This little vest has been in my mind lately. There’s just something about a chunky knit layered over regular clothes on a baby that really gets me in the wool!
So when I was looking for something quick and simple to knit, this really fit the bill. Plus, I had a suitable yarn in my stash, so it was very easy to get started. I knit it over a weekend and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.
- Pattern: Plain Vest by Heidi & Anna Pickles (free pattern for 12 mo size, Ravelled here)
- Yarn: Lion Brand Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton in Macadamia, about 155 yards (1.5 skeins)
- Needles: US size 9
- Mods: Instead of using yarn overs, I bound off 2 stitches for buttonholes, then cast on 2 on the next round. Next time, I would also cast off a few more stitches at the underarm as the armhole is a little small.
The yarn is widely available at craft stores, and is an organic cotton. I think it has been sitting in my stash for so long because I was worried it would be inelastic, and at such a big gauge would cause my hands some pain to knit. But it was light and airy, almost silky to work with, and I love the creamy color. The resulting fabric is slightly irregular and rustic, something that works with this pattern so well. It softened and bloomed a bit after blocking, giving the sweater a great drape.
Choosing buttons for this vest wasn’t so simple. I got out my button collection and played around with different pairs of buttons, but they were all just so-so. My mom was still in town and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse: she would stay with PB while I went to the craft store in search of buttons. Alone. It was divine. And then I found so many buttons my head started spinning. I came out with about 4 sets of potential matches, and in the end chose these sweet little pressed flowers. I think they really go with not only the color of the yarn, but with PB’s cornflower blue eyes.
That’s my little hippie chick! Is it so wrong that I want one in my size? Maybe a Shalom cardigan…