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InstructionsYes, it is a retro vest that I made from copying a Vest designed by my Aunt LIllian Smith from her 1960s "wesket" patterns. The opening chain is actually a foundation stitch of ch 2, sc in second chain, chain 1, etc...until the length is formed. The next level is the V stitch which is the pattern stitch. It is formed by doing a DC Ch DC in the same space.
On the foundation chain, it is Dc ...
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Type of item: Clothing
Style: Retro / Vintage, Hipster, Romantic, Casual, Classic
Cotton, Acrylic, Polyester Sensations Caribbean
What was your inspiration?
I have a couple of vests that were in a trunk I inherited from my mom. These were made by my Aunt Lillian Smith who taught me to crochet. She also crocheted my wedding dress. I decided to update the look a bit and get away from that acrylic worsted yarn. I've found a bit of sparkle in the Caribbean yarn by Sensations. It's a cotton blend and it's pretty bouncy.
What are you most proud of?
I looked at her old work, measured and figured out from her finished garment how to construct one of my own. I did write my instructions down and photograph the process. I probably left out some steps, but I now have a really good start on designing my own original vest pattern from scratch.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Be patient. Get a tape measure and be sure to measure your body before starting. I like to use the foundation stitch instead of the chain stitch because it gives a little flounce to the bottom edge and does not require any further finishing. Be sure to mark the center back of the garment and the places where the arm holes will go with contrasting yarn. Do a practice swatch with the V stitch just to get used to the pattern.