Oh my gosh, these are **AMAZING** - what an awesome way to use the pattern!! Do you mind if I gank the picture for a gallery of reader knits on my site? Full credit goes to you, of course, with a link to your blog (or craftster profile, or LJ, as you like)
Hi guys - just a quick note to mention that, if your row gauge is off, it's easy to make modifications. I only wrote the pattern in rows specifically because I think the "knit to 10 inches" or whatever is vague and asking for mistakes, since on-the-needle length and blocked length can be very different things. Given that the pattern row gauge is 7.5 rows to the inch, a little math should give you what the measurements should be. Like, 15 rows is equal to 2 inches, etc.
I also posted a note on my blog yesterday about fit - basically, that steeked knitting is impossible to try on while knitting and fixing after cutting is difficult, so make sure the schematic measurements for your size are good for you before beginning. I do this with every pattern (I almost always need to alter length and back width), so I didn't think to include it in it, but I realize now that I should have made a note of this in the pattern itself...my apologies to anyone who feels like they could have used this information before.
Silk always grows over the course of the day. I wouldn't put it in the dryer - wet block it again, but don't pin, and don't let the weight of the waterlogged garmet pull it out of shape. Roll it in a towel and press to get it as dry as possible, and just sort of lay it flat, patting it into shape. It should spring back a little.
No worries about Merino Style; it's ideal for the project. I was talking about RYC Cashsoft and Dale Falk; the first is a blend and the second is a superwash. Again, you absolutely CAN knit the vest with these, but you should machine-sew rather than crochet the steeks.
As for crochet yarn? Hmm. Dale Tiur, which is a 60/40 mohair/wool, is perfect. Even Light Lopi is a worsted, right? I think that would be too thick to hold the edge properly. Really, any DK weight non-superwash wool or wool/mohair blend should be fine. I'll think on it a little more and come up with a suggested list.
Hey guys - just a quick note - as it says in the pattern, superwash wool or blends are NOT suitable for crocheted steeks. You really need a pure, untreated 100% wool to make this work.
If you are going to use a blend or a superwash, it would be wise to skip the crochet and machine-sew the steeks instead. I'd hate for anyone to knit the vest, try crocheted steeks for the first time, and have everything fall apart.
Just throw it in the machine. Unless they're very tiny pockets, they won't felt closed very quickly - every time you pull the piece out to check on it, run your hand inside the pockets all around to open up anything that's starting to stick.
I wonder how hard it would be to figure out how to add sleeves to the vest? I'm in love love love love with your patterns, but, damn, I just can't pull off the vest look!
Sorry for not seeing this sooner - I think it wouldn't be too hard; the armscye decreases are charted as well as written, so you could draw up a shaped sleeve cap pretty easily. You could also just take your favorite sleeve from a pattern knit at 5.5 st/inch with a deep sleeve cap, and sew it in - my guess is it would work out just fine.
This was my first time writing a pattern out for sale, so I'm really nervous that I missed something while proofing. I'll be watching to step in and offer clarifications/help/corrections whenever necessary - no pride of ownership here.