My #15 of International Sweater-a-Month Dodecathon (intswemodo2010)
and #8 Finished Object of August, 2010
PROJECT SPECS (More here & here)
CAST ON: August 25, 2010
BIND OFF: August 26, 2010 (Approximately 9.5 hours in knitting and blocking time.)
PATTERN: Number 121-27 Waistcoat in “Alaska” with raglan and cables on yoke , courtesy of DROPS
MATERIAL: 616 yards, or 348 grams, of Stitch Nation’s Bamboo Ewe 10-ply Aran bamboo and wool blend in Twilight 5875 colorway; 7 La Petite #980 buttons
SIZE: For the very first time, dimensions came out same as pattern.
NEEDLES: US 6 (4.00 mm), 7 (4.5 mm), and 8 (5.00 mm)
TECHNIQUES: Estonian Cast On, Knit, Purl, Purl 2 together, Purl 2 together through back loop, knit and purl increases, Knit 2 together, wrap & turn short-row center-back shaping, Kitchener graft 6-stitch arm gussets, sewing up 7 buttons, and sewn bind-off. ERRATA/CLARIFICATION: 1) Purl-2-in-stitch is a purl-increase as in purl front & back in a stitch. 2) Maintain neck-shaping decreased ribbing as established–it won’t be 3×3 around. Some may have 4 knit/3 purl stitches. 3) Bind off last 3 stitches of the row where you bind off first 3 stitches of sleeve edges.
COMMENTS: The pattern is very easy to do with great result. I love this soft, warm, lofty bamboo/wool yarn (probably have too much of it)–bloomed none after washing–am glad I knitted this flattering waist-shaped (at the sides) vest
Faux Seaming on reversed side added an elegant touch
The only way to get through this fluctuating hot and cold sort of climate is with layers. I want a little warmth, nothing too bulky, or I’ll get hot and sweaty. Enter the short-sleeved jumper.
Since there isn’t noticeable gaping, I crossed out the idea of sewing a grosgrain ribbon to the back of the button plackets.
Soft jumper, nicely balance, with simple undulating cable or lace tunic construction always calls to me.
I have a problem with a lot of store-bought clothes and hand-knit sweater patterns, really with them being far too much fabric for my narrow shoulders/short torso—but that’s the glory of modification! They can be sized to fit, as short as I want! I’m always happy camper when doing so (not much with this one though.) Very little blocking was required.
I had so much fun knitting this in one piece, nearly seamless. It knits up lightning fast that satisfied my cable jones…in time for late summer, early fall with a long-sleeve shirt underneath…I’m all about seasonally appropriate knits.
Most of all, it fits me super well. Only change I’d make for the 12-year-old would be knitting the cabled-yoke section in Size 7 needles.
Photos reflecting moments in our lives…
whether that be a bouquet of home-grown, or in nature, flowers or a family outing
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!