The steeks have turned out great on the Alberta vest, and I even picked up the neck stitches fairly well the second time around. But now that I'm knitting down the bottom ribbing, I'm facing a slight dilemma.
The vest appears to be too short.
I was worried that the vest would be too long before adding the ribbing, but it seems to have magically lost some of that length while I was paying attention to the top of the sweater. Knits really are living things.
In my fear that I would run out of the precious purple handspun yarn, I chose to knit the smallest size and trust that my poor gauge matching would even things out. And of course I didn't check the fit until after cutting the steeks, since it's very difficult to try on a vest when silly things like arms or a head get in the way. Even if I could stretch the vest during blocking, I am counting on the ability to add some lateral size to the vest, which only makes the vest shorter. Perhaps that's why it suddenly looks shorter as I try it on.
But I am not afraid. I specifically used a provisional cast-on and saved the ribbing for last so that I could easily knit downward if I needed to adjust body length. The problem is that I simply don't want to rip back the ribbing I've been knitting for the last several hours.
It's okay; I have met this challenge before. In the wonderful world of stockinette fabric, a bit of surgery can preserve all those hours of knitting and still give me a chance to add the length I need. That's right. I'm gonna chop this vest in half, knit some more stripes, and graft it back together.