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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Celtic Vest - All Finished!


Last Saturday I got an envelope of yarn from a very nice knitter in New York. I've never met her but I know she's nice because she sent me the yarn I needed to finish my Celtic Vest. She didn't mock me for getting myself into this by changing the pattern and not assuming I would need more yarn, she just sent the yarn. Hooray for nice knitters!

I sat down and knit the last two rows on the vest, bound it off, blocked it and sewed up the shoulder seams. IT'S DONE! I love the way it looks and I might just live in it this Fall.

All the details:

Fleece Artist Celtic Vest Kit from Colorsong Yarns in the Mermaid colorway.
I added 10 extra stitches to the cast on, which gave me a finished length of 23 inches from shoulder to hem, but I had to go begging for yarn to finish it up. If I do this again, I'll only add 8 stitches to the cast on.
I used my Knit Picks (the nickel plated ones - I get looser gauge in those than the wood ones)interchangeable needles in the 6.5mm size. The pattern calls for a 7.0mm needle which I don't have. This worked out well for me.

Oh, and I know it doesn't really show up very well in the picture, but the pin I put on the vest is from R.E. Piland, it's the Dragon II Penannular.



Blogger Cindy said...

It's beautiful! I love the colors.

8:39 AM  
Anonymous Robby said...

Turned out really lovely. 'Mermaid' is one of my favorite colorways by Fleece Artist. Enjoy!

9:05 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

What size did you make? If I make it I would for sure add the 8 stitches to the cast on and I want to make sure I won't run out of yarn also!
Thanks for the great pictures too!

9:42 AM  
Blogger Knittripps said...

I've been admiring their kits for some time now. I love the colors in your vest.

5:15 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

The vest is gorgeous & it's great that you could finish it. Knitters are the most generous people that I have ever met & always ready to help.

8:21 PM  
Blogger Connie Peterson said...

Awesome, as always! It will look great on you!

9:26 AM  
Blogger Rhonda the Stitchingnut said...

It's beautiful!

2:20 PM  
Blogger Ronni said...

Very pretty! I'm glad you were able to get the yarn you needed to finish.

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Linda said...

Your finished Celtic Vest looks great and I would very much like to buy the pattern but it only goes upto Bust 38" (I'm about a 36") so reckon on having at least 4" extra for give and wearing something under the vest. I see that you adjusted the length to make it slightly longer (which is what I would do), but can the pattern be adjusted to be larger around the bust. Thanks

Linda (U.K.)

9:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where can I buy the pattern only? (not the kit)

11:56 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

To answer the questions of the previous two comments - I believe there is a larger size of the Celtic Vest.

I don't know where you can buy just the pattern alone.

I would direct both questions to Colorsong Yarn (colorsong.com). They are my source for Fleece Artist and have great customer service. If they can't help you, they should be able to point you in the right direction.

12:43 PM  

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