Wednesday, 10 May 2017

From 60's Crochet Dress to Crochet Lace Vest Top

 A few weeks ago, I wrote about the 60's dress I was trying to create and since then I have shared a couple of updates as it was progressing.  Today, I am pleased to say, it is finished and I am able to share it all with you.   It is nothing like how I originally pictured it in my head when I started to design it, and it is not even a dress anymore, but I am very happy with my first adult top that I have fully designed myself.

As I stated above it is no longer a dress.  I got to a certain point and I just decided it wouldn't look as good if I made it any longer, so I stopped.   I had intended it to have long sleeves, but they ended up as short sleeves, although having fiddled around with them a great deal, and not being able to get them quite how I wanted, I have decided to leave them off, creating the crochet Lace vest top.  It is made of two main motifs, throughout and a couple of modified motifs at the neckline.   Then I have just used simple half double crochets to finish all the edges.

It isn't difficult to make any of the motifs for this top, however, it has been a pain putting them together and I have spent a great deal of time taking it apart, probably as much if not more than  making it!   Its a little loose on me and measures 19 inches across (38 inches around) and 23 inches from top of shoulder to the bottom of the top, but is easily adjusted to size by taking out or adding a row or rows of the top and it is probably best to try it on as you go and definitely not to sew in the millions of ends too soon incase you need to adjust as you make it.  I haven't got a good picture of me wearing it yet, (I am no good at taking selfies) but as soon as I get one I will add it onto my social media pages.


I am just finalizing the pattern and typing it out, but I would love to hear from anyone who would like to pattern test this for me.   It required a 3mm hook and 4 ply wool (I used just under 4 100g balls).   I think it would look lovely in a single colour as well as the rainbow, but if you wanted to use the same I used the Womens Institute Soft and Silky Lilac Mix.   It is written in american crochet terms and will have pictures for reference.  I am not in any particular rush to get the pattern out, so if you are around this month or next and would like to test it then please send me a message, either here, via email or Facebook.   It would be helpful if you can open a PDF file and can chat  via Facebook chat, but I can also used email if needed.

I hope you enjoyed this weeks post about my crochet Lace vest top, and I would love to hear from anyone who would like to test the pattern for me.  See you next week.

Vicky x

Crochet Lace Vest Top Pattern

Materials

  • 3mm Hook
  • 400g of 4 ply wool/sport weight yarn (I used Women’s Institute Soft and Silky               Lilac Mix Acrylic)
  • Needle

Stitches

  • HDC – Half Double Crochet
  • DC – Double Crochet
  • SC – Single Crochet
  • TRC – Treble Crochet
  • Sl st – Slip Stitch
  • DTRC- Double Treble Crochet
  • Shell stitch – (sc, skip 3 stitches, 9dc in   same stitch, skip 3 stitches) Repeat
  • Magic Circle
  • Ch – chain

Gauge

  • 9cm from point to point across motif A, or 6cm across circle part of motif A.

Notes

  • This is made in a join as you go, each motif is attached as you make it.
  • I found it easier to make and join 4 of motif A and then make 1 motif B and join, but you do not have to do this, you can make and join in any order you like.
  • Motif B is attached in an X shape rather than a + shape.
  • To make the top to fit me (a little loose) I have 11 motif A’s around and 5 motif’s high (excluding sleeves). This produces a top that is 19inch across (38inches around) and 23inches long (from top of shoulder)
  • Size can be adjusted by removing or adding rows or columns of motif A’s and adjusting motif B’s accordingly. I would recommend that you try it on as you make it to check it fits.
  • Try not to sew in ends (you can sew in centre ends) until the end incase you make a mistake as you go (this is easily done) it is much easier to undo it!
  • The diagram shows the front and back separately – however, the half motif for the sleeves in the same motif in the top, there are only 4 motif A’s to form the sleeve.
  • The front and back are continuous which I could not show in the diagram, your last motif for each row should join the front and back into a round, the top is not sewn at any point.

    Pattern

    Motif A

    1. In a magic Circle 8HDC, sl st to join round and ch 1 (8)
    2. 2 HDC in each HDC, sl st, ch 1 (16)
    3. 2 HDC in each HDC, sl st, ch 1 (32)
    4. (HDC inc, HDC) rep to end, sl st, ch 1 (48)
    5. (HDC inc, 2 HDC) rep to end, sl st, ch 1 (64)
    6. This is a row of shells – (sc, sk 3 st, 9dc in next st, sk 3 st) rep 8 times, sl st and cast off (8 shells)

    When joining this motif you will need to work rounds 1 to 5 as normal.

