My love affair with colorwork continues. After the two hats I made earlier this year, I was itching to do more! More! When my best friend found out she was having a baby boy, I went searching for something to knit and happened upon this vest pattern, Peanut from Tin Can Knits.
I instantly fell in love.
This vest is knit bottom up, meaning you don’t have to wait long to start the fun colorwork pattern. And it was so much fun! I loved the contrast of the Dory in the midst of the beautiful navy Starboard. Truly, colorwork is one of the most fulfilling knitting skills I’ve acquired. There’s nothing like it!
The colorwork pattern was easy to follow and well explained by Tin Can Knits. I love watching the colors come together. Non-knitters think colorwork is magic. Really, there is no better way to impress family and friends than with this knitting technique.
I found this yarn at Knit Wit in Portland, Maine. I’d never heard of it before so it was lovely finding a made-in-Maine yarn first in Maine. Willet is so soft and squishy (100% cotton!) – perfect for a baby!
The Knit Wit ladies were super nice in helping me find this yarn. That really was one of the best yarn shopping experiences!
Pattern: Peanut by Tin Can Knits
Yarn: Quince & Co. Willet
Colorway: Starboard and Dory
Needles: US5 (3.75 mm)
Made for: baby P
Size Made: 6-12 mo
Time to completion: 3 weeks + time to contemplate edging
This knit up super fast. And it was easy….except for having to pick up stitches for the ribbing edge. I really dislike picking up stitches, except in socks. And I found one thing I disliked about the pattern – picking up four stitches for every five rows. My brain could not make this work. So I just picked up stitches. And it worked!
I sent an email to Tin Can Knits about the back – because it just looked a bit odd to me. It took them some time to get back to me – they were traveling, which I knew thanks to Instagram – but they did and were super helpful.
If you need a gift for a baby boy, I highly recommend this pattern!