I must admit, when this design popped up on my Ravelry designer page (Let's Knit staff add all the designs in each issue to Ravelry) I didn't recognise it. I didn't remember designing this. According to my spreadsheet I even knitted this and I still don't remember it. This is what happens when you're busy. I design and knit things (or one of my lovely knitter knit it for me). Then I send it off to the magazine and forget all about it until one day a magazine hits my door mat or a design pops up on my Ravelry designer page.
Anyway, let me tell you a bit more about Into The Blue. It's a summer vest top perfect for hot summer days. I know Let's Knit is a British magazine and here we don't always get hot summers but maybe you're going on holiday somewhere hot. This vest can also be worn as an all year design. Team it with a jacket or cardigan for autumn/winter wear.
Into The Blue is knitted in Bergere de France Coton Fifty which costs £2.75 per 50g ball. That means, according to Let's Knit, that you can knit this design for £11 (smallest size), £14 (second size) or £16.50 (largest 2 sizes). Isn't that cheap? Coton Fifty is even a very nice yarn. It's a 50/50 cotton/acrylic blend and it's a 4ply.
Into The Blue is knitted in the round to the underarms, then the front and back are worked separately to the shoulders which are joined using a three needle cast off. Stitches are picked up around the neck and armholes and a garter stitch edging will be worked in the round. Just weave in the ends and you're done. No sewing up.
There's an easy lace pattern running up the centre front. The lace pattern is charged and written out.
Get Let's Knit this week and you'll have time to knit this up before the hot weather arrives. Because it's worked in the round, it's a quick knit despite the 4ply yarn and 3.25mm needles.