CAST ON: December 14, 2009
BIND OFF: December 17, 2009 (Approximately 10 hours in knitting, Charting, Modifying, and finishing time.)
PATTERN: Catriona by Debbie Bliss.
MATERIAL: 828 yards of Patons Classic Wool in Lemongrass (Total weight for the vest is 371 grams.)
NEEDLES: 3.5mm and 4.00mm Turbo Circular Needles
MEASUREMENTS: Back Neck to Hem 25″; Cuff to Cuff 18.5″; Neck to Cuff 6.5″, armholes 13 circumference”, 34″ bust; 31″ waist; and 36″ hip/hem
MODIFICATIONS: 1. Measurement is in centimeter (=0.393700787 inches.) Tubular Cast on 106 stitches in a round in larger needles. 2. Slip first stitch on each row. 2. Replaced K2tog with SSK for Right Front neck decreases using Designer Decrease method. 3. Decrease every other row on V-Neck shaping instead of every 4th row. 4. Ended in Row 28 on Panel A and Row 12 on Panel B before shoulder shaping. 4. Alternating 3.50 and 4.0mm needles throughout where shaping required. 5. Mirror Panel B cables–next time I’ll mirror the main cabled work too. 6. Knit to 14″ length from cast-on rib edge before shaping front (to create small armholes.) 7. After separation, knit/shape 2 front pieces 2-at-a-time. 8. Short-row shoulder shaping works beautifully. 9. 3-needle bind-off shoulder seams only; leaving 42 stitches of neck stitches on a holder. 10. Neckband: *KP KF&B PK* to center front, M1L M1 MiR in middle of center 4-stitch cable, *KP KF&B PKP* to neck stitches, k2tog around 22 times on live stitches (totally 121 stitches.) 11. Arm band: *KP KF&B12 PK* around (totally 85 stitches.) Tubular Bind off on all ribbed edges. 13. Blocked/shaped w/steam iron gives it a final, professional finished touch it deserves.
Over-blocked on waistline…will re-block after my teen tries it on Christmas Day
COMMENTS: This is the best vest I’ve ever knit. LOVE…LOVE…LOVE it. Superb detailing mixed with a flattering, tailored shape. Notice the curved bottom front hem, the v-shape ribbed edges, and the sensuous and intricate cable that help define the waist shaping. This is one I’ll make again for yourself or for someone who is very deserving…an essential wardrobe basic that is designed for versatility and comfort.
Next up is a substantial coat with cozy hoodie for my younger daughter…minor setback is that I don’t remember which one I was to knit–YIKES! So much to do…so little time before Christmas.
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!