Accessorieshats, mitts, bags, etc…are my favorite things to knit. They’re usually quick and don’t have to fit to a T to be successful. And I feel more free to use colors that I might not want to plug into an entire sweaterright now I want everything (little) to be orange.
To my list of accessory things to knit, I’ve added vests. I confess that I’ve been wearing a sleeveless polar fleece thing under my coat, but now that I have a little more time, I plan to make myself a knitted version to live in.
The Tryst vest is worked in piecesback and two frontsthat begin with bands of reverse stockinette stitch to mimic the picked-up armhole and front and neckline bands. The grooved bands add interest, as does the marl-y nature of the yarn.
Tryst 100% cashmere
Tryst is a 6-ply yarn that knits up to 31⁄2 stitches per inch on a size 9 needle. Each strand is a different color, in this case they’re nature’s subtle shades of gray, black, and brown. The six strands are plied together in candy cane fashion to make what is called a marl or mouline yarn. It’s a multi-color yarn, but the texture is smooth and the hand is supersoftafter all, it’s cashmere.
Learn more about cashmere.
Where to buy Tryst.
Picking up bands isn’t always a straightforward process. A pattern, like this one, may tell you to pick up and knit so many stitches along an edge, but depending on your gaugewhich may not be the same as the original knittersyou may end up with too many stitches and a stretched and wavy edge, or too few and an edge that puckers.
Learn more about how to pick stitches up evenly along an edge.