Last week I announced the Olga’s Vest pattern as the next Knit Along (KAL).  We are going to get started on this KAL this Saturday, May 10th, 2014.  The KAL will end on Sunday, June 15th, 2014.  This should give us a little over a month to work on this versatile pattern so that we can wear it this summer.

The Olga’s Vest KAL will take place in the Grace Akhrem Ravelry group, where we can post questions, comments, pictures and more.  There will be three prize winners for this KAL.  The first place winner will receive a signed copy of Natural Nursery Knits by Erika Knight and a Knit for Baby kit that includes two skeins of Erika Knight British Blue Wool (one skein in Milk and one skein in Pretty) as well as three pattern PDFs of the winners choice from the Grace Akhrem Ravelry store.  Second and third place winners will receive three pattern PDFs of the winners choice from the Grace Akhrem Raverly store.

In order to to be eligible to win one of the prizes you must be a KAL participant who has posted a finished photo of your Olga’s Vest.  You must have started on or after the KAL start date and finish before or on the KAL end date.  You must post a picture of your finished Olga’s Vest on or before the KAL end date in the Ravelry group.  The more active you are in the KAL the higher your chances are for winning.

Sharing your work in progress photos in encouraged.  You can share them in the Ravelry group in the KAL thread, but you can also share them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.  Make sure to use the #OLGASVESTKAL  The more you post and share and the more of an active KAL participant you are the higher your chances are for winning.

On another side note, Mother’s Day is coming up.  If you aren’t a VIP yet and didn’t get the newsletter don’t fret, I’ll share the savings with you here! Save $2.00 when you purchase the Buttoned Lace Cowl and the Belle Gloves pattern.  Both of these are super duper quick knits you’ll be able to finish before Mother’s Day.  Make sure you use the Ravelry coupon code: MothersDay14  — sale ends Thursday, May 8th, 2014.


The people have spoken :-P   After two weeks of collecting votes Olga’s Vest won by a landslide.  Olga’s Vest won with over 45% of the votes, so guess what – that’s what were going to knit in the next KAL.

A little bit about this pattern-  Olga’s Vest is knit with a side-to-side construction.  The cowl is created using short rows and this pattern is very easily modified.  Once finished this piece can be worn about 15 ways and counting.  How is this pattern so versatile?  Well, the uniquely designed stitch pattern paired with the amount of buttons basically gives this garment thousands of buttonholes throughout the whole piece allowing for endless combinations of button placements.

Here are a few of my favorite ways to wear the Olga’s Vest:

I know I said that we would start the KAL this coming weekend, but I would like to get started on Saturday, May 10th 2014.  This should give everyone enough time to get the pattern, get their yarn and check gauge.  There will be a prize for the winner.  I have yet to decide what it is going to be, but it will be good (it’s always good).

The KAL for the Olga’s Vest will take place in the Ravelry Group, there we can post pictures, questions, comments and more.  A lot of the technique questions can be answered in the KAL I hosted on the blog two years ago, here is the link.

Wondering how you can be one of the prize winners? Well all you have to do is be an active KAL participant.  Make sure you post frequently, and in many places, like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and of course Ravelry.  The more you post, the higher your chances are for winning.  In order to win you must also post pictures of your finished piece in the Ravelry Group on or before the KAL end date.  The KAL end date is Sunday, June 15th 2014, this will give us a little over a month to finish the vest, but don’t worry– it will go by quickly.

I hope you’ll join the KAL! See you in the Ravelry group!