Crochet Adult Vest: XS – 5 XL


[MUSIC PLAYING] In today’s tutorial,
let’s work on a vest. And this is for
two-year-old toddler boys all the way to
men’s 5 extra large. Welcome back to
The Crochet Crowd, as well as yarnspirations.com. I’m your host, Mikey. Today we’re going to
work on this v-neck vest. It comes in many,
many, many sizes. We are starting with
the boys toddler size all the way to ages of 10. And then this pattern here,
which is the adult version, starts in the very next size,
which is extra small, all the way to 5 extra large. In construction and the
way that this is done is absolutely identical
to each other. I’m going to be teaching
the extra small version and the adult size
in today’s tutorial, but all you have to do is just
substitute the information. How do you substitute? That’s next. So Yarnspirations
does a great job in being able to help us
substitute information. And you’re going to notice
that you’re going to see sizes, and you’ll notice that
there’s colors associated to each of these sizes. It’s in both of
these patterns here. So when we have information
on the pattern that is relevant to having
to make a decision, then you’re going to notice
that is going to appear here. So you’re going to
notice, it says fit chest. And you see the
colors are matching. So exactly what you see here
is matching to this chest size and to the finished
chest here, and you will see it matches over here. But what exactly does it mean? Let me show you. So here’s a closer look. Whenever a decision
needs to be made or something needs to be
following a specific pattern, that is matching a certain size. So this is the child size that
we’re looking at right now. So this is 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10. So the first number
is the smallest size. The next number is the
next size, and so on. So whenever you have to make a
decision, then this will show. So if there is no
decision to be made when it gives you a
set of instructions, it’s the same for all sizes. So right at this point,
it says, chain 8, which will give you then
the two-year-old size. And then if you were
doing the next one, it would be 4 and
then 6, 8, and 10. So you see that they’re slightly
different from each other. So whenever you’re doing
these kind of patterns, actually just look
for those numbers. And what I like to
do for myself when I go to do something
like this is that I grab a highlighter
and I highlight the number that I want, because
sometimes it’s easy to get lost in a pattern. Now in both patterns, there
is five different sizes. So this is still looking
at the child size here. So whenever you see
that there’s brackets like this with the numbers, that
indicates the same information that I was just sharing. So the first number
is 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10. And so if you separated
that out from this pattern, this pattern would
not be so long, because essentially,
it’s taking up a lot more room in the space. So let’s just say we’re
skipping the first four. That’s for the two-year-old,
and then so on and so on. Do you see that? So when you have to
follow these instructions, you just have to look for that. So for example,
in the second row here, there is no
bracket information, so that means that
all of them are exactly the same in this
particular row and this row. And then it says, repeat
the last two rows, and you see it
appears here again. So the two-year-old size
would repeat only once, and the next sizes
would repeat two times. So just look for that. It just makes it
a lot more sense. So let’s move over to
the adult size version, because that’s what I’m going
to be doing on camera today. So here, I’m looking at
the adult size version, and both of the versions
have the shape of the vest here in a diagram format. Now it has the
information that you have, and there’s a lot
of information here. But remember what I
said is that whenever you see a group here like this– so let me just
circle it like this– this is all a set
of instructions that relate from this point
to this point in the size. So in extra small, this
would be 8 inches tall. And then the next size up would
be that, and so on and so on. So you’ll see it along
the bottom as well. So for the extra small,
it’ll be 18 inches across. The next sizes, et cetera. So this gives you a
really good indication on what you need to do. So the construction is very
similar to what we have to do, even in the child size. And I’m going to give
you some tips in order to speed yourself up in this
particular project as well. So for myself, the
front and the back are very similar up until
you get to this line here. So we’re going to start
both of the ribs here. And this is part of this. So it’s just one unit. So you can do the
front and the back the same up until this point,
and then you can deviate. Now you’ll see that the back
still comes in like this, but it’s solid along the
back all the way to the top. And then in the front,
it is similar to this, but then it starts to branch off
to give you the v-neck shape. So it’s really quite
an easy thing to do. So for myself, what I did
is that I did the rib first like this. And you need multiple
balls of yarn anyway. This is what my
train of thought was. And so I did the rib
all the way across. The next part joins onto
that rib, then working up. So I did both ribs at the same
time using two different yarn balls so that I didn’t
have to fasten off. I then did the front and the
back all the way to this point here. And then I’m going to
then take you further. So when I give you a
set of instructions, this is what you can do. And you can get both
at the same time, and I will show that to
you in just a moment. So as I just mentioned, what
I did is that I did the rib, and so the rib is going back and
forth all the way to the end. And I got it to my
inches that I needed. And I believe it was 18
inches that I needed to go. And then what I did is
that I put this aside, and I have the yarn,
and I just put it aside. And I grabbed up the
next one, next yarn ball, and I did the next
rib for this one. So I had both ribs actually
done, and then I moved up. So what I’ve got now is that
I’ve got two different yarn balls on the go at this time. One is going to each
one of the panels. And so it just makes
it easier for me to remember the pattern
and a lot more simpler. And what I wanted to do
is that the dimension to get to the top of
where the arm hole starts is the same on both panels. So I did one panel all
the way to the top, and then I put it
aside, and then I did the next one all
the way to the top. And so I wanted to make
sure that I finished off on the same side. And when I overlaid them,
they are the exact same size, just like that. So I’ve also marked
on here the front side of the project, which I will get
to in today’s tutorial as well. And it’s really not a hard
pattern in order to follow. And at the end, all
I’m just going to do is sew up through
the side anyway. So what I’m going
to do is I’m going to get you started to show you
how to do the ribs area here. And then I’m going to show you
how to do this stitch here. And then I’m going
to leave it for you to get yourself up
here where we’re going to start doing the arm holes. And what we’re going to
do then is just show you how to read that on the pattern,
which is coming up next. So I realized by reading ahead
that I could see that there was a repeat going on in this side. So we start off with the back
panel, and it says, chain 10. And we do the
ribbing, et cetera. And then I got myself all the
way to where I needed to go. So I did the first extra
small, so I went to 18 inches. So if you have other sizes, you
have to go to these dimensions here. And then it says, do
not turn at the end, and then work 59 single
crochets across the top edge. And of course, it has
different measurements for our different single
crochets for the other sizes. And then it says,
proceed as follows. So I did both of the
ribbings at the same time, and then I finished off,
and then I moved on here. So it says here in the
front, over here it says, repeat from double asterisk
to double asterisk. So I looked for the
double asterisks over here and over
here, and I realized that the front is actually
only from here to here. So right now, both of the
panels that I have currently that I just showed you are
ending right here, because what I’m going to do is
that both of them still have to have the starting
shape of the arm holes. And then from here,
one takes a detour. So right here, if
you’re doing the back, you’re just going to continue
along here like this, OK? And then continue to shape
the shoulders then here. And then once you
get to this point here for the front is that
you’ll jump over here, and then you’ll start working
down this particular column here. So it’s just an
easier way to look at it from this perspective. And so I like to make it
a lot easier for myself. Instead of doing one
