OMG-----I am all over this new design! Still need to finish up the final touches....but I couldn't stand to wait any longer to reveal this new design! The collar is thrummed using black roving. I thrummed both sides of the collar where as the natural colored vest below was only thrummed on 1 side. By thrumming both sides, it gives the allusion of fur! And it is way too cute on as well. Knit out of Brown Sheep Burley Spun on a size 15 needle basically took me a couple of evenings to complete and less than 3 skeins for this size M vest.
The thrumming here is thinner and only on 1 side of the collar giving it a more natural fleece collar.
Pattern has length options from cropped as seen here to just below the belt as pictured above. Just depends on whether you like your belt and your shirt tail to show or if you like it covering the entire beltline. Vest is knit in 1 piece with a faux seam - hence, no seaming which is bulky when using such fat yarns. I am even thinking that you could add a single thin row of roving around the armhole edge to create the look of a fur-lined vest.
This has been such a fun design to create. I need to knit this up in children's sizes as well--which should be 1 skein of Burley Spun.