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Thursday, 16 July 2015

STRAPPY SPIDER VEST


STRAPPY SPIDER VEST

When I saw this pattern, I remembered that I had the exact same colour yarn in my stash.  So here goes my creation for today.

As I work on this pattern, I’ve written down my notes that I share with you.
Pattern inspiration http://www.pourfemme.it


Materials used : Today I’ve used a light 3 ply acrylic yarn,  with a 3 mm crochet hook 
Size made about 32”- 34”

Abbreviations used : (Using U.S terminology)
fdc : Foundation double crochet                                        dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                                   ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                                   rep : Repeat


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 this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
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 the chainless dc start.

Quick analysis of what we’re going to do here today.  We start from the waist line and work our way up to the armhole and neckline.  We work the same pattern for the front and back, and then we will join the sides.

The pattern chart shows a chain start followed by dc row.  I have started my pattern with the Foundation Double Crochet… my preferred start stitch.

Our pattern repeat count is 13 + 11.

Start with the fdc per count (for half round waist or half bust measure, whichever is more) Turn.

Row 1 : dc in the 1st 2 fdc ; ch 2, sk next 2 fdc , dc in the next fdc ; ch 2, sk next 2 fdc, dc in the next 10 fdc ;
*ch 8,  sk next 3 fdc , dc in the next 10 fdc* ; 
rep *to* till last 7 fdc ; 
ch 2, sk next 3 fdc , dc in the next fdc ; ch 2, sk next 2 fdc , dc in the last 2 fdc. Turn.

Row 2 : dc in the 1st 2 dc ; ch 3, sc in the next dc ; ch 3, dc in the next dc ; ch 2, sk next 2 dc, dc in the next 4 dc ;
*ch 5, sk next 3 dc , 2 sc in the next ch-8 sp ; ch 5, sk next 3 dc, dc in the next 4 dc* ;
rep *to* till last 10-dc set ;
ch 5, sk 3 dc, dc in the next 4 dc ; ch 2, sk 2 dc, dc in the next dc ; ch 3, sc in the next dc ; ch 3, dc in the last 2 dc.  Turn.

Row 3 : dc in the 1st 2 dc ; ch 7, sk next sc , dc in the next dc ; ch 2,  dc in the next dc ;
ch 5, sk next 3 dc , (2 sc in the next ch-5 sp ; sc in the next 2 sc ; 2 sc in the next ch-5 sp) ;
*ch 8, sk next 4 dc , rep (to) once* ;
Rep *to* till last 4-dc set ;
ch 5, sk next 3 dc , dc in the next dc ; ch 2, dc in the next dc ; ch 7, sk next sc , dc in the last 2 dc.  Turn.

Row 4 : dc in the 1st 2 dc ; ch 2, sc in the next ch-7 sp ; [ch 2,  dc in the next dc] ; rep [to] once ; 3 dc in the next ch-5 sp ;
*ch 5, sk next 2 sc, sc in the next 2 sc ; ch 5, sk next 2 sc, 4 dc in the next ch-8 sp* ;
Rep *to* till last ch-5 sp ;
ch 5, sk next 2 sc, sc in the next 2 sc ; ch 5, sk next 2 sc, 3 dc in the next ch-5 sp ;
dc in the next dc ; rep [to] once ; ch 2, sc in the next ch-7 sp ; ch 2, dc in the last 2 dc.  Turn.

Row 5 : dc in the 1st 2 dc ; ch 3, sc in the next sc ; [ch 3 , dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; dc in the next 4 dc ; 3 dc in the next ch-5 sp] ;
*ch 8, sk next 2 sc , 3 dc in the next ch-5 sp ; dc in the next 4 dc ; 3 dc in the next ch-5 sp* ;
rep *to* till last 4 dc set ;
ch 8, 3 dc in the next ch-5 sp ; dc in the next 4 dc ; 2 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; dc in the next dc ;
ch 3, sc in the next sc ; ch 3, dc in the last 2 dc.  Turn.

Row 6 : dc in the 1st 2 dc ; ch 7, sk next sc, dc in the next dc ; ch 2 , sk next 2 dc, dc in the next 4 dc ;
*ch 5, sk next 3 dc, 2 sc in the next ch-8 sp ; ch 5, sk next 3 dc, dc in the next 4 dc* ;
Rep *to* till last 10-dc set ;
ch 5, sk next 3 dc, 2 sc in the next ch-8 sp ; ch 5, sk next 3 dc, dc in the next 4 dc ; ch 2, sk next 2 dc, dc in the next dc ; ch 7, sk next sc, dc in the last 2 dc. Turn.

Row 7 : dc in the 1st 2 dc ; ch 2, sc in the next ch-7 sp ; [ch 2, dc in the next dc] ; rep [to] once ;
ch 5, sk next 3 dc , (2 sc in the next ch-5 sp ; sc in the next 2 sc ; 2 sc in the next ch-5 sp) ;
*ch 8, sk next 4 dc , rep (to) once* ;
Rep *to* till last 4-dc set ;
ch 5, sk next 3 dc , dc in the next dc ; rep [to] once ; ch 2, sc in the next ch-7 sp ;
ch 2, dc in the last 2 dc.  Turn.

Row 8 : dc in the 1st 2 dc ; ch 3, sc in the next sc ; ch 3,  dc in the next dc ; [ch 2, dc in he next dc] ; 3 dc in the next ch-5 sp ;
*ch 5, sk next 2 sc, sc in the next 2 sc ; ch 5, sk next 2 sc, 4 dc in the next ch-8 sp* ;
Rep *to* till last ch-5 sp ;
ch 5, sk next 2 sc, sc in the next 2 sc ; ch 5, sk next 2 sc, 3 dc in the next ch-5 sp ;
dc in the next dc ; rep [to] once ; ch 3, sc in the next sc ; ch 3, dc in the last 2 dc.  Turn.