whole, complete panel, I like to work like
an assembly line so I don’t have to read
the instructions as much. So let me get you started
on doing the ribbing first. So using a 5-millimeter
size H hook– and I’m using Caron
Simply Soft today– I’m going to be
starting the ribbing. Now doesn’t matter which
size that you’re working on. The ribbing– just look
at the particular pattern, and all of them in the adult
size start with chaining of 10. In the child size, it
starts with chaining of 8. I’m going to have you
look at those instructions and substitute that
information going forward. So I start off with a slip knot,
and I’m doing the extra small in adults. And it says to chain 10. So I’m just going to chain. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. And if you’re
thinking, wow, that’s a really large ribbing,
it’s going to compress, so don’t worry about that. So going second
chain from the hook. So count back. So 1 and 2. And come in second chain,
going into the back hump only, I want you to single
crochet yourself back across your chain. You’ll notice that
I’m not counting. I don’t need to. I can see my stitches. But if you went second
chain from the hook and you originally
started off with chain 10, you end up with 9 single
crochets in the end. And that’ll be the magic
number then going forward for the rest of the ribbing,
going all the way across. So what we’re going to do is
that it causes a ribbing effect to happen, and that’s
going to be caused in the next row, which is going
to be continuously repeated then until you get to the
set dimensions for it. So in the extra small, I had
to go a total of 18 inches. It did not take me long
to do 18 inches in this. So what I’d like to do is that
I’d like to go in the next row. So you’re going to
repeat this next row over and over and over until
you get to your dimension. So usually what we do is that
we turn and go like this. But it’s harder to
see that back loop. We’re only going to
go into back loops. So to get it started,
what I like to do, just look at it from
this perspective. I’m sitting right
here behind you. And what I’m going to do is
that I’m going to chain up one, and I’m going to dive into the
back loop only of the stitch. So if you’re new to
crochet, there’s two loops. Together, they say a stitch. If you go in the front
loop, OK, that’s the front. And if you go in the back
one, it’s the back loop. So going into the back loop
only, single crochet across. Once you get the first one
in, the rest are easy to see. It’s just that first one’s
kind of tough to see right off the bat, so I don’t
turn it all the way around until I get to
the second stitch. And so you’re just going to
work back and forth doing back loop single crochets all the way
until you get to the dimensions that you have. So I’m just going to
review how to turn again, and then I’m going to
leave the rest for you. I’m going to do a smaller
swatch sample in order to show you the next
stitch [INAUDIBLE],, because I’ve already done it. And don’t forget, you have
to go into that final stitch. And if you’re ever
confused, you should have 9. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
6, 7, 8, and 9. So if you thought there
might have been one more, you could have. You might accidentally
put in an extra. So to turn your work against
it, just chain up 1 and dive into that back loop only. Then you can start turning it
in order to work your way down. So please continue to
the assigned dimension that is in the pattern, and
I will meet you back here. I just have to go a few
more inches in order to show you the
next step in order to do this stitch work all the
way to the top of the vest. And then we’re going to pick
up the vest from that point, and then move on
in today’s pattern. So for myself, I’m
going to stop here, because I can show you what
the next part of the pattern looks like, just
for the small swatch so you’ll have it to
complete [INAUDIBLE] band. You’re not going to fasten off. And what I would recommend
is doing both of these at the same time,
because they both have to be the same
dimension before moving on to the next part
of this project. Let me bring my sample
and show you what’s next. So once you get your
entire band done, the next part of the
panel is directly right attached to this. And what we’re going to
do is that when we’ve done this particular one
is that we’re just going to start our single
crochets along the top. And we have to get so many
dimensions of– sorry. So many single crochets
across the top, and that’s indicated on the pattern. In my case, extra small,
there’s 59 stitches all the way across the top. Do you see how it’s kind
of buckling like this? This is a stretch of this to
allow it to shape to your body when you’re wearing it properly. So this is kind of a neat idea. So what I need you to do is
get both of these ribs done, and now I’m going to show you
what to do then to start this, and then I’m going
to show you the two rows that exist all the way then
to the bottom of the arm holes. So once your ribbing
band is all the way done and you’ve got it to
the dimension, when you go to lay it down, don’t
overstretch it like this to cause it to be malformed. But you don’t have it
buckling like this. Just have it nicely just kind
of laying out, and grabbing your tape measure
and just measure it. So what you have to do then,
to move along the top then to the next section
of this is that we have to turn it on its side. So this is where I kind
of finished like so, and so I’m going to work my
way across the top right here. So in order to do that,
I have to chain one, and I have to single
crochet the number of stitches that it tells you. In my case, it was 59. So in this small swatch, you
have to have an odd number. So if you look at
all the numbers, what it tells you to do to go
across the top of this, it was either 59, 65,
71, 79, 89, or 101. These are all odd
numbers, so that’s what you need to look for. So in this case, I’m just going
to say it’s an odd number, just because it’s a small swatch. But you can follow
those dimensions that are provided in the pattern. So I’m just going to make
sure it is an odd number. So I’m just going to count. So 1. And I’m just going in
the side of the stitch. And 2 and 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. And I need an odd number, so
I’m just going to go for 9. So sometimes you have
to put in extra stitches in order to get it to the
dimension that it’s asking or the number of stitch
counts, or sometimes you have to skip over a
section and just do it. I had to do it on mine,
because I got near to the end, and I realized that
I was not going to hit the end if I kept
going in the same increment. So I jumped over a
little bit of extra. You really cannot tell. So you have to use your
own creativity with that. So that is rule number
1, and now we’re going to repeat
number rows 2 and 3 over and over until we get to
the bottom of the arm hole. So let’s start on row number 2. We’re going to start
off by chaining a 3. 1, 2, and 3. And that counts as
a double crochet. So the way that it’s easier to
do on this particular pattern, we have to then continue. So we have to go one single
crochet into the next one. And the next one, we have
to do a double crochet. And you continue to do
that back and forth. So it’s a double
and now a single, and then double and single. And you’ll keep doing
that all the way down to the end of the row. So in the end of the row
as we approach it, then we’re just continuing along. And we have to finish off
with the double crochet right into the very end,
just like that. So we started off with a double,
and we finish off with a double on this side. You always have to do that. So let’s turn our
work and move on. So row number 3 is always going
to be the same, chain up one. So because there was a
double crochet down here, the next one above it
will be always a single. And you can see the difference
between the two stitches for yourself. One looks like it’s more–
like, a lot going on to it. The other one looks
a lot more empty. So when it looks a lot more
empty, that’s a single, and when there’s a lot
more to it, it’s a double. So we started off here,
and we chained up one. So we’re going to
do a single crochet right into the top
of the first double. And so then we
continue our trend. So the next one is
going to be a double, and the next one is a single. And a double and a single, and
double and single, and double. And always, the very
last one on row number 3 will be a single into the
turning chain, just like that. So let’s just turn our
work and repeat rows 2 and 3 one more time together. So we’re going to turn our work. And so row number 2, we
chained up 1, and 1, 2, and 3. So they’re going to
start off with a double. The next one is
going to be a single. OK? So it’s going to be double and
single, and double and single, and double and single. And row number 2 will always
finish off with a double, just like that. Now let’s turn our work again
