FO: Cricket vest

FO: Cricket vest

Cricket vest mosaic

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cricketvest5Pattern: (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.

Modifications:

  • 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!

cricketvest7Notes: My mum was very pleased to (finally) get this vest after a year of promises and I was very pleased to actually have it finished!

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!

cricketvest6Now, on to the lyrical waxing!  I love how the cable splits at the neck and the way the decreases are worked so the two “strands” of the cable continue up the neck.

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! 😀