Late last fall, I started thinking about vests. A lot. I managed to only knit one vest since then, but my mind hasn’t strayed too far. That is why Sarah’s idea about a month of vest knitting was the perfect knitalong for me. I had stashbusting hopes (after that Superbowl Sale last weekend, I have to self-correct) of making several vests this month. Nine days into the month, and things are shaping up pretty well, if I say so myself.
This is the DROPS pattern “Sleeveless Jumper with Belt”, but for some reason that name didn’t really sound too good to me, so I am calling it the Tess Wrap Vest I am using some of the Tess Designer Yarns worsted merino that I bought at the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival in 2007. The light variegation of the brown really works for me – I love the depth.
In place of the ribbed edge, I decided to spice the vest up with some double moss stitch. It looks similar to garter stitch, but with a little bit of variety. I plan to do the same moss stitch when I pick up the stitches around the body and the neckline for the collar.
My fellow knitalonger, K at WestCoastCreative, is also making this vest, and we conferred before the knitalong about modifying the pattern to knit it in the round. I haven’t had any problem changing it up at all – I have done this with other garments (the Printed Silk Cardi was the most notable) and as long as you split the pattern at the armhole bind offs, it goes smoothly.
Yesterday, I reached the armhole bind offs and placed the right and left front panels onto stitch holders while I worked through the decreases on the back portion. Completing that quickly, I moved on to the right front. This is flying off the needles, and I should be able to finish it before the halfway point in the month. That means I can cast on for Vest #2, a birthday gift for my sister…
I am looking forward to the belt… I have something special planned! I hope it works out like I want it to – more details to come!
…and there is still plenty of time to join the Ravelry Vest-uary group! you have a good 3 weeks to knit a vest