For years I have been admiring Carol James' sprang shirts but was intimidated by the hassle of attaching sleeves and a collar. But last summer, when I had the opportunity to demonstrate sprang at the Minnesota State Fair with the Duluth Fiber Guild, I knew I needed to wear something made of sprang. Hats and scarves were too warm for summer wear, so I opted for a simplified vest based on Carol's shirts.
Pattern and Yarn
The pattern is a grid of diamonds formed by changing the direction of stitch slant from Z to S (check out the S&Z Gallery for more designs in this technique). I developed this motif for Carol James' 2023 SprangAlong. It's one of my favorite designs because it adds a patterned texture with a simple repeat. The motif repeats every 10 stitches, and each colored stripe in the vest is the same width of 10 loops.
The yarn is a discontinued Lion Brand Micro Spun sport weight that I received in a yarn exchange with a friend (we each had yarn that we couldn't use that the other wanted, so we sent our "rejects" halfway across the country and are both enjoying the addition to our stashes). It's an extremely soft microfiber yarn with six loosely plied strands; not at all the tightly-spun yarn that is often recommended for sprang but it works very well to create a soft interlinked cloth.
I am a sprang designer, creating new patterns in this ancient textile art form.