Argyle Vest-Along!

Monday, October 30, 2006


i'm done. just have to block it, but i'm done.

yarn used: knitpick merino style in coal & fog
needle size & gauge: 5.75 st x 6.5 rows to 1" on size 5
pattern modifications: my stitch guage was close when i swatched & my row guage totally off. but i followed the pattern as written (row-wise) before the waist so the vest would end up longer than what the pattern called for. it seemed like waist was getting too tiny towards teh end of the shaping so I left out last waist decrease. i did not steek the arms or back of the neck at all (and knit from the armpits up flat).

i'm just not that pleased, though. there are a couple reason.

1. i just do not like the way the vest is shaped. i think it has something to do with the steeked armholes. these are not your usual completely straight steeked armholes, but they are not curved as much as normal arm openings. i ended up with a lot of excess fabric at the front of the armholes. i'm also not totally happy with the lower body shaping, but this is all my fault. as i said, my stitch gauge was off, but then when i got past the waist shaping i realized i wasn't even meeting the gauge i swatched, so i modified pattern slightly after waist shaping. and now it's too big above the waist shaping & not big enough below.

how i'd change the shaping:

2. i'm glad i skipped the armhole steeking, but i probably should've just skipped the v-neck steek then, too. exacerbated by the merino style being so thick, the steeks really do add a lot of excess fabric, particularly on the tops of the shoulders, which on mine i think is very unflattering.

3. i made a boo-boo. most people wouldn't notice, but i do:

anyway, i have done so much work on this thing, i can't imagine ripping back or redoing the neck ribbing over yet again, so i think this will remain the way it is. the merino style seems to have felted a tiny bit already (without any exposure to heat or moisture at all), so i don't think ripping it out for the yarn is worth it either. ah well, i'll block it & see if that makes it wearable.

Saturday, October 28, 2006


I started this on Tuesday 11/17 and I'm about 3/4 of the way through the first chart. I'm using Cascade 220 in a khaki and rose color combination. Love it!

Saturday, September 30, 2006

almost halfway done

I've knit a little more than this picture shows, but I'm almost to the end of Chart A. I am so in love with this pattern that it's scary.

I took it in to school today to work on in art class (thank god I do textile work, so my teacher didn't say anything) and everyone kept coming up to me and feeling it and asking about how I'm making it. I love that...except I think I went a bit overboard with my explanations.

And the best part? My boyfriend asked me to knit him an argyle sweater vest for Christmas.

And now, a question: I'm really confused about how to set the steeks. Can anyone explain it to me step-by-step? I know I have to put 11 stitches on scrap yarn, but I don't get when to cast on the 9 stitches or how to get the gap in between the rows.

Friday, September 22, 2006

onto the steeking

i got all the main knitting done, and now i need to steek the neckline. (i skipped the steeking of the arms & back of the neck and knit the front & back flat. the excess fabric some people got scared me).

Monday, September 18, 2006

Hello all. My name's Ashley and I'm new around here. This vest is my first attempt at knitting in the round, colorwork, and steeks, so I'm being boring with my colors and sticking to KnitPicks Merino in Vanilla and Cinnamon. I had a bit of an ordeal tonight when I realized that I had swatched with one size of needles and had knit all of the ribbing on a different size, so I re-cast on and am doing well.

I'm going to be around here a lot, asking for help because I have an inability to comprehend directions (ahhh I'm especially scared of the steeks) so I'm sure we'll all get to be life-long friends.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

it's done! it's done done done!!!! here's a picture of the insides. i'm soo jazzed with the results. sooo much better than the first one. more pictures and what not here

Monday, September 11, 2006

C'est fini! (no really, it is)

Ha ha! Its done! Photo compleate with my geek glasses! (I am proud of my geekage!) full yammering on about the pattern and the finished vest can be found over >>>> here