Row 9 : dc in the 1st 2 dc ; ch 7, sk next sc , dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; dc in the next 4 dc ; 3 dc in the next ch-5 sp ;
*ch 8, sk next 2 sc , 3 dc in the next ch-5 sp ; dc in the next 4 dc ; 3 dc in the next ch-5 sp* ;
rep *to* till last 4 dc set ;
ch 8, 3 dc in the next ch-5 sp ; dc in the next 4 dc ; 2 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; dc in the next dc ;  
ch 7, dc in the last 2 dc.  Turn.

 Row 10 : dc in the 1st 2 dc ; ch 2, sc in the next ch-7 sp ; ch 2, dc in the next dc ; ch 2 , sk next 2 dc, dc in the next 4 dc ;
*ch 5, sk next 3 dc, 2 sc in the next ch-8 sp ; ch 5, sk next 3 dc, dc in the next 4 dc* ;
Rep *to* till last 10-dc set ;
ch 5, sk next 3 dc, 2 sc in the next ch-8 sp ; ch 5, sk next 3 dc, dc in the next 4 dc ; ch 2, sk next 2 dc, dc in the next dc ; ch 2, sc next ch-7 sp ; ch 2, dc in the last 2 dc. Turn.

Row 11 : dc in the 1st 2 dc ; ch 3, sc in the next sc ; ch 3, dc in the next dc ; [ch 2, dc in the next dc] ; ch 5, sk next 3 dc , (2 sc in the next ch-5 sp ; sc in the next 2 sc ; 2 sc in the next ch-5 sp) ;
*ch 8, sk next 4 dc , rep (to) once* ;
Rep *to* till last 4-dc set ;
ch 5, sk next 3 dc , dc in the next dc ; rep [to] once ; ch 3, sc in the next sc ;
ch 3, dc in the last 2 dc.  Turn.

Row 12: dc in the 1st 2 dc ; ch 7, sk next sc, dc in the next dc ; [ch 2, dc in he next dc] ;
*ch 5, sk next 2 sc, sc in the next 2 sc ; ch 5, sk next 2 sc, 4 dc in the next ch-8 sp* ;
Rep *to* till last ch-5 sp ;
ch 5, sk next 2 sc, sc in the next 2 sc ; ch 5, sk next 2 sc, 3 dc in the next ch-5 sp ;
dc in the next dc ; rep [to] once ; ch 7, dc in the last 2 dc.  Turn.

Row 13 : dc in the 1st 2 dc ; ch 2, sc in the next ch-7 sp ; ch 2 , dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; dc in the next 4 dc ; 3 dc in the next ch-5 sp ;
*ch 8, sk next 2 sc , 3 dc in the next ch-5 sp ; dc in the next 4 dc ; 3 dc in the next ch-5 sp* ;
rep *to* till last 4 dc set ;
ch 8, 3 dc in the next ch-5 sp ; dc in the next 4 dc ; 2 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; dc in the next dc ;  
ch 2, sc in the next ch-7 sp ; ch 2, dc in the last 2 dc.  Turn.

Row 14 : dc in the 1st 2 dc ; ch 3, sc in the next sc ; ch 3, dc in the next dc ; ch 2, sk next 2 dc, dc in the next 4 dc ;
*ch 5, sk next 3 dc , 2 sc in the next ch-8 sp ; ch 5, sk next 3 dc, dc in the next 4 dc* ;
rep *to* till last 10-dc set ;
ch 5, sk 3 dc, dc in the next 4 dc ; ch 2, sk 2 dc, dc in the next dc ; ch 3, sc in the next sc ; ch 3, dc in the last 2 dc.  Turn.



Great job.  Put your work down and admire the pattern that you’ve just created.  I know you’ve got the hang of the pattern as well, and don’t really need it, but our pattern repeat rows are Rows 3 – 14.

Continue working till you reach the armhole level, where we will do a small decrease.


Decrease Row : So there is no specific calculation or row in which you need to stop, because as you will notice from each end we have the same stitch combination. 
From end we have a set of 3 dcs followed by a ch-3 sp and then the sc, ch 3 sp and then a dc. 
So we will just sl-st right up to this dc, and then work the pattern back all over again.

So we start at this dc, and we only decrease on this one row.  After that, we will continue straight on with the pattern till we get to the neckline.

Neckline decrease : Now here’s a set of things one can do for the neckline shaping.

You could do as the designer has, and do the strappy shoulder straps – or you could do the general regular decrease for the neckline and work with the pattern all the way to the shoulders.
So first off, decide where you want your neckline to start (so depth of neckline from shoulders).  See how far up from the armhole this point comes, and then continually measure off as you’re working on your armhole, so that you reach that neckline start line.

If you decide to work a strappy look like the designer, then you will just do a straight edge and finish off at whichever point you decide you want the neckline.

If you decide on the regular thicker strap, then you will work say one pattern repeat from the edge all the way to the shoulders from the neckline start.  You will then fasten off at the shoulder and re-attach yarn for the other side.

Fasten off and weave in ends.  Repeat for the other side of your top.

Finishing :
When you’ve done both front and back sections, attach the shoulder blades (if you have the conventional top finish), the sides and weave in all ends.

If you have done the strappy vest, then you will attach the sides, and then at the end of each top, make a quick strap that attaches front to back.

Just to keep all edges neat, I’ve run a round of hdc all around the neckline and armhole edges.  This gives a good finish and holds in all the weaved ends as well.

Fasten off and weave in ends.  Give yourself a big pat on the back for a great project done – totally worth it, I’m sure you’ll agree.

And that’s done.. yet another project brilliantly executed ! J

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