Knitter’s Spotlight: Avi by Eileen Vito
Eileen Vito’s first knitting project went to the dogs. I mean that literally, of course. She knit sweaters for her two dogs. Unfortunately, both dogs gained weight and the sweaters got too tight. Eileen says she’s pretty sure this is just a coincidence and not a reflection of their feelings about her knitting! Either way, she was hooked on her new hobby. As she puts it, “Once I started, there was no looking back.”
Ten years later, Eileen has moved on to sweaters (and other items) for humans – many of her own design. That includes the beautiful knitted cardigan, Avi, which she made for her grandniece.
Avi is an open-front sweater knit in our Vintage DK yarn. The design features a double rolled hem along the bottom and a knot stitch pattern for a textured yoke. You can read more about Avi, and Eileen’s other designs, below.
How did you come up with this design?
My grand-niece is quite a girly girl and always on the go. When Vintage DK appeared on the scene – with its lovely hand, easy care & beautiful heathery colors – I knew it would be a perfect yarn for this springtime sweater.
Do you have a favorite project?
Like my children, I try to love all my designs equally – but I’ll admit, my current favorite is one I’m developing now for our first grandchild, due to arrive this summer.
What’s your biggest knitting disaster?
I have knit several sweaters for my husband, but we have both agreed not to mention the lovely gray alpaca cardigan that now drapes gracefully down to his knees and can only be worn when the thermometer dips below zero.
What do you like most about knitting?
Knitting has truly become a passion for me, but what I most treasure are the wonderful people I have met that I share this passion with.