Friday, February 17, 2012

Crochet Blue Vest... I'm In Love

 I finished my crochet vest and I love it!  This pattern is from the Winter 2011 issue of Interweave Crochet by designer Yumiko Alexander.
 It took me several weeks of crochet, and some frogging but I think I was able to master the pattern and the new to me techniques.
 It is made in a giant rectangle, with the top pattern acting as the collar.  Sorry for the wonky picture above, I was so excited I was done, I didn't take a lot of care with the photo shoot.
 I learned a few new stitches with this pattern which is always fun.  And I figured if I didn't do them exactly right, as long as I did them consistently wrong I was still okay.
 My youngest son helped take the photos of me with strict orders not to show my face or  my behind.  He did a pretty good job.
 From the side you can really see how it drapes in the front.
It is shorter in the back which is the new, "In", thing.  That's me always, "In". Ha!

I made this with Cascade 220 Sport, 100% wool yarn.  It took exactly 9 skeins of yarn, which have 164 yards each.  I used a size H crochet hook which gave me the correct gauge width-wise but not length-wise.  I ended up adding 6 rows of double crochet to adjust for the length difference.  

I really think it is fun.  And at $3.75 a skein, the total price was $33.75, not bad for a fun new vest.
This is completed project number 10 for me for the year, hooray!

A special thanks for all your lovely comments about my son's flowers.  I still tear up thinking about them.  They are opening up and look so beautiful.  The card will be kept near to me where I can read it often, for a very long time.

Happy weekend everyone!

22 comments:

Annaboo said...

LOVE it!
What a great idea- looks fab on you, too.
I really like the pretty scallop pattern. AND it's a gorgeous colour!
Xx

Grateful4Crochet said...

No wonder you love it!! It's amazingly beautiful and you are super talented!!

BEACH BUNGALOW said...

So cute!

S
xo

T's Daily Treasures said...

I love that vest! Great job! If you had a hard time with some of the new stitches, I'd probably never figure them out. I'm glad you stuck with it. Beautiful work. Best wishes, Tammy

Rizzi said...

GORGEOUS.......JUST GORGEOUS.......BEAUTIFUL BLUE COLOR......
YOU DID A LOVELY JOB MAKING YOUR VEST......I NEVER GOT THAT FAR IN CROCHETING......HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND....RIZZI

Susanne said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!
And blue is my very favorite color too!
Have a great weekend hon!

kathy b said...

THat is just an awesome crochet.....I love the blue color..so rich

Toni said...

It looks great!!!!!!

Petunia Pill said...

Oooooo-eeeee, it's beautiful, Meredith! Love that shade of blue! Ha ha about doing it wrong but being consistent with the wrongness...I was JUST telling myself it was ok to do that tonight as I was working on something. I love the room for error and the ability to fudge in the land of crochet! Who says it's wrong? It's just different! Enjoy your new treasure! Hugs, Annette

by Teresa said...

Wow, that is magnificent and you look so lovely.. I'd have loved having your head in the photo! I'm very impressed with your vest! Bravo!
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Rose Red said...

It looks great! And done so quickly too (got to love that about crochet!).

Sara said...

Gorgeous vest, gorgeous color! Happy Friday Meredith. :)

delia hornbook said...

Wow i would be excited to its gorgeous, how clever are you ;-)It really is lovely and looks fabulous on. Have a lovely weekend, dee x

Nana Go-Go said...

Beautiful Vest (we call it a waterfall waistcoat over here!)and extremely beautiful colour. Your hair looks a lot like mine before I got it chopped off yesterday....I'm missing it already!Have a good weekend.x

Jane said...

Ooh Meredith, that's lovely! What a pretty colour. :)
Jane x

Eileen said...

OMG Meredith! You are so talented. I could never make something like that. That blue is divine!

The Garden Bell - Kate said...

Sooooooooooooooooo. Cute. What a fun color and pattern. I love how it drapes loosely.

Babajeza said...

This is so nice!

Dee said...

Very stylish! congrats on the finish.

Faeryfay said...

I love the blue crochet cardi! I actually saw the pattern in the Interveave mag and thought how gorgeous it was! Project number 10 already? Wow! Well done!:-)

Monica said...

Fantastic vest, it must be very comfy to wear. I just love vests, they go with everything.
And oh, what beautiful surprise you received from your son. You are a wonderful Mom for sure!
Hugs!

momto8 said...

the baskets are just fabulous!! you are very talented.
I am your newest follower.