Saturday, April 17, 2010

Week Sixteen: Nipper

You may have noticed that the blog has been sparse except for the pattern-a-week posts lately. I wish I could tell you that this is because I am extra busy making super awesome stuff behind the scenes, but the truth is that Fab Hubby bought me Sims 2. There. Now you know.

This week's pattern was knitted with what I had left over from a skein of Dream in Color Classy after I knitted an entire pair of fingerless gloves from it. I was prepared to guess that it took 100 yards or less, but after poking through some comparably sized baby vest patterns, it might be closer to 150. (This would mean that a pair of squid mitts only took me 100 yards, which seems even less likely.) And it is a pretty small vest. So, I think it's about 100 yards, but you might want to have 150 or so on hand, just in case. And for my birthday I would like a kitchen scale so that this doesn't happen to me any more.

This vest is simple and cute; I like the bit of texture from the alternating knit and purled panels. If I'd had more yarn, I might have added an inch or so of length to the bottom (instructions to do that are included), but it fits Z fine--reaches to her waist. It uses a lacy cast on (tutorial included in the pattern); if you're making it for a boy and think the lacy cast on is too much, just cast on 72 sts with long tail and don't increase on the second row and you'll be fine.

Nipper Vest

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Nipper is a simple unisex baby vest. It is worked in the round from the bottom up, and the shoulders are worked back and forth. Instructions are given to either graft the shoulders closed or finish them with buttons.

Price: FREE.

Yarn: You will need approximately 150 yards of a worsted-weight wool for best results. (Pictured: Dream in Color Classy in November Muse – worsted, 1 skein / 114g / 250 yards, 100% merino)

  • 1 US size 10 16-inch circular needle
  • stitch holders or waste yarn (optional)
  • tapestry needle
  • Two (2) 1.5” buttons (optional)
Gauge: 4 inches = 16 sts / 28 rows in stockinette Sizing: Finished vest will have a circumference of approximately 18” and length of approximately 8”. Instructions are included for lengthening the vest if desired. Vest should fit the average 6- to 12-month-old baby.

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