My Second Handmade Knitwear

I’ve been knitting for four years now but I’ve only just made my second knitwear. If you look at my Ravelry project page, you’ll notice that I have plenty of small knitted and crocheted projects and only one other cardigan – my February Lady Sweater, which I practically lived in this past winter.

I thought it was high time I made myself another cardigan but this time, it’s for summer. I had bought 20 balls of Moda Vera Linen Mode for $1 each during Spotlight’s end of winter clearance sale last year. I tried knitting a Tonia [pattern] jumper with it but it just felt stiff and I was very worried that I would run out of yarn.
Knitted Tonia Linen Swatch

I finally dug the yarn out of my stash a fortnight ago and began knitting a Shawl Collar Vest [pattern]. I needed to knit this more than you know. I was strung out (I blame PMS) and desperately needed a project that was just for me. “Me” needed a reward, a pat on the back.
Summer Shawl Collar Vest WIP

This pattern was just right for my state of mind. The simple ribbing on each end was soothing and the easy chevron pattern in the middle was just enough to pique my interest.

And then, it all came together with a little seaming- from a flat knitted piece to a wearable, almost circular garment.
Summer Shawl Collar Vest

I came across a small problem though. I used Elizabeth Zimmerman’s sewn bind-off [tutorial] and it made the edge too wide and loose for me. The cotton and linen blend yarn just didn’t bring the bounce back to the edge. However, a button and a crocheted loop made the vest fitted again. I love the way the wooden button floats on the sea of blue.
Summer Shawl Collar Vest

Am I in love? You bet, I am. I can just see myself wearing it on cooler summer nights, when we’re dining outdoors by the bbq or at a beach side cafe or simply strolling by the waterfront on one of our many summer evening walks.
Summer Shawl Collar Vest
Free Pattern: Shawl Collar Vest
Yarn: Moda Vera Linen Mode
Needles: 4.5mm
Mods: None

And it only cost me a measly $7 and most importantly, an affirmation from my darling husband that knitting is so cool!
Summer Shawl Collar Vest

Related Post:
My first knitted cardigan


31 Responses to “My Second Handmade Knitwear”

  1. Tammy says:

    Oh its gorgeous! Great buy on that yarn too!
    .-= Tammy´s last blog ..Twirly skirt – Parisian =-.

  2. stitchpunk says:

    So cute! Well done. I’ve been umming over a very similar crochet pattern but its made with bulky yarn and doesn’t look as nice as this!
    .-= stitchpunk´s last blog ..Tattoos =-.

  3. Steph says:

    It’s gorgeous Salihan! I’m very impressed that this is only your second knitwear project.

  4. This is beautiful!!! I am going to knit one for myself too!!! I need a pat on my back as you do, ha ha ha 🙂
    Thank you for the pattern link 🙂
    .-= Craft Passion´s last blog ..Oct Giveaway Delivery =-.

  5. stitchpunk says:

    Its this one: I think the overall shape is kinda similar but it doesn’t have any drape. may look around and see if I can find a crochet one that’s more like yours.
    .-= stitchpunk´s last blog ..Tattoos =-.

  6. kris says:

    Well done, it looks great on you. Is the linen yarn nice?
    .-= kris´s last blog ..All Hallow’s Eve =-.

    • Salihan says:

      I wouldn’t complain for $1 a ball but the yarn is quite loosely plied and has a tendency to split. On the up side, it’s machine washable and has softened after one wash. 🙂

  7. lexyjane says:

    Ohhhhhhh. It’s just gorgeous. Or is that just the model? I think some more yarn just got mentally added to my BWM order, so I can make one of these!
    .-= lexyjane´s last blog ..Just because it’s Halloween. =-.

  8. Cath says:

    That looks fantasic on you! It looks like it’s one of the circular style ones that fit well.
    .-= Cath´s last blog ..Nostalgia =-.

  9. candis scott says:

    Very cool. I am now motivated to do the feb sweater as I am looking for something to knit just for me!
    Good job.

  10. diana G says:

    Hi Salihan! oooooh i am so green with envy! it’s gorgeous! I have never made something that I could actually wear! I think I am still years away from that… any hoo… I totally love it, you look so cute in it too!
    .-= diana G´s last blog ..Crochet Pumpkin Hat =-.

  11. Teresa Foo says:

    That is an absolutely beautiful cardigan! I’d love to have one but it is so not practical for Singapore’s climate! So I guess I’ll just envy your beautiful creation from this tiny red dot. Great work Salihan! ^_^
    .-= Teresa Foo´s last blog ..Recharged =-.

    • Salihan says:

      Hi Teresa! The vest is actually knit with a cotton/linen yarn and it would be perfect for chilly S’pore malls and theaters. I think you need to learn to knit. 😉

  12. What a neat vest! You did a really great job on it, and now I suddenly want to hurry and go knit! 🙂

    Have a very bright, very cheerful day!
    Miss Eyebright
    .-= Miss Eyebright´s last blog ..The Church in the Wildwood =-.

  13. Windy says:

    That is so precious, just perfect for you. You are so blessed with talent and creativity. Thanks for sharing with us.

  14. Julie says:

    wow, it’s gorgeous!! It looks so great you. I’m going to go check out that pattern right now!
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..Modification Mondays (and my Own FO!): Cotton Candy Boatneck =-.

  15. Lisa says:

    Fantastic job, Salihan 🙂 And it looks so nice on you. That style really suits you. You always do such wonderful work. All of your projects look so professional. You always inspire me 🙂

  16. Sandra says:

    Here’s a pat on your back Han. Fantastic work! Well done!!

  17. Maria says:

    It is gorgeous and so practical as well, as for the price – WOW!!! Could not get anything cheaper that looks anywhere near so beautiful
    .-= Maria´s last blog ..All is right with the world =-.

  18. Tiffany says:

    So adorable! I am inspired to make one of my own now, but seaming (of any kind) scares me as I haven’t yet mastered that skill. Anyways your vest is soo adorable, the wooden button is just a lovely finishing touch.

  19. Tiffany says:

    Thanks for the link! I’ve honestly been reading & avoiding any patterns with seaming. haha. It’s hard to find patterns all done in the round! 🙂

  20. sukigirl says:

    I can’t believe that this is only your second knitwear
    It fits so beautifully on you and your knitting is so well done.
    Your a great inspiration Salihan!
    .-= sukigirl´s last blog ..We interrupt this program for a short announcement =-.

  21. Oiyi says:

    It’s beautiful!

  22. Michelle says:

    This is gorgeous Salihan! It is perfect.

  23. Brooke says:

    This is beautiful! It makes me want one! If only I can finish all my knitted items for others…
    .-= Brooke´s last blog ..First Snow =-.

  24. jessa says:

    if u dont mind could you please email the directions a to how to do this to me at: except a little bit bigger

  25. Sue Pointon says:

    Many thanks for this awesome article. I’ve read id only a few months now and they’re always very informative. Thanks!

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