Argyle Vest-Along!

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Have you sent us an email lately?

Hi everyone...

Linster and I, who are supposed to be hosting this Vestalong, realized today that none of us had checked the email account (vestalong [@] for ages. (I thought she had, and she thought I had...) So, naturally, Hotmail have closed the account and subsequently deleted all messages.

Which means... that if you have tried to email us for the last month, we have not gotten your email, and please, please send us another one. The hotmail account has been reactivated, the email address remains vestalong [@], and we promise to check our email every few days!

Once again, sorry,

Fi & Linster

Saturday, May 27, 2006


Back of Argyle vest
Originally uploaded by Southern Knitter.
Hello everyone! I've been reading this KAL for quite awhile, but this is my first post. I am having a bit of trouble figuring out part of the pattern and was hoping that someone could help me. I am almost finished knitting the vest, I am knitting from Chart A36, I have just place that large amount (it was 39 for me) of stitches onto my scrap yarn (i used an extra needle) and I cast on the 9 stitches like the pattern calls for. Here is my problem to go from where I cast on those 9 sticthes to the other shoulder is a really long float (too long in fact). So I was wondering how you ladies did this. Did you make that long float like my picture shows, or did you cut the yarn and work it was two different sides? I appreciate any and all advise and tips. Thank you so much!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

the cutting has begun!

i finished knitting the body yesterday morning and started cutting the steeks last night. actually i only cut one arm hole because it was a litte emotionally draining and i couldn't do it all in one night.
here's a pic of the vest before cutting. i haven't taken any pictures of the cutting or crochet but i'll try tonight. um, my arm holes look a little long! (which is weird because my row gauge had been a little short.) anyway, fingers crossed.

- Carolyn

Monday, May 22, 2006

Ready for a fresh start

Although the picture doesn't do the deep colors justice, here is the new plum colored yarn that I've bought! I'm happy about the change and ready to start... eventually. The need of a vest doesn't seem as urgent as it did in March/April anymore, but I am determined to learn steeks and get my vest finished over the summer! See you around!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Another FO

Happy finisherSewingFinally done!
Two weeks ago, I finished the Deep V the first time. But I wasn't too happy with the fitting, since my shoulders are very small compared to ... let's say ... my waist. So I tried to knit the arm bands tighter and re-block the whole piece, but then it turned even worse. I decided I had to cut off some cloth to make it fit. First I frogged the arm bands, then I picked up stitches for new ones. I think the pattern says "decrease 1 stitch 5 times" in the original armscye shaping. Me, I continued to pick up stitches diagonally 6 times more, and then straight up to the shoulder. The photo shows how much of my knitting that was lost. 2-2,5 cm I think. To secure the stitches this time, I used my sewing machine and then cut off the extra material. And now it fits.

I am one happy knitter!

First Deep V progress pic

I've passed the start of the neck steek! I love these colours and I love the shaping BUT (and this is a big BUT) I'm nervous about the gauge. I knit, washed and blocked a swatch on 4 mm needles and hit gauge almost exactly. This baby, in its unblocked state, is measuring half a stitch more over 4 inches and is ending up measuring like a small instead of a medium. I should trust my swatch, right? Is this going to block out big enough?

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Done - minus blocking...

I finished the knitting on the sweater! Now all that remains is to block and tack down the steeks. And let me tell you - she fits like a glove!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Update on the Blue and Gray

As you can see the difference between the pale blue and pale gray is Very subtle. This is making it hard
to keep the pattern completely accurate, because I usually knit in less than optimal lighting. I've made
quite a few mistakes - the most notable of which is forgetting to purl the faux 'seam' stitch. I'll drop it
tonight and let it ladder down, then pick it back up as a purl. I'll also duplicate stitch the few places where
I've made color work mistakes when I'm done with the vest... As a good friend said, "sometimes you just
need to knit through it!"

Glad there are some fellow vestalongers at my stage on this project!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Swedish flag?

I get the feeling that this will come out looking like blue and yellow- the colors of the swedish flag- rather than blue and lime green. Maybe I should stop here and reconcider my choice of colors- what do you guys think? I really really don't want to look like a flag.

Friday, May 05, 2006

I came, I knit, I steeked

Check out my blog - I steeked last night! It wasn't nearly as scary as I thought it'd be. That first little snip of the knitting was rather heart-stopping, but the rest went smoothly! I'm going to be putting the arm and neck bands on this weekend and hopefully the sweater will be blocking mid-week! Huzzah!

Completely steeked out!

I finished! Yay, just in time for 75 degree weather! :) Here's a pic, all the specs are on my blog. I'm glad that I got some practice with the steeking - I've already started Carpathian Black Roses from Norsk Strikkedesign (not too tricky), and have plans for Season of Light and Something Something Else from that same book (methinks it will be quite difficult). Thanks for the advice, and good luck to all those not yet done!

Monday, May 01, 2006

Coachella + Knitting. Bad Idea

I took my argyle vest to Coachella music fest this weekend. What was I thinking? Sun, Musical
over-stimulation, tiredness, led to some major mistakes. I have ripped back to the ribbing, and
am starting again from that point.

Keep posting girls, very inspiring to be part of this vest-along, even if I haven't exactly done
my part so far...

Mistake in chart A42

Hi ladies,

Just wanted to post a heads up about an error in chart A42. Starting around row 95ish the argyle pattern on the left side of the pattern starts to get jumbled up and includes some extra main color stitches. It's a not a huge problem as you can just mirror the stitches that are on the right side of the pattern and the argyle is pretty intuitive anyway by the time you've reached this point. I just wanted to let people know that they shouldn't follow the chart for A42 blindly. I've contacted Eunny to let her know too. Everyone's vests are looking beeyooteeful!


Almost done....

I've had a little drama with my steeks, but hopefully, everything is on the right track again. (Not panicking is key.) I have pics on my blog - stay tuned for the completed sweater! ...