Pattern : Jo Sharp Knit 3 (the vest featured on the cover)
Yarn : Jo Sharp Alpaca Kid Lustre in Brew
I just love the zig zag rib pattern on the band ! As usual, I knitted the vest in the round so had to make some amendments to the zig zag pattern & I also changed the casting off of the neckband & armbands - like the rolled up effect of stocking stitch so knitted 2 rows of stocking stitch before casting off. Here's a close-up look of the band ....
Isn't the band pretty? The only feature that I don't quite like in this pattern is the change of a bigger needle after knitting the band & thus creating a baggy body - thank goodness, I use 3.5mm instead of 3.25mm ( as stated in pattern) for the band & then changed to a 4mm for the body so that the band is not so tight.
So, I have finished off all the garment WIPs & left with 3 socks in progress .... this has left me feeling quite empty although I am still knitting socks everyday which I love but something is missing .... what to do next ???? I want to take a break from knitting another garment although I have been swatching for this - the Bonsai Tunic - which I am thinking of knitting with a 4ply merino instead of the 8ply recommended but ..... actually I do want to start another lace project so have been thinking of these :
- Sea & Shells Stole (simple & rectangular - I have not knitted this shape before)
- Melon Scarf (again rectangular but I am worried about the border as it looks complicated)
- Fir Cone Shawl (really pretty but it's triangular & I have just done the Swallowtail)
So my dear knitty friends, what do you think - help me decide, please so I can start casting on & get busy again & not feel lost & empty.....