Thursday, November 10, 2005

it's a WRAP!

TWO WEEKS EXACTLY! that's right. two weeks for my purty-rific vest to be complete! Here's a pic to capture your attention. nice and casual-like:


and then how i will wear it on Thanksgiving, 'cept with dark dark jeans:


now the specs:
pattern #25 in Fall '05 VK. Made in Cascade 220 in colours who's ball bands i have lost so don't ask what colours. they are listed in an old entry, i believe. The grey is left over from Mariah. Oh wait, shouldn't have said that. moving on now.... Denise size 8 for all ribbing, and 10 for fair isle. I love my 40-inch cable!

notice my design feature:

the first section (bottom) is incorrect. it has a row of pink/greay/pink/grey up the center of it..supposed to be blue/grey. it completely changes it. but i like it that way!

and on to my huge list of mods: they said knit flat! i said, two pieces of ribbing to then seam? i think not! plus that way i got to do at least some of the fair isle in the round before splitting for neck/arms. as for flat fair isle: kill me now! lol but i found that knitting backwards, i was better able to keep my tension than if i purled the row. luckily the solid colour rows landed on purl rows, so that helped keep me sane. all the ends! i actually didn't mind weaving them in. it was ok.

then, their chart was totally dumb. the last stitch and first stitch were the same..which meant you would have two stitches the same in a row during repeats, and when i visualized it, it wasn't working for me. so i made the chart 18 stitches instead. i also wanted a size between the two largest. so i fudged with the 18-st repeat and my gauge, and came up with my own number. then i started the chart on like, stitch 14 so that the pattern would be centered over the front.

i put a ton of work into this vest, but it was TOTALLY worth it and i cannot wait to wear this!!! will wear it Sunday, methinks. nice and casual for church. then it's Thanksgiving, baby!

WOO HOO!

12 comments:

Gina said...

I love it. You did a great job -- with all of the reworking of the pattern and the stitch count to boot!

mumblingmonkey said...

Wow Helen that looks great! I really really like it. You are good, and you are fast! I am truly impressed.

zibibbo said...

Wow! You AND the vest look fantabulous!! Brava!

Trillian42 said...

That is gorgeous. Simply gorgeous. You inspire me to give Fair Isle a fair shot (Ooh, bad pun. Sorry!)

It looks absolutely terrific on you!

Joanna said...

Wow, that looks amazing! Great job!

Danielle said...

Helen, that looks so great on you! And only two weeks. You put me to such shame. :)

Lissa said...

Gorgeous! Inspiring, too. I have that magazine...

Laura said...

pretty pretty pretty!
looks like didn't have any problem picking up the stitches for armholes.

monkee said...

I love you.
It.
It, I mean.
I love it! Great vest!

MJ said...

Oh my goodness, both you and the vest looks fantabulous! :)

Julia said...

BEAUTIFUL! The fair-isle at the top is really purdy! I'd wear the vest every day!

Michelle D. said...

You look great in your vest, I love the high ribbing and the colour work. We need to get together and where our Vogue Vests.