Saturday, November 26, 2011

Bulky Yarn + Fat Needles = Finished Object

I have never before knit with bulky yarn. Nor with U.S. # 13 needles. It felt like manipulating tree trunks. But in less than a month, ta-daaaaa !

This is the Abrazo vest, a free pattern from the Fall 2008 issue of "Knitty." It's actually written for "super bulky" yarn, so I had to knit a size up to get a good fit. Of course I had to make a few adjustments to the pattern cuz I didn't entirely approve of the designer's choices: I left off the "shaping," made the shoulders wider, put a garter border at the armhole edge, and re-engineered the center back . . . nothing much really.

No complaints about the yarn either. This is Knitpicks Cadena, 70% wool and 30% alpaca. (Yes, ALPACA – my greatest fiber love!)

And the frosting on the cake? Total frugality. Cadena is just under $6 per skein, and the vest used three skeins. Soooooo. . . yes, a custom-fit, wool/alpaca vest (with cables) for under $18.


Delighted Hands said...

Never the easiest path for us knitters! Just a beautiful job on the vest!

Knitting Linguist said...

How can you go wrong? What a fabulous vest! It looks lovely on you, too.

Sharon said...

I love Knit Picks. I can accord their yarn! I love the vest and you look fantastic in it.

Marjorie said...

That turned out nicely indeed. I've found that the WEBS house brand (Valley Yarns) has some really nice alpaca-wool mixes for quite affordable prices too.