and go for row number 3. So turning our
work, we chain up 1. Because there’s a double
already in the one below, this one has to be a single. And then the next
one is then a double. So you see that they’re
kind of shifting in between each other
to make this really kind of a
compressed-looking stitch, but also giving texture
at the same time. So I’ve actually gotten used
to doing this pattern as far as switching between single and
double without a lot of thought to it. It takes a little bit
of getting used to. I’m not going to deny that. But once you get
it into your head, it actually works
out pretty good. So now what I need you
to do on the pattern is that you need to
keep repeating this until you get to a
certain height, which includes the bottom edge here. OK? So it says, you need to
continue this pattern now. And in the extra small
size, it was 15 inches. So it’s 15 right
from this bottom edge all the way to the
bottom of the arm hole where we’re going to start that. And I’m going to have you
continue to do that until you get to that dimension. Now the other sizes are there,
including the child size, what that dimension is. And if you’re ever
confused, go and look at the diagram that
is on the back page, and that will show
you the dimension as well that you need to get to. So in the next part
of the tutorial, I want you to do this panel
all the way from the ribbing to this to the dimension of the
height for both of the panels, because they’re both identical. And now I’m going
to show you how to shape the arm holes, which
you’ll have to do on both. And then I’m going
to take you then through the remaining
of the back, and then we’re going to move
to the front of the panel. So at this time, your panel
should be done all the way to the bottom of the arm hole. In my case, it was 15
inches from here all the way to up here. And so now I’m ready to go. And I did both of the panels
exactly identical, laid them over top of each other, so
I know that they’re exactly the same size. And I also counted the amount
of rows to make sense of it. So now we’re going to
start shaping the arm holes in order to make this work. And what we have to do
then is that we have to fasten off the other yarn. I hadn’t done that yet. I wanted to wait to show you. So once you get to the
bottom of the arm hole, we’re going to then
finish off this yarn, and we are going
to fasten it off, and we’re going to
restart on this project. But keep in mind that you need
to look for other things that are involved. So let’s begin to do that. So just snip your scissors,
and just fasten off. And you can use a
darning needle if you wish in order to hide that in. And I would probably highly
recommended it anyway, because you’re going
to be wearing it. If you are not,
somebody else may be. And just use a darning needle. And just lightly glide
it through the top of the stitch area like so. Oh. I almost stabbed myself there. It’s good to have a really
sharp darning needle, except for if it’s going
to go into your finger. Not a good idea. OK, so go back and forth
three times just like so, and now that will
never fall out on you. And I never impeded with the
edge, so it looks the same. I want to do that with
both of the panels as well. Now both panels. That’s now secured
into position. And now I’m just going
to put that one aside, and I’ll work on that one later. And then I’m going to
move on to the next one. So let’s begin to
do the arm hole. I’m going to start off with
a slip knot on my hook first. Just put it aside, and let’s
talk about the instructions. So if you notice in the pattern,
it looks like there’s a jet in, and there is truly a
jet in from the outside. So we’re not going to start. We fastened off so that
we don’t start on an edge that we’re already
[INAUDIBLE] let someone in. And when you go to do the
arm band that comes around, it’ll be sitting into
this position here. So it says skip the
first four, and you’ll notice that there’s
other dimensions there for the other sizes. And so I’m just
going to look at it. So I’m going to
go 1, 2, 3, and 4. So I go to the 5th. I notice that it’s a double
crochet right underneath, so what I want to do is
when I go to fasten on, I want to just do
what is opposite. So see how I’ve stopped here? So when finished
off, I was here, OK? And I turned it. So this is continuing
then on the other side so that I don’t mess up
the pattern in any way. So you have to just
keep that in mind. So I’m just going
to join it here. And what I want to do is that
I want to chain one, and one single crochet into the first. Now it says for me
for the back end here is that I have to continue
the pattern across. So I’m going this single,
double, single, double. And I need to count out
a total of 50 stitches that I need to do. So I’m going to have to do
that all the way across. You’ll see that there’s other
dimensions for the other sizes. So just continuing to carry
along as you normally did, but because you’re
only doing 50, you’re not going to
go right to the edge. Over here, you’re
going to stop earlier, because that’s what’s going
to happen in order to keep it in balance on this side. So please do that
and get over there, and I’ll see you there
in just a moment. So that came up all the
way to the other side, and what I want you to notice
is that I put a string in here. You have to leave four
empty stitches at the end. And when you
counted over 50, you had four empty stitches anyway. But I just put a
strand in there, just so that I would be more
confident in my own abilities. So what we’re going
to do in the next row is that we’re going
to turn our work, and we’re going to
do this just one time only for the front panel. But for the back, we have
to do it a total of three. So right now, what
I want you to do is that we’re going to
do some together work. So we’re going to make
stitches decrease. So we’re just going
to chain up one, and we’re going to put the
two first ones together. So we’re just going to
go in and pull together. So in, and then go
to the next one. Pull in like this. It’s two together. And then pull through
all three loops. Now you continue
the pattern as is. So there’s a double here,
and I’m going to go single. So what I want to do is that I
want you to just go all the way back to the other side. And at the very
last two stitches, I want to put those together,
just like I just did. And you’re eliminating
a stitch out to create a nice kind
of indentation that is more fluid with your body. So I’ll meet you
on the other side. So when you get close to
the end on the other side, the last two stitches are
going to come together, and you are going to do the
single crochet two together. So just going in and
in and pull through. And that just became together. So for this particular
back panel here, I have to repeat that row
again three more times for the extra small. And then you see that
there’s other repeats then for the other sizes,
so you can follow that on the instructions. So to do this again, then
if we’re doing a repeat is that you start off,
and you just chain up one. I’m going into the first
one and the next one. Put them together. And then just look for
what’s in the next stitch. So this is a single underneath. I can tell that. And I’m going to just go
across in the same pattern. And then the last two would
then become two together. Please repeat this row
the number of times that it says on the pattern,
and I’ll see you back here in just a moment. So now I have repeated
that decreasing row a total of an extra three
times, as per the pattern. If you’re doing other sizes,
you’ll have other repeats. So you see that it
kind of rounds up here. And now we need to go
to a certain height now. So for my size, I need
to go from 8 inches now from the bottom of
here to the top of this. So all I’m just going
to do now is just go back and forth,
continuing the same pattern, just like we had before so it
keeps it nice and consistent. And when I get to 8 inches
here, then I’m going to stop. But I’ve not quite
done the back panel. I still have a little bit
of shoulder work to do, which is not a deal breaker. It’s actually quite easy to do. And then all I
just need you to do is just go back and
forth, just to go straight up to get to the side. So you’re either going to go
8 inches, 8 and 1/2, 9, 9, 9 and 1/2, or 10,
depending on the size that you’re working on. I’ll see you back here
when I get that done. OK. So now I’m back, and I
have my 8 inches tall here. This is the bottom
of the arm hole here. It’s obviously the
same on the other side. So what I want to do now
is to continue along, and we still have to shape the
shoulder on the back panel. And we need to fasten
this off first. The reason why
we’re fastening off, it’s very similar to
what we did over here. We need to jump and start
at a different spot. So what I want to do then
is just take my time just weaving my ends. And I want to turn my project
