This month has been very exciting as I have had a pattern published on Knitty.com. Kali is a sleeveless top that is great for spring, summer and autumn.
The inspiration for Kali came from wanting to knit something that was bright and colourful that used a simple slip stitch to create a pattern that looks more complicated than it really is. The pattern reminds me of visiting sweet shops with rows of jars that were filled with brightly coloured sweets that I visited when staying with my grandparents or on holiday. I have always had a sweet tooth and the sherbet filled flying saucers were one of my favourites, along with the pink shrimp or yellow bananas, milk bottles or gummy bears.
The pattern is knitted flat in two pieces. It starts with a corrugated garter stitch rib pattern. The main body of the garment is a slip stitch pattern that is easy to do and the knitting just flies by.
The armholes and neck are finished off by the same corrugated garter stitch rib. There is a cute contrasting stripe in both the ribbing and at the bottom of the vest that adds just a splash more colour.
Kali can be worn as a layering vest over t-shirts, long sleeved tops or shirts in spring or autumn, or on its own as a sleeveless top in summer. The pink and grey sample is knitted in Debbie Bliss 4-ply Rialto which is 100% wool and the yellow and red sample is knitted in Rowan Cotton Glace for a more summery top.
Kali is in the 2014 spring and summer issue of Knitty.com which means the pattern is available for free! Knitty is an online magazine that has great articles as well as interesting patterns. I often use it for their really easy to follow tutorials and I plan to try some of their spinning techniques soon.
I hope you enjoy knitting this cute top!