I found this gorgeous free pattern.....
Right up my street is this style. Problem is it was for a certain wool type, which is now obsolete, and I wasn't sure what thickness of wool it was either. So off I trotted to the local wool shop, chose a nice double knit in a random shade of blues and greys, with a silver metallic thread running through it. Perfect. Bought my two sets of Sz 9 circular needles and rushed home to make a start.
I dug out my Sz 9 needles and set to work. You start by making the edge piece, which you sew into a ring, then you pick up the stitches along once edge and just work in a big round.
At this point I should mention that I NEVER do a test piece to check my gauge (Tut-Tut) does anyone?
So, I got the rim done, that looked fine, in fact the whole thing looked fine until I did the armholes, they looked a little neat, but just a little. I carried on, it actually wasn't until the last few rounds that I realised this wasn't going to be the big baggy waistcoat, one to fit my generous frame, that I thought it would be. In fact, it was more like a bolero jacket for my Sz 8 daughter!
The mistake? I used Sz 9 needles, which are 3.75mm instead of 9mm needles!!!
(the top ones are the ones I SHOULD have used, the bottom ones are the ones I did)
Oh well, lesson learnt.
Right, try again..... this is my new wool, and this time I have been out and bought 9mm needles.