Loro Vest by Cirilia Rose

Loro Vest

by Cirilia Rose
November 2014
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in moss stitch
US 9 - 5.5 mm
1260 - 1680 yards (1152 - 1536 m)
31 (37, 41)" [78.5 (94, 104)cm]
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Errata available: abramsbooks.com

It can be a fool’s game to try to predict what will be a hit with knitters. So-called wildfire knits can take on a life of their own. This was certainly the case with my Aidez cardigan, a free pattern that has been knit thousands of times. When I try to dissect the appeal, I land on a few key points. The basic construction is blessedly simple, and the neck-hugging shawl collar is universally flattering. Secondly, it was an easy knit. Macro cables were speedy and dramatic when knit with a round, outsized yarn.

It felt wonderful to revisit these elements here with a buoyant hand-dyed merino. I’ve simplified the back, which is now a clean swath of moss stitch, putting all focus on the deeply tactile plaited cables on each front. These dramatic braids are flanked by a simple column of easy lace.