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Friday, 4 September 2015
AN EASY SLEEVELESS VEST FOR DIYA
AN EASY SLEEVELESS VEST FOR DIYA
This is a really lovely pattern, that looks
pretty easy. I’m making this for a
friend’s grand daughter, with some absolutely superb yarn she’s gifted me. I hope the project turns out as I’ve
I've made a matching headband for this as well.. so do watch this space for that free pattern write up as well.
Inspired by this picture that I saw on some Pinterest board, which conveniently has a chart, here are my notes as I make my own project.
Materials used:Today I’ve used about 2 balls (100 gm each) of the absolutely
fantastic 100% cotton yarn from I Love This Cottn (HL#581876 ; 254 Rosy) , with a 5 mm crochet hook.
For Indians : This yarn is just a little thicker than our Laura knitting
cotton, which we can use with either a 4.5 mm or a 5 mm crochet hook.
Size made:24 ;
Length : ~ 16”
Abbreviations used :
fdc : Foundation double crochet dc
: Double crochet
ch : chain
: chain space
sp : space
Stitches used :
fdc : Foundation Double Crochet
: This is a unique way of starting a project directly with a row of double
crochet stitches. This makes your whole
project neat and even.. in a way that you need to do once, to agree! If you are familiar with fsc, you’ll wonder
why you never used this start before !
Let’s as usual start with our quick
analysis of what we’re going to do here today. We start at the base of our vest and
then work our way up to the shoulders and neck. I've decided to make a lovely sleeveless vest for darling Diya.
So let’s get started.
Our pattern repeat count is 3 + 1.
: If you decide to start with regular chain (which I beg you not to), start
with chains in multiples of three + 3, and then turn around, and do your 1st
dc in the 3rd ch from hk, and then dc in each ch till end.
Start with a multiple of 3 fdc + 1 . Turn.
Row 2 : sc in the 1st dc ; *ch 4, sk next 2 dc, sc in the
next dc* ; rep *to* till end. Turn.
Row 3 : dc in the 1st sc ; ch 2, sc in the 1st ch-4 sp *ch 4, sc in the next ch-4 sp * ; rep *to* till last
ch-4 sp ; ch 2, dc in the last sc. Turn.
Row 4 : sc in the 1st dc ; ch 4, sk next sc, sc in the
next ch-4 sp *ch 4, sc in the next ch-4 sp* ; rep *to* till end, sk last sc and
end with a sc in the last dc. Turn.
Row 5 : dc in the 1st sc ; *3 dc in the next ch-4 sp* ;
rep *to* till last ch-4 sp ; 2 dc in the last ch-4 sp ; dc in the last sc. Turn.
Note : Check that you have
the same number of dc as your starting fdc
Row 6 : dc in the 1st 2 dc ; *ch 1, sk next dc , dc in
the next 2 dc* ; rep *to* till 2 dc ; ch 1, sk next dc, dc in the last dc. Turn.
Row 7 : dc in the 1st dc ; *dc in the next ch-1 sp ; dc
in the next 2 dc* ; rep *to* till end.
And we’ve done one lovely
pattern repeat. See how lovely this look
already. Right then, continue with rep
Rows 2 – 7 till your project reaches the armhole level (i.e length from the
base of the vest to the armhole for the child this vest is intended for).
There is a convenient link for
children body sizing at the top of this blog as well.
We’ll meet at that point for
the armhole decrease.
Decrease Row 1 : sl-st into the 1st 4 dc ; sc in the same 4th
dc ; * sc in the next dc ; *ch 4, sk next 2 dc, sc in the next dc* ; rep *to*
till last 3 dc. Turn.
Note : Please check that you once again have a multiple of 3 + 1
sts at the end of this row. The stitch
pattern here is a rep of Row 2.
Rep Rows 3-7 once.
Rep Rows 2-7 till you have the
armhole size / round you need.
Remember that you need not end
in a Row 7. You could end on any row, as
long as you have the armhole size / round needed.
For the back, we will not do
any further decrease for the neck, as we go up all the way to the shoulders
with the same pattern.
When you reach the shoulders,
fasten off and weave in ends.
FRONT : (Make two)
the fronts, we will do the same as for the back, but we will add in a neckline
decrease as well. So once you have done
the pattern till the armhole, that’s where the difference begins.
Now for my neckline, I’m going to start the decreases when I reach half the
length of armhole-shoulder length.
say you’ve done 5” from the armhole decrease to the final shoulder finish for
the back, then when I reach 2.5”, I’m going to do my neckline decrease.
my case, my one pattern repeat (Rows 2 – 7) =
~ 2.5”, so I’m going to do only one pattern repeat after armhole, and
then do my neckline decrease.
OK, so enough chatting.. let’s
get the first front bit done till the armhole, and we’ll chat a little again
about neckline decrease.
So rep instructions of Back
till armhole decrease row, but as we’re making two, you will be doing half
the number of stitches that you used for the front. Ensure though that you
start once again in multiples of 3 + 1.
So once you’ve reached the
armhole decrease section, start your decreases from the armhole side.
After one pattern repeat, check
if you think it’s “deep” enough for the neck drop (i.e shoulder to neckline),
and then you will do the same decrease once for the neckline as well from the opposite
side of the armhole.
Continue without any further
decrease till the front reaches the same length as the back.
Fasten off and leave a long tail to join with the back.
Repeat this for the other side
of the front as well.
Join the shoulders (back and
fronts) and then the sides.
If you’ve decided (as I have)
to keep this sleeveless, then finish off with one round of sc all around the
armhole, and then a round of sc all around the neckline and fronts.
If you want to add sleeves, see the chart below .
If you’ve thought of adding
buttons, then add one more row with small button holes along one side of the
front, finishing off with one last row of sc to hold that button placket
Fasten off and weave in
ends. Give yourself a big pat on the back
as this one has really been a great project – especially the up and down edging
– but totally worth it, I’m sure you’ll agree.
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