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    I almost laughed out loud when Karen's beautiful Togue stripes popped up in my blog reader today, because I finally have proper photos of my Vasa from the Vasalong. So I, too, am showcasing stripes in Quince & Co. linen. Here it is, folks: my finished Vasa, photographed and all! (Happily, that makes this the final Vasalong post!)

    Forgive me for repeating myself if you've been following along, but in the interest of writing it up properly: it's knit in Quince & Co. Sparrow (the five skeins shown in this post), and while initially I was worried I hadn't bought enough yarn, those tiny hanks go very far. I had four hanks of Juniper and one hank of Little Fern, and while I had very little yarn leftover when I was done, the finished tee is pretty large.

    I still haven't put it through the washer and dryer yet, but I've worn it several times already. At this point, the finished dimensions are 25" wide by about 21-22" tall (it's longer at the shoulders, since I've been wearing it), which makes it wider than it is tall (!). That's about a 50" chest circumference, which is 14" of positive ease on my 36" bust. Not everyone will want such a huge, drapey garment (it's admittedly kind of a tent), but I think it works really well in the linen and gives you a good idea of why I recommend at least 4" of positive ease in the pattern. 4" of ease is actually not that much ease. I knit it up on US size 3 needles and the gauge is sitting around 18 stitches and 27 rows per 4". At this gauge the fabric is quite airy and definitely see-through, so I wear this with a tank underneath.

    Here are a few photos to show off the boxy shape and fabric quality:


    It's knit flat and seamed, as written in the pattern, but I did make two modifications: I picked up stitches and knit sleeve borders in garter stitch, binding off in the CC, and I only knit 14 stripes instead of 15. I'm pretty pleased with the garter stitch sleeve borders, even if I barely had enough yarn left to eke them out. 

    My favorite part of the whole Vasalong was definitely seeing everyone else's Vasas in progress, though. Especially everyone's mods! I loved the creativity! A few favorites:

    This one comes from Ines in Belgium, and I love the effect of the one dotted line stripe. So cool!

    I loved Tien's bright scalloped stripe version! Clever use of stranded colorwork to such nice effect (and I love the colors). You can check out the inside of it, strands and all, here.

    I loved this photo of Sibhie, wearing the Vasa she knit for the Vasalong, knitting another Vasa, and to top it all off that's the Vasa Museum in Stockholm behind her in the background. The most epic Vasa photo there will ever be:

    Ash got creative when faced with yarn limitations, and mixed up the stripe sequence (and I love it):

    You can check out the rest of the Vasa projects on Ravelry here, and huge thanks once again to all of the Vasalong participants!