We love seeing how designers combine Berroco yarns into projects, and the Veronica Vest from knit.wear Spring/Summer 2016 is simply stunning! Designer Joann Rogers combined Berroco Marmot® and Berroco Flicker® to create a one-of-a-kind pullover that perfectly merges form and function with just a hint of glitz. I asked Joann to talk about her design—read on for more!
From Joann: Last summer, I was thinking about making something fun that I could wear during the fall and winter. Not exactly a vest, not exactly a poncho, but a unique piece that could elevate my normal everyday uniform of jeans and booties and possibly be worn by itself for evening. I wanted a wide neckline that can be worn on or off the shoulder, a shorter length that lent itself to layering so bottom layers can peek out, and just enough arm coverage so I could wear it alone if I wanted to. My sketches kept bringing me back to uniquely shaped vest-like pullover.
These ideas were all in place when I read knit.wear’s spring 2016 call for designs asking for projects that used fur as an accent, a main yarn, or a carryalong. I like faux fur and though I hadn’t yet knit or designed with fur, I had recently purchased a ball of Berroco Marmot in Opal because, truly, once I picked it up I couldn’t put it down! I loved the feel of it and the color and the look and knew I would work with it someday. I felt it would make for a fabulous collar and could be used perhaps as an accent elsewhere in the design. For the body of the pullover I hoped to use Flicker. I had just finished working on another design in the colorway Violette. Flicker is a very soft baby alpaca chainette that has a bit of subtle sparkle and is so pleasing to work with. The Flicker Rothbart colorway was perfect with the Marmot Opal so I was all set.
After swatching a few different stitch ideas I decided that a simple stocking stitch body accented by a twisted rib detail on the body and at the hem would really let the Flicker shine. The vest’s front and back are knitted separately and then seamed to the bottom of the armhole openings and from the top of the armhole openings to the neckline. Increases to shape the front and back are worked on either side of the twisted stitch panel. Stitches for the collar and the edging at the armholes are picked up and knit in the round in the Marmot. The knitting is rather simple yet the result looks polished and luxurious.
I plan to wear Veronica on cooler days layered over a white collared shirt, jeans and booties. I also know it will work over a camisole with black wide legged pants, chunky bracelets, and high heels for evening. And, now that I have seen how it was styled in knit.wear, I am going to have to get a blush colored pleated midi skirt!!!
Ever since I first saw the Veronica Vest in the magazine, I’ve been daydreaming of knitting my own! I love that this piece is so unique and so versatile. I think it will look great with jeans—black skinny jeans for an evening out, basic blue jeans for a weekend excursion. I haven’t yet knit with Marmot, but as Joann says, this is a great faux-fur yarn that feels so soft in the ball! I plan to knit this with Berroco Marmot in the Opal color that Joann used in the original, along with some Berroco Voyage that I have in my stash. Since it’s knit on larger needles, I imagine this won’t take me very long when I finally have some time to knit it. Voyage is another alpaca and synthetic fiber yarn, worked in a chainette construction, so the result should be as lightweight and figure-flattering as the original.
How would you wear the Veronica Vest? And which colors of Berroco Flicker and Berroco Marmot would you use? Share your thoughts below!