It's the short sleeves. They're weird. If I'm going to wear a sweater, I want an actual sweater. Like, one with long sleeves. Plus, the ribbed band at the bottom always turned up, no matter what I did. I do like to layer up in the winter though, so an argyle vest would be perfect!
Luckily, this sweater was ideal for a refashion. If you look at the seams, they aren't cut and serged like some store-bought sweaters. Those are the original selvage edges of the knitted fabric. For you non-knitters, here's the gist. Instead of a machine knitting a big rectangle and then cutting out the pattern pieces and sewing them together, it knits the pieces in their appropriate shapes, as a knitter would, and then they are stitched together with no cutting. This means they're easily disassembled.
So disassemble I did.
Then I unraveled the sleeves and wound the yarn up to be reused.
I grabbed my tiniest needles - size US0/2mm - and picked up and knit stitches all the way around each armhole.
A few rounds of ribbing later, I bound off my stitches and my armholes are nicely finished.
An outside observer might not even be able to tell this vest has been altered.
So much more wearable now! And I plan to do just that now that it's getting chillier.