around and start again on this side. So I can trap it in my stitch
work just by weaving these in. But if you feel
more comfortable, you can use a darning
needle if you wish as well. So I need to get it over to a
minimum of 10 stitches across. And how do I know that? It says– and this is 10
for my particular size that I’m working on here– is that we’re going to have
to skip so many stitches. And because we’re
skipping so many stitches, I have to go in a little bit
further so that I can trap that into position as well. So now I want to
turn this around, and I want to start the next
section of this shoulder, and then we’ll move on. To do the next
section, we actually have to do a total of two rows. So what we have to
do is that we have to go across, fasten
off, turn our work, and then start again
at a different spot. So what we have to
do here at the top is that I have to skip
a total of six stitches. And that’s for all of the sizes. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Go to the 7th, and that’s where
I want to join all my new yarn. Just going to create
a slip knot first. And I’m going to continue
the pattern as usual. So right now what I’ve done
is that I’ve just joined on to where it shows as– let me take a quick look here. This is a double
crochet where I am. So I’m just going to chain
one and one single crochet into the same one. And I’m going to continue
the same pattern across. So what I want to
do on this side here is that I want to
stop 6 stitches short. So what I’m going
to do is I’m going to come from the other side,
and stop and then fasten off. That’s what I’m going to do. Please do that same thing. So I’m now on the other
side, and I am finishing. So that’s it. So what I want to do then
is that I want to stop here, and I want to fasten off,
weaving my end again. And I want to start then
the final row of the back. If you noticed on the diagram
as I’m weaving this in, if you noticed on
the diagram, you’ll notice that it looks like the
top of the vest was arching. It had like a curve to it. This is what this
is looking at when you’re looking at it from
a greater perspective. So I’m just weaving these in. And I want to turn my work
again, and I want to join on. So let’s turn it. And to join it once again
is that the next row, we have to skip the first five. So grabbing the same
yarn end is that we just look at the stitches. So just 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Skip the first five
and join on your yarn again, and follow
the pattern as is. And you want to go across
until you leave five stitches unused on the other side. So right where I just did
a join is a double crochet. So chain up one, and
single into that one. So continue the pattern as is. It’s important that you’re
able to identify your stitches. It really makes it a
lot easier in your life. OK. And just continue along. And when I get close
to the other side, I just kind of look, and just
count five back from the edge. And that’s where I’m going to
stop when I get over there. So I’ll see you there
in just a moment. So I’m on the other side now. I left five empty
on the other side. That’s it. We’re done, the back panel. So I’m just going
to weave in my ends. I’m going to use a darning
needle to hide that in at the end of this, and I’m
just going to leave it out. So at this time then,
you look like you have the arching look at the top. You have your arm holes. It comes all the way down,
and it goes all the way then to the waist. So this is the back panel
here, and you can just shape it nicely if you want to. And now it’s time to move
on to the front panel. So the front panel,
we’ve already got it done up
until the arm holes. And we’re going to
carry on from this point here, and then start and work
on it from that perspective. So let’s get our next panel. Let’s begin. So now I’m moving
to the front panel. So I had it stop right
where that dimension was. For me, it was 15 inches. And now we’re ready to move on
to shaping the arm holes, which is the same as what we
did on the back panel. And then after we get
that done, we then shift into a different mode
in order to do the front. Let’s say I create
a slip knot, and you have to skip a certain
amount of stitches. In my case, it’s 4. So coming right up on the
edge, just look at it here. So we’ll go 1, 2, 3, and 4. And go to the 5th. OK, and I’m going right on
top of a double crochet, just so you know. And I’m just going to attach
it with a slip stitch. And we need to maintain
the pattern going all the way across. Now this is your second
time going through if you’ve been
following the tutorial, so you should know that
it’s probably going to be more simpler for you. I’m just going to
rejoin one more time. I’m just not satisfied. I just lost a couple
plies when I was doing it. So just again, so 1, 2,
3, 4, and 5 right there. You know, if you don’t get
things right the first time, it’s no need to panic. Just do your best. So chain up one,
because I’m going up on top of a double crochet
and single crochet, and I want to
maintain the pattern. So what I want to do is maintain
the pattern like I did before, and I want to stop
4 stitches short. So I want to come to a 5th
stitch on the other side. And again, this is for my size. You have to look at
the pattern in order to know how many to go across. So repeat that all the
way across, and then just stop when you have enough there. You can also count it across,
but it’s just easier to look. So come to the other side. And I have to leave
4 stitches unworked. So 1, 2, 3, and 4. So now I’m going to
start then the next row. So the next row, just
remember what we did before. We did a decrease. So let’s turn our
work, and we have to repeat this row a
certain amount of times. In my size that
I’m doing, I have to repeat it three more times
after I’ve done this one. So we’re going to
chain up one here, and we’re going to put
the first two together. So just going in, pull
through, and in, pull through. And then pull them
together just like that. And then look at
the next stitch. It’s a double crochet,
so the first one is then single on top. And maintain the pattern
then going across. So single, double,
single, double. And so when you get to the
other side, what you have to do is put the last two
together, and then you have to repeat this particular
row a set number of times. And in my case, I have to
repeat it three more times. So I’ll see you at
the end of this row. So now that my work
is turned, I only have one row to do this time. So chaining up one,
and we’re going to put the first two
together like we had already had on the back panel. So just a single
crochet, two together. And then just maintain
the pattern as is. So the next one is a double,
so this one’s a single. So you’re just going to
go across this row now. And this will be
then the last time you decrease on this
particular section, because what’s
going to happen now is we’re going to jump
in the pattern now and fast forward to the
front side instructions. Because if you continue down
in the same sentences that are directly below in
the pattern, you’re going realize that you’re
doing the back panel. So just got to look over to
the right of the pattern. Look for those double asterisks. It says front. And then we’re going
to start shaping this particular project. So just go across all the way. So at the very final
end of this row, you’re going to put
the final two together. And then just hang on for
me, and I will show you what to do at that point. So when you get
to the other side, you’ve got to put the last two
together as a single crochet and stop. So let’s turn our work, and
what we’re going to do then is just move it
long in the pattern. I’m going to probably just show
you where we are in the pattern here, and then we’re
just going to move on, and I’ll show you how to do it. Because now, we’re just going to
start growing up one side only, leaving the other side. And we’ll do that after. So right now in the pattern,
we just did this last row over here, and that’s it. So in the back, we continued
that last row three more times, and then we continued
along and did this. But right now, there’s
a double asterisk, so now we go back
over to here, and then we start shaping the neck. So what’s going to
happen here is that we’re going to start across. We haven’t fastened off. We’re not going to. And then we’re
just going to work the pattern a certain
amount of stitches and keep going back and
forth, and we’re going to work our way up the neck. Let me show that to
you on the diagram. So let’s begin to do
the shaping of the neck. And we’re going to start
off the left side first. And what we’re
going to do is we’re going to create the shape
that appears in the vest. So let me flip the page and
show you exactly where you are. So right now, we’re actually
right here at this point. And so now we’re
going to continue, and we’re going
to stop, and then we’re going to just
start continuing to work up one side like this. Then when we get
