Being a goal-oriented person, I am pleased to have not only finished my husband’s Dr G’s Memory Vest (pattern by Kirsten Kapur of Through the Loops), but also to have accomplished my goal of knitting a sweater for each person in my immediate family this season.
Except myself. I am not neglecting myself. I do not buy into the Martyr Mother role! And winter is not over yet. I will cast on for my new sweater any day now. I just have to make a decision on which pattern… Isn’t sifting Ravelry for a pattern the best part anyway?
Back to the vest. On a friend’s suggestion, I went with Aslan Trends Del Cerro yarn. It was one of those yarns that seemed like it would work, but so did not – at first. I wanted to make a medium, which would have given Matt some negative ease in the fit, but after casting on and knitting for a few inches, it was clear that it was coming out way too small. So I
threw my naughty knitting into the corner for a few days ripped it out and knit the vest in the extra-large size.
Well hallelujah and all that jazz because it ended being a great fit! It’s approximately 43” around the chest, which is about what size the medium was supposed to be. I’d like to claim awesome knitting ninja powers, but I suspect I just got lucky. The false start made for a good gauge swatch as well. The one tricky spot was the v-neck; I had to rewrite the decreases because of the difference in my row gauge. Row gauge didn’t give me a problem in the other parts of the sweater.
Don’t get me wrong about the Del Cerro, either. It’s a great yarn. It is comprised of many small plies and it is very bouncy and squishy. It was just a bit splitty in the knitting up, but not so much that I am put off using it in the future. The important feature of this yarn: It has GREAT stitch definition for all those cables. I hope down the road that it doesn’t fuzz over so much that the cables become blurred, but if it does, oh well – there are more vests to be knit and there is a life-cycle to all these knitted goods.
Coincidentally, Matt’s first opportunity to wear this was on his birthday last week. We had to go out and get a new white button down and everything.
Dah-ling, you look mah-velous! Happy Birthday!