Category Archives: Vests/Boleros

Vintage Table Runner

Vintage Table Runner

Crochet Chronicles: 

My elderly Parents live with my sister or she lives with them….depending on how you wish to see it…:-) . Both of them are in their 80s and are active both mentally and physically. Though my Father suffers from Parkinsons ( He still hasn’t reached that stage where he needs help)…he is always positive and a wall of strength to all of us. My Mother holds our home together….and is such a superlative cook…that we look so forward to meal times. Now she has taught the lady who helps out at home, Vrindha all her culinary tricks so that even when she does become incapacitated…her darling grandsons will still get those scrumptious delights. Parents….What are we without them? Who will love us, care for us, worry about us and be there for us like them? As my Parents grow older and more feeble…..I feel this sense of fear and despair at facing a future without them.

But enough of such dark and despairing thoughts…The reason I wrote about my Parents is because, this particular runner was made at my Mother’s insistence. My sister bought a new dining table and a chest of drawers to go with it…and all my Mom’s old and beautiful collection of laces wouldn’t do for this. So My scrupulous Mom…who has exceedingly very high standards on what goes on her furniture rang me up and told me that she wanted me to make her a table runner.

I was so thrilled! I never thought that my work would ever be good enough for her….I know she loves pastels and white….so I made this one in shades of ice pink, peach, lolly pop pink and white, mint green, light yellow and white. Though the original pattern is all in white…I thought this made an interesting  picture. What do you think?


Materials Used:

Anchor cotton #20 in pastel shades and white. I used 5 balls of white and 10 gms and a little less of each of the other colors.

Hook 0.75mm I normally use 0.9mm to 1.25mm with #20 thread…but decided to experiment with a much smaller hook. I like the lacy effect, though hooking is hard on the hand.


Since this is a vintage pattern, there is no graph as such…but there is a written pattern at this link, below:

And as Always…here is the photo tutorial….

Runner measures about 14 x 38½ inches.

Each motif measures about 3½ inches in diameter.


Starting at center, ch 6. Join with sl st to form ring.




1st rnd: Ch 1, work 12 sc in ring. Join with sl st in 1st sc.




2nd rnd: Ch 5 (to count as 1 dc and ch 2), * dc in next sc, ch 2. Repeat from * around, joining last ch-2 with sl st in 3rd st of starting ch-5 (12 sps).


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3rd rnd: Ch 3, 2 dc in same place as sl st, * ch 3, sc in next dc, ch 3, 3 dc in next dc. Repeat from * around. Join.



4th rnd: Ch 3, dc in same place as sl st, * dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 4, sc in next sc, ch 4, 2 dc in next dc. Repeat from * around. Join.



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5th rnd: Ch 3, dc in same place as 3 ch, *dc in next dc, 2dc in next dc,  ch 3, skip 3 ch, sc in next sc, ch 3, 2 dc  in next dc. Repeat from * around, ending with ch 3, tr in 1st sc.





Here I have changed the pattern from the original a little…

6th rnd: sc in same stitch as ss, Ch 7,  sc in top of tr just made, * ch 10, 1 sc in center st of next ch-7. Repeat from * around. Join.




7th rnd: Sl st in next 2 dc, * in next loop make (4 sc, ch 4) 3 times and 4 sc. Repeat from * around. Join and break off.




SECOND MOTIF … Work same as for First Motif until 6th rnd is com­pleted.


7th rnd: Sl st in next 2 dc, * in next loop make 4 sc, ch 4 and 4 sc; ch 2, sl st in corresponding ch-4 loop on First Motif, ch 2, in same loop on Second Motif make 4 sc, ch 4 and 4 sc. Repeat from * once more. Complete rnd with no more joinings.



Make 4 x 11 motifs, joining them as First Motif was joined to Second Mo­tif and leaving one large loop free be­tween joinings.







Unfortunately..I was travelling while the next part was being hooked and the pics just didn’t come out right…..However the written pattern below will def help..

FILL-IN-MOTIF … Attach thread in center ch-4 loop of any large loop between joinings.

1st rnd: Ch 3, 2 dc where thread was attached, * ch 5, 3 dc in center ch-4 loop of next large loop. Repeat from * 2 more times; ch 5, sl st in 3rd st of starting ch-3.

