Wednesday, December 8, 2010

1-2-3 Vest

I finished my grandson, Eagan's, vest and am very pleased with the results. I posted the spun yarn on an earlier post. It is a handspun 3-ply alpaca yarn that I dyed myself. The original pattern came from "Natural Knits for Babies and Moms" by Louisa Harding. The yarn I spun didn't match what the pattern called for. Drats! So I adjusted my gauge and yarn to fit the pattern. Then, the pattern called for knitting pieces and then sewing them together. Drats! I hate that! I guess I have read too many of Elizabeth Zimmerman's books (all of them) and her philosophy of why knit in pieces when you can knit it in the round in one piece much faster. So, I adapted the pattern to knitting it in the round. The only seam I had was the left shoulder seam which I used the three-needle bind off method on. I forgot to purl the first row in time to make the stripe, so instead of ripping it out, I made the stripe rows farther apart than the pattern called for. I call it the 1-2-3 Vest because I made three rows to border the bottom, two rows border the armholes and around the neck and one row is the striping pattern. Definitely not because the was 1-2-3 easy! I did alot of improvising and was lucky because it turned out so well! To all of you, Knit Happy!

Talk to you soon,  Tammy

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