that done, we’re going to immediately start
here and go this way, and then finish this side. So I want to show the
instructions here, because I did a little
cheat sheet for myself. I actually had to film
this three times already, because I was kind of getting
lost within myself on what to do. So I created a little
cheat sheet for myself. So all the instructions
are right here, and we’re going to do some
progressive decreasing in order to get to the right shape. So let me show you my little
cheat sheet that I made. Sometimes you’ve got to
understand how you learn and how you adjust. So here’s my little
cheat sheet here. And what we’re
going to be doing is that we’re going to be
starting on right here, and we’re going to go all
the way to a certain amount. And then we’re going
to stop, and then we’re going to build up
and then come back. So you’re going to notice in
the first three rows here, we’re doing a decrease
right on the end like so. So this is the arm
hole continuing to open up on the other side. And then it’s going
to go straight up. The other side,
on the other hand, every other row that we do,
we’re going to do a decrease. So whenever we do a decrease,
the next row above it is going to just be one of
the same pattern going across. So I put dots in here,
because remember, we are doing a pattern of
single crochet, double crochet. I don’t know what
it is here, and you have to make that judgment
call when you’re doing it. And so I just did dots
as a representation of each one of the stitches
so I can maintain my counts. So the goal is then once we go
up and do this every other row, the goal is to get to
number 11 here at the top. Once you get to 11, you just
go continuously straight up until you get to
your inches high. In my case, it has to be
8 inches in the arm holes. So that’s what we
are looking for with this particular pattern. So what I’m going to do,
start off on the bottom. And so the other
side of this diagram, if you were to actually
flip it upside down, would be the other side of this. So let me see if you can
actually see through it. I have instructions that I’ve
done myself on the other side. See if you can see through. No. [LAUGH] So this would be what it’s
like from the other side. So what I’m going to do is that
when I go to do the other side, I’m just going to visualize
that I’m starting here and going this way, and then just kind
of read it backwards in order to get to the other side, or
you can just take a diagram. So you can take a
screenshot at this time if you’d like to have
this for yourself, and then you can just
print it out for yourself. And this here is the left side. So as we begin to
do the first row and being able to shape it– so
we’ve gone all the way straight across, and now we’re only going
to go to about the middle part, OK? It’s pretty close to it. And then the other side’s going
to pick up from that point and go to the other side. So what we need to
do is that we’re going to use in my
particular size 24 stitches. You will notice
that it said 22 here because there’s two
together right at the front and right at the back. So without further ado,
let’s just start this here. And what I need to do is that
I need to chain up one first, and then the first two are
going to become together. So just put those two together
with a single crochet, two together. And now we have to maintain the
pattern then for 20 stitches. OK. So the next one here, I see it’s
a double crochet underneath, so this one has to be a single. So I’m going to count
it out as in here. So I’m not going to say if it’s
single or double, because then I’ll get confused. So I already have one done,
and this would be 2 and 3. See, my hands are
automatically doing the work. This is 4, 5. This is 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12,
13, 14 and 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20. So there’s 20 stitches across. Now the next two are
going to become together. So that’s going to be single
crochet, two together. So all together then when I look
at this for the chain count, there should be a total of 22. So the first two just
became together as one, so that’s 1 plus 20. Plus then these two
just became one, and that gives you then 22. So 1 plus 20 plus 1 equals 22. Let’s move up to the next row. So right now, this
is the neck area. It’s the middle of the project. And this is the arm hole side. So if you’re looking
at my diagram, hopefully it makes sense. So the first time
that we go up then– this is row number 2– we’re
going to just chain up one, and we are just going to
match what is in there, OK? So what we have to
do here at this time, because there’s a single
crochet in the one below, this time you have
to chain up three. So you have to
look at my diagram not from a technical point of
view of those single crochets on the edge. You have to maintain
that pattern. So the next one is going to
be a single, because it’s a double right there. That’s what gave
me that indication. And I’m just going to
keep moving across. And then the very
final two are going to be two together,
because we’re still creating that nice ridging
for those arm holes that are in the ends of the product. And so we just have
one more row to do after this for that
decrease on the arm holes, and then we’re going to just
head straight up on that side. And so it makes it
quite easier to follow. So I’m not counting,
because I’m not. And I’m just looking
for the final two. I’m confident in my stitch work
that I’ve got the right counts. I am going to show you how to
cheat the system in the event that your panel is not the
right width of stitches. I’m going to show
you how to cheat that if you have to as well. So then I’m coming right to
the edge very shortly here, and I’m looking for
my two together. OK. So here, 2, 2. [INAUDIBLE] 2, 2. [INAUDIBLE] OK. These two are together. Just reviewing how those are. And then that becomes that. So I’m going to
turn one more time. And when we start this
row, the first two are together once again. And this is the final
time on the arm hole that it’s going to be like that. So chain up one, and the
first two are together. And then when I come
all the way across then, because this is row number
3, the final one on this side are going to be two
together as well. So I’m looking for
the stitch work underneath, so this one
must be a single this time, and then double. So I think for this,
part of the pattern, you’ve really got to understand
it in order to follow along. You’ve got to learn how to
cheat the system if you have to. There really is no
need to do that anyway, but it’s one of those items
that sometimes you’ve really got to just pay attention. It’s not always easy
to sit here and teach how to do every little thing. You have to use some
of your mind power as well to make decisions
that make sense for you, because you may be doing
something slightly different, or you may have a different
point of view as well. Either way, it’s good to go. So I’m just looking for
the final two on this side, and I’m looking, so
two, [INAUDIBLE].. So these two are
going to be together, so I’ve got to go one more
and put those two together. So what I need to do is
here on row number 3, there should be a
total of 19 stitches. So I’m going to want to be
fussy in counting that out. So I’ve got 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19. So if there wasn’t 19, I’d
be very concerned right now. So what I need you to do now
for the remainder of that– and remember, I
showed you my sheet– is that we have to repeat
the pattern of going up without any decreasing. So it’s just chain up one
and follow the pattern. And if it’s a single
crochet or double crochet, in the next one, you have
to make that judgment call for the pattern. And then the next row
up is that you’re going to always decrease in the neck. So just think about it
from this perspective, OK? So here’s the edge like so. You’re never going to
decrease on the side. And all the decreases
is every other row, and it happens in the neck area. I’m going to ask you to do the
remainder on your own for this. And what you’re going
to do is that you’re going to follow that
to the repeat pattern that it tells you. And then once you have the
repeat pattern then satisfied, you have to continue to go
back and forth until you get to the height. And in my case, it’s 18. Let me show you back on
the sheet one more time before I let you go. You can do this. So I’m back here
on my cheat sheet. I just checked off the
ones that I’ve done so far. So the next row, I’m just
going to chain up one, or it could be three, depending
on the pattern in this case. It depends on this
next one that you have to worry about the pattern. So you’ve just got to
follow it across, and just go right to the end. And when you come
back to the neck, you’re going to do
the last two together. So the goal is to start
to reduce stitches. So every two rows, it’s
going to get less and less. And your goal if you’re doing
