Thursday, November 09, 2006

Prince of Wales Vest

My brother-in-law decided he would like a pullover vest. One problem - it could not be wool. The search started, there is not much non-wool fingering weight yarn on the market that is not in baby colors. Finally found some at my LYS, Katia "Mississippi 3" cotton/acrylic 60/40, but not a large range of colors as called for in most fairisle sweaters. By cutting back on colors and using one dark, two lights, one bright and two mediums I managed to put together a color scheme in the blues that he wanted. I had to go down one needle size to get the gauge but it is coming along nicely. The yarn is soft and can be machine washed. Although not as forgiving as Shetland, the fabric is smooth and stitches are laying flat.
The pattern is from one of my favorite books, Meg Swansen's "Sweaters From Camp".

Marina is finished! It was a fun knit, the colors glow. The sweater was from "This Morning Woolcraft", done with J&S Shetland on 3.5mm Addi circs. If I were to knit this again, I would definitely do a crew neck cardigan and make it longer.