Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Alexis Vest

Before I start talking knitting, I need to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to The Hubster, since his "big day" is today. And since I know I'm going to be swamped tomorrow, I'll add in birthday wishes for my dear friend Bill, who was a St. Patrick's day baby. It's a busy birthday week here!

I finished this vest during the early days of the Olympics, but am just getting around to blogging it now. And yes, I really did take Olympic Knitting time to finish this vest. It was so close to being done that I didn’t want to have it sitting around unfinished when I could be wearing it!

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I took an educated guess on the size for this sweater and apparently chose perfectly. It fits like a glove right now, but will continue to look good as I (hopefully) continue to shrink.

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It does have “sleeves” of a sort, although the only part that was added on to the three-piece vest construction was the ribbing for the arm holes. The armhole ribbing was knit flat, then the armpit seam was done last. I like the slight cap-sleeve look when it’s worn.

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I got a little spendy on the buttons. We had these Annie Adams “large” buttons in the store. Since there were only two buttons needed for this vest, I didn’t mind buying slightly expensive buttons. Besides, I firmly believe that the perfect buttons can make or break a knitted garment!

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I didn’t notice the shadow down the left side until I brought the photos onto my computer, and the “tucks” from the mint green stripe down are from how the sweater has been clipped to hang in the store.

The Rowan Colourscape I used for this project was very enjoyable. It is a chunky single with a fair bit of veggie matter spun in (OK. That was really annoying!). Of course, the color that I liked the best in these skeins was at the end of each skein and therefore shows up with the least frequency. Oh well. I made sure that light green was in the button band, so I’m cool with how it turned out. All in all, a thumbs-up project!

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Alexis Vest

Pattern: Alexis by Sarah Hatton from Rowan Colourscape Folk
Size: Large (40-42)
Yarn: Rowan Colourscape Chunky
Color: Storm
Amount: 5 skeins (875 yards)
Needles: US 10.75/7mm Knit Picks Zephyr and US 10/6mm Knit Picks Options
Started: 26 December 2009
Finished: 15 February 2010
Mods: None

10 comments:

turtlegirl76 said...

Oh wow. Amy, that looks FABULOUS on you! Love the buttons, love the colors, love the shape. Everything about it! Great knit!

Jenn said...

The buttons may have been spendy but they were totally worth it!

floribunda... aka Julie said...

very nice! I agree that it's worth it to find the perfect buttons...

Zonda said...

Perfect buttons! I love the colors and shape of it. You're looking good as well, keep it up :)

Bezzie said...

Love! That yarn is wonderful. I really like the way the colors worked out.

Donna Lee said...

Ok, the photo of the sleeve was a little weird. After seeing it on you (with arms), there was a photo with no arms! Must be my uncaffeinated self this morning.

The vest is really flattering on you. The colors are pretty and versatile.

Jen said...

Very nice. The vest looks great on you!

SJ said...

Gorgeous sweater! The buttons were well worth it, in my opinion. They really add a touch of class.

Happy birthday to Bill, and happy belated birthday to the Hubster!

DrChopSuey said...

Pretty sweater vest! Are those little cables next to the button band? Very nice!

MollyBeees said...

GORGEOUS sweater! Those buttons are perfect!