Floriana vest by Jon Dunn-Ballam – issue 35

Floriana vest by Jon Dunn-Ballam – The Knitter issue 35The huge, exotic bloom which is the focal point of this vest speaks to us of lush gardens and tropical evenings.

Jon Dunn-Ballam is known for his love of colour - he is the man behind the hand-dyed yarn brand Easyknits – and relishes the opportunity to use vibrant shades in his designs.

You can get hold of this pattern by buying a digital version of The Knitter Issue 35.

Sleeveless T-shirt by Bergère de France – issue 34

Sleeveless T-shirt by Bergère de France – The Knitter issue 34This light, fresh airy vest by from Bergère de France is made in soft cotton has an almost crochet-like feel, thanks to the use of an airy eyelet stitch pattern. It’s adorned with knitted leaves, and finished with a delicate crochet border.

You can get hold of this pattern by buying a digital version of The Knitter Issue 34.

Salma vest by Jane Crowfoot – issue 34

Salma vest by Jane Crowfoot – The Knitter issue 34Jane Crowfoot has taken a simple cotton vest and given it a glamorous makeover by adding a richly coloured crochet neckline and straps.

You can get hold of this pattern by buying a digital version of The Knitter Issue 34.

Extra colour and sparkle is provided by the beaded cast-on and beading details on the main flower motifs, plus a bold beaded tassel on the front for a truly tropical feel. An unusual Fair Isle band around the bottom hem completes the design.

Marianne bodice by Amanda Crawford – issue 33

Marianne bodice by Amanda Crawford The Knitter issue 33

Fyberspates Scrumptious yarn has achieved cult status in recent years, and this summer sees the launch of its first official pattern book, The Scrumptious Collection: Volume 1.

To celebrate, Amanda Crawford has created a gorgeous vest top for The Knitter in Scrumptious 4ply Sport, a luxurious yet light mix of silk and merino. The design is worked in the round to the armholes, where it is divided to work the fronts and backs flat. Ribbed bands are picked up around the neckline and armholes.

You can get hold of this pattern by buying a digital version of The Knitter Issue 33.

Grannies Inc catwalk shows – 30 June & 03 July 2011

Grannies Inc circle_detail_vestKnitting has been popping up on a few catwalks recently, including at London Fashion Week, so we were chuffed to learn that bespoke knitwear company Grannies Inc are embracing this ethos with two catwalks this summer devoted primarily to knitted vests!

The events are free to attend and will showcase the top entries of the Grannies inc Design A Vest competition, plus you’ll even get to vote for your favorites and possibly help to launch a knitwear designer’s career!

If you haven’t heard of Grannies Inc, rest assured that they are exactly what you might expect from the company name: a troop of talented grannies producing glorious knitwear.