Rosy Outlook Vest – a Fair Isle style knitting design

I’ve just finished my new Rosy Outlook Vest. It’s made in 7 colors of Dale of Norway “Daletta” 100% washable wool. It’s knit at a gauge of 27×27. That’s slightly looser than the ball band gauge of 28×38 – the gauge Dale uses on most of their Daletta jackets (like Ingeborg, for you Dale aficionados out there.)

I wanted something a bit lighter, somewhat more fluid, more Fair Isle than Norwegian. It worked out that, by going up one extra needle size, I hit the 27×27 gauge. I wouldn’t recommend Daletta at 27×27 for a jacket, but it’s perfect for a Fair Isle-type vest. And symmetrical, too! (I’m forever delighted by symmetry.)

There’s very little weaving-in to be done with this vest. The color changes are all done mid-front so they can be secured with machine-sewn covered steeks, using the same technique I developed for my Tiger Lily Jacket.

Halfway through, the “Rosy Outlook Vest” was almost headed for the Hefty bag. The folks at Dale of Norway had just decided upon a major shift in the Daletta color range. The colors in my vest were headed for Discontinuation Station. Sure, it’s fun to conjure up new colorways, but, I loved those colors together with the rose motif! I decided to forge ahead and complete it. I can’t promise these colors will be available for long, but there will soon be other colorways, too. Here you have the original:


Whadyathink? Alas, it’s not for everyone – there’s only one size. Boo, hiss, I know, but I had my reasons.

The finished chest circumference is about 45″; the finished length is about 26″. The rose motif has a 30-stitch repeat. To be symmetrical (as we must 😉 ), we’d have to add or subtract 2×30=60 sts, or almost 9 inches, to get to the next size. So a smaller size, finished, would be about 36″ around; a larger size, about 54″. If you figure 4 to 6″ of ease, we’re talking about bodies that have chests as small as 30″ or as large as 50″. I know such folks are out there, and I apologize for excluding them. However, figuring yardage requirements for 7 colors is not an easy task with multi-colored, stranded projects unless each size is actually knit. That’s not a task my tired hands are up to. So, I’m sticking with this one size, which would be a ladies’ large in some labels, ladies’ extra large in others.

If you’re interested, here’s a link to one of my sites for buying the Rosy Outlook Vest. As with all knitting projects, before you dive in, I recommend comparing the finished dimensions to those on a comparable piece you already have. That’s the best way to preview fit. And as always, don’t hesitate to write or call with any questions. Happy knitting!


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5 Responses to Rosy Outlook Vest – a Fair Isle style knitting design

  1. Sharon says:

    Oh, Mary Ann, it is gorgeous. I really like the roses and the colors are very nice. Looks great with the denim shirt. Here’s another added to my long list of must-dos…. :0)

  2. WOW! Mary Ann, for a new blog I am really impressed! I have a new blog too and it looks it. I am still really struggling with what I want on it and how to do it.
    I love your rosy vest! We must have similar tastes because right after I “found’ the web site kidsknits I purchased the Tiger Lily jacket. I haven’t started it yet, but I can’t wait to have that to wear this winter.
    Thanks so much for your clear photos and instructions for remaking errors. Very helpful!

  3. Marina says:

    I’m sorry but I don’t understand why an odd number of repeats will not be symmetrical. The placement of the pattern on the back and front will be different when you have an odd number of repeats but as far as I can see the pattern will still be centered and symmetrical.

  4. twostrands says:

    Here’s the short answer: Marina, while the front and back could be centered and individually symmetrical with an odd number of repeats, the garment as a whole would not be symmetrical with an add number of repeats. While some folks might find that acceptable, I wouldn’t, for 2 main reasons: 1) the motifs would not line up at the shoulders and 2) the armhole steeks would have different design elements on each side, robbing us of the attractive and very helpful symmetrical decreases.
    Here’s the long answer: This is a great question, worthy of more discussion. I plan to cover it in my next post. Stay tuned and happy knitting! Mary Ann

  5. max says:

    That is the best, and clearest description of Kitchenering I have ever seen – thank you so much.

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