Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Studious

After much procrastinating, the Back-to-School U-Neck Vest is complete! Woohoo, another wool sweater for scorching summer weather!



The Specs

Yarn: Cascade 220, in a russet-brown heather, under 3 skeins used for the 38" size
Pattern: Back-to-School U-Neck Vest, from Stefanie Japel's Fitted Knits
Needles: US7
Lessons Learned: The shaping created by the front darts is quite nice. I also *love* the look of the waffle stitch. But most importantly, I realized that I can't fully judge a project until all the design elements are in place. I put off the neck and arm edgings for weeks, because I thought the vest was looking silly on me. But once I buckled down and added on the edgings, it looked, well, complete. Brilliant insight, eh? :P I could have picked up more stitches around the neckline, but I'm happy with it as is.

ETA: I forgot to mention that the book's instructions for the dart increases (RLI and LLI) are really confusing, and are not even included with the vest! I came across them in the Alexandra pattern. Instead, I followed the instructions for "Raised (M1) Increases" from the glossary of the Summer 2006 IK -- same move, just described (and pictured) much more clearly.

6 comments:

Anna said...

That really looks lovely, and no, it doesn't make you look like a busty barmaid at all, as I think you put it earlier. ;)

goodkarma said...

I'm cross-posting what I left at the KAL...

I love seeing your finished projects because I think we have somewhat similar body shapes and I can imagine what they might look like on me! And also, you do such a good job you make me want to jump offline and go knit. Lovely photo. I wasn't sure what that vest would do for me, but I have been very intrigued by the darts. Did you choose a size with zero or negative ease? Bottom line: this vest looks fantastic on you!

Erin said...

Very very cute! You will be able to wear that in all seasons really.

Axelle said...

Wow, that looks fabulous! Love the darts. So flattering! And the entire project seems to have taken you hardly any time at all - you must be really quick with those needles, K.

Longhorn Diva said...

Congrats on the FO! It looks great on you.

Michelle B said...

Beautiful! The colour looks great on you.