La Bien Aimée

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Whether you dress this vest up or down, it's a knockout! Comfortable to wear with generous ease, the chevron lace patterning creates a visual treat when set against the stockinette body.  And La Bien Aimée Merino Singles work up beautifully with its combination of softness and stitch definition and, of course, those amazing colorways!

Designed by yamagara @yamagara and cropped at the waist, Lapis is knit from the bottom up with a provisional cast-on, then worked in the round to the underarm, and then knit flat before being joined at the shoulders. Stitches are picked up from the cast-on to work the hem in short row shaping that accentuates the zig-zag shape of the chevron lace pattern.

According to yamagara, "Lapis in Bahasa Indonesia and Bahasa Melayu (in Indonesian and Malay), means layers. While lapis in Latin means stone, associated with the beautiful blue lapis lazuli stone, in the region around Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia, it is commonly associated with soft and sweet confectionery made in layers." We think the reference to confectionery is spot on--what a treat!

The project is knit on size US 3 (3.25mm) and 4 (3.5mm) needles and also uses a size E-4 (3.5mm) crochet hook for the provisional cast-on and Russian grafting. The pattern is available on Ravelry.

We worked our model on colorways "There Goes My Yarn Diet" and "Loam." 

Finished bust circumference:  47¾ (53¾, 59¾, 66¼, 72¼, 77¾) in / 121.5 (137, 152, 168, 183, 197.5) cm. The suggested ease for Lapis is 13-18 in (33-45.5cm).

You will need 1 skein of Merino Singles for the chevron portion of the vest for all sizes, and 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 4) skeins for the main body and bottom ribbing. 

Fiber: 100% Merino
Weight/Length: 100g, 400 yds (366m)
Gauge Designation: Fingering
Gauge: 28 sts = 4 inches on US 1.5-4 (2.5-3.5mm) needles
Care: Hand wash gently, lay flat to dry.