Dana’s Edit: Vested Interests

March 11, 2020
Dana Williams-Johnson is always on the lookout for your next great sweater. And we have some fantastic sweater yarns in the MDK Shop.

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  • Your mom definitely is the cutest!

  • Thanks for another great column Dana. I love vests and I wanted to make a suggestion. I have almost finished Marte, by Julie Hoover. The cables knit with only a chart were a challenge, but I learned. And that is part of the fun—always something new to learn. Sorry that I can’t post a picture—something else I need to learn.

  • I love this column. I never tire of being introduced to excellent patterns in this “curated” way.

  • Great column, and Mom is a wonderful model! Cute vests.

  • Which to choose, which to choose? All of them, especially with mom showing the way! But Massaman is so cool, detachable cowl. Harley has me, however, even though I’ve already got a badass vest almost done, my Arya Stark themed Open Road by Amy Gunderson.

  • I love your columns! Thank you for sharing! And yes, your mom is super cute!!!!! Love all of these choices!!!

  • So good—you’ve got me completely rethinking the concept of a vest.

    And your mom! She IS the best!

  • I too love your column and have made a couple of your suggestions with more to come. I love the detachable cowl sweater with the great stitch pattern it’s so interesting and perfect for spring and early fall!

  • I was so excited to see your post. Vests are my favourite wardrobe item, so versatile and a great piece to travel with.

  • Love the patterns! I’ve never knitted a sweater, so a vest might be a great option.

  • Dana, I always like reading about your knitting suggestions. You have a great eye. The best part is seeing your Mom today! Thank you!

  • I should have known this article was yours! I’ve been following you forever and love all the patterns you chose, even the Brioche one I’ll never be able to do!❤️!

  • Just what I have been looking for! I love vests, I love Jellybean, and I love Dana’s blog!
    Thanks.

  • Dana, I am one who cannot feel comfortable in a sweater. But i just love a vest. Thank you for these links!

  • You are such an inspiration! I love these vest ideas!

  • Love and look forward to your column and enjoy seeing your models who add a better picture of how garments might look.

  • Yes, your mum is beautiful, you have the same cute smile as her. Thanks for sharing, as always.

  • I want to knit all of these vests!

  • It’s easy to see where you got your smile, Dana! Your mama is SO cute! I have a question. What is the Broken Rib Stitch? I looked it up and got several choices.
    1.) R1: K all stitches
    R2: K1 P1 to end (which I just learned as the Sand Stitch (Thank you, Main Squeeze Cardigan!).
    2.) R1: K1 P2 to end
    R2: K1 P2 to end
    Thanks for your help! Love to Jellybean!

  • Living in Texas means vests are best!! And I agree w/everyone — your Momma is a gorgeous Momma!!

  • Love you… but not more than your Mom,,,:)))))). xo

  • Your mom is so adorable! As are your vest picks. I’ve had this one in my queue for awhile too: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/uraue

  • Love your choices, especially Harley. And congratulations on the Washingtonian piece on you. I had to double check when I saw it to be sure it was you. 🙂

  • Another fabulous edit from Dana. I’m itching to cast Massaman on – just live the detachable cowl. Thanks Dana

  • Thanks Dana for another great collection!

  • A home run Dana! Transitional pieces are what I need in my wardrobe. Beautiful variety in style as well as yarn weight. Mom is so cute! Keep on knitting!

  • LOVE the pic of your mom!

  • I just started this vest by Elizabeth Smith https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/nordic-trail
    I figure it’s a nice classic and since it’s knit in bulky weight it should be fast to finish. I’m hoping that by the time I’m done I’ll have figured out what cardigan I want to knit.

    Your mom is the cutest and I love that you share a smile.

  • You have great taste, Dana. I have purchased the Massaman pattern and added the Harley to my wish list.

  • Now, it would have made my day to see Jellybeanie in your darling mom’s arms!

    Next time? Please?

  • Very cute! I like your mom’s big gold hoops and her big smile!
    I have had vests on the brain and am knitting my first one! well, actually my second- I started a vest for my mother may years ago that I never finished!
    But lately I’ve been getting dressed and thinking, I could use a vest. it’s a real hole in my wardrobe. Of course then I started knitting an eye searingly bright patterned vest that will match nothing and have limited wear. Next I will have to knit a nice solid colored versatile vest like the ones on this page. I like the open fronts, and Massaman- that’s my favorite Thai curry, it might as well become my favorite new knitted vest!