Monday, November 12, 2007

Res Completa: Swedish Fad Classic-ish Vest

Pattern: Fad Classic, by Wendy Bernard
Yarn: Gotlands Spinnery Tois in grey, about 450 yards
Needles: US 5 straight needles for the top, US 5 24" circular after joining and before the ribbing, US 3 24" circular for all ribbing (body, neck, and armhole).
Start to Finish: October 14 - November 1, 2007

Modifications: A few. First of all, the pattern calls for worsted weight cotton, and I used a dk weight mohair-y wool. This caused obvious gauge problems, so after doing some calculations, I followed the directions for the size large and it did indeed come out the right size. Secondly, I didn't do the cool pattern that looks like crochet. Thirdly, instead of the crochet-like pattern, I did stockinette until just under the bust, and the rest in ribbing. For such a fuzzy yarn, I really liked this vest and tried to copy it. Also, because I am, uh, not so busty, the vest was a little baggy up on top when I was done. So I pulled out my trusty sewing machine and took it in a little bit, under the arm holes and just before the ribbing.

Notes: I am definitely going to work this pattern again, but just as it's written. I loved being able to try it on as I worked -- hooray for top down! -- and figure out what the perfect length would be. This vest means a lot to me because of the yarn that made it (I go on at length here). That's why I am so happy that it worked out the way it did. It fits quite well, and I've actually already worn it!


Joanna said...

SO cute! I love it and you did a great job!

Hey, if you get bored, you can make my big headed baby another bonnet... ;)

Anonymous said...

What a great job - the fit and color is so cute on you!

jenna said...

Your modifications look fantastic!! It looks just like the pattern from Blue Sky Alpacas. And I think I have the same white shirt (H&M?) so I think you may have inspired me to knit myself a vest!

Magda said...

It is a very wonderful vest and you look fabulous in it. Just like the models in Vogue Knitting!

saraq said...

Dear Hilary, I've post on my blog my version of this cute model. I hope that you like it!
please excuse me for my bad english! :)