It’s been no bed of roses

Pattern: Heather Hoodie Vest by Debbie O’Neill
Yarn: Cascade Eco+ (100% wool), colorway 8447
Needles: U.S. 10 Harmony wood Options 60″ circular (knit flat)

Sometimes the stars align. Sometimes it’s love at first sight. Sometimes all the hard work and the little difficulties along the way get smoothed out by the effortless perfection of the result.

Like thousands of knitters, I was struck by the wearable, youthful, chunky style of the Heather Hoodie Vest in the Fall 2009 issue of Knitscene. When Kathleen Cubley, editor of Knitting Daily, announced that the pattern would be her next knit-along, I took it as a sign and began scouring my stash for an appropriate yarn.

Swatched: January 4. Cast-on: January 5. Finished knitting approximately 837 yards of yarn: January 17. Wet-blocked, buttons added, and worn for the first time: January 24.


What was the reason I became so single-minded about this cabled vest? Was it the big needles and relatively quick progress? Was it the lofty, wooly yarn in a brilliant red? Was it the sheer usefulness and currency of the item — a warm wrap for the torso, an insulating hood for the head?

I don’t know. All I know is that the more I knit it, the more I wanted it to be finished. I had a hunch that it was going to be something really special. I worked hard at converting it to be knit in one piece from the bottom ribbing to the armholes, and to adjust the number of picked-up stitches for the hood and the button band. There were no guarantees that this would suit me — I’ve never had any similar items in my wardrobe — yet I couldn’t wait to put it on.

And now I never want to take it off. It’s my early Valentine to myself. There’s love in every cozy, flattering, perfectly calculated stitch.

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One Comment on “It’s been no bed of roses”

  1. Doc Thelma Says:

    Your sweaters have been gorgeous lately. Very impressive.

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