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!