My best friend B has kindly indulged my knitting habit over the years (see previous posts), and on one excursion early in my knitting adventures, she purchased two skeins of lovely wool – one each in two colors – on the theory that I would knit a vest for her. At the time, I knew my skills were not up to the task (and I told her), and over the intervening years, I’ve kept a file of vest patterns that might meet her requested design. I’ve never found one that was “just right,” and I didn’t think my skills were up to the task of designing one.
As I finished other projects, and perused my yarn stash for inspiration, I found “her” yarn and started thinking and looking again. I decided to experiment with two patterns – one for the two-color design, and one for the vest design.
Something I rarely do (likely due to my general lack of patience), but which I am doing, now, is knitting a sample garment. I have similar yarn (different colors), and I am experimenting with the pattern. Below is my WIP – the back of the vest.
Vest Pattern: Knit Vested & Stylish, free from Red Heart.
Yarn Pattern: Robert’s Houndstooth Vest from Interweave Knits, Weekend 2009, available free through Ravelry.
Main project challenge: Keeping the Houndstooth pattern on the front of the vest, where there are points and shaping. I think I have it worked out in my head, but this is why I’m knitting a sample garment – Not everything in my head works out as planned in real life.