pattern: Ardy's Vest
yarn: Madeline Tosh Chunky, colorway Tart
raveled: Ardy's Vest
|My favorite part is the mirrored princess waist shaping lines on either side of the body.|
This was my first project using this yarn and Madeline Tosh in general. I've been lusting after the colors for awhile and I wasn't disappointed. The depth of the colors is amazing! I'm glad I alternated skeins every two rows, because one of the skeins was slightly lighter than the others. The yarn is really soft, too. This definitely won't be my last project with Madeline Tosh. I have a sweater's worth of Vintage for my fifth sweater and some Pashmina on order from my local yarn shop for my sixth. Plus I have a skein of the chunky left over from this project. I'm thinking I might make a hat out of it.
I only made a couple of modifications to the pattern, out of personal preference. I added about 2" of length to the body before starting the waist shaping decreases. I was also worried that the ribbing might lay weird as it was written in the pattern. You can kind of see in my pictures that the ribbing around the waist is pretty flattened after blocking, which is what I wanted. I wanted the neck and shoulder ribbing to match that, so instead of knitting the amount of stitches called for in the pattern for the size I was making, I used the stitch counts for the medium. I had zero trouble picking up that amount and didn't feel like I was stretching them too thin.
I absolutely loved making this vest and I think it looks fabulous. The cable pattern was made by changing the order of slipped stitches. I thought that was an interesting technique and something I'd never done before.
This pattern was great and I'm definitely thinking about using it again- maybe substituting a different cable pattern or a lace pattern to change it up.