Remember the summer vest I crocheted with the vintage circa 1960 Sirdar pattern? Remember how I said the waist shaping went out in stead of in and that I hoped the yarn would soften and drape better so that it would be more flattering around the tummy area? Well. It didn’t happen.
I know myself and I know I won’t wear the vest again. There’s no point in letting good Rowan Siena go to waste so I frogged it.
I went from this –
to this –
and finally to this, in one afternoon.
In hindsight I probably should have made four or five smaller balls of yarn in stead of this huge ball. Got a bit carried away with the unravelling and winding…. Now I’m stuck with a massive ball of yarn that I have to carry around for crocheting in the train. Oops.
My replacement summer vest looks very similar to the vintage pattern summer vest. The biggest change is the waist shaping which goes in (yeah!) and the crochet stitch for the main body. The pattern I chose is Fleur, from the Rowan Holiday Crochet pattern book. (The same book that Belle is from.)
For Fleur I had to learn a new crochet stitch, which I love. It’s called the Hot Cross Bun stitch. I couldn’t find a reference to it anywhere in Google, so I think it may be a stitch thought up by the desigher, Marie Wallin, specifically for this pattern.
In the photo below, the hot cross bun stitch is the one in the unfinished row. Just below is a row of dtr3tog. I’d like to think of the dtr3tog as the buns and the X stitches as the cross on top of the bun.
(The stitches are not very defined in this photo, but I was so excited I just had to take a photo to show you. As the crochet grows I will take photos again.)
The stitch is based on (UK) double trebles so it works up very quickly. It’s also much easier than it looks. Basically it’s two half a double trebles seperated by a chain that cross each other in the middle. It really is so much fun doing. Only drawback is that I’m constantly craving hot cross buns! Hahahaha
Before I end off this post, I just wanted to say thanks for all the lovely comments and more Versatile Blogger Awards nominations on the Dusky Ta-daaah post. You guys are the best and I treasure every comment and nomination.
nice stitch, its going to be lovely :o)
Yep.. I totally understand you on this one.. I’ve made things to wear when I realise that they are “not me”.. what a fantastically eco friendly hobby we have… sending you lots of hooky happiness x
The hot cross bun stitch does look like fun! I love learning new things and watching what they form. I hope that you like your new vest version better. Can’t wait to see it finished!
Brave girl I hope this one feels better when you wear it.
Thanks Jill, I do too! 🙂
Louise van der Linde said:
Hallo Natasha, hoop jy kan my help. Ek is besig om myself te leer hekel uit ‘n boek (dankie tog vir die Idees-tydskrif!)
Ek het ‘n patroon hier waarvan ek baie hou, en die steek wat gebruik word, is:
3 tr worked off tog (= cluster) into ring.
Louise vd Linde
(Uit ‘n yskoue Pretoria)
Jammer Louise maar ek weet ook nie. Die “off” in die instruksie gooi my bietjie. Ek het op google ook gesoek vir jou steek, maar kry niks. Miskien kan jy vra op die OnsHekel Facebook page, want daar is baie Afrikaanse hekelaars wat gereeld Engelse patrone vir hulself moet vertaal na Afrikaans. Sorry ek kon nie meer help nie.
Love the stitch!
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Jy is régtig begeesterd en ernstig oor jou stokperdjie. Nooit het jy voorheen iets uitgetrek en weer van voor af begin nie. Haal my hoed af vir jou en is baie trots op jou. So baie artikels in so ‘n kort tyd. Amazing!!