Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Accidental Vest

So I worked out the shawl collar. As you can see, I went with garter stitch, despite all the good suggestions you all made. I just couldn't quite picture how to work out any of the pattern stitches with short rows, especially when I wasn't sure how the short rows themselves were going to turn out. Now that it's done, I think I could have make a pattern stitch work, but this is okay, too.

My husband loves this as a vest. I pointed out to him that I don't wear vests, and he said, "You would if you had one like that." Which is probably a good point. I then explained that I need a winter sweater, to which he just laughed. We share a closet, so I don't really have a leg to stand on there, either. I am forced to admit that it would make a really nice vest with just a little edging around the armholes. But I still want a sweater, so I'll be starting the sleeves shortly.

As for the collar, I'm going to try crocheting an edging all the way around. It's a little plain as is, and I've got a craving for something a tiny bit fussy.

17 comments:

Amy S. said...

You are so funny. I love it as a vest, too! Just out of curiosity, how many handknit sweaters do you have in your closet?

Sharon said...

It works great with or without sleeves!

sophanne said...

that looks great. Nice work

kmkat said...

It looks great, with or without sleeves. Apparently you are getting some cooler weather now; I see you are wearing a turtle neck.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

That looks beautiful!! I think it will look great either way.

5elementknitr said...

I think it came out great as a vest! The color looks perfect, too!

Knitman said...

I did something similar on an alpaca sweater I knitted.
http://tinyurl.com/2mupcz
I look forward to seeing this completed.

Karen said...

It looks great. The collar came out really good.

CatBookMom said...

Very nicely done. Good color and it looks versatile.

Tammy said...

I love the collar! It does make a great vest, but I've never actually worn a handknit vest either so I know what you mean. :)

Sarah said...

It is really cute as a vest! I like how the collar turned out.

Stephanie said...

I have to agree that no matter how cute a vest might look, I probably would not wear it even if I made it. I'm just not a vest person!

Kim said...

I LOVE IT!!! That is so classy, looks great, awesome shawl collar. I used to think I wasn't a vest person. Vests seemed so dorky to me, but now I love a handknitknit vest if it's simple yet interesting. If vests are dorky then I am a huge dork. It will look great with sleeves too.

SwissKnits! said...

I love it as a vest, very flattering!

Angelika said...

Very nice. I wish I had your talent in working out substitutions for patterns to make them fit.

Life's a Stitch said...

I like shawl collars. Looks great.

Spinning Ninny said...

Wow. That's a stellar piece of knitted goodness. I'd love to have a vest like that myself. And I agree - who wouldn't start wearing vests if they had one like that.

Great color.