A few months ago, I bought a skein of linen/silk from a local dyer as I fell in love with the color - denim, which is one of may favorite colors. The yarn felt so soft & as there was only 600+ yards in the skein, I knew that I had to knit a vest.
Unfortunately, I can't find a nice vest pattern & decided to design my own. I knew that a lace pattern will be nice & started swatching. This was the beginning of a nightmare ! I have never knitted with linen & never realised the flexibility of this fibre - everything I measure the gauge, the size varies. I tried & I tried & I even cast on & knitted from the bottom up, in the round. I had to rip it off after a few inches as it stretches a lot. Again, I re-cast on with less stitches & again it stretches. I gave up as it was driving me crazy !
But I kept going back to the ball of yarn & refuse to admit defeat & try again. This time it looks better as I have reduced the number of stitches drastically. I have never knitted any garment for myself with so little stitches. During the whole process, it was still a nightmare trying to measure the vest to my size but I just kept knitting ......
I managed to finish & this is my Denim Linen Vest ..... I am not 100% happy with the size & feels that it is a little short but I swear I measured it & the length was alright. I fits the body well, in fact it's quite loose.
I love the stitch pattern which I found from in a book by Louisa Harding. It's a eyelet & lace pattern & easy to remember.
I still love the color & the feel of the yarn & it's so comfortable to wear.
I also learn a new cast off technique - a picot edge cast off. It's really pretty & I think it complements the stitch pattern.
Overall, the vest did turned out well & it does fit me. But I don't think I will be knitting with linen again!