I am so excited for my first design in NORO Magazine:
It is #6 Waterfall Vest:
NORO Magazine 2014, photo by Rose Callahan
The sample is the small/medium with the pattern written for a large/x-large size as well. It is worked in one long rectangle from from cuff to cuff with absolutely no finishing required -- when it is off your needles, you are wearing it! You start on one front, work even to the first armhole, bind off the armhole stitches and immediately cast them back on the next row. Work even again until the second armhole, repeat binding off and casting back on for the second armhole and then work even for the second front until casting off.
The yarn is Noro Taiyo Sport #10, which kept me pleasantly entertained with all of the colors. With only 4 skeins, this is the perfect layering piece that can easily work for 3 of the 4 seasons.
The pattern stitch can be a bit tricky at first but once you get it, you will be amazed how fast this fabric grows. A fellow knitter asked about Row 2 of the pattern stitch. When I worked the sample, I did have a tiny trick to make it easier. If it helps you as well, I pass it along:
To make Row 2 easier, I moved each stitch (without knitting) from the left needle to right needle, dropping the yarn overs. So now there are 6 elongated stitches. Move the longer stitches back to the left needle. Now work the sts with the cable needle: slip first 3 longer sts to the cable needle and hold in back, k3 longer sts from the left needle, k3 longer sts from cable needle.
Or this is what I did to avoid the cable needle altogether when the 6 longer sts are back on the left needle, which is cabling without a cable needle just with longer sts:
Stitch 1 is closest to the left needle tip. With the right needle tip from the front, slip sts 4-6 onto the right needle tip and pull off the left needle, letting sts 1-3 hang out in the wind on their own for a second. :) Then slip sts 1-3 on the left needle and pull sts 4-6 to the front of the left needle tip so the order is now reading them right to left 4,5,6,3,2,1. Then knit all 6 sts in the new order. Hope this helps!
Another thing I wanted to mention is regarding styling. There is another way to wear it (this is seconds before mailing it to SOHO):
I love the long vertical lines when wearing it with the fronts folded and it can be belted or left open.