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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Mithril At Last!

A Elbereth Gilthoniel,
silivren penna miriel
o menel aglar elenath…

'O Elbereth Star-kindler,
Glittering white light slants down, sparkling like jewels
From the glorious firmament of the star-host…


Fellowship of the Ring Series
a lace vest from the needles of Susan Pandorf

Pattern is intended to be oversized for Medium through 2X, with a finished bust measurement of [42, 46, 50, 54, 58] inches. If you wish a smaller vest, I suggest you go down a needle size.

Materials: 700 yds fingering weight yarn
1000 size 8 seed beads
size 3 (US) 40 inch circular needle
9 markers

Gauge: 4 st = 1 inch (blocked out) in repeating side panel pattern
Advanced lace knitting
Charted Pattern

Vest is knit in one piece with shoulders seamed at finish. A beaded front angles down to a long pointed back. Sizing is accomplished through the repeated stitches to the side of the lace panels. This pattern has 12 charts and uses short rows for shaping.

While not for the faint of heart, this vest is an heirloom quality piece, sure to be noticed wherever you wear it.

It is also a lot of fun to knit.


Unknown said...

Dear Susan,
It's really gorgeous. I was waiting for this pattern.
Have a nice Sunday.

Kind Regards


craftycrafter said...

All I can say is OH MY GOODNESS! That is just stunning. I love it!

Princesse Grenat said...

Hi Susan,
I'd like to knit this vest for a size XS/S and use a mohair and silk yarn (25g for 125 meters) to be knit with 3 US needles. Do you think this will be Ok and if I need to take 3mm needles or less to fit the size ?


Kind regards

jossroll said...

Hello Susan,
Is there an errata on chart 3 and 4? Is there a missing SSK first two stitches row 57 (Chart 3) and 2Tog last two stitches row 57 (Chart 4) I had one stitch over!

jossroll said...

Hello Susan,
Do you have the blocking measurements for the vest? How long for underarm, length for the middle back, for the front, the only measurements we have is for the bust.
Thanks again.

Sandy M said...

Is there an errata for row 57?

Merrydew said...

I found your site looking for something to knit for my coming trip to New Zealand in November for the opening of The Hobbit... I just hope my beginner lace skills can meet the beauty of your pattern! If I can get the vest finished I will be wearing it to the opening and yes, I will post pictures on MyMiddle-Earth.net

Thank you for such a beautiful pattern and I hope you are feeling much better.

Unknown said...

Hi Susan! I received this pattern for my birthday and I'm really excited about knitting it. I only see one yardage amount mentioned, but many sizes... How do I calculate how much I'll need for the larger size?



Susan Pandorf said...

700 yds was enough for all my testers - I only used about half of my last ball.

DebraEmanon said...

Absolutely beautiful. Can't wait to give it a try.

Corina said...

Wow, it's gorgeous!!

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