The Making Waves Waistcoat was inspired by the yarn! A friend told me about an opportunity to work with an indie dyer back in the spring of this year, and I decided to reach out. I’m so glad that I did! It has been great to create a crochet design specifically for this gorgeous yarn.
What yarn you ask?
Knitcraft and Knittery 100% Sustainable Merino Wool in Lemon Tart 😍 Morgan is the genius behind this lovely color way and so many more! It was sooo tough to choose which color. It was a tie between Lemon Tart, a warm yellow; Missy Z, a dark dusty rose; and Mother Knows Best, a shade of teal. I mean look at that color and the thoughtful note!
Morgan is such a sweet, patient person! This design took me longer than I thought it would, but I wanted to make sure that it was “perfect.” I landed in the world of Pinterest to look for garment inspiration, and then scoured the internet and the books on my shelves for stitch inspiration to finally land on a zig zag texture that just begged to be used with this yarn.
If you’re not familiar with my love for color and texture, check out these other designs:
As with most of my designs, I started with a gauge swatch to see how stitches show up with the yarn. I like to let the yarn tell me what stitches it wants to become, especially for a garment. 🤫 This is also my first project working with 100% merino wool, and I now understand why it’s so loved.
I tried three different textured stitches that I found on Pinterest. I liked the look of the first two but it wasn’t creating a feeling of excitement for me. When I came across a blanket pattern with the zig zags and made a swatch, I knew it was meant to be. Of course I made a change in the zig zags to create a different visual for your eyes to follow than what’s in the swatch above.
Collaboration Benefits the Community
As part of the collaboration with Knitcraft & Knittery, there will be kits that you can pre-order! Wahoo! More yarn for you!
The kits will require 1.5-2 weeks to be dyed by Morgan, which means that the color will be consistent, and she offers a sweater kit discount 😁 If you order a kit of 5 or 6 skeins, you get to save 10% by using code SWEATERQUANTITY10, and 7 or more skeins are eligible to save 15% using code SWEATERQUANTITY15.
Want even more awesomeness?? Of course you do!
Morgan is offering THREE community-funded kits! 🙌 This means that others have made donations to Knitcraft and Knittery, so that crafters experiencing financial hardship can have access to hand dyed yarns. She is graciously offering 1 kit in each sizing group, XS-M, L-2XL and 3XL-5XL, for a total of 3 kits at NO COST to the customer! 🤯 Can you see why I think she’s the best??
Learn about the Community-Funded Kits
Ready for Pattern Details?
- Knitcraft & Knittery DK Weight (100% Sustainable Australian Merino Wool; 100g/ 3.5oz; 233 m/ 254 yds): Lemon Tart in 4, 5, 5, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9 skeins or a total of 400 g, 500g, 500g, 600 g, 700 g, 800g, 800g, 900 g, 900 g; 932 m – 1,864 m/ 1,016 yds -2,286 yds of a comparable DK weight yarn
- Hook US H8 / 5.00 mm
- Yarn Needle
- 4 Stitch Markers
- Measuring Tape
- Toggle Button or Clasp, optional
- 1 pattern repeat (RC twice, 2 dc) = 2”, 7 pattern rows = 4”
- 2 rows of dc = 1”
Ch: Chain, sl st: slip stitch, sc: single crochet, dc: double crochet, dc2tog: double crochet 2 together, fsc: foundation single crochet, CSDC: chainless starting double crochet, LC: left leaning 2 over 2 treble cross, RC: right leaning 2 over 2 treble cross, FO: fasten off, M: marker(s)
SPECIAL STITCHES & TECHNIQUES
- Chainless Starting Double Crochet: pull up a loop to the height of standard dc, twist yarn around hook (YO made), insert hook in first st, YO, pull up a loop, [YO, pull through 2 loops] twice
- LC: left leaning 2 over 2 treble cross – over the next 4 stitches,skip next 2 sts, tr in next 2 sts, working in front of sts just made, tr in each of skipped sts.
- RC: right leaning 2 over 2 treble cross – over the next 4 stitches, skip next 2 sts, tr in next 2 sts, working behind sts just made, tr in each of the skipped sts.
Thank you! I appreciate your generosity!! I’ve been out of work for years due to illness & crochet is my new purpose. A bit different from a Registered Nurse. I was amazed to see that you offer some of your kits for free! I’m absolutely blown away!! I’m pretty sure I was able to get the 3x-5x size and I’m just so flabbergasted that me, that I, even had an opportunity, yet alone actually was able to get one of your kits! Amazing, I can’t express how grateful I am and how much I’m looking forward to creating this waistcoat. You spoke of the colors & the yellow will be make a significant impact on my look, I am a brunette with with yellow/green eyes!! I’m gonna be checking my mail box everyday!! Again, thank you!! I can’t tell you enough, if you ever a pattern tester, I’ve been branching out & helping a few artists. I ‘d love to help anytime!
OMG! I’m so happy that you were able to get a kit. I’m definitely sharing your lovely comment with Morgan, as she is the genius behind the yarn for the kits. I’m always looking for excited, brutally honest pattern testers 🙂 I’m glad that you have found a purpose in crochet. Crochet, fiber arts and other crafts can really help us feel better. I look forward to seeing you looking fabulous in your yellow vest!
So beautiful. I need to find time to do stuff for myself
Thank you Becky! It’s great that you spend time making for others, but it’s important to do some “selfish” crochet too 🙂
This is gorgeous and looks fantastic on you!
Thank you Allyson!
Courtney, I love this waistcoat! It’s beautiful! Someday I’m going to make this for myself!
Thank you Krista! You absolutely should make it for yourself! It looks great in a variety of fibers, and wears so well!
I love the texture. The pattern looks complicated, but it’s actually not.
It’s one of my favorite textures! It is easier than it looks!