So it did take five tries, but my persistence paid off. I just finished knitting and attaching the lining to the fair isle center panel.
I had this idea to create a nice holiday afghan as a gift for my father for Christmas. Unfortunately, it's clear that I've forgotten some of the basics for how to do machine knitting. The problem has been compounded by the fact that the machine I'm now using is a newer model than the one I've had years of experience on.
First attempt: I didn't get the cast-on right.
I recently bought Ann Budd's The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, but I promised myself that I wouldn't start a new sweater until I finished up one of my projects.
Tonight, I finally finished my "Cabled Vest" using a pattern from Plymouth Yarn. The vest is made from Baby Alpaca Grande and is luxuriously soft!