VIRGINIA YARN KITS USING OUR BEAUTIFUL HAND-DYED EXCELANA NORTH FINGERING WEIGHT, 100% BRITISH WOOL ARE NOW AVAILABLE TO ORDER. Please note, this kit does not include the Virginia pattern. The pattern is only available by purchasing my new book, Echoes, which you can do by clicking on the link above. Your kit will be sent at the same time as your book.
The Virginia vest was inspired by the novelist Virginia Woolf whose novels have been part of my life since I was a teenager and in turn, Virginia's tragic life became a fascination too. The Virginia vest was inspired by a coat worn by Virginia Woolf in several photographs, made of a dark fabric that has a repeating woven pattern on it in a paler colour. This pattern became the starting point for the all-over colourwork motif featured on the vest. The corrugated rib at the welt, neckband and armbands adds an interesting detail to the design. Virginia is worked in the round from the bottom up, and steeks are added at the armholes and front neck. It comes in two colourways and three body lengths.
Virginia is knitted using Susan Crawford Excelana North, fingering weight a soft, fingering weight 100% British wool, spun for us in nearby Yorkshire and dyed in-house by Susan and her team.
Virginia is shown here in two colour ways.
Colourway One uses shades:
Virginia, Limestone and Damson Wine.
Colourway two uses shades:
Charcoal, Alabaster and Dock Seed.
Samples shown in Colourway One, size 4 / Medium length (on Ruth) and Colourway Two size 6 / Short length (on Susan).
Choose from one of the two colourways shown or alternatively choose the 'custom' option to select a shade of your choice from the beautiful range of colours in Excelana North,
The kit comes in six sizes to fit from 71 - 157 cm (28 - 62 in) chest as follows:
Kit Size One: To fit 71 to 86cm (28-34 in) chest includes 3 X 50g skeins of both Yarns A and B and 1 50g skeins of Yarn C.
Kit Size Two: To fit 92 to 102cm (36-40in) chest includes 3 X 50g skeins of Yarn A and 4 x 50g skeins of Yarn B and 1 50g skeins of Yarn C.
Kit Size Three: To fit 107 to 117cm (42-46in) chest includes 4 X 50g skeins of both Yarns A and B and 2 50g skeins of Yarn C.
Kit Size Four: To fit 122 to 132cm (48-52in) chest includes 4 X 50g skeins of Yarn A and 5 x 50g skeins of Yarn B and 2 x 50g skeins of Yarn C.
Kit Size Five: To fit 137 to 147cm (54-58in) chest includes 5 X 50g skeins of both Yarns A and B and 2 50g skeins of Yarn C.
Kit Size Six: To fit 152 to 157cm (60-62in) chest includes 5 X 50g skeins of Yarn A and 6 x 50g skeins of B and 2 50g skeins of Yarn C.