my size of the extra small is to get to 11. It tells you that in the pattern
and where you’re looking for. So if you’re doing a
much bigger design, chances are this is going
to be a lot more tapered, and it’s going to take
you more of a while. But of course, it’s
bigger, so you have to compensate for that as well. So what I’m going to
do then is that I’m going to satisfy this now
until I get to the top 11. I’m going to take
a measurement, see if it’s 8 inches then
from the arm hole. And if it’s not, I’m
just going to continue to go back and forth regularly
without any more decreases till I get to my 8 inches. My guess is I’m going to
get pretty close to the top without any issues at all. So I’ll see you back
here in just a moment. So here’s what I got. I followed my chart. You can see I went
flat up this side, and I tapered in on this
side to give the v-neck. And now it’s time to fill
in the other side of this. So what we need to do is that we
need to start off in the middle and go this way. Never come from the outside
when you’re doing the second. If you start on this side,
what’s going to happen is that the one row is
going to appear upside down. And instead of a seamless
thing, because it looks like it’s the same
yarn that travels up, and if you do and start on this
side, what’s going to happen is you’re going to see an
imperfection line right here, and you will clearly see it. So even though the rest
of it would look perfect, you’ll have an unsightly line. I’m going to show you
how to cheat the system, just in case your stitch
counts are off here. And let me show you what to do. So if you remember
my other chart– and let me just pull that up and
show you here as I’m doing it here– and you remember
my other chart, we had here a total of 22
stitches set across. Remember that the first two
came together on both sides, so that it gives you a total 24. So what we have to do is that
we have to look for 24 stitches to be available on this
side here in order to work. So it technically says skip
one and then start over, but what happens if you’re off? Meaning that maybe that’s
not a true center of it. And my first outtake– I had, I think, three or
four outtakes on this thing– is that my one side appeared
to be really far off, and the other side
was just right here. And I had a really
unsightly thing. There’s no way you can do it. So what you have to do here–
and my stitch count should be right anyway, but
if you’re not– what you have to do is
look for 24 stitches. So coming from the
outside, count them. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24. So 24 is where I’m going
to start right here. So something happened in
this particular project where it said to
skip one stitch. OK, so I’ve gone all
the way over to here. And I’m one off. Do you see that? You had to skip one and
go to the second one over, but I’m one off. So instead of trusting
in that and then having one that appears to
be not going down the center, you’re better off to
count from the outside and go the other way. So what I want to
do is that I want to just place a
stitch marker here so that I know this is
where I’m going to start. So what I’m going to
do now is that I’m going to look at my
diagram once again, and then show you
what you need to do. So what I need to do, this
is the diagram for this side. So technically, this is
backwards to the other side. But I’m not going to redo
a whole new chart for that, because I don’t need to. So what I have to
do here is you see that I have chains that
are going up the side here. Do you see that? Well, they have to,
because it’s opposite, I need to make sure that
I’m doing opposite this time around. So instead of starting over here
and finishing off in the neck, I’m starting in the
neck and going outward. So whenever I have
to do it– so now I have to follow this chart this
way instead of this way, OK? So I’ll go like this instead. So this just means that these
chaining up here will not make sense for the second
side, but you know what? I’m an experienced
crocheter, and chances are, you will be too. This is an intermediate
pattern, or is it an easy one? I can’t remember. It says that it’s easy. [LAUGH] OK. So you just have to
watch this stuff. I don’t even know why
I’m laughing at that. It’s kind of funny,
though, because this is kind of complicated, even
for me, on take number 4. So I have to just go back
and forth opposite to what I’m seeing here. But if you just follow it
in the opposite direction, you’re going to be successful. So let’s start you off anyway,
and let’s get you going. So let’s start you off
right where I marked it, and let’s begin. So right where I have it marked
is where I’m going to start off with the slip stitch, OK? And just grab my yarn. I just create a
slip knot to begin. And I’m going to pull
that through and slip it to the yarn that is
going to the ball. So I chained up one, and now
the first two become together. So just going into
the first one, then going into the next one,
and put those two together just like that. So now I’m looking
at the pattern. The pattern underneath
is a double, so this must mean it’s single. So that’s my pattern repeat
then going all the way to the other side. But before I finish
the other side, I want to make sure that
the final two come together in the sense that they’re
going to put two together at the other side. So in the first
three rows like we did before is that the
arm hole is still growing to be a little bit bigger. And so we have to continue
that on this other side in order to keep
this in balance. So let me just
work my way across. You see that I’m bearing
in my loose end as I go. Therefore, I’ll never
have to cut that out. It’s just buried for life. And you won’t even see it, too,
because it’s the same color. So it’s continuing along. And my trick is to make sure
that I’m counting stitches in this particular area of it. If any one pattern that you’re
going to need to count stitches is directly in these vest up
kind of sections like that, because if you’re
wrong by any stretch– you know, I used to do these
socks when I was a much younger crocheter, and I could
never get two pairs of socks to be the same, because
I was refusing to count, because I thought I
was kind of perfect. You know how you
are when you’re 20. [LAUGH] So you think that everything
is going to work out. And then you get there
and realize you’ve got two socks different size. Welcome to my life. So we’re going to just
go right to the end. So the last two stitches will
be two together as you do that. So what I need to do to
verify that I’ve done that– let me just put these together– is that there should only
be 22 stitches going across. So let’s look. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22. So I’m going to turn my work. So the next row up is that
we’re going to just continue following that pattern. So this is the arm hole side. And if you looked
at the pattern, you’ll notice that the first
two are together once again. So chaining up one, and the
first two are together like so. But on this one here as
you hit the neck area is that it’s going to not
have a decrease on this side. So you’re going to
follow the pattern as is. Remember, you’re just
reading the chart backwards. I know you can do it. That sheet really
saved me on this one. I got really far
in this tutorial, and just the words kind of
hung me up a little bit. I’m not saying the
pattern was mis-designed. It’s sometimes hard to
visualize some of these things. It’s a garment. It’s a piece of clothing. You cannot really
go too wrong on it, or you can’t really fake it too
much before you end up having some serious trouble. So I’m going to come all
the way to the neckline. And so according to
the instructions, there will be 21
stitches left over. And I am going to verify
that count before I continue. I actually counted
all the way up. Last time, I was doing
the other one all the way to the top of the neck. OK, so I’m coming
right to the end. And there’s only one
stitch in there, remember? Two became one, so there
should technically only be 21 stitches, this one here. So I’ve got 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, and 21. Now let’s go and turn
it one more time. This is the last time
I’m going to show you. On the third row up, we’re
going to decrease again. It’s the last time you’re going
to decrease on the arm hole side. And then the rest of it
is going to taper up, and I’ll show you that
on the sheet as well. So this is row number three. You’re going to chain up anyway. So you’re going to chain up
one, put the first two together. OK. And that’s what it says
to do in row number 3. And then you’re following
the pattern across. You know, I really thought
I was going to have trouble with just remembering
to single double, but it’s just
coming so naturally. I’m scared actually next time
I do a double crochet project, I’m going to do single
double automatically, just because I’ve gotten
