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Monday, 16 March 2015

DIAMOND VEST

DIAMOND VEST

This vest has been specially created for my niece.  She was also torn for choice with the range of patterns I offered to make for her – so this is one of three she chose.

Inspired by one of the wonderful free floating freebies over the net,  I am, as usual, writing down my notes, and am sharing them with you. Thank you Rajeshwari for sharing this lovely pattern and exciting me to create this beautiful vest.

Materials used : Today I’ve used about 3 (100 gm) balls of the lovely Indian Red Rose knitting cotton, with a 2.5 mm crochet hook.

Skill level : Intermediate to Advanced crochet skills
The pattern is a *common* lattice / spider pattern one, but its adaptation to the vest makes it slightly tricky.  There are several ch-sps in the mix that add to the difficultly level.  That said, once you figure out the pattern, it's an easy finish.

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 !

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

dc 2-tog : Double crochet 2-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 2 times (3 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 2-tog made.

Abbreviations used :
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                               sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                   sp : Space                                           
sl-st : Slip stitch                                                                              ch : Chain
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                                             hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                                                                
fdc : Foundation Double Crochet                      
dc 2-tog : Double crochet 2-together
                             
Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)

Quick analysis of what we’re going to do here today.  We start at the base of our top at the back and work upwards to the shoulders.  When we reach neck level, we will divide for the shoulders.  The front and back of the top are the same – just that you could change the level of the neckline.
So let’s get started…

BACK  : Our pattern repeat count is 24 + 3.  So start with the number of stitches you need for the width of you top.

Row 1 : Start with fdc in multiples of 24 + 3. Turn.

Row 2 : dc in the 1st dc ; 
*[ch 3, sk next 3 dc, dc in the next dc] ; rep [to] once ;
ch 2, sk next 3 dc , 3 dc in the next dc ; ch 9, sk next 3 dc ; 3 dc in the next dc ; 
ch 2, sk next 3 dc, dc in the next dc ; rep [to] once*; 
rep *to* till last 4 dc ; rep [to] once. Turn. 

Row 3 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 1, dc in the next ch-3 sp ;
* [ch 3, sk next dc , dc in the next ch-3 sp] ; ch 2, sk next dc,  3 dc in next ch-2 sp ; 
ch 5, sc in the next ch-9 sp ; ch 5, sk next 3 dc , 3 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; 
ch 2, sk next dc, dc in the next ch-3 sp ; rep [to] once * ; 
rep *to* till last ch-3 sp ; ch 1, dc in the last dc. Turn. 

Row 4 : dc in the 1st dc ; *[ch 3, sk next dc, dc in the next ch-3 sp] ;
ch 2, sk next dc , 3 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; 
(ch 5, sk next 3 dc, sc in the next ch-5 sp ; sc in the next sc, sc in the next ch-5 sp) ; 
ch 5, sk next 3 dc , 3 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; ch 2, sk next dc, dc in the next ch-3 sp* ; 
rep *to* till last ch-3 sp ; ch 3, dc in the last dc. Turn. 

Row 5 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 1, dc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 2, sk next dc, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp ;
*(ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp ; sc in the next 3 sc ; sc in the next ch-5 sp ; ch 5, sk next 3 dc , 3 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; ch 2, sk next dc, dc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 2, sk next dc , 3 dc in next ch-2 sp*; rep *to* till last ch-3 sp ; dc in last ch-3 sp ; ch 1, dc in the last dc. Turn. 

Row 6 : dc in the 1st dc ; *ch 2, sk next dc , 3 dc in the next ch-2 sp ;
(ch 5, sk next 3 dc, sc in the next ch-5 sp ; sc in the next 5 sc, sc in the next ch-5 sp) ; 
ch 5, sk next 3 dc , 3 dc in the next ch-2 sp*; 
rep *to* till end ; ch 2, dc in the last dc. Turn. 

Row 7 : dc in the 1st dc ; * 3 dc in the next ch-2 sp ;
(ch 5, sk next 3 dc, sc in the next ch-5 sp ; sc in the next 7 sc, sc in the next ch-5 sp) ; 
ch 5, sk next 3 dc , 3 dc in the next ch-2 sp*; 
rep *to* till end ; dc in the last dc. Turn. 

Row 8 : dc in the 1st dc ; *ch 2, sk next 3 dc, 3 dc in the next ch-5 sp ;
(ch 5, sk next sc, sc in the next 7 sc) ; ch 5, sk next sc , 3 dc in the next ch-5 sp* ; 
rep *to* till end ; ch 2, dc in the last dc. Turn. 

Row 9 : dc in the 1st dc ; *ch 2, sk next 3 dc, 3 dc in the next ch-5 sp ;
(ch 5, sk next sc, sc in the next 5 sc) ; ch 5, sk next sc , 3 dc in the next ch-5 sp ; 
ch 2, dc in next ch-2 sp* ; 
rep *to* till end ; ch 2, sk last 3 dc , dc in the last dc. Turn. 

Row 10 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 1, dc in 1st ch-sp ; 
*[ch 2, sk next 3 dc, 3 dc in the next ch-5 sp] ;
(ch 5, sk next sc, sc in the next 3 sc) ; 
ch 5, sk next sc , 3 dc in the next ch-5 sp ; ch 2, dc in next ch-2 sp ; 
ch 3, sk next dc, dc in next ch-2 sp* ; 
rep *to* till last ch-sp ; ch 2, sk last 3 dc, dc in last ch-sp ; ch 1,  dc in the last dc. Turn. 

