Pattern : Vesper
Yarn : Laura Knitting Cotton ( DK 8ply)
Needles : US4 (3.5mm)
Videos that were very helpful : Provisonal Crochet Cast- On
Short Row Tutorial
When it came to zeroing in on my first knit wearable, I was looking for something simple to knit, good to look and something I would wear frequently. I finally chose Vesper. Knit in cotton, Vesper is a very well written pattern.
I started with a provisonal crochet cast on since I had decided to use Roko's mods where the pleats are knitted together and not sewn together like the pattern instructs. The pattern does have endless rows of Stockinette stitch. I used this to practice speed knitting and to also see whether I could knit without looking. It was fun.
I used Roko's method for pleating. It is quite easy once you get the hang of it. Since I was not so confident, I first tried it on a test knit and then pleated Vesper. I used thinner bamboo needles as 2 additional needles to do the pleats. I also added a lifeline on the row below the row to be pleated. Am glad I did this though the pleats turned out correct the first time I made them. After the pleats I did a k2tog at the place of each pleat to avoid holes at pleats.
I love my Vesper. My first knit wearable (yay!) has been a wonderful learning experience. Thanks to my friend Sanhita for helping me out whenever I had questions about the pattern. Thanks Heidi for this beautifully written pattern!