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I made a vest, and I really like it. Who knew?

March 31, 2008

True confessions: in junior high, I loved vests. I wore them often, and I did not, I now realize, wear them well. I had a store-bought crocheted one, one that looked like a carpet bag (but it zipped so that was cool, cough, cough), a green suede one that was my mom’s, and really might have been spectacular had it not stood out a few inches from my shoulders. And those are the highlights. Since then, I’ve been a bit leery of the vest. But when I made DH’s vest last fall and he totally rocked the look, I decided that I would give it a try too. Plus, wow do sweaters go fast when there are no sleeves involved.

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This, then, is Mona Schmidt’s Tweedy Vest (Rav link). A nifty rib that is quite textured and fun to knit. I highly recommend this pattern, if for nothing more than the short row neckline that makes for a great fit. And just in case anyone has a fantastically scary memory, I did cast on for the Stephanie Japel Fitted Knits vest last fall, but after a little Ravelry browsing decided I didn’t really like the shape.

vest
Zippity-do-dah for the tubular bind off! And my secret–for some reason, it’s much better if I do it with the wrong side facing.

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PS Even think the words “sexy librarian” and I will cry! Or throw one of the c. 100 library books in my office in your general direction… this means you, DH 😉

PPS I’ve been awful about responding to comments. I’m sorry. Fresh slate from here on out, ok? Or you can throw books at me too. Hardcover, even.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. March 31, 2008 7:52 pm

    We used to laugh at the sweater vests, because all the Bible teachers in high school wore them. I’m working on the U neck one currently, and I hope I like it! I’m also being drawn in by the no sleeves thing. Looks good!

    P.S. I saw someone at the mall the other day that looked like you. My mom noticed it too! It was crazy.

  2. March 31, 2008 8:37 pm

    That is a wonderful vest! I’ll have to try to tubular bind-off.

  3. April 1, 2008 5:32 am

    The vest looks awesome. I never wear them, but as I’ve yet to knit a sweater, it may be a good thing to start with to prod me in the general direction of knitting things that are not hats or socks.

  4. April 1, 2008 6:22 am

    Very nice! I think a vests and fine-gauge sweaters might be my solution to not-really-cold winters. And vests sure are faster!

  5. April 1, 2008 7:21 am

    It looks fantastic!! I also have a secret love of vests, yet haven’t got around to knitting one yet. Yours is certianly inspiring, though!

  6. April 1, 2008 7:56 am

    You are adorable! The vest is just perfect. I love the subtle color changes in it. And let the secret out, love your vest and be proud!

  7. April 1, 2008 11:20 am

    Looks great on you! It has a really nice shape and the subtle color in your blouse frames the piece so well.

  8. Bria permalink
    April 1, 2008 11:35 am

    Hey now! There is nothing wrong with the “sexy librarian” look! 😉

    By the way, the vest is beautiful!

  9. April 1, 2008 1:31 pm

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Yes.

  10. April 2, 2008 6:45 pm

    I love vests, however I too did not always know how to wear them. You have clearly grown out of that phase. It looks beautiful!

  11. August 5, 2008 12:44 pm

    This vest looks great! I’ve been in a vest-knitting mood for a while now…

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