Birthday Boy Vest

This was a project I decided to make for my nephew last fall, well in advance of his first birthday.  I printed out the pattern right away, even went out and bought the yarn.  Then it sat all winter and spring.  I suppose I was waiting to see what size I should make, and for the knitting deck to be clear, so to speak.  About two weeks before my nephew’s birthday I cast on for this sophisticated cabled baby vest.

  • Pattern: Pembroke Vest by Kirsten Kapur for Petite Purls. 18 month size (Ravelled here)
  • Yarn: Mission Falls 1824 wool, 3 balls + a few yards of a 4th
  • Needles: US size 5 for ribbing, 7 for body
  • Mods: I changed the cable crosses so that they are mirrored.

This was such a fun pattern to knit.  The cables are simply delicious, all plump and twisty in this wool.  I would definitely choose this yarn again for its great stitch definition and bounce.  Plus, it comes in a gorgeous range of colors.  Kapur’s pattern and chart are well written and easy to follow, which was a pleasure.  I could pick this up and put it down several times a day and have no problem finding my place and knitting on.  It’s knit in two pieces, seamed together, and then you knit up the ribbing around the arms and neck.  I knit the 18 month size which does not call for a split neck opening with buttons.  If only I could go back and add them…

When I finished this vest up, I was so excited to pop it onto PB and take some photos.  Can you just picture it: a cute blue-eyed baby in a blue knit vest?  unfortunately the only picture that exists is in my mind, because it wouldn’t fit over her head!  I picked out the bind-off edge, pulled out 3 rows of ribbing, and bound off again very l o o s e l y.  Then I crossed my fingers, made a wish, and sent it off to my nephew.

It still doesn’t fit over his head.

I guess I’ll be attempting some sort of sweater vest surgery next time I visit!  Oh well.

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5 thoughts on “Birthday Boy Vest

  1. Would it be possible to unravel a shoulder and maybe make a button band so she can get it over his head? This was the first thing that popped into my head.

  2. it’s cute! I’ve stopped making vests or jumpers for babies since I had the same problem over and over. If I ever do it again, I’ll leave a break in the band and make button holes.

  3. The vest is so handsome – though the part about it not fitting over his head is annoying! I’m sure you’ll be successful in surgery!

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