Sunday, February 26, 2012

FO: Cabled Vest

Yesterday I finished my third sweater of the year, a vest by Laura Aylor. I knit this as a test knit for her and was glad I got the chance to take a crack at it before anyone else! Today wasn't a great day for taking photos so my pictures aren't that great, but you'll get the idea.

pattern: Ardy's Vest
yarn: Madeline Tosh Chunky, colorway Tart
needles: 7s
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.


  1. Once that pattern becomes available, I want to make it. It is beautiful! And the color you picked is perfect for that project, great job!

  2. It does look fabulous! I'm so intrigued by the cabling pattern too, it is so perfect. The color is one of my all time favorites too. I'm sure it is even more beautiful in real life because it is MadelineTosh! I would really hope that you wear it all the time!

  3. It is a very beautiful vest both in pattern and in color! I love the simplicity with the small cables! Very nice!

  4. It turned out awesome! The color is just amazing. I have a few skeins of Madeline Tosh in my stash that I'd like to use up, but I just have so many projects in mind first!

  5. How long did it take you to knit that?

  6. First time knitting with MadTosh? You're hooked now, right? Lovely design and nice work.

  7. Wonderful! I bet you wish all your sweaters would knit up this fast! Can't wait to see what you'll be doing next!

  8. A third? I'm just now starting my first! But yours is beautiful!

  9. Gorgeous! Do you think you'll always wear it open, or close it with a pin? I have a couple of vests I've been thinking about making, but I can't quite figure out how to wear them!

    1. The fronts have a smaller stitch count than the back so it's supposed to be open. In my opinion, vests either need to be open or have buttons to keep them closed, but I can't deal with a fussy pin.