Row 11 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 3, sk next dc, dc in the next ch-2 sp ; 
*[ch 2, sk next 3 dc, 3 dc in the next ch-5 sp] ; (ch 5, sk next sc, sc in the next sc) ; 
ch 5, sk next sc , 3 dc in the next ch-5 sp ;
ch 2, sk next 3 dc , dc in next ch-2 sp ; {ch 3, sk next dc, dc in next ch-3 sp} ; 
ch 3, sk next dc, dc in next ch-2 sp * ; 
rep *to* till last ch-sp ; ch 2, sk last 3 dc, dc in last ch-sp ; ch 3, dc in the last dc. Turn. 

Row 12 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 1, dc in 1st ch-3 sp ; ch 3, sk next dc, dc in the next ch-2 sp ;
*[ch 2, sk next 3 dc, 3 dc in the next ch-5 sp] ; ch 1,  sk next sc , 3 dc in the next ch-5 sp ; 
ch 2, sk next 3 dc , dc in next ch-2 sp ; {ch 3, sk next dc, dc in next ch-3 sp} ; 
rep {to} once ; ch 3, sk next dc, dc in next ch-2 sp * ; 
rep *to* till last 2 ch-sps ; ch 2, sk last 3 dc, dc in next ch-sp ; 
ch 3, sk next dc, dc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 1, dc in the last dc. Turn. 

Row 13 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 3, sk next dc, dc in the next ch-3 sp ;
ch 3, sk next dc, dc in the next ch-2 sp ; 
*[ch 2, sk next 3 dc, 3 dc in the next ch-1 sp] ; ch 2,  sk next 3 dc , dc in next ch-2 sp ; 
{ch 3, sk next dc, dc in next ch-3 sp} ; rep {to} 2 times ; 
ch 3, sk next dc, dc in next ch-2 sp * ; 
rep *to* till end. Turn. 

Row 14 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 3, dc in 1st ch-3 sp ; 
{ch 3, sk next dc, dc in the next ch-3 sp} ;
*ch 2, sk next dc, 3 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; ch 9, sk next 3 dc, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp ;  
ch 2, sk next dc, dc in the next ch-3 sp ; rep {to} 3 times* ; 
rep *to* till end. Turn.  

Rep Rows 3 – 14 till your project reaches the armhole level , ending with Row 13.  We will then reduce half a diamond on either end at this point. 

Armhole shaping :
For convenience, I will restart row numbering.

Row 1 : sl-st in all dc and ch’s till you reach the 1st 3-dc set ; sk 1st dc (of this 1st 3 dc set), dc in the next dc ; ch 1, dc in next ch-3 sp ; (ch 3, sk next dc , dc in next ch-3 sp) ; rep (to) 3 times ;
[ch 2, sk next dc, 3 dc in next ch-sp ; ch 9, sk next 3 dc, dc in next ch-sp] ;
 *{ch 2, sk next dc, dc in next ch-sp} ; rep (to) 3 times ; rep [to] once* ; rep *to* till last 3 dc set ; ch 1, sk 1st dc and dc in next dc (of last 3-dc set).  Turn.

We will now rep Rows 5 – 14 once.


Note : You may not need a full rep of Rows 5-14, as we also need to remember that there is a neckline that we need to deal with – so keeping the above as a guide, we’ll work the armhole opening and meet for the neckline.

For my creation, I’ve used a template of a top (my nieces' top -  for whom this top is intended for), and using that as a guide, I worked till I had reached the armhole point, and then used it again to determine when to divide for neckline.

For neckline / shoulder strap bit, I worked only one ‘diamond’ from armhole end, till I reached shoulder.  I then re-attached yarn and repeated this for the other end, and then the front as well.
Just for fun, I’ve allowed the front of the top a few rows lower than the back… at the neckline, I mean.

Border :  The pattern chart below shows a small neat border that runs all around the bottom edge of the top.  So to get that done, first we will attach the front and back at the shoulders and sides, and then run one continuous round for the bottom. 

Round 1 : *ch 7, sk next 5 dc, sc in the next dc* ; rep *to* all around till last 5 dc ; ch 4, trc in the last dc. (You are now in the centre of that last ch-7 sp). 

Round 2 : *ch 7, sk next sc ; sc in the next ch-7 sp* ; rep *to* all around till last ch-7 sp ; ch 4, trc in the last sc. (You are now in the centre of that last ch-7 sp). 
Rep Round 2 two more times.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

Final note : Want to add some bling?  Add a row (or two?) of matching beads hanging off every last ch-7 sp in the centre.  Now you can either do this in that last round , or you could add them on at the end.

Finishing :  We need to neaten the edges of our neckline and armhole.  So I’ve neatly picked up sc’s all around the edges (of both neck and armhole) and then run one more round of hdc all around to finish that off.

Pattern detail


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I have a few tops / vests already made, and just in case you want a dekho at those free patterns … here you go  J

http://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2015/02/simple-n-lovely-sleeveless-top.html

http://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2014/12/brilliantly-unusual-top.html

http://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2014/11/diagonal-shelled-vest.html

http://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2014/10/autumny-leafy-top.html

http://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2014/10/out-of-ordinary-top.html

http://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2014/08/spotted-at-spotlight.html