    • Then for round 6 you will join motif’s in the 5th stitch of each shell.   Work 4 dc of the shell as normal and then pull up a loop, insert your hook into the 5th stitch of the shell in the motif you are joining it to, then put the loop back on the hoop and make the dc into the shell of the motif you are working on.   You will then work the rest of the shell as normal.   When you come to another point in the round you need to join work it as above.

    Motif B

    1. Ch 4 and sl st to form a ring
    2. Ch 3, sc in ring, ch 2, sc in ring, ch2, sc in ring, ch2, sl st in first st of ch3 (you should now have 4 ch2 loops)
    3. In first loop, (sc, ch2, trc, ch2, sc) rep 3 more times in each loop
    4. *In ch2 sp (sc, hdc) then dc ch2 dc in trc from previous round, (hdc, sc, in ch2 sp)* rep * to * 3 more times and cast off.

    To join this motif to motif A you will work rows 1-3 as normal then proceed as follows;

    1. *In ch2 sp (sc, hdc) then in trc, dc ch1 and pull up a loop, insert your hook into the 5th dc of the shell in motif A and then put the hook back in your loop and ch1 then dc in the trc, (sc, hdc in ch2 sp)* and rep from * to * for the remaining round.

    Motif C

    1. Ch 4 and sl st to form a ring
    2. Ch 3, sc in ring, ch 2, sc in ring, ch2, sl st in first st of ch3 (you should now have 3 ch2 loops)
    3. In first loop, (sc, ch2, trc, ch2, sc) rep 2 more times in each loop
    4. *In ch2 sp (sc, hdc) then dc ch2 dc in trc from previous round, (sc, hdc in ch2 sp)* rep * to * 2 more times and cast off.

    To join this motif to motif A you will work rows 1-3 as normal then proceed as follows;

    1. *In ch2 sp (sc, hdc) then in trc, dc ch1 and pull up a loop, insert your hook into the 5th dc of the shell in motif A and then put the hook back in your loop and ch1 then dc in the trc, (sc, hdc in ch2 sp)* and rep from * to * for the remaining round.

For how to place and join motif’s see diagram below;


Neck Edge

  1. sl st in to the 5th stitch of the middle shell of the middle motif A at the back of your top, (you will always place stitches in the 5th stitch of each shell for this round)
  2. sc in same st as sl st, ch 8, dtrc in centre ring of motif c, ch 8 hdc, ch 6, hdc, ch 8, hdc, ch 6, sc, ch 6, hdc, ch 8, hdc, ch6, hdc, ch 8, dtrc in centre ring of motif c, ch 8, hdc, ch 6, hdc, ch 8, hdc, ch 6, hdc, ch 8, dtrc in centre ring of motif c, ch 8, hdc, ch 6, sc, ch 6, hdc, ch 8, hdc, ch6, sc, ch6, hdc, ch8, hdc, ch6, hdc, ch8, dtrc in centre ring of motif c, ch 8, hdc, ch6, sl st into starting sc, ch1
  3. hdc in sc, (for the rest of this round work 1 hdc in each hdc, sc and dtrc and work 6hdc in each ch 6 sp and 8hdc in each ch 8 sp) join round with sl st to starting hdc and ch 1
  4. hdc in each st around, sl st and cast off

Bottom edging

  1. sl st in to the 5th stitch of the middle shell of the middle motif A at the back of your top, (you will always place stitches in the 5th stitch of each shell for this round)
  2. Sc in same st as sl st, (ch6, hdc, ch8, hdc, ch6, sc) rep around and sl st in starting sc, ch1
  3. Hdc in sc, 6hdc in ch6 sp, hdc, 8 hdc in ch 8 sp, hdc, 6dc in ch6 sp, hdc) rep around to start and sl st in starting hdc, ch 1
  4. Hdc in each st around, sl st and ch 1
  5. hdc in each st around, sl st and cast off

Sleeve Edge (repeat for both sleeves)

  1. sl st in to the 5th stitch of the middle shell of the middle motif A at bottom of the sleeve, (you will always place stitches in the 5th stitch of each shell for this round)
  2. sc in same st as sl st, (ch 6, hdc, ch 8, hdc, ch6, sc) rep around and sl st in starting sc and ch 1
  3. Hdc in sc, 6hdc in ch6 sp, hdc, 8 hdc in ch 8 sp, hdc, 6dc in ch6 sp, hdc) rep around to start and sl st in starting hdc, ch 1
  4. Hdc in each st around, sl st and cast off

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