I came across a stitch pattern recently that reminded me of the tracks those skiers leave behind. It is aptly called Slalom Stitch. I started thinking about how I could incorporate it into something I could wear in the mountains and around town in Omaha as the weather cools. I swatched the stitch is a couple different fibers but loved the way it looked in Brown Sheep's Burly Spun the best. I decided to try a vest.
This was one of those projects for me that just flowed so easily from stitch idea to design to finished object (I love when that happens!). The gauge of 10 sts to 4" makes it a very fast knit and it has just enough going on from row to row to keep the knitting interesting. I call the pattern Timber Run.
I love Colorado. There is just something about the mountains that lifts my spirits and helps me find that peaceful place inside that often gets buried in the day to day stuff. I enjoy a little hiking and biking but mostly for me it is the quiet, the fresh air, and the gorgeous scenery that refreshes me like nothing else. I am not a skier anymore, but I love drinking hot chocolate and watching the skiers swish down the slopes.
The vest is knit back in forth in rows from the bottom up to the armholes. The work is then split and fronts and back are finished separately. Slalom stitch panels run down the asymmetrical front and the back. Stitches are picked up to work the collar and the ribbing around the armholes. Easy peasy. More pattern details are available here.
I hope to be back in Colorado soon, wearing my vest, sipping hot cocoa (maybe with a touch of peppermint schnapps) and reveling in my happy place.