Monday, January 2, 2012

FO: Blush Vest


Pattern: Blush Vest by Kessa Tay Anlin
Year: 2008
Yarn: Sirdar Crofter DK in Rambler Rose, 2.75 skeins
Time to Complete: 5 weeks
Total Cost: $15 CDN

I am so excited to have finally completed my first knitted garment! This does feel especially good as I struggled so much with Cadence. One of my favourite things about the vest is the gorgeous Fair Isle effect the yarn makes - it's so pretty! This yarn was the inspiration behind my FESA palette and goes with almost everything in my wardrobe.


The body is knitted in-the-round then divided off to finish working the armholes and back. I found that easy to do and enjoyable to knit. It was my first time picking up stitches to make the ribbing and with the help of The Needlecraft Book, it went very well.


The vest fits well and, given the fibre content of the yarn, I am not sure if I should block it or not. If I need to, would a steam block be the best? I'd love some knitting advice.

I paired my new Jasmine blouse with the vest and I love how it looks! This blouse has become one of my favourites and I have a few more planned in various colours.

14 comments:

Marie said...

This is fantastic Sarah, what a great vest! And I love it with your Jasmine, great combo!!!

.x.Helen.x. said...

With a yarn containing acrylic or other synthetic fibres, you generally want to avoid too much heat. I would press it with a cool iron, no steam and a dry cloth. Don't press the rib as it will lose its elasticity. Or spray it with water and pin out to the correct shape/size and leave to dry. I usually go with the 2nd option because you can always press it a little if you need to once it is dry. Hope that helps.

Tors said...

Oh WOW! Well done you!! That's an amazing job, and for your first knitted garment too, it's so pretty and looks great on you. Look forward to seeing what you make next!

Stephanie Lynn said...

Yummy! And the Jasmine is awesome too! I think I need to make a white one now.

Liz said...

That is gorgeous! Most impressive for your first garment :)

Mary Collins said...

Nice job! Don't you just love it when a project comes together? As for blocking, it doesn't really look like it needs it. I would just wash it the way you intend to. If the stitches look wibbly-wobbly after that, then give it a light steam. What a great way to start off the new year!

Urban Rustic said...

Looks so lovely and goes so very well with the blouse!
I am not the worlds most careful knitter but I tend to hover my steam iron over woolly things and then gently tease into shape.I do block my crochet stuff though.

Meg the Grand said...

Oh I LOVE IT!! It looks fantastic! It's especially striking paired with the Jasmine blouse - excellent choice!

Donna said...

Just gorgeous! A perfect pairing with the Jasmine blouse - congrats on finishing! Knitting has a much different timeline than sewing; it can be hard to get used to. ;)

Alessa said...

Oh, it looks lovely and warm and the colors are great on you! I love how the neckline mirrors that of your Jasmine! What a pretty combination!

sweet jane. said...

That looks so nice with your Jasmine blouse! Congratulations on your finished garment! Definitely a knitting success :)

kristenmakes said...

Gosh it looks great! CONGRATS! if you don't think it looks like it needs blocking then it probably doesn't. I only block when I need to tweak the fit, or make the fabric smoother. With the pattern the yarn creates (LOVE!) you probably can get away with no blocking...

Sarah said...

@Marie - Thank you! Sorbetto and Jasmine are my two favourite blouse patterns.

@Helen - Thank you so much for your advice! I've decided not to block it as the fit is fine.

@Tors - Thank you, doll!!!

@Stephanie - Thank you! I highly recommend a white Jasmine blouse. :)

@Liz - Thank you so much! KristenMakes has been a fantastic teacher!

@Mary - Thanks so much for your helpful advice!

@UrbanRustic - Thank you!

@Meg - Thank you so much, girl!

@Donna - I like the slower pace of knitting. I find it quite soothing :)

@Alessa - Thank you so much, my dear! :D

@sweetjane - Thank you! I'm really happy with it. :)

@kristenmakes - Thank you! You are the best teacher, ever!!

zilredloh said...

When I first saw this vest of yours I did think it was done in fair isle! It looks great. Well done you! :)

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