Lumberjack chic

26 October 2010 · 2 comments in Knitting

Here’s another long overdue FO. Remember my snowflake vest?

Lumberjack chic

Well, I finished it, and I love it. I knit it as close to the original as possible, except for making the snowflakes slightly smaller and using worsted weight yarn rather than what looks like bulky in the original pictures.

Lumberjack chic

The Cascade 220 I chose for the project worked perfectly for this project. The yarn is woolly, but still reasonably soft, and the colourwork looks nice and crisp in the lovely solid colours.

Detail

However, the colourwork didn’t work out quite expected. I was planning to do stranded colourwork, but I completely forgot about things like floats. Since I wasn’t up for perfecting my non-existant intarsia skills, i ended up doing the whole thing using duplicate stitch. It wasn’t the most elegant method, but it worked out really well.

Detail

While I love the pockets, I think my favourite details is the squishy garter collar. I improvised this after studying the pictures of the original, and I think I may borrow it for future designs.

Lumberjack chic

The only thing that didn’t work out really well is the zipper. It’s slightly too long, which makes it bunch up when I zip it up and hang lower in the front when I leave it open. It’s not the end of the world, but if I work up the energy, I may repace it at some point.

Lumberjack chic

Overall though, I’m very happy with this project. Although I came up with my own pattern for this vest, I won’t be publishing a pattern since it’s not really my design. I think I’ve picture-spammed you all enough, but as always there’s more on Ravelry.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

julie October 27, 2010 at 12:44 pm

what a fantastic vest!! It looks amazing.

Maryse October 29, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Wow! You did a very impressive job! What a beautiful vest and right on time for the first snowflakes to fall… well at least in our hemisphere ;-) Congratulations!

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