Argyle Vest-Along!

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

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Skull vest nearing completion

i've got 15 rows to go until i'm crochetting steeks, baby! whooot! and they won't be on a GIGANTIC vest this time!!!
for all that were interested, i posted a PDF of the skull chart i made in the sidebar of my blog.

Friday, September 08, 2006

C'est fini!

WOO! So the vest is blocking and smells a little funny. I wrote a bit more on it over here
I think it is going to be a winner-but-not. I didn't really knit this because I would wear it all the time, cos I won't. I live in Oregon and it doesn't really get cold enough alot of a double thick hot vest and it is that cold, one generally wants sleeves. But it was fun to knit and the whole steeking thing was fun! Although I don't think I am the type of person that should do alot of big color work projects :/ not really my thing it seems.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006


i didn't check all the archives here, but the first couple months, and am wondering if anyone knows of any errata on this pattern? on the first page of the pattern when you start increasing after the waist, the pattern seems to be saying decreases when it means increases. anyone else notice this?

anyway, i've just finished the waist and will start those increases. just have to refigure my math. my row guage is smaller than what i swatched. no problem so far, as i wanted the vest to be just a bit longer than the pattern would create, but i figure i better get it right for the bust. i also have to look closer at how these steeks are going to be made. i don't understand at all why i'll be casting on more stitches at the neck? this pattern is going to be a bit more challenging than i thought.

Friday, September 01, 2006

second time around

i've just finished the swatch for my second attempt at this vest. i'm making it for a dear friends birthday (on the 17th, must be finished by the 15th), and because she adores skulls, i think i've found a way to incorporate them into the argyle pattern. what do ya think?
i'm again using the Knitpicks Merino Style (cause i love it and believe that it'll work this time) and 3.25 mm needles (i think). hopefully, after the swatch is all dry and unpinned, i get gauge.