It's getting rapidly colder up here in New England, and with corresponding rapidity I'm learning where the cold spots are in my apartment (the front door leaks heat like a leaky thing) and in my office. My plan for dealing with the cold involves weatherstripping, long underwear, a space heater for the office, and, of course, sweaters. I'm close to finishing my first sweater project of the season, the Cavern Cardigan, carefully chosen as an extra layer of alpaca/merino warmth for when I'm sitting at my desk:
And I'm already thinking about the next keep-me-from-freezing project. Specifically, I'm thinking about vests. I like having an extra layer that doesn't trap my arms in too many sleeves. But sweater vests have an unfortunate reputation for dorkiness. I had a particularly uncool sweater vest in high school (acrylic yarn in a garish shade of fire-engine red, square neckline, boxy), so I'm a little gun-shy. All of which is to say that I'm in search of a stylish-looking vest pattern, preferably one that's kind of androgynous, but fitted enough not to look baggy. (I'm aiming for "dashing," not "grandpa.")
I've found a few patterns that I think would work:
- a simple four-button vest with a little buckle in the back to adjust the fit (more images are in the PDF of the pattern);
- a V-neck vest with stripes (I'd pick different colors, but the shape is nice);
- something cabled;
- a simple design to show off an interesting yarn.
(This honeycomb pattern is a bit girlier than I'm in the mood for, but I like it as well.)
So, readers, if you feel like helping me pick out my next project, which of them do you like?