Pattern: Heavily modified ribbed vest (project #11) from Vogue Knitting Winter 2004/05. I say heavily modified because I didn't follow the pattern in the magazine. I remembered seeing a ribbed vest I liked, had yarn on hand & decided to make up my own pattern. I used VK's pattern as a guide in deciding how to shape armholes & the neckline. Besides the vest in this magazine, I saw a similar one in Classic Knits.
Needles: US size 10.5. The big needles made this a quick project, but if I had to do it over, I'd go down about 2 sizes. I think that would give this fabric some stiffness which it doesn't currently have.
Yarn: Berroco Foliage in color Joshua Tree (#5954). I like the self-striping, but that's all the positive stuff I can say. It's spun thick & thin, so thin in some places that the yarn came apart in my hands (after the 3rd time, I threw that particular ball straight in the trash--that was the only ball out of 5 I had problems with, however).
I blocked it lightly, not knowing if it would make much difference because of the high acrylic content (it didn't). I bought this yarn at the big sale my LYS had last year, before discovering how much I don't care for acrylic.
I liked being able to figure out my own calculations & using the magazine pattern, being able to figure how to decrease along the neckline. But how many chunky vests does a girl need? In Florida? This is it for the chunkies.
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