Sunday, January 03, 2010

Finished over winter break:
This is my vest version of Amber Allison's Fireside Sweater. I love how the center cable comes together at the back:

The only mods I can remember at the moment were to carry the cables up the armholes. I also left the ends of the center/neck cable live and grafted them together following Lucy Neatby's method for grafting after knitting on a waste piece. While extra work, the method was flawless and made for easy grafting by being able to see exactly where the grafting yarn should flow. Oh--and I did a four-stitch applied i-cord around the armhole and center openings. Oh--and instead of buttonholes (only because I forgot to do them) I crocheted on four loops to attach to the buttons. I guess those are more than a few mods! But overall the pattern was great--the cables were easy to fall into a rhythm with, and the pattern was clearly written. The only thing I would change would be to do something more interesting within the wide swatches of garter stitch on the larger sizes--maybe another cable that weaves its way in and out. And if knit again, I'd add 1-2” in length.

The yarn is Plymouth Yarn Homestead in a color I'd call mushroom (#102). Knit on 10's, this went super-fast. The yarn seems to be holding up well after a few wearings. It’s soft but a little scratchy at the same time–if that’s possible. Worn with a scarf or turtleneck underneath, it's fine.

Just saw that Pigeonroof Studios is offering free shipping for the month of January. I couldn't resist picking up a skein of the superwash merino original sock in the colorway "green ocean" at Sock Summit--the colors are luscious and well-varied. It's now becoming a pair of gloves.

Happy new year!


Anonymous said...

I love the buttons Jen - those were added since I saw you at Maureens, yes? It is beautiful!


Anonymous said...

Yes, the buttons and their charming loop buttonholes are the icing on the wooly cake. I look forward to seeing it in person.