A Fool For Stripes
I love knitting striped garments. They give the knitter the mindlessness of stockinette (necessary on evenings when the brain has checked out for the day) along with the interest of playing with color (one of my favorite things in this whole wide world to do).
Don't let The Lad's face deceive you in this photo. He loves his new vest. It was a rough day when we took the photos. At 3:00 in the afternoon he was still coffee-less. Such is the life of a teen who gets up too late to have his morning cuppa and make it to school on time. Since he shares his mother's caffeine addiction this meant he had a nasty headache.
I've visited the new Lion Brand Yarn Studio a few times recently and have become a devotee of the huge skeins of Fisherman's Wool. This vest used about half of one of those skeins along with 1.5 skeins of Lion Wool in the Lemongrass colorway. This translates to a vest for under $20. (The Lion Wool was purchased on sale.) With the leftovers I'll be making a vest for DD#1. When she saw her brother's she insisted on one of her own; hip length with a little waist shaping.
I consider myself very lucky that my kids are so happy to wear handknits. They've even had friends make requests that I knit items for them. My standard response is that I will teach the individual to knit so that he or she may make their own hat, vest, cardigan, etc. So far I've only had one taker, but I have dreams of starting a knitting revolution among the local teens. Considering my own childern refuse to learn, I've got a long way to go.
Yarn: Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool in Nature's Brown 1/2 skein & Lion Wool in Lemongrass 1 1/2 skeins
Pattern: None, but there are a ton of wonderful vest patterns out there that are very much like this one.
Needles: US 8/5.0mm
Notes: I added a few stitches after knitting the ribbing which makes the bottom of the vest nip in a bit. I wouldn't do this again. I don't like the way the vest fits at the bottom. Also, I didn't plan very well at the neckline. I knew all along that the neck band would be worked in the brown yarn. Next time I would divide for the neck in the middle of a brown stripe to give the neck a cleaner finish.
Here's the vest on Ravelry.