1. cricketvest1, 2. cricketvest2, 3. cricketvest4, 4. cricketvest3
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Pattern: (name, author, source) Veste Everest by Veronik Avery from the Fall 200?5issue of Interweave Knits [My Ravelry Project Page]
Size(s): (to fit, finished size) Followed instructions for the 28″ size to fit 38″ (see modifications)
Yarn: (name, fibre, weight, colour) Vermont Organic Fiber O-Wool Balance Aran-weight 50/50 organic wool/organic cotton. 550 yards (500 m) cream and 40 yards (36 m) ruby
Needles: (size, material, style) US7 Denise interchangeable needle set and 4 mm bamboo circular
Knitting style: (for stitch patterns) Combination/Eastern Uncrossed throughout.
- Lengthened by 1 pattern repeat plus added several inches of 2/2 ribbing
- Used temporary cast on to achieve the above
- Omitted alternate cables to give more of a cricket vest look and to make the yarn go further!
- Added contrast bands in a red colour to make it into a Lancashire/England cricket vest (as requested by my mum)
- Worked v-neck and armhole bands as K1tbl, P1 rather than as written because I mis-read the instructions at first!
I’ve detailed my modifications above, but I wanted to address one aspect of this design. As written, the vest is very short (9″ from underarm to hem); it’s more of a cropped top, to my mind. In the magazine photo, the model is sitting down, so you can’t really see where the hem hits her. As I was knitting this, I knew that if I followed the instructions, it would be too short for my mum. I added one pattern repeat in the body (which made it about 10.5″ long) and I then knit down from my temporary cast on and added another 4.5″ in ribbing. As you can see from the photos, it’s the perfect length for my mum!
I love how the ribbing leads into the cable/rib pattern in the body (I’m not sure I’d have noticed this if I hadn’t extended the ribbing)
The yarn shows of the cables well, although it feels more like 100% cotton than a 50/50 wool/cotton mix. It also had an “odour” that I can’t quite put my finger on. It’s not unpleasant, but it did set off my cough (could just have been me!)
And that concludes my finished objects of 2008. Here’s to a fruitful 2009!