Vest FInished-- OK but Disappointed

Well, I finally finished the charcoal grey vest I was making. The picture quality is lousy, and the colour is wrong. In reality it is a much darker charcoal/almost black tweed. You cant see the cable definition very well either. But for what they are worth, here are a couple of pics. It is from the "Men Who Knit and the Dogs Who Love Them" book. I used Rowan Yorkshire Tweed Aran in a dark charcoal colour, although I am told it is discontinued now. I am a little disappointed in the way it looks on. I dont like the way the shoulders stick out and up a bit like a Chinese roofline when I wear it. lol. Ah well, on to the next thing.

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albert's picture

Geeze, Alan, it looks beautiful in the picture. I haven't done anything with button bands yet so I'm impressed and envious. As for the shoulders, maybe it's a matter of blocking, or possibly there is some quick fix which no doubt one of our wise men will put you on to. If it helps, I have yet to knit anything I have been satisfied with- I think we are all hyper self-critical.

jbbw's picture

Looks great! The neutral color makes it easy to wear a variety of shirts underneath.


scottly's picture

I can't believe that you're dissappointed though I do understand. I alway have expectations that my stuff falls short of. But take it from me, that is one way cool vest! I love the sort of ethnic/folk look it has.


grandcarriage's picture

Most generic patterns don't fit every body. I have a side business retailoring/repairing knits. If you want, send me a private message and we can talk about how it can be retailored to fit perfectly. You've spent so much time on this: You should be thrilled with the result.


It is a nice looking vest...and cabling is great. I bet you look handsome with it on. Hopefully you will find some method to fix what you do not like cause it is great looking in the photo.

MasonM's picture

Looks great to me.


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StuartWS's picture


The sweater looks good to me, too. I know your pain trying to get pics of things like this! Photographing things that are Dark/black is tough. To get enough light on them to see the details almost requires so much flash as to blow it out of proper color. I don't know what kind of camera you're using, but automatic (aka point and shoot) cameras often can't make dark/black OR light/white look right. They do best with a mix or a t least a mor moderate color temp. Ah well... my LCS (local camera store) has a class specifically for taking pics for Internet display (like ebay or blogging), maybe I should take it!