I am doing a little dance of joy. I finished the vest with lots and lots of time to spare.
I put it on Stomper and it fits, but only just. I think he will be able to wear it this spring (like every Sunday from now until May) and then he will be too long for it. I should have listened to that little voice telling me to knit it longer. Why don't I listen to that voice?
The vest is beautiful, I am quite proud of it and he looks very handsome wearing it.
If I keep in mind that this was a free pattern it was great. Some of the instructions took a little pondering and head scratching for me to fully understand. The shoulder decreases were awkward and I'm not sure the purpose for them, I wish I hadn't done them. I am anti-sewing so I would have preferred some in-the-round knitting for the body and Kitchener stitching at the shoulder, but those mods aren't necessities.
The yarn is Berroco Vintage in worsted weight. I enjoyed using the sport weight when I made a dress last month it held its shape beautifully. I thought that it would be perfect for the vest as well. I do like how the cables look in this yarn and the feel of it is super soft; however, it is not holding it's shape. Perhaps if my gauge was tighter it would hold better?
My conclusion is that I will be holding on to this pattern to make again maybe for a baby shower.