It is raining like crazy out this morning so what is there to do? Hmmmm... I could be cleaning, or doing laundry, but no I am trying to take pictures of a vest I have not blocked, in a dark home, for my own entertainment. We know this is not going to go well, as my photography skills are challenged even in the best light. I think I should scrap this post right now, yet I keep going.
This is the Crochet Circle Vest Shrug found on Lazy T Crochet. It is one of the very few patterns I have purchased, but once I saw it I had to have it. It is all over the Pinterest Universe, so I am sure you have seen it. Believe me the designers photos are beautiful, her vest is blocked and gorgeous. Mine is hanging out, whacky and not even centered on the hanger. Can I say it looks better on, and will you believe me?
Note to self, block all projects before posting in the future so you do not embarrass yourself. Regardless, I am bored, so here you go. I used Plymouth Yarn, Encore for this project. It took almost all of the 3 skeins I bought, 200 yards each. In the lovely color, 0389, why it is a number and not an actual name, I have never figured out. The pattern calls for Vanna's Choice yarn, I might have to compile my Joann's coupons and buy a few skeins to see the difference this yarn might make. I had to adapt this pattern quite a bit. And that is really not the easiest thing for me. I went up two sizes in crochet hooks to get gauge, but could not come close to getting the gauge lengthwise. I ended up adding 8 rows of double crochet to the back to make it the required length.
I started out making the small size, as I am thin and have absolutely no chest, this usually works for me, but due to the restricted length issues I was having, I added on the extra stitches at the arm hole that would make this a large. I followed the large pattern after that and it ended up fitting. You are not going to see me in it as I am still in my jammies, and it just might look a bit better once blocked.
One of my knitter friends tried it on at my knitting group on Friday, she of the lovely shape and perfect bust size looked really good in it, hopefully I will too! I learned the very fun Foundationless Crochet technique to start this project off. There are lots of YouTube videos for this. It took me a few tries but then it was easy. I still think I like your basic chain foundation, but a new technique is fun to learn. Completed project number 32 for the year for me. Can you count it if it isn't blocked yet?
This is going to be a strange day I can feel it. I woke up out of a deep sleep at 5:37 AM, jumping out of bed as I thought I had overslept. It is SUNDAY! I could not go back to sleep even though it is dark, rainy and thundering out, a perfect morning to sleep in. I think this might be a long day! Maybe I can take a nap.
Hope your Sunday is wonderful.