biggest gauge FAIL ever… FO: Deep V argyle vest

A while ago, as I finally finished the print o the wave stole after working on (and off) it for over a year I decided I didn’t want anything like that to happen. Having many wip’s is nice but they shouldn’t stay wips forever.. I like the knitting process but there are limits…

So with this idea in my head I decided that I wanted to get my deep v argyle vest done and I didn’t want to spend an entire summer with an unfinished winterknit in my head. You may have read the original post (scroll down) where I say I’ve made a lot of swatches and I’m going to knit this project with cheap yarn as a practice round for fair isle. This is the third time I knit with two colors simultaneously and for the first time I’m actually happy with how it looks. You can view attempt one and two here (please don’t it’s embarrassing). So anyway At some point (when I needed to graft the shoulders together and add a few rows of ribbing on the neckline and ‘sleeves’) I ran out of yarn. Now the shop I bought it from isn’t an actual yarn shop so they have a few acrylic yarns in a few colors and that’s it. So I visited 3 Wibra’s in 3 cities for about (yes) 4-6 times in a stretch of 2 months only to realize they didn’t have it anywhere. They had a lot of other colors but just not one lousy ball of dark brown.

So after a desperate cry for help on Ravelry I got a (rather large) push in the (with neon signs and lightbulbs decorated) right direction and begged for a ball of yarnΒ my fellow Raveler (yeahyeahyeah, thanks again ;)) proposed a swap. So my problem was solved right? The nice, rude-never-learned-to-say-hi-or-whatever-postman delivered myyyy preeeccioouuusssssssss and I started knitting like crazy.

Well.. first I started grafting (I hate grafting so I crocheted) the shoulders together. The pattern tells you to turn the work inside out and graft. So I turned the work inside out and checked if I hadn’t twisted anything and started grafting. It looked good, but then I discovered this:

deep v argyle vest FAIL/ FO

yea.. see what I did there? Now this my friends is a genius at work, lets view this piece of art from the side…

deep v argyle vest FAIL/ FO

Yes ladies and gentlemen… I actually managed to CHECK before I grafted the damned thing together… *sigh*

So anyways, moving on…. I de-grafted, un-graftified, frogged the thing and attached them to the right part and started doing the ribbing on the left ‘sleeve’. So you might be reading this and thinking… lilirious.. you don’t understand what ‘gauge’ means.. this is just a little fail.. you were overexcited… things like this happen right? easy fix…

deep v argyle vest FAIL/ FO

THIS is a gauge FAIL. The left jacket you see fits me… the vest on the right.. is… big… get it? BIGGEST gauge fail? yea.. πŸ˜›

deep v argyle vest FAIL/ FO

deep v argyle vest FAIL/ FO

It’s quite big isn’t it πŸ˜›

Anyways, so when I discovered this I had two options: either frog or find another solution. I wasn’t planning to frog as I was way too bummed out to reknit the whole thing, plus I had already cut the steeks so that would’ve been very painful… instead, knowing the yarn was cheap and that I had achieved my goal (learning to knit fair isle withouth stretchmarks) I decided to take the bold route πŸ™‚

deep v argyle vest FAIL/ FO

A little sewing here…

deep v argyle vest FAIL/ FO

a little cutting there…

deep v argyle vest FAIL/ FO

and DONE πŸ˜€

deep v argyle vest FAIL/ FO

It’s still a bit loose (it was way too big remember) but with winterclothes and after some washing and blocking I hope it’ll lay flat πŸ™‚ Hope to have an FO post tomorrow πŸ™‚

edit: this is the FO post as there were no significant changes after the blocking process πŸ™‚

2 thoughts on “biggest gauge FAIL ever… FO: Deep V argyle vest

  1. Congrats on the reconstruction! I love the vest πŸ™‚ I’ve ran into the same problem with wibra yarn recently, I have an almost finished scarf (it just needles a few more cable repeats) and the one over here just refuses to stock some more of that dark grey that I need.

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