He picked out the
It wasn't exactly pleasant "yarn" to knit with, but it made a fairly nice fabric, especially after machine washing and drying. It shrinks lengthwise quite a bit when machine dried, so it was a bit difficult to judge how large to make the vest. I finally decided that the shrinkage would probably be offset by the stretching of the cotton from the weight, and just knit it to the dimensions I wanted. It may have shrunk just a bit more than I expected, but it's close enough and it may still grow a bit with wearing.
He's happy with it, and I guess that's what counts, isn't it? It's good to finally have the monkey off my back and have it done and wearable.
I used 2 balls of Royale Fashion Crochet Thread (100% mercerized cotton), size 3. I just noticed that the label says not to machine dry it - oops. The machine drying does change the knitted fabric quite a bit - it's thicker, softer and more cottony instead of the looser, linen-y feel that it had before, but I was expecting that, since I machine washed and dried my swatch. It's not that it's "better" or "worse" after the wash and dry, it's just "different". At least I won't worry about him accidentally throwing it in the dryer and ruining it.