So it did take five tries, but my persistence paid off. I just finished knitting and attaching the lining to the fair isle center panel.
I had this idea to create a nice holiday afghan as a gift for my father for Christmas. Unfortunately, it's clear that I've forgotten some of the basics for how to do machine knitting.
I recently bought Ann Budd's The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, but I promised myself that I wouldn't start a new sweater until I finished up one of my projects.
Tonight, I finally finished my "Cabled Vest" using a pattern from Plymouth Yarn. The vest is made from Baby Alpaca Grande and is luxuriously soft!