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Bob Dobbs Vest Update

So, here is what it is looking like right now, pre-skull motif.

Its all knitted up, all stitches grafted in the appropriate places.

When Mikey tried it on…it looked as though the neck was very awkward.  It came up very high on his neck.  I don’t quite get why because I followed the pattern and pattern errata exactly…which required me to frog back at times, because I hadn’t followed part of it right.  I also made sure to take his measurements before starting on the project, so I know I knitted the correct size.

When I got to the neckline, I noticed the stitch count was off, although I checked my stitch count constantly and it even matched up in the parts of the pattern leading up to the neckline…so I’m thinking there is more errata there that hasn’t been discovered yet…either that or I missed something major…both possibilities are very realistic.  Anyhow, when I reached this point, I decided to continue, but for the stitch count I had.  I had two options there, continue on for the stitch count I had or add an extra row that would make me decrease the number of stitches in the front of the vest.  I went with what made sense to me and I probably should have decreased in the first row to get the stitch count I needed.  C’est la vie!

Right now, this vest is sitting on the kitchen table for a little bit, before I muster up the courage to frog the neckline and start over on it.   I don’t like re-knitting stuff and really its not the re-knitting, its the re-grafting of the neckline facing.  The first time, took a lot of patience and concentration and it took a fair amount of time to do since I’m not an expert at it yet.  Don’t get me wrong, I love how the neckline facing looks all done and pretty, its just a lot of work to graft it down.

I have found Cotton Ease really easy to deal with.  I wasn’t sure if I was sold on it when I bought it, but its working quite well.  So its a nice, cheap alternative to other yarns you could use for this pattern.

In the meantime, I’m going to start on this doily pattern, because we need one for one of our side-tables in our living room.  Its time for a side project…and I really don’t want to get started on the other Red Sox sock, cause the first one was really boring to knit.

Bob Dobbs Vest (Skull Version)

So, I just casted on for the Bob Dobbs Vest from the book, DomiKNITrix. The only difference is the vest I’m knitting Mikey will have a small skull instead of Bob Dobbs or the large skull chart. Mikey didn’t want a large grinning skull, but a tad more conservative skull on the front, if there is such a thing. You can see what vests I am talking about right here on the Jennifer Stafford’s (the author) site:

Bob Dobbs and Skull Vest in the background

I decided to use Lions Brand’s Cotton Ease for the vest, its a Cotton and Acrylic blend yarn that knits to the gauge pretty well on US 8 needles. So far its proving to be a nice, cheap, washable substitute, I really hate handwashing.

Anyhow, I’m really liking this book so far, I bought it because the patterns looked very clean and the garments looked incredible once they were finished, she also says there’s no blocking needed. Although I highly doubt that, it looked promising and I immediately bought into it, because I hate blocking…it takes so much time…though it usually does make a big difference.

Anyhow, if you want to see more of Jennifer’s stuff, she’s got a website, doesn’t everybody?

DomiKNITrix website

And when I’m done, I’ll let you know if I would knit it again.

Knitting, eh?

That’s right. I fear that my new love for knitting may overcome my blog….so, a knit blog should be the solution. This blog will document my wearables as well as the not so wearables aka the knitting disasters!