|Some of the good stuff going into the suitcase!|
In Purl Soho one of the girls was wearing a really cute knitted vest over a long sleeve shirt with skinny jeans and high top trainers - she looked very cool! I asked her about the vest and it happened to be one of the shop samples - the short row sweater. She whipped it off so that I could try it on. I was ridiculously excited. Keep in mind that my yarn stalking is usually done on a computer screen and being in a room surrounded by actual skeins of Madeline Tosh and Brooklyn Tweed can make me a bit giddy!
So I bought myself the deliciously soft Blue Sky Sport weight baby alpaca in colour 505 Natural Taupe (the same as the sample).
This vest is really quick to knit up - it took me less than 2 weeks. I'd read a lot on Rav about gauge being really important as no row gauge is provided and some had trouble with it being too long as well as too wide. I knew the sample fit me perfectly so I was really fussy about gauge and had to go down from the recommended US 5 needle to a US 3 needle.
The pattern starts with knitting the bottom ribbing and then it's short rows to get the great curving shape. It's a free pattern so pop on over to the Purl website and have a look at the diagrams of the clever construction.
I'm really happy with it, it's cute, it's toasty warm and it's fun to wear. Ravelled here.