I designed Coveside with some knitter friends in mind. They knit beautiful socks, shawls, baby garments, etc. but 3 of them have yet to complete an adult garment for themselves. Me, being totally addicted to knitting sweaters, am convinced that they MUST knit themselves a sweater. However, understanding that there may be some fear in committing tons of time, money and yarn on a full sweater, have decided that a vest would be okay too. So here is Coveside- it is a very un-intimidating (is that a word?) knit with enough details to keep one interested. Coveside is knit in one piece up to the armholes, then split for the fronts and back. Stitches are bound off for the shoulders and the neck stitches are placed on holders. Then the neck stitches from the fronts and back are simply all placed on one needle and joined together to form the collar.
The only finishing is sewing up the shoulders (which I did without paying any mind to trying to line up the ribs to keep it simple) and sewing on the buttons.
Osprey is a super quick to knit yarn, for this pattern I worked it on a size 10 1/2 needle and the soft and springy yarn made this project knit up in a flash. A lot faster than is would have taken me to knit socks!
Because Coveside is mostly knit in 1 x 1 rib and Osprey is a plied 100% wool (non superwash) yarn, it allows you extra play when blocking. If your piece looks a bit small, simply wet block and pin the piece with the ribbing open more and let dry. If it looks a bit large, wet block and push the ribs so that the knit stitches are right up against each other and allow to dry. Please note: in my experience acrylic yarn, many alpaca yarns, single ply yarns and superwash wools will not allow as much play in the blocking process as a 100% wool, plied yarn will.
Coveside had buttons at the top that maybe all be buttoned and the collar worn up, or just button one or two and allow the collar to fold over. Coveside may also be knit as a long vest, by simply knitting the piece to a longer length before following the split for fronts and back instructions in the pattern, and, of course, you will need more yarn.
All of the photos were taken by the amazing Carrie Bostick Hoge.
AND, it’s not blue or in Q, but have you seen Cirilia Rose’s new design Aidez, it is perfect!