Original Pattern: #07 Fair Isle Hat
Knitter Extraordinaire: Nataly (Ravelry ID)
Mods: Using the fair isle hat as a starting point, Nataly created a colourwork vest with the same details as the hat. Additional photos can be found on her project page, here.
What Makes This Awesome: How incredible is it to take a far isle design and transform it into a vest like this? I love that Nataly kept the striped corrugated ribbing from the hat and used it again for the hem and trim on this vest, especially in the proportions- smaller around the armholes and neckline, longer and more dramatic at the hem. The colours she chose are fun and bright, and show off the wonderful combinations of fair isle stripes through the body. It can be daunting to try a colourwork modification like this, but if you wanted to try it on a smaller scale, you could do just the hem and the first four inches of the bottom in a fair isle design and knit the rest solid. Or possibly just add the design over the bust? Or pick only three of the fair isle stripes, and intersperse each with sections of a solid colour? When you find a colourwork chart you love, think of the wonderful possibilities it could hold. Just like Nataly’s beautiful vest.