Late gifts still count, right?

I finished my sister’s birthday sweater vest!

(Shhh…just ignore the fact that her birthday was in August. She didn’t need it until it got cold out anyway!)

I can’t say enough good things about Andean Treasure – it knit up like a dream, and it cooperated nicely while I blocked it long and lean for my smaller-than-me sis. The finished vest has a slight fuzziness that’s inviting instead of itchy, and Embers Heather is a really rich, complex color that’ll look great with her fall wardrobe.

The honeycomb stitch pattern is super stretchy, so I had to plan for a significant amount of negative ease. The size I made allowed for 6″ of negative ease, and I could have even made it smaller for a more fitted look. The twisted rib on the bottom band and edgings seems like an unnecessary pain, but it really looks sharp on the finished piece. The twisting helps the ribbing stand out just slightly more, and I’m really pleased that I put the extra time into it (rather than just switching to my quicker 2×2 standard rib that I always sub in).

Pattern: Honeycomb from
Yarn: Andean Treasure in Embers Heather (just under 6 balls for the 30″ size)
Needles: KP Nickel-plated Options, size 4 <