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Shell Lace Waistcoat
My daughter, Kayleigh had been asking me for months for a waistcoat. She kept seeing them everywhere and wanted it for the summer. However, I had been so busy building my website and working on other projects that I didn’t have time. Kayleigh also had trouble deciding what type of pattern she wanted it to be but she finally decided on a shell stitch, which I found in “Funky Chunky Crocheted Accessories” by Jan Eaton (another library find) and I formed the pattern around it.
I made the waistcoat in three parts – back, front left and front right. I also made them completely straight, meaning I didn’t shape it for the armholes, nor the neck. I crocheted the fronts longer than the back so that the join would sit slightly behind Kayleigh’s shoulder. Therefore, when I sewed the pieces together, I lined up the bottom first, sewed up the sides to the point where I needed to stop to leave armholes and then I joined the shoulders. I then crocheted a simple shell edge down both front pieces. I attached a tie to the front so Kayleigh could do it up if she wanted. At this point, I got really excited and thought “Yay! I’m done.” Then Kayleigh pointed out to me I hadn’t done the tassels she’d asked for. She reminded me I had promised tassels so she wanted tassels! I can’t believe I had completely forgot because they were the first thing she had specifically asked for and was certain that she wanted them.
Even though Kayleigh didn’t have the waistcoat for summer (2016), she has been wearing it and is really looking forward to wearing it in 2017. Hopefully, she won’t grow too much, but even if she does, the whole waistcoat only took a week at most to crochet so I will be able to whip another one up in no time.
The finished size was (approx.) –
I worked in UK Treble Crochet/tr (US Double Crochet/dc) in rows.
King Cole Pricewise DK 100g (3.5oz/308yds/282m)
2 x white (001)
Weight category: UK DK [US 3/Light Worsted/DK].
Tension/gauge: 22 stitches x 28 rows = 4″ (10cm) on size 4mm/UK 8 [US G/6] hook.
The crochet hook I used was a 4mm/UK 8 [US G/6].
I would give the King Cole Pricewise DK yarn a 4 out of 5 for the following reasons:-
- It was extremely easy to work;
- There is a large choice of colours available;
- You get a good amount on a ball;
- It is a good quality yarn;
- The feel of it was super soft;
- The cost of yarn is very reasonable - I paid about £1.95 per 100g ball, but it is now about £2.15;
- Would I use this yarn again? YES.
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