the block

Project - Ribbed Knit Vest
Patons Pattern Book - 500800 Anti Freeze
Yarn – Classic Wool Roving in 77709 Cherry
Blogger - terriknitspatons

Monday morning I finished the ribbing and a couple additional inches on the back of the vest.  I decided Monday would be all about the vest and set about to power through the remaining portion of the back.  In my mind it would be just a couple of hours before I cast off, then straight to the tub for a soak and on to the deck for a bit of sunshine.  The sun was out, but if I wanted a dry sweater, the sooner it hit the deck the better.

I knit the skein that was attached to the vest and then grabbed a new skein off the pile.  There were three skeins left and I thought, “Wow, I am going to have a lot of yarn left over.”  I began the new ball, and as I knit, starting thinking about the matching hat.  Maybe I would have enough yarn left for the matching hat?

I knit and knit, for hours and hours.  It was when I grabbed another ball that I realized I was very wrong.  The issue was not that I would have a lot of yarn left over, the issue was that I sorely misjudged how much more knitting needed to be done on the back.  Sorely misjudged.

I began my vest adventure at 6:30AM, thinking I would be done and blocking before lunch.  The actual cast off happened about 7:30 PM and the vest pieces sat on my desk the next three days, due to rain.

But now it is enjoying some fresh air.

Great stitch definition.

The next step will be the neck band.  I am a little nervous about that step.  It has been years since I knit a vest and I had a good deal of trouble with the neck band. Stitches were picked up and knit numerous times.  The end result was OK, but not stellar.   I am smarter now and hoping it will go a little more smoothly.

The next post will include all the details and close up shots of picking up stitches and getting a nice flat, even finish.

Fingers crossed.



Blocking on your deck? That really puts the board in blocking board! Can't wait to see it completed. I really love that color.