Vest is the best?

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That I suffer from a severe case of SSS – Second Sleeve Syndrome is no secret. Sleeves are my nemesis, I try and I start but it’s a challenge to finish. I’m not sure why. I think it might be that when I’ve finished the bodice I think that I’m nearly done when I’m really not and I get disappointed when it then takes longer than I expect to finish and I get bored and I moved on.

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I’ve discussed this with a friend and we’ve laughed about it and when she became pregnant I promised to knit for her baby and to not make any sleeves.

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Now shortcuts usually tend to be longer than expected and this was no exception but of course I didn’t know that when I started. I cast on and knit happily till it was time to divide the stitches between front and back. That was easily done and soon the bodice was finished.

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Or so I thought. It turned out that not only was I to pick up stitches for the neckband, both front and back, different neckbands that is since the two were not connected.

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I also had to pick up stitches around where the sleeves would have been. On both sides.

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Then there were the stitches for the buton bands over the shoulders, four all in all. Of course, this was a lot quicker than making sleeves but also a little trickier since it involved a lot of stitches picked up and so.

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Also, not to mention all the sleeves that had to be weaved in! About 16 ends just for the edges. That’s insane for such a small garment.

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Well, in the end it turned out to be a very, very cute little vest. And now I know that vests aren’t always better than sleeves.

Pattern: Viggo by Drops Design. Yarn: Drops Alpaca Silk from Garnstudio, colors Powder and Pale Green.