Almost 5 years ago I published Layla, a layering-style cardi/vest knit seamlessly and using worsted-weight yarn. It featured 2-color, 1-row stripes, created by working a particular technique where you work 2 right-side rows followed by working 2 wrong-side rows. Below are just a few examples of finished Layla’s from my original test knitters in 2018 (you can view more photos on the Ravelry project page).
Over the years, some creative knitters had adapted the pattern and instead of working the 1-row stripes, the used self-striping yarn. I wrote about an example of this last year in this blog post. I received so many requests since then to provide instructions on how to adapt the pattern for self-striping yarn instead of working the 1-row stripe technique. So when I decided to update the pattern recently to include more size options, I also decided to include instruction on how to make this alternative, self-striping version! Thank you to Lonneke who had originally inspired the self-striping version!!
And I knit my own self-striping version as well using Blue Sky Fiber’s Woolstok Worsted (for the main color; color Wild Thyme) and Noro Akari (for the self-striping; color #05 Hamura).
As part of the update I also created a new “Layla Tips” page. Most of my patterns have a dedicated “tips” page where I provide tutorials and tips to help make your knitting experience as enjoyable as possible, and now Layla has one too! On the Layla tips page I include tips on picking a size, yarn options, how to work the 1-row stripes technique, and so much more. You can preview this page here.
Ready to make your own Layla? Click here for my pattern information page!