used to doing that. So in row number 3, the arm hole
is going to become together. And it’ll be the last
time on the arm hole that everything is
going to decrease. So you’re going to
keep it all going straight up at this time for
the remaining of the arm hole. So according to my
sheet then, there should be 19 stitches
left by the time I’m done. So the arm hole, there
should be two together. So the last two
stitches, 1 and 2. Just looking for that. So this is 1 and this is 2. So these two are together. So this time around,
there should only be 19. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18. And you know what? I think I’m off one. So this is why you’re counting. Sometimes it’s
visually hard to see, so I’ve got to go one more. And then there you go. Got it. So don’t be afraid to count. We all can screw
up at that point. So we’re going to
turn our work, and I’m going to bring back the
diagram, and I’m going to show you what to do next. So now I’m going to finish
the other side that goes up. So on the arm hole side, it’s
going to go straight up now, and this side is going to taper
out and open to the v-neck. And we have just
completed number 3. So now every other row
is going to do a decrease when you do this row. So any time you are
working on this, you have to do your decreases
in order to make this work. So when we did this now
is that we’re on number 3. So we’re going to come across. Remember, everything we’re
doing is the opposite, so I just put two together. So number 4 is
going to go across, and it’s just going
to be one into each, just following the pattern. And then when you come
back into the neck area, you want to do that. But the problem here is
that because it’s opposite, you’re actually going to be
starting off in the neck area. So you’ve got to just
watch where you’re going. You might have to do a decrease
when you start at the row, and just watch for that. And then you’re just
going to continue to maintain the pattern,
then going straight up. This is one of those things. You’ve got to know how to
read patterns for this one. Hopefully, this will help you. And I know people are going
to leave comments right now saying I’m really confused. Just got to remember
that it is opposite. So these here are on
the opposite side. So when you go to
start this side here, you may have to put the two
together and then go across instead of doing it at the end. That’s kind of what I’m saying. So I’m going to leave
the rest for you to go straight up
then on the one side, tapering on the other, and then
I’ll meet you in at the top. And you’re going to go for
the amount of stitches. For myself, when I got to the 11
on this round here, number 15, I was actually at my 8-inch
mark, so I stopped there. So as soon as I got
to 11 stitches across to keep it in balance
to the pattern, it satisfied that it was 8
inches as per the dimensions that I needed, and that’s
what worked for me. So continue to do that,
the rest on your own, and I’ll see you back
here in just a moment. I have just a quick tip for you. If you look at this, if you
fold your project in half just at the halfway point,
and you can follow it up, you can tell if you’re
going wrong is if they don’t match each other, OK? So they’re matching pretty
close at this point. Well, they are close,
because they’re the same. So if something is
going really weird and you’re coming up
like this and it’s coming off really weird, you
know if something is wrong. So don’t be afraid
to test it like that in order to find balance
within this project. So now I am finished
doing the tops here. So I have my beautiful
v-neck in here. And you see how I
improvised by one stitch. It really doesn’t
make a difference. You can fold it in half. It still stays equal,
and now the front panel is now officially complete. So now what we’re
going to do now is that we’re going to just
refer back to the instructions. We now have the front
and the back done. And so if I place
this down now– and let’s just do that here
really quickly on camera. So if I place the
back panel down in and then I place the other
one over top like so, this is what it will
look like so far. So I still have to sew
the sides in, et cetera, and just have everything
completely match up. But you can see, you have the
back end that’s filled in here, and it’s just a matter of
putting things together. Let’s go back to
the instructions and see what’s next. So now what we have
to do is that we have to shape the top of these. So let’s do the first one first. So the first one says– and what we need
to do is that we need to get the
middle one here– this is where the neck is. We need to build it up a
little bit taller here. And on the other side, we need
to build up right into here, and then leave the other side. You remember how what
we did in the back is that we kind of built
it up like in sections? You see it’s stepping? We need to do the same
thing, but only one step here and in here. So what we have to do, let’s
start off with the first one here. And we need to see– see,
this is where I finished off, so I know that I
need to go this way. The other side, same thing. So I need to go this way. And if you go the
other way, for example, it’s going to appear
backwards and upside down. So what we have to
do is that we have to fasten on some new yarn. And let’s get our
stitch work ready. Let’s get our hook. And what I need
you to do is that I need you to skip over
to the sixth stitch, or skip 6 stitches
and go to the 7th. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. This is a single crochet. I can see that, so I’m
going to attach it. And I’m going to chain up 3. So you’re going to
maintain the pattern as is. So chain up 3. 1, 2, and 3. Just let this straggler
just fall on top, and then you’re
going to bury it. And you’re just going to
go across the rest of it all the way to the neckline. We’re just following
the pattern. So single, double,
single, double. That’s it. We get that. So just coming out. And then the very end in
this case would be a double, because I’m following the
pattern as is, just like that. OK. So now I have a little
mini step up here. And this will make a
difference in the end, so you’ve just got
to trust in it. And now I’m going
to fasten that off. And before I go
too far, I’m just going to just lock
it into position, and I’m going to use a darning
needle to hide that in. I’m going to come
to the other side. So the other side the neck
has to be bigger here. So where it’s
coming up the neck. So what we have to do is
that we have to then start on that side, just like that. OK. And so what I would recommend
is that you can either count the stitches– so
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 is what I did on this side here. So if you can just
start on the edge corner here and just follow it as is. So the first one is going
to be a single crochet in. I can see that. So just join it with
the slip stitch. Chain one, one single
into the first. And then I’ve just got to
maintain the pattern for just 7 stitches. So that’s 1 of 7. So this will be a
double crochet for 2, and then 3, 4, 5,
6, and 7, like that. OK? So now you have the matching
on both sides for these kind of items like that. So you’ve just got to make
sure that you match everything in order to keep it consistent. So now I’m just
going to fasten off, and I’m going to
use a darning needle to hide those ends in better. So that’s what we
have for there. So let’s move along
in this pattern. See what else we
have to do next. So what I’m going
to have you do now is that I’m going to have
you sew your sides together. Make sure the right sides
are facing inward so that your sewing appears
on the inside of this so when you’re wearing it,
you don’t see any sewing. When we go to do the neckline,
for example, what we’re going to do is turn
this outside right, and then we’re going to be
doing it from that perspective so it doesn’t
appear upside down. So I want you to sew
along the sides here. I want you to sew
along the top here, OK? Do both sides just like that,
and then do the other side. Do not sew obviously in
the arm holes at all. And you don’t have to sew
along the bottom, of course. So use a whip stitching
technique in order to do it. Now your sides
should be completely identical to each other. So just grabbing a spare
piece of yarn that you have, matches the same color. And what you want to
do is do a whip stitch. So let me quickly show
you how to do that. I like to use a slip knot on the
edge of my whip stitch strand. And I’m going to grab a piece
of yarn here and my darning needle, and just
feed it through. So all I’m going to
do is that I’m going to start off in the bottom. I can start up here
if I wanted to. It wouldn’t really matter. But what I want to do is that
I want to take the outsides. I marked what side was
the right side when I was doing this
project here, so I know which is the right side. And I want to just
push it through both, and I want to match
