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Knitting the first big garment – one giant step or easy peasy?

You’ve knitted the wrist warmers and the hats and everyone and their uncle got a hand knitted scarf for Christmas. Now what? Are you ready for the big step into garment making? Fear not. It does not have to be that scary! Kari-Helene loves squares and rectangles, easy shapes that when combined creates simple, yet stunning and useful garments.

Can you knit? Can you purl? Cast on and cast off? Yes? Than you can knit Iago Waistcoat!


Still not convinced? We’ve asked a couple of our customers to share their experience of knitting Iago with us!

Aitzie was convinced to come to one of our workshops when she accidentally bought the waistcoat as a kit instead of a finished garment. Tracy talked her into giving it a go knitting it for herself and here she is modelling that finished first garment!

She arrived at the workshop having made a start herself and with some guidance from Kari-Helene made fantastic progress during the day. She completed the project at home and sent us these fabulous photos of her wearing it. Aitzie says that upon completing Iago she felt empowered and had the confidence to start other big projects.

Aitzie returned to our July workshop where she continued her knitting career making the Allegro Shawl. We are most impressed with how fast Aitzie is learning and the stunning garments she is making!

Iago Waistcoat by Purl Alpaca Designs - knitted by Aitzie Olaechea
Aitzie looking fabulous in her first EVER knitted garment!

Iago Waistcoat by Purl Alpaca Designs - knitted by Aitzie Olaechea
Aitzie feeding the alpacas whilst wearing their and her proud product!

Caroline Saunders met us at the Festival of Quilts and knitted Iago in no time at all! Iago wasn’t Caroline’s first ever garment, but after a break from knitting she found it a fabulous way of getting back into the swing of it. Here is what Caroline had to say about making Iago:

“I absolutely loved knitting Iago. It’s been a long time since I knitted anything for myself with three small kids in the house, and it’s such a quick and easy project to complete (brilliantly designed – two rectangles?!! How is that possible!!) it has really given me back my knitting mojo. I’ve had some great comments about it already, the best being from my husband who said it looks like something Katie Morag’s cool auntie would wear! I’ll take that as a compliment (Katie Morag is a Scottish children’s storybook character who is always kitted out in the finest handknits!).”

Iago Waistcoat by Purl Alpaca Designs - knitted by Caroline Saunders
Caroline has made a wonderful version of the Iago Waistcoat
Iago Waistcoat by Purl Alpaca Designs - knitted by Caroline Saunders
Caroline’s Iago Waistcoat from the back

Want to make your own Iago? You can get the kit from our website here. There is free delivery to mainland UK and you can choose between 10 gorgeous natural colours.
Already have some yarn you would like to knit this waistcoat with? No worries, you can download the pattern from our website or from Ravelry.

Let us know how you get on knitting Iago. We love hearing from you and seeing your photos!

Love, Tracy & Kari-Helene xxx

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