this girl

How sweet is my girl? I know, I am her mother so obviously I think she is the best girl in the world. But I’m here to tell you. She’s the best girl in the world.

Although I finished this vest a while ago, it was hot all summer and I couldn’t bear to make Maggie put it on for pictures. But then I decided pictures needed to be taken, and even though it was in the 90s that day, I made her put it on anyway. She’s a good sport. In the span of about 10 or 15 minutes, we took nearly 200 pictures (click on the following pictures to see them bigger).

The vest was knit entirely in the round, and steeked at armholes and neck. I picked up stitches and finished the edges with simple ribbing.

I added an afterthought pocket.

The edge of the pocket was finished with i-cord, and is perfect for all the little treasures that four-year-olds love to find and collect.

I think my favorite part of the vest is the hidden personalization in the hem.

It says “MAGGIE [diamond motif] 2010”. I situated the message so that when the wearer flips the hem, it is readable to them. You know, if they could read.

I have sensed that there is some interest in a pattern for this vest. I plan to write the pattern, and I’ll let you know when I do.  I hope to get to it in the next few months.

For more information about the yarn (including specific colors of Chickadee that I used) check out the Ravelry project page (visible to Ravelers and non-Ravelers alike).

Like I said, we had a brief photoshoot. Here is the last picture we took.

And when I got the hand, I knew it was time to call it a day.

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9 thoughts on “this girl

  1. So cute! Both your girl and the vest! Stumbled on your blog this weekend and have enjoyed reading through it. I have a question for you. I am a total beginner. I guess I’m stuck at beginner, lol. All I know is knit. I don’t even know purl. So far, it’s been fine. I make scarves out of funky yarns so it’s all I need to know besides cast on and off. I’d like to learn more but the local knit store only has classes during the week day and I work full time. Even the ladies their available for private lessons prefer during the day as they have kids. I understand, but it leaves me in a lurch. The rare Saturday class is usually a specialty class way above my level. And the owners haven’t been receptive. For example, I wanted to make a simple small baby blanket and asked for help and they showed me a pattern they said should take 8 hours. When I told them it takes me way longer than 8 hours to make a scarf, they laughed, literally, and said “good luck then” and walked off. No help, no discussion, nothing.

    I’ve tried to seek out other knitters but those I’ve found know about as much as I do, lol. Mostly, right now, I’d like to know how to increase my speed. I am slow as molasses and it makes it frustrating. Then I’d like to learn more stitches.

    Any ideas?? They are the only shop within hours of here.

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