I started knitting in January, and its already an obsession. I've made a stuffed bunny, a shawl, a heavy neck warmer (it started out as a scarf but it was too short, so a couple of buttons transformed it), a pair of socks, a hat, several cat toys, and I'm just about done the tie I knit for my grandfather. I've mastered a variety of increases, decreases, DPNs and circulars, and I feel ready for a challenge.
Now my Oma wants me to knit her a vest. One she can zip up. And I want to try something with cabling. Well, I searched and searched online for a good pattern that a) zipped, and b) had cables, but I couldn't find anything I liked. Well, I realized I could knit a cardigan and just leave off the sleeves. Then I found this:http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall05/PATTsamus.html
I love, love, love the cabled edging on the bottom. I so want to knit this (not in orange, I hate orange and so does my Oma). But, having never done cabling before, am I crazy to start off with something that complex?
Any advice, encouragement, or alternate suggestions for a zippered cabled vest are welcome.