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.


I’ve been steadily knitting along on Pembroke, fully enjoying the springy yarn and twisty cable work.  The back sped by without any problems.  Then there came the front.  Not that there have been problems, really, just moments of pause in which I had to consider how peaceful a knitter I really am.

I had been happily knitting away on the front while enjoying some Starbucks with a fellow knitter when I noticed it.  A mixed up cable, crossed the wrong direction.  I kept knitting, but my mind niggled.

Will anyone notice that?

Will it bother me if I don’t go back and fix it?

My knitting time has been fairly sparse lately, and I am knitting this on a timeline…

Can you see it?

After more knitting and thinking, I decided to call it an improvisational design feature and just keep going.  This one confused cable cross doesn’t affect the performance of the finished object.  I’m not so much of a knitting perfectionist that I can’t just let some things be, and this is one of those things I am letting go.

I have just one shoulder and the seaming to do before I can cross this knit of my To-Do list.  Now let’s just hope I don’t run out of yarn…