl” style. I went to your Ravelry pattern, and would love it if sometime you would write up all your modifications in detail. I’m still a beginner so any help I can get is so appreciated! Lovely stuff, thanks for sharing. Jonel

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