Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I've been working on a knitted vest for Tim which I had hoped to finish for his birthday at the end of October but didn't quite make it. The pattern is a mixture of moss stitch and a welt stitch with welt stitch under the arms between the fronts and the back.
Here's some detail
The pattern came from Knitting Classic Style: 35 Modern Designs Inspired by Fashion's Archives and I used 5 skeins of Knit Picks Swish Superwash in a Heather merlot – a little more red then the swatch card showed. I have about 1/3 of a skein leftover
I had problems finding the right length zipper in Juneau but finally found one online and ordered from http://www.zipperstop.com . It came quickly - I was very impressed with their service. If I had read the pattern directions about the zipper a little more closely I would have realized that they expected you to use a much longer zipper and then fold back the top of the zipper into the collar. Now it makes a lot more sense. I read through this tutorial after I had one side of the zipper already put in. I can see that it might have been helpful to have basted the right front and the left front together so that the stripes lined up. I think I did ok though without doing that. I also didn't want the edge of the knitting to be too close to the zipper edge and have the potential of getting caught.
The finally product came out a wee bit shorter then I intended - I know I measured more than once but it ended up maybe an inch shorter. Tim says he thinks it just fine. Just don't ask to look at the inside - I had problems with the yarn splitting when I spliced them together - I've got some ugly knots.