I walked into work the other day and got bowled over by this cute little vest my friend was wearing. To be honest, I'm often bowled over by her outfits. I love her aesthetic...and she kindly returns the compliment. The fact that she's about 15 sizes smaller than I am and can buy her clothes in the children's department doesn't lessen my lust over her wardrobe. (Our similar aesthetic also carries over to our home decor; she could be my daughter except for the fact that she has flaming red hair and likes to exercise. Deal breaker--that exercise thing.)
Anyway...the four season lace vine vest. Gotta make it. Right Now. The problem was the pattern. Size small...33". (She probably made this size, although it might have been a smidge large on her....failed to ask if she adjusted the pattern) Size medium...40.5" Really? Ok. You got me. I'm not really 15 sizes larger than she is; I'm not a 33", but I'm really not a 40.5" (maybe in my dreams). Pattern calls for worsted...using a #6 and #9 needle.
I always (always always always) go down two needle sizes...yes, I'm a loose woman. (It's sort of funny....my friend and I originally connected through a rug hooking class I was teaching, which makes me also a happy hooker....but I digress.)
So....I'm thinking....if I use aran weight yarn, only go down ONE needle size and knit the smallest size, I should be in the right ballpark size-wise, don't you think?
- I did no gauge.
- I messed up the simple 4-row lace pattern a gazillion times (since I took it to a ballgame)...and I didn't correct my mistakes.
- I'm wearing it without blocking it first.
The trifecta of knitting no-no's.
I think it looks OK.
I'd rather be lucky than good any day!
(yarn: Knit One Crochet Two--Niya (100% silk)--nice!)