2 October 2015


photo (c) F+W Media
Designs often start with a concept, an idea of something that needs to be translated into stitches, a vague feeling. Trapunto, and yes I did have to look up the name that Amy gave my design, it means "to quilt" in Italian, began exactly like this. I had a hint of an idea of making something that
resembles a quilted winter gilet, textural, and with a zipper.

The result, Trapunto Vest, is terribly fun to watch growing on your needles. You may be surprised to learn that the technique that makes this nubbly texture is simple cabling!  See what it looks like on the reverse side below.
image (c) F+W Media
I'll dig out the swatches where I practiced the cabling for this piece and show you how it is achieved in a couple of days time.

The vest is knitted from the bottom up in one piece to its armholes, at which point the body is divided for fronts and back to be finished separately. The top ends of the zipper are sewn in between the collar layers and out of the way.
The pattern comes in 5 sizes from 33½ to 48½ inches, you'll want to make it with a bit of positive ease to make sure it fits well over a layer or two.

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