Kali by Sarah Alderson


by Sarah Alderson
March 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
31 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in slip stitch pattern
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
875 - 1600 yards (800 - 1463 m)
XS to 3XL
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Summer holidays always remind me of visiting sweet shops in the places we visited, having pocket money to spend and the seemingly endless colorful choice of sweets on which to spend it. My favorite sweets were always the ones that contained sherbet, or kali as it is known in Yorkshire. I loved the bright colors of the sherbet in the jars, the licorice sticks or lollipops which I used to dip into the packets or the flying saucers -- rice paper discs with sherbet inside that melted on your tongue and then gave a fizzy hit.

This vest top was inspired by many summer holidays spent in those sweet shops eating sherbet. The bright colors and combinations that it can be made in are endless and the slipstitch pattern reminds me of the flying saucers that I used to love.

This shape of this garment is perfect for a spring/summer top. It can be layered over a t-shirt or longer sleeve top on those cooler days or worn on its own as a vest top. The garter stitch rib adds a pretty detail to all the edges and the splash of a third color makes it zing! It is surprisingly easy to knit as the pattern is formed with slipstitches, which is perfect for knitting on holiday or after eating too many sweets.