I'm don't believe in curses. Really, I don't. Except when it comes to finishing garments. I have a bad track record regarding garments! I like the idea of them & the idea of knitting them. I even enjoy knitting them when I actually knit them. I just never seem to finish them. I lose steam. And it's not for lack of preparedness. I do my homework - I research on Ravelry, I pick the right yarn, and I even (generally) gauge swatch. I just have trouble finish knitting them once the "newness" of the project wears off. So, when I decided that the May-June knit along would be a vest/cardigan - I was scared. downright scared that I wouldn't finish the garment that I would be asking others to join me in knitting.
Well, I'm proud to say that I did finish the vest/cardigan and it fits! The curse is broken (if you believe in those sorts of things). I'm pretty sure one of the main reasons I finished knitting this is because of all the support of the other knitters who joined me in this KAL. I owe them all a big THANK YOU! And, of course, I didn't want to let anyone down by not finishing.
Okay, on to the details. The pattern is Aon and is part of the Weekend #296 pattern booklet. There is no specific designer attributed to this pattern or the book for that matter, the designer is listed as "Berroco Design Team". I knit the 36" (bust) size using Weekend yarn in color #5907 Mouse. Needles? Well, if you happened to read this post, you know that I have a little gauge problem and needed to go up in needle sizes. I knit mine using US 6 for the ribbing and a US 8 for the body. Specifically, I used my Addi Turbo needles for this project.
|All three pieces done!!!|
I even seamed! Oh, did I not mention that this was knit in three pieces that needed to be seamed? I have never seamed in my life! In fact, you might say I've actively avoided seaming. As it turns out, seaming isn't all that bad. I actually enjoyed it, but I think that's because I really enjoy finishing techniques. I used mattress stitch to seam my vest. There is a great video of this technique here - shoulder seam/mattress stitch.
This was my first time knitting with Berroco Weekend. The yarn is an acrylic & cotton blend. The only negative about this yarn is that it can be splitty. I also ended up rewinding my yarn cakes into yarn balls because it did not hold up as a center pull cake. However, that is expected considering the content: 75% acrylic & 25% cotton. It's a great yarn for this type of garment and especially for the climate where I live (Houston).