Remember Currer? Well, it made it up the back but no further. My angst over the Wicked vest’s fit and a weekend of wallowing in I’m-fat-and-nothing-fits-me-well cemented my suspicion that however ingenious the pattern, the empire line under the bust and the fan-like cutaways were not going to be flattering. I decided to use the Cascade Eco+ yarn for another, very different pattern instead.
This is the famous “Ribby Cardi” pattern by Bonne Marie Burns, which I bought a long time ago. The pattern is top-notch, and Bonne Marie gives excellent and prompt pattern support on Ravelry. I am making the 37-38″ version, and using a 1×1 rib buttonband instead of a zipper (irrational fear of inserting zippers, don’t ask), and making the body in one piece. Everything going swimmingly so far, and I really hope it will be done before the end of May. For the sleeves, I bought a contrast skein of Cascade Eco+ in 8493 (the rust shade for the body is 0958). I am using size 7 needles throughout to get the stated gauge of 4.75 spi! It’s a tad tight while knitting, but the fabric is fine.
Thanks for all the tips on shrinking my vest, y’all. After staying in the doghouse over the weekend, it is going to be tumble dried this evening, then followed by another wash and block if that doesn’t work. Let’s hope it behaves.
And now, alas, I cannot avoid work any longer. Two more weeks of classes before this incredibly long and painful semester draws to a close, and I swear, I am going to weep with relief after my last class.