FO: The Shawl Collared Vest

A while ago, my husband and I were watching the show Power and the main character had on a lovely navy blue shawl collared vest. My husband leaned over and asked, ‘could you make me something like that?’ and I immediately responded yes. I ordered blue yarn…and then later he said he didn’t want a blue vest. Why does this man do this to me every time? LOL So I decided to use this opportunity to try a new to me yarn, Berroco Remix and make up a vest for my husband.
Kendell’s knits
I’m pleased with the end results, although I questioned myself the entire way. You also get to see his hat I knit him!
Kendell’s knits
I went with Remix yarn because he doesn’t like to be too hot (or smile in photos) and it’s a mix of non-wool that’s light and has a soft drape. I randomly picked the color patina, it’s a grey brown with flecks of white so I paired it with dark grey buttons from my stash. Remix knits almost like a Noro silk blend but I didn’t feel like it was as fragile as when I knit my rainbow cardigan with a silk yarn. Now I love the end results of the yarn so much I want to knit something for myself in a pink or teal color. I took about two months to finish this because I just didn’t want to do all the stockinette for the body but in the end I finished it for him.
Kendell’s knits
I based this around the instructions for a saddle shoulder sweater from the Knitter’s Handy Book of Top Down Sweaters. I made garter stitch saddles and trim since the yarn is so tweedy I didn’t think anything else would really stand out. And I used short rows to make the shawl collar. Since I used garter stitch I didn’t have to pick up the wraps, they just blend right on in. I could’ve gone bigger with the collar but I always worry it’ll be too big until I’ve finished it. I also use a stretchy bind off to make sure it lays flat. I think I could’ve added a touch more length to the body but he seems to be okay with the finished item. And hopefully he will wear it often. This was a pretty good project to end my 2018 on, now on to many more!

20 Replies to “FO: The Shawl Collared Vest”

  1. Remix is a great yarn if you need a garment that looks appropriate for winter but isn’t too hot to wear indoors.The power vest looks great. I knit a shawl collared pullover out of it a couple of years ago [MissValerie’s Flying V pullover on Ravelry and really liked Remix. I intended to knit more things from Remix but haven’t gotten around to it.

  2. What a great vest! Yarn and pattern work together perfectly!

  3. The vest looks amazing, and seems to fit him perfectly! Well done!

  4. The vest and hat that you made your husband are gorgeous. I hope he appreciates the work that went into them AND that you’ve made him quite stylish. Happy knitting in 2019!

  5. Good looking vest for a good looking husband. Your knitting prowess continues to impress me!

  6. Great results and great job you did!
    Do you think that book would be helpful for a beginner knitter? I’ve only knit 1 sweater, a cardigan, and it was in 5 pieces, bottom up, with a lot of seaming together at the end. Not fun😕

    1. It’s a good book to understand how top down sweaters are put together. But if you just want a pattern that’s easy to follow I’d suggest a Jane Richmond sweater, I like how her patterns read.

      1. Thanks so much Dana. I’ll look on Ravelry for that designer!

  7. I love this! Stockinette always seems a bit of a chore to me, but ultimately it’s just such a wearable fabric and I’m always pleased with the slog through it. I think you did a fantastic job on this and hope your husband gets a lot of wear out of it.

  8. I’ve made three vests using Remix. Great yarn! My vests were toddler sized, really quick knits. Your husband’s vest looks great.

  9. Wow! So impressed. If you want to publish that pattern, I’ll gladly be a test knitter for you. Sandy’s right…. It sure doesn’t hurt to have a very handsome model!

  10. The perfect vest. The fact he wore it to work immediately says so much. Looking forward to seeing what your needles produce this year!

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