Tuesday, November 24, 2009
I really liked this pattern when I first saw it (give me cables and a hood and it's always going to win me over) but the smallest size in the magazine - a 35" bust - seemed a bit large to me. So I'd already decided to adapt and knit this by going down one size in needles when I spotted the perfect yarn in Tallinn which would give me a slightly tighter gauge than I had planned. So I got the yarn and ended up knitting one size up to get a vest for my actual size, and it turned out to be a perfect fit.
The yarn was also also quite pleasant to knit with (and it hasn't pilled .. so far), and I have two skeins left so I think a matching hat will come soon.
Other changes: added slight side shaping (about 4 or 5 decreases and increases), body was knit in one piece till armholes, added some length (a couple of inches), shortened hood length by an inch and a half and only made 4 buttonholes instead of 5.
Pattern: Heather Hoodie Vest, from Knitscene Fall 09
Yarn: Online Linie 157 Tessa (8 skeins)
Needles: 4.5 mm
Size: 38" (to get a 32")