I have finished this little vest weeks ago, but I have let it to rest for weeks. I was disappointed about this project. I loved the color of this yarn. I liked the yarn. Even the pattern was a good one. But this yarn, my needles and the pattern haven't worked well together.yarn. It has a beautiful color chart with vibrant shades and sold on a good price. I also loved the touch. But it is very slippery and also splitting a little bit. I wasn't able to hold the tension although I used smaller needles to get a neat reasult. I guess this yarn works much better for crochet. It might also work better on bamboo or wooden needles. Anyway, because of its wonderful color chart I will shop it again and use up differently for amigurumi or something similar.
The pattern instructions were challenging, I recommend it just for intermediate or advanced knitters. But once you find out how to follow, it is going to be a mindless knit. One of the main problems was that the instructions use short rows, but in a way which couldn't have a smooth result, so I just used the wrap&turn method. The chart doesn't use the standardized symbols and increasing-decreasing are described confusing.
The one thing I really loved that this vest is knitted in one piece, there are no turn-backs to the neckline, arms or anywhere. Once it is off the needles, just weave on ends, sew the buttons on, wash it and ready to wear. I haven't knitted anything from this design team yet, although they have great patterns.
The result is a little bit disappointing for me, it doesn't even fit well, the neckline is too deep. Anyway, my dauhter will wear it at least for one time. And who knows I might even get to like this little vest.