Type of item: Clothing
Style: Funky, Outdoorsy, Casual
Lion Tweed Stripes, Woodlands, Crochet Hook 5.5mm
What was your inspiration?
The Wild Irish Crochet section of Myra Wood's book "Creative Crochet Lace - A Freeform Look at Classic Crochet". I was intrigued by the challenge of making pretty motifs and then connecting them with mesh to form the vest fabric.
What are you most proud of?
That it came out as well as I'd hoped. Choosing and making the motifs is fun. Connecting and filling with the mesh is a bit challenging to keep it flat and the stitches somewhat evenly spaced and going in the right direction. The color variations in the Tweed Stripes yarn made for interesting color matching and contrasts.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Make a fabric template by tracing around a favorite tee shirt or vest . Layout the motifs in a pleasing arrangement and pin them face down to the template. Begin in the lower right corner and begin the filling stitches. Work around each motif and back and forth between to join and create the fabric. Use 4 or 5 or 6 chains, double and treble crochets or any variation of stitches. It is helpful to place the template on a piece of cardboard or movable work surface so you can rotate the template to more easily work the stitches in different directions