purple and blue vest

December 31, 2011

Another vest for my dad. Modeled off of a navy blue zip up vest that he wears all the time. This one is made with three different yarns. A super bulky malabrigo in purples and blues, a worsted weight malabrigo in bright blue, and a lace weight madeline tosh in navy blue. All hand dyed yarns. I just love this particular combination. Both the texture and color combine and contribute to the beauty of the finished material. And knit on size 15 needles, the material knits up quickly, and has a particular firmness that is quite lovely.

The border has a few rows of garter stitch, and then the rest of the vest is stockinette stitch. To edge the front and armholes I picked up stitches (3 out of ever 4) knit a row, and then cast off. Quick, tidy and simple.

My dad chose the purple zipper, and I attempted to sew it into the knitted  material. My current method for sewing in zippers is to: 1. pin the zipped up zipper into the sweater/vest. 2. unzip and hand baste the zipper on both sides. 3. machine sew the zipper from the right side of the material, taking care to back-stitch at the beginning and end of the line. 

I know that there are different sewing machine feet for sewing in zippers, but I haven’t been able to figure them out yet, so I wrestle through with the normal foot…hoping that I don’t break anything.

2 Responses to “purple and blue vest”

  1. Bill Says:

    Here is the initial report from the new owner of the above garment modeled after the navy blue vest that, in the past, I wore all the time.

    Brisk walking with dog in strong cold north wind: vestificular garment zipped over tee shirt and purple corduroy shirt and under leather jacket with scarf: Torso-cozy ✭✭✭✭✭. Appendages-cozy ✭✭. Overheating nil.
    Firewood stacking in strong cold north wind: vestificular garment zipped over tee shirt and purple corduroy shirt and under leather jacket with scarf: Torso-cozy ✭✭✭✭✭. Appendages-cozy ✭✭✭✭. Overheating nil.
    Sitting near moderately-fired wood stove typing emails: vestificular garment zipped over tee shirt and purple corduroy shirt: Torso-cozy ✭✭✭✭✭. Appendages-cozy ✭✭✭✭. Overheating nil.
    Sitting near almost dead wood-stove fire still typing emails (too lazy or too economical? to add wood) Torso-cozy ✭✭✭✭✭. Appendages-cozy ✭✭✭✭. Overheating nil.
    Estimate of annual wood savings facilitated by vestificular garment: 1/4 to 1/3 cord


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