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Rooibos Vest

Life is a journey, not a destination.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bummer dude. My 2.5 month journey to complete this vest ended up somewhere that was as uninspiring asĀ Texarkana. Trust me; I spent a week there and never plan on returning.

The Rooibos pattern was exactly what I had been searching for in a vest pattern: casual (i.e., no lace or cables), falls just below the hip, and had an open front. I really wanted to love it when it was done, but I don’t.


I actually don’t mind the color. It’s the style that I find unflattering. Maybe it’s the heavier weight yarn that feels/looks bulky on me. Or, maybe it’s because it’s so long that it makes me look like I’ve been rummaging around Yao Defen’s closet.

Too Looooong

Whatever it is, it makes me curl my lip a la Billy Idol every time I look at it.

For the knitters: This should have been an easy pattern for me being that it’s all knits and purls. Part of my problem was that I’m not experienced enough to know how to shorten the piece properly. I attempted to shorten it by only knitting 24 rows in the back. When I got around to shaping the neckline and waist, the length was already long enough so I followed the instructions for shaping the armholes and decreasing the neckline. No clue if this was the right approach. Despite my attempt to shorten the piece, it still grew a lot during blocking. My swatch didn’t grow in length so it was frustrating to find that the finished piece was so incredibly long. I ended up putting it on a rack in the dryer to try to shrink it, but that didn’t fix the problem entirely.

I used Knit Picks Swish Bulky in Doe since I was looking for a neutral color and this one happened to be on sale. The yarn felt fine while knitting, but I’m not sure I’d using it again because of the “growth” factor. I also found that the piece is already fuzzy and pilling after just one hand washing in Eucalan.

2 Responses to “Rooibos Vest”

  1. M says:

    Looks great to me! Easily $$ if it were sold at Anthropologie :)

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