My newest sweater vest design was just published in the Winter 2012 Issue of Love of Knitting. I am super pleased with the styling of the photography and the model that was selected. I had been wanting to introduce some mosaic knitting into a design, and the seed of inspiration for this black and white vest popped into my head while watching the movie, Phantom of the Opera. During the Masquerade sequence, there are masquerade ball dancers who have black and white painted on opposite sides of their faces. In profile, when turned quickly, you get the coolest visual effect from the black and white faces switching back and forth.
This vest is knitted in the round up to the armholes, then the front and the back are knit back and forth. The sloped shoulders are shaped with short rows, retaining live stitches, which are then bound off with a three needle bind off. The front and back alternates between the mosaic section and the striped sections. Because mosaic knitting draws in a bit, additional stitches are added for the mosaic sections to maintain comparable width, and any differences between the sections vertically counterbalance each other because both front and back have equal numbers of striped and mosaic sections. The result is a balanced garment.
Black and white really emphasizes the contrast. But I’ve seen a dusky purple with a burnt orange combination that was stunning (on a test knit of the hat pattern to be released soon to match this vest), as well as a lovely gray and blue combination. Another interesting effect with mosaic is to use a solid color paired with a complementary variegated color. I would love to see some of your finished vests with your choices of color. Send them to me and I’ll post them!
Coming soon…a hat pattern that matches the vest. It will have options for either a squared off crown or concentric circles crown and will be available on Ravelry.