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Tuxedo Vest Ribbing

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    I must admit, I haven't been keeping up knitting the vest as much lately, but I have spent enough time on it to bind off at the bottom of the body. I joined the vest in the round to make it a pullover and have knit the ribbing at the bottom. I think it looks great! I put on the vest to see how it fit and I think it will be perfect. I chose to make it in a medium figuring that I will be wearing it over shirts and need a little extra room for the bulk. When I put it on, I noticed it is definitely wide enough for me. I might have been able to get away with a small, but that is alright, it still looks good.     The yarn feels so nice and I can tell the vest will be warm - great for the fall. Next up I need to pick up the stitches around the neck and knit an edge of ribbing. The ribbing is to be about 6 in. long and it gets folded inward and tacked down to give the vest a nice collar. Knitting those back stitches with a provisional cast on will come in handy. It will look seamles

Tuxedo Vest Continued

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I've made some progress on the vest I started a couple weeks ago. As you can see, I've picked up the provisional cast on stitches from the top to work on the front panels, and have joined it with the back under the arm. That part went fast since the panels are only about 12 sts wide each. I'm getting ready to join it in the round, so it will soon go much faster (right now I am doing the twisted knit on the RS and pearling on the WS). I really like how it is turning out. The twisted stitch pattern gives it a nice look, something a little more interesting than straight stockinette stitch. And the pink is very easy on the eyes. After I join it in the round, there is not much left. I will just need to knit as far as I want and then switch to ribbing and bind off the bottom. Then I will need to pick up the stitches around either arm hole and knit about an inch for the sleeve edging, and then pick up the neck stitches to put on a nice collar. With the weather still as bad as it

Mina's Tuxedo Vest

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It's a rainy Saturday afternoon and the beginning of spring break, so what better to do than start a knitting project? I had made a cardigan for myself a little while back out of a pink yarn 50% wool 50% silk and had several balls of yarn left over. I have been thinking about what to do with all the extra yarn, and I decided I wanted to make a vest. After looking through some books and magazines for a good pattern to use, I fell upon a top-down vest that I think will be perfect. This is from a book I got for a birthday a couple years ago, "Custom Knits" by Wendy Bernard (same book used for the short-sleeve empire waist  I made). This is called the Mina Tuxedo Vest. The needles I am using are Size US 5 - 36" circular bamboo and after knitting a swatch, I am right on gauge (no extra calculations needed!). The original pattern is for a cardigan vest, but I want to make a pullover. The author provides the alterations needed to make the pullover, as seen in the pictur

Dad's Sweater

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I've made a lot of progress on Dad's sweater. I have not only joined it in the round, but I also finished both of the sleeves. Now I am working on the body in the round and once that is finished, I will pick up the stitches around the neck to make a nice edge. I really like how it is turning out! It has been very simple to knit and on size 9 needles, it knits quickly. The yarn is beautiful, Gedifra extra soft merino in a chololate brown from Germany. Unfortunately they are in 50 g balls, so I'm going to have lots of ends to tuck in once I am finished. The pattern is a faux rib where a stitch is slipped every 8 sts. I think it's perfect for a men's sweater. I think my dad will appreciate it. By the time I finish, though, it will be spring and he'll have to wait until next fall to wear it. But I will just be glad to have it finished since I have been working on this for over a year now. I get too distracted by other projects and this sweater hasn't been a to