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July 26, 2007

Sweater vest

Filed under: knitting — Jana @ 6:13 pm

Sound the trumpets… IT’S HERE!
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The sweater vest is finally done. Thank heaven. And after blocking it it looks so much cuter on him. My sexy hubby was kind enough to model it for this picture, and of course he had to be goofy, like always. He took it off the second after I took the picture because it’s freakin’ summer. Someone needs to teach me how to knit in the right season…Hello. But when it gets down into the 50’s and 60’s in the winter he will be toasty while he golfs in his new vest. (sorry to those of you who live in colder climates)

Why do I hate the word vest so much, it just sounds so…ick, but I do like sweater vests for some reason. They look cute on Lee.

I got this pattern out of my domiknitrix book. It’s the Bob Dobbs vest, sans the Bob Dobbs. I like the end result, but getting there was pretty agonizing. The pattern had a few errors, and some parts were pretty confusing (i.e. the shoulder grafting, and the neck stitches). And it did kind of bug me that it changes from knitting in the round to knitting the front and back separately because of the obvious tension change.(pictured below)
swatch #4

If anyone would like an ingenious new way to do the kitchener stitch click this site tech knitting. It teaches you how to graft stitches (like for shoulders or the toe of a sock) with double pointed knitting needles instead of a tapestry needle. I loved it because it feels more like knitting than sewing (when did I become so anti-sewing…I guess the day I picked up a knitting needle). Anyway, it looks a little intimidating but really it’s pretty easy and works great.



  1. That looks REALLY good! I love green. Lee cracks me up. You should post more pictures with him in it.

    Comment by Melinda — July 26, 2007 @ 7:43 pm

  2. That picture is freaking hilarious. Not the vest tho, it’s kewl and I’m so proud of you!

    Comment by Wendy — July 26, 2007 @ 11:12 pm

  3. Wow Jana, I’m impressed! That vest looks really good. Looks great on him. You can actually make clothes… that’s cool.

    Comment by Tami Nef — July 27, 2007 @ 11:22 am

  4. That looks great Jana!! You did a fabulous job. Way to model it Lee…

    Comment by Bethany — July 27, 2007 @ 5:56 pm

  5. Yay! Awesome work, Jana and equally nice modeling, Lee.

    Comment by happygoshoppy — July 27, 2007 @ 10:23 pm

  6. Jana – you’re amazing. It turned out so cute. (Sorry Lee – I guess cute isn’t the right word?!)

    Comment by Linds — July 28, 2007 @ 8:33 am

  7. Woo Hoo!! You go Lee!! Looking good. Love the sweater. Again, I am totally impressed with your knitting skills.

    Comment by Gwenny — July 28, 2007 @ 4:39 pm

  8. What a handsome piece of work…i’m talkin’ bout the sweater!

    Comment by ali — July 30, 2007 @ 5:59 am

  9. This looks great! I’m working on this sweater right now and am concerned. While working on the back shoulder shaping section, shouldn’t I be decreasing? I’m on the rows that end with wrap,turn, and it seems I should elnd with 42 sts, but I don’t seem to be decreasing at all. Am I missing something? Any help you can offer would be great. Thanks!

    Comment by Kate — November 11, 2007 @ 5:17 pm

  10. Hi- jealous that you’ve finished yours!

    Did you have any problems with the shoulder shaping?

    I have just completed the shoulder shaping for the right front and think there’s another error in the instructions. The back shoulder shaping correctly has the shoulders sloping downwards, but the placement of the wraps on the front shoulder shaping at the neck edge, not the outside edge means they slope upwards. So when I come to graft the shoulders, the opposing slopes will fit together and cancel each other out leaving no shaping and a tighter shoulder.

    Noone else seems to have had this problem, so I don’t know where I’ve gone wrong, or just if noone else has noticed!

    Comment by Sara — December 23, 2007 @ 4:11 pm

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