Saturday, May 9, 2015

Perfect Match - Pendant and Vest

This is one of those happy occurrences when you don't plan something, but it works out perfectly!

I now have a 'matching' tatted pendant and new knitted vest, just by happenstance! 

The Lizbeth thread is one of my favorites,  Tropical Punch, size 20.
Yarn:  Michaels 'Impeccable Yarn' brand, variegated color 'Summerset'

The Unplanned Vest
It all started last month when I saw some variegated yarn  at Michaels that appealed to me.  I planned to knit a scarf, simply as a 'mindless' project to have while watching TV.   I knew it wasn't a 'striping' yarn (which I was looking for) but I liked the colors and wondered how it would knit up.   

As the 'scarf' progressed, I would hold it up in a mirror to see how the colors were evolving, and I kept thinking that the width of the scarf was just right for a left or right vest front, and I started thinking about making a vest instead.  

I didn't want to do any armhole shaping, and didn't see why it wouldn't be possible to make a vest with two rectangular pieces (fronts) and one larger 'square' for the back, keeping it simple.  

There is probably a pattern out there somewhere, but I just 'winged' it, and I was quite delighted that it worked out!  

And I had just enough yarn (2 skeins)!   Even buttoning it was easy!  The button at the waist is one of  those 'no sew' buttons that has a 'tie tack' in back. No buttonholes needed!    I now would like to make several more of these! 

The Pendant  

I wasn't even thinking about a pendant when I picked out the yarn. (Remember, I was making a scarf!)  

Only when the vest was finished did I look over my collection of pendants.   Then I realized I had the perfect one, and it's 'kind of' recent.  

The basic pendant isn't new (see below), but I added the rose a few months ago and I received lots of compliments when I wore it.     

 Interestingly, the pretty rose is made of paper(!) which comes in a packet of roses in the scrapbook/paper section craft stores. i'm sure card makers love them.  They are not self-adhesive, which surprised me, but it's easy enough to glue them down

I've often added flowers to my tatting (even snowflakes), but usually they are made of 'silk' or ribbon.

You may recognize the basic pendant, which I featured in my blog back in September of 2012.

This was my first 'doodad' pendant, thanks to Sue (God's Kid), who not only alerted us to these doodads at Hobby Lobby, but also generously gave us some snowflake patterns to make with them. (see link below).

However, instead of making a snowflake, I did the 1st round of one of Sue's designs, and added chains to the outer round.

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We are finally having warm weather – almost too warm, as it got into the 80s with high humidity the other day.   I tried not to complain (I've waited so long for warm weather!), but I caved in and turned on the A/C!   I hope temps cool down a bit, as we have a lot of yardwork to do to get the lawn and landscaping back in shape!  There is always some damage after winter.   

Hope everyone has a nice Mother's Day in the U.S. tomorrow! 



  1. Ooh, they are a perfect match! The pendant is lovely, are there some beads on it too?

  2. how pretty! love how it turned out! a perfect match indeed, well done!

  3. They look wonderful!!! :)
    And I love your pendant out of that design!!! :)

  4. I just have to say 'Wow!' at how well the yarn and thread match! If you don't tell no-one will now it was happy chance. That rose does look great on the medallion. Lovely, lovely!
    Happy Mother's Day to you, too!

  5. That is a fabulous match! How clever of you to design your own sweater vest. I think I'd have wasted a lot of time looking for a pattern rather than thinking and knitting. Perhaps I will experiment when I have more time!

  6. A very clever match and a lovely colourful vest together they look lovely.
    I could send you some cooler weather we are waiting for it to warm up, it's still chilly had a lot of wind and rain recently.

  7. Hi it is me Carollyn from Carollyns tatting blog and you left a comment On my blog with the advice for the Christmas bell and I was wondering if the foam bell was covered thanks for answering that I did find some solid plastic ones too.
    I love your pendent and vest and great ideas, I love to add things to tatting and always enjoy you posts :)

  8. How perfect! Seems as though it was just meant to be. The colours in the vest (and the pendant) are really pretty. How clever of you to adapt the scarf to a vest.

  9. Hi Kathy, I don't know if you'll see this but is there an email I can reach you at? By the way I love that colour of Lizbeth too and great idea for your vest!

  10. Kathy, you gave me your email before but I can't find it! I need to contact you about sending you the shuttle. I look forward to hearing from you. Please write to me using the "contact Frivole" button on my blog. Thank you!

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  12. Thank you for your lovely comment you left on my blog, I can't find your email address but I am so pleased you left a comment.