So I finally am totally done with the argyle! After finishing the first vest and having it come out 4" too big in the chest, and doing it all again in a different color, I am very happy with the result. Eli doesn't like having his picture taken but I explained it was the price he had to pay for hand-knits. For what it's worth I think he's handsome but he loves to make put-out faces for the camera. Here is a nice close up of the vest.
The crisscross lines on it are duplicate stitch embroidered after the knitting and sewing together and pretty much everything was done. It was a bit of a slog, that last bit, I just SO wanted to be done with it! And so I am. I really think this was one of the nicer things I've made. I did make a big modification to the pattern by making it 6 stitches smaller on the front and the back. I basically followed the directions but just decreased the size. The pattern was nicely done but I don't know why you'd want a vest like this to have 4" of ease. My vest of fail showed that clearly it isn't very attractive. Who knows? Do most men really like everything 2 sizes too big? Anyway here are a few more photo's of Eli hamming it up.