Technically, it’s not quite finished since it still needs buttons or clasps. And only parts of it have been blocked. But I’m still considering it my final FO for 2008, finished on New Year’s Eve.
I’m lucky to get any finished modeled shots at all, so even though these aren’t great, they’re all you’re likely to get for a while.
I’m thinking about pewter buttons or clasps, though I do have some reddish-brown buttons that would also work.
Pattern: 654 Veste Femme (Veste irlandaise), by Bergère de France.
Yarn: Beaverslide Dry Goods Worsted, color “Lichen Frost”, 5 skeins
Needles: US 8/5mm (US 7/4.5mm for ribbing)
Ravelry: Pattern page, my project page
Modifications: Increased the length of both the body and sleeves. The pattern called for knitting the button bands in 1×1 rib as you knit the body. I started it that way, but wasn’t sure I liked how it was turning out, so I ripped it out and just knit the body without the button bands, and added garter stitch bands after adding the collar.
If I were making it again, I’d probably make it another inch longer.