Saturday, July 28, 2012

Shona Vest

I picked up the Trendsetter Yarns Shona Vest and Mitered Skirt knitting pattern and wool whilst I was visiting Puyallup last year and I did start to knit it during our trip especially during the long flights.

I finished knitting the vest late last year and then realised I had forgotten the buttonholes (this is my first knitted garment that includes buttonholes and seeing the notes for the buttonholes were by themselves at the end of the pattern, I thought like a sewer, you do them at the end, how wrong was I).  I wasn't going to undo all those cables for some buttonholes, so I had to work out another way to close the vest.

Then the instructions told me to block the vest.  This was another first, I have knitted a few garments but I realised with all the cables that this vest would need to be blocked and of course this made me delay even further, and when I did bite the bullet and block it I couldn't figure out why I was so reluctant!

I purchased the buttons separately directly from Jane Slicer-Smith when I saw her at one the Craft Shows in Darling Harbour and for the button loops I plaited 3 strands of wool together.

I am very happy how this vest has turned out and will work quite well into my wardrobe.








18 comments:

Dilliander said...

Gosh, its fantastic Sharon and even more special as your first knitted garment. Looks very professional indeed and a great fit. Wow, wow wow!!!!

Judith said...

The cabling on this vest looks brilliant. Love the colour on you...
✿ Judy
made by J

velosewer said...

Wow. That has turned out really well. The cables are so impressive. I'm glad you finished this too Sharon.

Anonymous said...

It's beautiful!
Is it REALLY your first knitted garment???!!! When I've taught people to knit, I have encouraged them to choose a project they really like because they'll be motivated to finish it. I think I might have raised an eyebrow if a "newbie" had pulled this pattern...
I can certainly understand why you wouldn't have wanted to undo those cables for buttonholes! Fabulous recovery, too!

Gorgeous work!

Brenda

Sharon said...

Hi Brenda,

Don't worry this is not my first knitted garment, all the others didn't have buttonholes so this was a new to me :)

Linda T said...

It's a winner! Beautiful job. I wish I had the patience to knit all those cables!

sdBev said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

shams said...

I just love cables, Sharon, and your vest is *gorgeous*!!! What a nice color.

Unknown said...

Beautiful work and wonderful choices. Wear it with joy for many years to come!
Miriam

sewing spots said...

It's beautiful!

Sue said...

You are a very accomplished knitter Sharon and this vest looks a great addition to your wardrobe - fab colour too!

Alison said...

Fabulous job! The buttons are perfect.

Carol said...

It's gorgeous. I love the colour.

Renata said...

Good save re the buttonholes. I think it actually looks better with the loops. Cables are my favourite knitting too.

RhondaBuss said...

What a spectacular vest. Wear it with lots of pride.

Carolyn said...

Looks absolutely lovely, and your cables are perfect! Clever solution to the buttonhole problem :)

Silknmore said...

What a beautiful vest. It looks wonderful on you.

cherrypix1 said...

Another work of art! Great solution re button holes...I agree with Renata, I think your loops look more 'finished'.