I am thrilled this vest is finally a finished piece of clothing on my bod:
I love the vertical lines, though see the bulky left front that is under the right front? That is the only thing I am not thrilled about, so I left it open and liked that look:
I may add a button to the inside to smooth that out. And the back:
As a review, the vest is Caffe by Berroco. The body is worked in Voyage, a heavenly chainette yarn in 93% super fine alpaca and 7% polyester, color Mossy.The fabulous faux fur is Nanuk in Narwhal. The faux fur is a refined one and I love the effect on the collar and trim:
I worked the 44" and used almost every inch of Nanuk but still had a hank of Voyage remaining. I used more of the Nanuk because I picked up more sts than the pattern called for. For the armholes, the pattern listed 70 sts for all sizes but when I picked up one stitch for every bound off stitch and 3 stitches for every 4 rows (my standard equation for edgings that I learned from many a knitting article. I read it so many different times I decided they must be on to something with stitches being wider than they are tall, so I have stuck with it ever since), I picked up 80 sts. The front and lower edgings numbers were close to what I picked up, but the collar stitches listed in the pattern I deviated a bit. The collar listed 53-21-53 sts to be picked up while I did 65-30-65. I used two sizes larger needle to bind off the collar.
I envision fabulous mittens in the fall with the extra Voyage and so I bought another Nanuk for the trim. Here is the vest pre-trim which is always an interesting moment:
As always, I omitted the shoulder shaping by working those rows straight and worked a three needle bind off for the shoulder seams. Consequently, the sides was all I needed to seam. The curling edges were remedied quite nicely with the Nanuk trim.
With the cloudy cold weather we have had lately in Billings, I have enjoyed the vest already. It is the perfect layering piece and kept me a perfect temp.
With the end of school approaching, Paul had his last orchestra concert:
Beautiful music was also made by Kate, an acorn, in her school musical, Nuts:
"Mom -- show the leaves more!!" Okay -- here is a close up of the leaves, made by Paul ("I should be charging her for this") and her the night before:
Do you think a brown shirt could be found with spring here instead of fall? No sirree. So, a yellow acorn we are.
Wade had a concert as well, of course:
To top it off, my mamacita is visiting and a good time is being had by all:
Hope you are enjoying melodious music in your neck of the woods. Knit on!