Connor’s Vest

Connor's Vest
Connor's Vest

This is a catch-up post on some of my Christmas knitting.

I made a vest for our grandson. He is ten (I think! Penny, how old is Connor, I can’t keep up!). Boys tend to like things to be manly – if they are expected to wear them – and especially if they are ten (ish). This seriously restrains the creative spirit but I rose to the challenge. I chose a yarn that was easy for his Mom to care for; machine wash, dry flat; Berroco Comfort in worsted weight. I chose a nice, manly colorway of variegated greens and browns for a camouflage look. I resisted the erg to embellish or decorate and stuck to a plain, basic vest pattern from “The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns” by Ann Budd.

My favorite knitting pattern reference, BTW.

Link to Book on Amazon.com
Link to Book on Amazon.com

To give myself a challenge, I opted to knit it on my new (old?) knitting machine on which I have only knit blank squares (for dyeing) at this point (and since). It was a great learning experience. What did I learn, you ask?

How to shape a garment on a knitting machine.

Vest Shaping
Vest Shaping

Turns out it’s not really any different than when you hand knit. Cool! How to seam side seams – Ack! This was more of a challenge as I always knit in the round to avoid seaming, but I did it and it looked great.

And the two most important things I learned; first, a gauge swatch knit on a knitting machine that is 30 sts wide and 4″ long will give you an entirely different gauge than a full garment that is 80 some sts wide by 16″ long.

This causes re-knitting.

Second, stealth knots are evil (see rant).

This causes re-knitting.

Vest detail
Vest detail

Once these two issues were successfully dealt with, the vest turned out extremely well and I was very pleased. I had definitely risen to my challenge. It wasn’t quite finished on time but he had it by mid January, close enough for a Grandmas with no time sense what-so-ever.  o)

Connor and his vest
Connor and his vest

The best part? Connor loved it and it fits just like I intended, a little roomy so he can wear it next year too. Isn’t he dapper in his new vest?

Deb H

Connor’s Vest

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