YouKnits lace example vest by Susann Hajjar

YouKnits lace example vest

April 2011
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

This is an example pattern for YouKnits.
I haven’t tested it yet, it’s just meant as an inspiration for you!

If you have questions or suggestions or want to share your project, please come to the group unikatissima.
You’re very welcome! :)

As for a discount on the prices, please see discount further down this page.

» about YouKnits

Design your own lace by simply combining YouKnits to your personal and probably unique lace pattern.

All individual Youknits will always match both horizontally and vertically (although I must admit that some look better near each other than others ;-)).
Mostly the patterns will flow into each other and you won’t be able to tell where one YouKnit ends and the other starts afterwards :)

You can find the basic set and the how-to here at ravelry and the patterns by searching for YouKnits or looking at my ravelry designs page or ravelry store, see also how to use YouKnits further down this page.

» about the pictures

From top to bottom:

  • a picture of this pattern made with YouKnits from the basic set only (i.e. all YouKnits are for free),
  • pictures of back and front of my YouKnits vest - the first vest I ever knitted ;-),
  • three pictures of this pattern made with different YouKnits (i.e. some YouKnits must be purchased),
  • a picture of the YouKnits pattern composition for you to use, e.g. in the YouKnits designer (read more about further down).

All pictures were made with the YouKnits designer, see also WYSIWYK - YouKnits designer further down this page.

Note: about the YouKnits distribution charts:
003c #00 means YouKnit 003 found in set #00 in YouKnits designer.
A set in YouKnits designer is one of the slides on the right side.

» about the patterns

The PDF files you can download here are made with the YouKnits designer, see also WYSIWYK - YouKnits designer further down this page.

Note: of the YouKnits used for the patterns some may be for sale!

» about this pattern

I made extra PDFs for back and front, because I got a very unconvenient pagination when I put everything in.
This way it is more clearly arranged.

This pattern is my variation of YouKnits lace example sweater 4.

» try before you buy

To see whether you like/understand my patterns you can download the basic set for free, containing 8 more square YouKnits and all triangle YouKnits.
That’s why this example also includes patterns that are made solely with the basic set.

If you have still problems or questions afterwards, see point questions about (using) the YouKnits further down on this page.

» discount

Although you can knit beautiful items with only the use of free patterns of the basic set, it is possible that you want to purchase YouKnits, too.

Therefore here how the discount should work:
If you have a certain number of YouKnits in your cart, the total of the cart should be reduced as follows:

  • 5 or more Youknits should reduce the total of the YouKnits in the cart by 30%,
  • 20 or more Youknits should reduce the total of the YouKnits in the cart by 40%,
  • 50 or more Youknits should reduce the total of the YouKnits in the cart by 50%.

This is all very new to me and if you have problems with the discount, please send me a personal message, so that we can find out what happened.

Read also about try before you buy in the previous paragraph.

» how to use YouKnits

I offer two instructional files for free:

  • the how-to, where I tried to describe in full detail how to knit patterns of combined YouKnits and
  • eine deutsche Kurzanleitung (a short German how-to).

Before starting your first personal YouKnits design I suggest strongly that you read the how-to until the end, that will (hopefully!) make a lot of things clear :)

Additionally you may also want to download the basic set, which is free, too, because it contains 8 more square YouKnits and all triangle YouKnits, that you would need e.g. when knitting a triangle shawl.

You can find the other YouKnits patterns by searching for YouKnits or looking at my ravelry designs page or ravelry store.

» WYSIWYK - YouKnits designer
(what you see is what you knit ;-))

Because I find it very difficult to imagine how a repeated/combined pattern will look from charts or text instructions, a friend made us the YouKnits designer that you can reach via

Note: I purchased the domain just now, in the PDF files I still give the address of my website (

Both addresses are valid, but I find easier to memorize ;-)

The use of the YouKnits designer is free, it will provide you with a PDF file containing

  • a picture of your design,
  • a YouKnits distribution chart of your design and
  • a list of the individual YouKnits that you’ve used in your personal design with links to where you can get them and their price.

Note: As for the price information: I’ve implemented a discount scheme to reduce the total, see point discount further up on this page.

» knit the pattern

Although you can directly start to knit the pattern, I suggest that you knit swatches before and calculate whether you like the size that you would get ;-)

Perhaps it would be nicer if you design your own personal patterns, possibly with the help of the YouKnits designer.

In fact, these patterns are just meant as inspiration for you and I haven’t tested them yet.
Be creative! :)

» what (else) to knit

The swatches that I knitted for the YouKnits designer were very nearly square, so I browsed the internet for patterns made from squares and devised others myself and that’s what I came up with:





“Where to start? Where to start?” ;-))
Well, I started with the YouKnits vest and am now knitting the YouKnits scarf as a gift.

» questions about (using) the YouKnits

If you have problems or questions, please look at the group unikatissima here at ravelry:

  • either someone else had the same question before, than you will be answered immediately,
  • or ask your question there, because someone else may have the same problem in the future.

But of course you can also send me a personal message :)

» terms of use

By using my patterns you agree to my terms of use which you can find on my website and in my PDF files (although not in the PDF files provided by the YouKnits designer!).

Hinweis für Deutsche: Für Dich gilt auch: Du stimmst meinen Nutzungsbedingungen zu, wenn Du meine Muster nutzt. Ich habe sie auf meiner Webseite auch auf deutsch hinterlegt.

» errata

Well, everything is still brand-new, so there are no errata’s yet (March 31, 2011), but although I triple checked everything, I may (possibly! ;-)) have made mistakes.

  • If you find an error, please check the errata page of the group unikatissima here at ravelry.
  • If you are the first to have found it, please be so kind as to send me a personal message.

And now I hope that you enjoy designing and knitting with YouKnits :)