exactly what I have. So I’m going to put the
needle through the loophole and pull everything
nice and tight. OK? And now all I’m
just going to do is just work my way up the side
of this outfit, taking my time, but don’t over-pull. You just want it nice and
snug without distorting any of the edging. So I’m going to do this
for all of the sides that we have for this
that I need to do. And then I’ll meet
you back here, and we’re going to continue
along in making this project. So now everything
is sewn together. I’m still looking at
the inside of this. So when I go to flip it
the other way so it’s outside right, then
I will do the neck. So you have to turn it
so that you actually look like you’re going to wear
it and then crochet around it, because it just makes sense. So what I need you to do– I’m going to go out of
order in the pattern now. And I have actually sewn
all my seams together, and I am going to
put on my armbands. Now these were chaining of
6, and then a second chain from the hook, just
single crochet. And then all the
rest of the rows are just– there’s only
five stitches back and forth in the back loop only. It’s exactly the way
that you did this, OK? So it’s exactly [INAUDIBLE]. So I did mine 16 inches. It doesn’t tell you how far to
go, because what you have to do is you have to make it work. So what I did is
I did 16 inches, and I left a little
yarn ball for myself, just in case I want to go in. So what I’m going
to do, I’m looking at the inside of this project. I’m going to sew
here, and I want to make sure that I don’t
create any extra pulling on it. So I left on extra here, just
in case I have to do more. So what I’m going to do is
I’m going to start sewing this and making it look good, and
then I’m going to flip it over, do the other side. And if I have to then crochet
a bit of extra, then I will. And if it’s too
long at that point, then I can just pull out some. So I haven’t actually finished
this off, so I can adjust. So what I want you to do, use
your whip stitching skills, and just whip stitch it
now to the outside of here. And then along
here, along the base here, you’re going
to sew it together, and then that’ll create the
look of it going seamlessly all the way around. So I had my armbands on now. I’m looking at the good side. So if I was wearing it,
this is what I’m looking at, and I’m going to start here. Remember how I
improvised right here? I was off by one stitch. I want to be very
conscious of that when I’m going to look at it here. So you’re going to see here
when I go to look at it, you want to get the middle
one of this section here, OK? And I’m going to mark
it with a stitch marker so I know where it is when I
come to that particular point. So it says in the instructions
to work 22 stitches in my particular size down
the edge here to the middle, and then up here 22. Now you might have
different stitches, depending on the size. And then you’re just going
to work along the back. So there’s no stitch work really
to go into the outside here. You have to make it work. So you have to start up in the
right or up in the corner here. So let’s just start
here, and let’s just see how we’re going to do this. And so we’re going to go down. So go right where
the seam is, OK? And just insert in. There’s no stitches here,
so you have to make it work. And you’re just going
to single crochet. So let’s just join it, chain
one in one single crochet into that same spot. So that’s one out of 22. So let’s start just kind of
eyeing it up and going down this side. So you’re going to go 2 and 3. I haven’t done
this before, so I’m going to just put faith in it. This is 4. 4. This is 5 and 6,
7, 8, 9, and 10. So let’s see where I am here. So I’ve got 10 in
already, and I still have to go all this way
for another 12 stitches. I can only go 22. So that looks about right
so far, so I’m going to keep on going. So I’m just going to go. So 11, 12, 13, 14,
15, 16, and 17. And I still have a few
more to go, so that was 17. And then 18. So the next one, 19. And 20, 21. Then I want to put
two stitches in there. 21 and 22. So there’s 22 going down, OK? So it looks pretty good so far. So now that’s the center point. I’m going to skip
over that center point and come onto the
other side, and I’m going to work my way up. So that one happens
to be in a stitch, so let’s count 22 up to
the next seam line up here. So I’ve already
got one in there so far, so I’m going to go 2, then
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. We’re about halfway up. That’s 10. And 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17. This is 18, 19, 20. And here’s the same line here. 21. And the same line, 22. So there you go. So there’s 22 down
and 22 back up. Now the back seam,
all we’re just going to go is just
along the back, just continue to go
one single crochet into each one of the stitches. Across in the back, you’ll
be able to see that. So I’m not going to count
those at this point. And so this is
basically the foundation to get this neck started,
and then the rest of it’s really quite easy as we do it. And I’ll get you onto
that in just a moment. There’s not too
many rounds to do, because if you do
too many rounds, you’re going to
seal off the neck, and then it would be pointless
for you to even wear this. OK. And now I get back around. And then I’m just
going to continue, and I’m just going to get
it close enough that I can get to that starting point. And I’m going slip stitch
to the first single crochet. So let’s now go up, and
let’s do another round. So let’s move our stitch
marker once again. So we have three rounds– four rounds to do
of the following I’m about to show you. I’m only going to show
it to you one time. So what you’re going to do is
locate the center one of here, and you’re going to move
your stitch marker to match. OK, so there is the
center right there. And when you get
down there, you’re going to put three
stitches together, and I’m going to show
you how to do that. And then the rest
of it here, you’re just going to put one
single crochet into each. So to start off,
you’re going to chain up one in one single
crochet into each, going all the way down
to the stitch marker. And in the stitch marker, you’re
going to put three together. So the stitch marker is the
middle one of the three, and then you’re just going
to single crochet around into the back,
just like you have. So because you’re not adding
anything to the top of this, meaning over here or down
the sides of the lapel area, you’re not actually going
to be increasing stitches. So therefore, you’ll speed up. So let’s get down close
to that center point. It’s the only way to
do this, because I was thinking to
myself, how was I going to do that in order to
keep that point nice and pointy at the base? And it’s all done,
and three together. So let’s show you
how to do that. So I got three stitches
that need to come together. So we’ve got the next one, the
one with the stitch marker, and then the next one. Put those together. So you’re going to
go in the first one. OK, making sure
everything’s nice and tight. So going to the first
one, pull through. Go into the next one
with the stitch marker. Pull through. And go into the one after the
stitch marker and pull through. And then pull through
all four loops, and three just became one. So you’re just going to
single crochet yourself back up and around. You’re going to stop and
join it with a slip stitch, and then you’re going to chain
up one and come back down. But every time you
come back down here, you have to move
the stitch marker. So I can do that right now. OK. So I just have to remove that. And next time I’m about to
start, I just mark the middle. So after this round, please
do three more rounds of that. And then we’ll come back
and just finally review the end of this video. So that’s it for today. So today, you learned how to
do the ribbing for the base. You then learned how to
do a panel, both a front and the back. And the front had
that special, just so that you could
get around the neck. You then learned how
to sew things together with the whip stitch. You learned how to
do the armbands. And that was the ribbing, the
same concept as the base here. And then you learned how
to create the v-neck here with what you have. So I taught you how to
improvise a little bit, just in case your stitches are off. And both of the sides
look absolutely amazing. I’m actually pretty
proud of myself. This is the very
first time I’ve ever done adult clothing like this. And I’m actually pretty excited. I’m actually pretty motivated
to maybe even move on to a sweater even for myself. So this is a men’s size sweater. This is extra small. And this is it for today. So until next time, I’m Mikey. On behalf of The Crochet Crowd
as well as yarnspirations.com, have a great day, and we’ll
see you again real soon. Bye-bye. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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