I made this wool vest for Bracken for his second birthday. He’s four and it still fits him (with plenty of layers underneath.) That’s one of my favorite things about vests, how long they last. It seems every time Bracken wears one of the felted wool vests I’ve made him, I get asked about them. Everywhere we go. And I always tell people how easy they are to make. I’ve made them very simple and I’ve made them more elaborate. The one above had an apple tree in wool felt on the back and I took more time to make it than the other vests I’ve made. The last one I made Bracken simply had toggle buttons across the front and that was it. I wanted to mention this here today in case you haven’t yet seen the tutorial and you’d like to make one of these wool vests, you can see how to make them here.
I took these pictures of Bracken goofing off in his vest today. The cowl he is wearing is from a cashmere sweater my mom had and accidentally shrunk, so she gave it to me. I cut off the neck of the sweater and the felted cashmere made the coziest and most perfect cowl for Bracken. He loves it. Yet another way to re-purpose a shrunken sweater. The possibilities are endless!