This is my latest project for Blue Sky Alpacas–a tunic vest with fun to knit darts in the front.
The neatest thing about this project? You knit the waist ribbing first–casting on with a provisional cast on, and then you knit the upper part of the vest, and when you’re done with that, pick up and knit the bottom.
I love provisional cast ons–not only are they super useful–they’re fast to do too. With this project, I like to cast on over a long circular cord from my Knit Picks set instead of waist yarn (It’s less floppy and the cast-on stitches don’t get so tight like they sometimes do with yarn), then, when I needed to knit down–no transferring stitches–just transfer needles onto the other cord and start knitting.