Or, How to Make an Ugly Vest in Four Easy Steps.
This is my first knitted garment, and I knew within the first few rows of knitting that I wasn’t really going to like it much. But I pressed on, because I wanted to learn the mechanics of vest-making, do a little experimenting, and use the project as a learning experience – a stepping stone to something more appealing.
I fell in love with this design when I found it on Ravelry, but I didn’t want to buy the pattern because I didn’t know enough about the basics of vest-making to successfully translate it to the loom. And besides, it wasn’t really the stitch pattern that appealed to me as much as the shape of the garment itself. I decided that the best course of action was to find a vest pattern meant for the knitting loom, and see if I could modify it to be the correct shape. Turns out, I can.
I used the Jiree Sweater/Vest on this site, and decided I would have the most success if I used the yarn called for in the pattern. That was probably my first mistake – besides being annoying to work with, this boucle is something like 97% acrylic and 3% polyester, and I have decidedly found myself drawn more to natural fibers these days.
I followed the pattern exactly for the back of the vest, but for the front, I attempted to add shaping that would make it more like my inspiration piece, and less wrap-ish.
Notes for next time? Because there will be a next time:
- No more boucle. I’m using cotton or wool
- No more garter stitch. I think I’d like it better in a ribbed pattern.
- Adjust the shaping so that it ties higher up.
- Replace the ties with a small button.
My goal is to make a light & airy vest that I can wear in the spring with a t-shirt and a-line skirt. Off I go to try a ribbing pattern in green wool!