I guess it’s fair to say that February’s Sweater is in fact a vest. Seemed like a sweater to me, just without sleeves, but I’ve learned that’s technically what a vest is. Ah well, second month in and I’m already changing the rules.
I did choose this sleeveless sweater pattern because I was worried about not having quite enough yardage. I wanted to use this lovely hand-dyed Araucania yarn that I’ve had for a few years, languishing, waiting for its project. I thought February might be a time to let it shine.
It is a thicker weight than what the Plivver pattern called for, so I adjusted the pattern, doing fewer lace repeats to make up for my larger gauge. Irony is that in the end I still have plenty of yarn left and probably could have picked a sweater pattern with sleeves, alas I’m still figuring it all out. And I’m happy to have this vest anyhow.
This was a great pattern from Gudrun Johnston, Plivver, one of the 10 patterns in her book Shetland Trader. I’ve made a few other projects from her book, all incorporate a bit of Shetland Lace or traditional Shetland construction. It’s a fantastic pattern book and I imagine that I will eventually make my way through nearly all of the patterns in there.
This vest began with a cast-on that alternated between long tail cast-on and twisted German cast-on. I had never used this type of cast-on before, but I think it gives the rib a more finished look and helps it remain more snug, rather than flaring outwards. It also gives the ribs a slightly scalloped look.
The body of the vest was knit in a “bead lace” pattern and was then finished with a 2×2 ribbed neck and armholes.
Overall I’m satisfied with how it turned out and have been enjoying the added warmth of the new Plivver in my wardrobe.
Update: March’s Sweater, is indeed a “sweater,” and it’s coming along nicely. Just started the sleeves, it’s bright and colorful, it appears to be dreaming of Spring, even if the thermometer read just 18 degrees this morning.