One more baby project leapt on and off the needles recently. After finishing a relatively big project, I like to do something small and quick. A palate cleansing project, if you will.
I had this beautiful, bulky yarn and pattern in the back of my mind for nearly my whole pregnancy, and just had to cast on.
This was a simple and fast knit, and is so full of charm I can hardly stand it! The only snag came when I decided to not do a gauge swatch and just cast on. I had more yarn than the pattern called for! It’s a baby knit! I figured I’d take my chances. Heh.
Pro tip: if you’re going to skip doing a gauge swatch, at least stop and check your gauge a couple of inches into the project.
Had I done that, I would have realized how off my gauge was and wouldn’t have had a problem ripping it out. As it was, I didn’t notice anything was off until I had knit the body and fronts. Something looked off. The armholes were not tall enough in proportion to the length and width of the body. I checked the schematic against my actual measurements and yes. Things were way off.
Did I mention I was also out of yarn?
I debated ripping the whole thing out at this point. This is always hard for me, even though it was a small, fast project. Then I remembered why I had this yarn in the first place: I had knit a cowl with it last year!
After unpicking the seam and unraveling a couple of inches from the cowl, I kept knitting the vest. I was able to make the armholes deeper to match the proportions of the rest of the vest.
In the end, this probably won’t fit my guy for a year or so. But that’s okay. It will be waiting for him when the time is right.
Pattern: Harold Vest by Courtney Kelley (Ravelry notes here)
Yarn: Tundra by The Fibre Company in Red Fox
Button: reclaimed wood handmade by Wooly Moss Roots