On The Pins: The Suzon Shawl AKA The Potato Chip Knit

On Monday evening, I cast on the Suzon (Fabulous Carnival) Shawl, inspired by my Circus-inspired knitting projects and its the most “one more row” knit I’ve ever worked on. Instead of worsted weight yarn, I’m using fingering weight and US size 4 needles. With the long color change of the Crystal Palace Mini Mochi Juniper Fireworks yarn and the squishy, clean ivory solid from Knit Picks in a simple, easy fisherman lace, I am loving this knit.

I once heard someone refer to a knitting project as a “potato chip knit” a project you want just one more bite, one more row and this is my first genuine experience with this idea. Each section of repeats is just ten rows so once I finish the color striping, I just want to whip through the fisherman lace and then the next ten color rows.

The photo above is the result of just two days of work (in between full work days and finishing two other projects). Yep, that chippy!

I look forward to knit night tonight to work through a few more repeats!

What’s On My Pins: Matthew’s Vest

Matthew's Vest

Earlier this year, I attempted to make a vest for my darling husband from a pattern in Nikol Lohr’s book called Literary Knits. I made the Sal Paradise Vest but, in the end, Bob felt like the neckline was too low for his tastes. Because of the unusual construction of the Sal Paradise Vest, top-down from the neck, I couldn’t frog back and fix it without disassembling the whole vest. As a result, I decided to use a different pattern to remake the vest. I used the Matthew’s Vest pattern from the Green Gables Knits book.

Matthew’s Vest in knit in the round from the bottom up and I love the way the cable wraps around the neckline.

Matthew's Vest

I think the new vest turned out really well. The cable was just enough fun to keep all the stockinette from getting too boring. The ribbing at the bottom is a sort of mistake rib and the ribbing on the neck and arm holes is a standard ribbing with a knit bind off, instead of in pattern which helped to pull the edges in since the ribbing was not done on smaller needles.

(What’s On My Pins is a regular feature focused on projects I’m currently knitting. Knitting needles used to be referred to as “pins.”)