Sunday, January 14, 2007

Cables Completed


Yippee! I have a FO to report. This is the V-Neck Vest from KnitSimple Fall 06. The yarn is Berroco Ultra Alpaca in the Redwood Mix (6281) color.
I have to recommend the yarn. It's just so soft and workable. Plus at about $8.95 a hank for 215 yards, it's a good deal.
I'm happy with the finished product, but as I reported earlier, I had some gauge problems. No matter what needle size I tried, I couldn't hit gauge. I didn't do any hardcore math, but based on some reasonable assumptions, I figured I could make the XS size and I'd be in good shape. I was almost right. The XS is still too big, but I can certainly live with it. I'm not positive, but I think my moss stitch doesn't behave the way it's supposed and leads to some super-sized garments.
Plus, I think I finally learned a lesson we all know, but sometimes ignore. If the design doesn't have waist shaping and looks big and boxy in the photo, that's probably the way it's going to look on the final product. If that's not a look you enjoy, make mods or move on.
Next up, more cables and maybe more vests!

13 comments:

Liz said...

one plus to having to downsize to make a garment work is that you'll do less work in the long run... right? I think this turned out just fantastic. So much that I'm digging out my magazine and searching my stash so I can make one too. Great job! Thanks for the yarn recommendation, too... pretty colors.

Anonymous said...

a pretty girl in a pretty vest...congrats, mo!

that color is becoming on you!

anne marie in philly

Annie said...

Very nice vest! Go you!

Devorah said...

Nice job! It looks really cozy.

lookinout said...

Both pretty & practical

Jane said...

It looks wonderful, and it's a great color for you. Congratulations.

Robin said...

I love the vest -- great pattern design. Also, nice color - looks good on you.

Sally said...

Fabulous job Mo. It looks great on you! I have to try some cables myself.

Gina said...

Looks great! I also love Ultra Alpaca and that color is gorgeous.

Lolly said...

What a great vest! I love the way it turned out. Very flattering! :)

ae said...

wow - i LOVE that! beautiful work!

Liz K. said...

Mo, your vest is gorgeous. The color is perfect on you.

And yes, my moss stitch misbehaves on my something awful too.

Is this the first XRK FO of '07?

Ann said...

Hurray! I may have to consider a vest (somthing I've always shied away from) b/c it just looks great on you! Hope the curse of the pink eye is over at your house -- let's get together ...