Friday, November 11, 2011

What is pink?

"What is pink? A rose is pink by the fountain's brink." So says Christina Rossetti in a poem my mother read us nearly every night from the Big Golden Book of Poetry. We grew up to Robert Louis Stevenson's  "How do you like to go up in a swing, up in the air so blue?" and "The Owl and the Pussycat set out to sea in a pea green boat, with honey and plenty of money wrapped in a five pound note" by Edward Lear. I did not have a happy childhood, but I do have some sweet memories. Snuggled up to my mom reading poetry tops the list.

Sorry for that diversion down memory lane! Now we resume our regular programming.

So I'll ask again: what is pink? Pink is the color of my new vest which I soon hope to offer for sale on Ravelry. The official name: Carnation Pink, named for the Crayola crayon of the same name. I'm sure you know the one. (And it wasn't this one - back in the day, crayons only came with English captions.)

The Carnation Pink is a bulky weight, zippered vest with two interesting cables embedded in stockinette.

The vest only took 1100 yards of Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky to fit me, so this relatively inexpensive project should run you less than $50 or so. Berkshire Bulky costs $4.99 (even without the Webs volume discount) and is a nice 85% wool, 15% alpaca blend that knits up easily. You can use other bulky yarns like Cascade Eco and Eco+ or Knit Picks' new Andes Del Campo. Make sure you get gauge with yarns like Wool of the Andes Bulky or Cascade 128 because they're a little lighter than the Berkshire Bulky.

My plan is to provide some options with this pattern, including both waist shaping for curvier girls like me or straight-sided for more proportional shapes. I designed this to be seamed, but you could knit it in one piece to the armholes and then move on to the upper bodice. You'd only need to seam the shoulder and you could even eliminate all sewing with a three-needle bindoff.

I don't have a release date yet. In fact, I don't even have pictures of me modeling it yet because it's still drying! But I'm going to wear it to tomorrow's Knitting at Large meet-up in Crystal City and hope to get photos then.

Thanks to the legions of kind and intrepid knitters who have urged me on to create my first pattern. It's been fun to envision a sweater and then have it turn out just as I planned. May this be the first of many sweaters that I design!


  1. I'm excitedly waiting for the pattern releasse. Do you need a test knitter?

  2. How very exciting to be releasing your first pattern! You are an inspiration

  3. I'm excited to see your pattern. So pleased that you decided to take the plunge and start designing. You know there's a market for your patterns!

  4. It's beautiful and lovely, like you. I'm looking forward to seeing you wear it. That cable is really nifty.
    Not too articulate tonight. It's bedtime.

  5. Congratulations! It's a lovely pattern -- I'm so happy you took the plunge. You're a continuing inspiration to me and to many others. Woo Hoo!