The back of the vest still fits on the end table, but barely.
With all the work being done on that vest, I didn’t want you to think I’d abandoned Zandloper. This was taken at about the halfway mark. I’m still slogging along on the vest. I’ll share more vest pictures next week.
I’m making progress on the vest. It’s starting to outgrow the little end table that I’ve been using for photographs.
With the swatches completed & a little time spent with a calculator, I’ve cast on for the vest. I decided to use a tubular cast on. If you are unfamiliar with the tubular cast on, it’s a great elastic cast on that works well with K1, P1 ribbing. It’s executed by doing a provisional cast on for the (number of stitches that you need plus one)/2 with scrap yarn. In my case, I need 117 stitches, so I used the crochet hook to cast on 59 stitches. With the actual working yarn and the smallest needle needed for the project (in my case , you [K1, YO] X times, K1. So in my case, [K1, YO] 58 times, K1. Turn the work, and then Sl 1 wyif, yb, P1, yf] X times, sl 1. Turn the work, [K1, yf, sl 1 wyif, yb] X times, K1. Repeat the last two rows one more time. At that point, switch a slightly larger needle (US 4 for me), and work the ribbing for about 2 1/2 inches, or until you can’t take it anymore.
Once the ribbing it complete, I worked one row to increase the stitch count to 132 stitches. The first and last 27 stitches on each row are being worked in stockinette. The center 78 stitches are being worked in pattern. I’m using Op Art, which can be found in Vogue® Knitting Stitchionary® Volume Two: Cables: The Ultimate Stitch Dictionary from the Editors of Vogue® Knitting Magazine (Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Series). It’s technically not a cable pattern, but who cares. I’m also not executing the left twists per the pattern instructions. More on that another day.
Pictured above is the first repeat of the chart. Having spent so much time making socks, it feels like this vest is growing quickly.