Sunday, September 8, 2013

Toddler vest to crochet



Toddler Vest to crochet

Two 50-gram balls Cherub DK
Suggested hook:  4mm
Measurements of finished garment:
Chest: 20”
Underarm to lower edge: 8”
Armhole depth:  4”
Shoulder width: 3”
Across back: 10”
Gauge:  23 sts/5 inches;  20 rows/4 inches

Notes:  This pattern is one example of a powerful construction concept that works really well in crochet.  A doll vest was worked this way a few posts ago.  Start with a rough outline of the shape.  Add inches/centimeters for the sizing.  Start stitching and add gauge information after a few inches to flesh out the details so the chart shows the actual numbers of rows and stitches to do.  Working from a chart, starting with a foundation stitch row at the underarm, almost all your information ends up looking like this:

This vest starts at the side edge, with the rows going up and down.  One edge (the lower edge) has no shaping.

Decrease by leaving stitches unworked at the end of the row.

Increase by adding foundation stitches at the end of the row.

Work across the back - by the end of that, you have good gauge information, then one side of the front. Fasten off.  Rejoin yarn at the starting point again and stitch the other front.  Edging is 1 round of (sc1, ch1) followed by 1 round of light crab stitch.

Pattern Stitch:  (even number of stitches at all times):  ch1, turn.  (Sc1, dc1) across, ending row with dc1.  Repeat row for pattern.  Notice that dc is always worked into sc of previous row.  Sc is always worked into dc of previous row.

“Draw up a loop”:  Insert hook in stitch indicated.  Yarnover.  Pull the yarnover through only the stitch indicated.

Foundation single crochet:  Draw up a loop in the base chain of previous stitch.  Yarnover.  Pull through 1 loop to make a new base chain, loosely.  Yarnover and pull through 2 loops to finish single crochet.

Foundation double crochet:  Yarnover.  Draw up a loop in the base chain of previous stitch.  Yarnover.  Pull through 1 loop to make a new base chain, loosely.  (Yarnover and pull through 2 loops) twice to finish double crochet.

Light Crab Stitch:  *Single crochet in the next stitch to the right. Chain 1, skip 1 stitch.  Repeat from * across.

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