Wednesday, February 22, 2012

WIP Update: Cabled Vest

As soon as I finished my Star Trek sweater last weekend, I cast on for a cabled vest. I'm test knitting this vest for Laura Aylor. I impulsively signed up for this test knit while perusing the Free Test Knitters board on Ravelry in the process of posting my own design. You can see what the finished product will look like by checking out her project page on the prototype. This is my progress so far:


The deadline is March 3rd, but I should have no problem completing it by then. I fully plan on counting this vest as one of my twelve sweaters. It'll be pretty nice to have three out of twelve done by the time March rolls around.

I actually did two swatches for this vest- one on eights like the pattern called for and then one on sevens that got me gauge. In the past, I wouldn't have bothered with swatching and gone up a size because I thought I was a tight knitter. I think I've changed over the last year or two because now I either use the recommended needle size or go down. Has anyone else's knitting tension changed over the years?

As a quick little aside, my copy of The Principles of Knitting arrived in the mail today. I didn't expect it to be so big- it's like a textbook! I also got a copy of Sweater Design in Plain English earlier this week. Between the two, I have plenty of reading material.

Hope everyone is having a good week; I'm off to Knit Night!

7 comments:

  1. Oooo. I love the delicate cabling in the front! The color is also one of my personal favorites!

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  2. Agree with Pumpkin, the cabling is gorgeous!

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  3. Wow! You are a sweater knitting machine! I love the color of that vest, it's gorgeous!

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  4. Beautiful work -- lovely design and I like the color you chose to test knit this vest in.

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  5. How beautiful is that colour!! Would love to hear what you think of Sweater Design in Plain English, I've been thinking about getting it myself.

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  6. It will be a really beautiful cardi! Love the tiny cables and the color, hooooo... My tension is a lot looser now than in the beginning. I think it started loosen up after I knitted some lace!

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  7. Love the color! Your hair will be so pretty against it.

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