2nd rnd: In next ch-5 loop make 4 sc, ch 5 and 4 sc, * 4 sc in next loop, ch 2, sl st in last ch-5 loop, ch 2, 4 sc in same loop as last 4 sc. Repeat from * around. Join and break off. Press through damp cloth. Starch lightly and press.


Crochet Poncho

Crochet Poncho


Crochet Chronicles:

Last winter I saw many of my friends making Ponchos and I really wanted to make one …but couldn’t….  I got something called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which my doctors mis-diagnosed ( not that they can be blamed) because the symptoms are all that of a heart attack. My Cardiologist panicked and put me through an angioplasty and then I panicked…:-D!!

Anyway, all in all I didn’t crochet much…….so the Poncho dream was left unfulfilled..:-) But in May…I got this super soft Nako Yarn in awesome autumn tones…….I made this Poncho.


Yarn: 300 grammes  of Nako Vals


Hook: 3 mm


sc – single crochet

ss – slip stitch

dc – double crochet

ch – chain

sk – skip





Round 1.

Make a chain of 64 stitches ss into the first chain. ( After I finished work on the Poncho I worked a round of dcs around the chain at the neck in ochre….Just to give it a zing cos I made the edging in Red..)

Round 2.


3 chain up, 2  dcs in next 2 chains; *1 chain, skip on chain; 3 dcs in next  3 chains; 1 ch, skip 1 ch* ** until you reach the first  3 chain stitch.  Then ss.

Round 3:


It is here that you start to work on the ‘V’ shape in front and behind the neck

3 chain up, and 3 dc in i ch space;  1 ch, skip  3 dc; *3dc in 1 ch space;  1 ch, skip 3 dc;*;  ** (2).

3 dc, 1 ch, 3dc in the next 1 ch space;  1 ch, skip 3 dc; **(7)

3 dc, 1 ch, 3dc in the next 1 ch space; 1 ch, skip 3 dc; **(2)

DSC_9735The thing about this Poncho pattern, is that you can make this as big and as small as you like.

DSC_9741Round 4 – to the size you wish.( I did )

Edging DSC_9737 DSC_9738


I used a new color, here in red,  cotton yarn( mainly cos I couldn’t get the red that I wanted in acrylic…but since the gauge worked out to be the same and the cotton had a nice matt look to worked out well.


Round 1

Chain 3 up in 1 ch loop, 6 dc in same loop; Skip the 3dc of the previous round; 1 sc in next 1 ch loop; * Skip 3 dc of precious round, 7dc in next loop; Skip 3 dc of previous round, 1sc in next loop* ;   ** until end of round, ss.

Round 2:

ss in the next dc, then 3 chain up and 2 dc in next 2 dcs; 5 chain, skip the rest of the 2 dc  and the 1sc; 1 dc in the third dc of the next 7 dc cluster, 2 dcs in the next 2 dcs;

* 5 chain, skip the rest of the 2 dc and the 1sc; 1 dc in the third dc of the next 7 dc cluster, 2 dcs in the next 2 dcs;* continue ** until you reach a corner, at each side of the corner 7 dc cluster , hook in 7 chs instead of 5 chs…continue ** until all 4 corners and round is done; ss.

Round 3:

ss, chain 1 up, sc in next dc; 9 ch;5 dc in next 5 ch loop;1 sc in the second dc of the 3 dcs of the previous round;

ss,* sc in the 2nd dc; 3 ch,  2 dc in the 3rd ch of 5 ch loop, 5 ch picot, dc in the 3 same ch as the other 2 dcs, 3 ch; sc in the 2nd dc; 6 dc in 3rd ch of 5 chain loop; sc in the 2nd dc*; ** all around; ss.

Round 4:

(How to make a 5 ring picot..

DSC_97394 ch, ss in the 3rd chain form the hook -* 4  ch , ss in the 3rd chain form the hook*; **3 times…once you get  all the 5 picots in place, 1 chain and ss in the first chain the beginning of the 5 ring picot.)

sc on sc; *4 chs , sc in the 5 dc, 4 ch picot,  4 chs;  sc on sc ;  7 dc, 5 ring picot, 6 dc;  sc on sc; 4 chs ,sc in the 5 dc, ch picot, 4 chs *;  ** until the end of the round, ss.

And there you r……a beautiful Poncho….simple, elegant and classy!














Crochet Chronicles

I hooked this vest as soon as I received my order of Bali Yarn from Indonesia. We had ordered this as a group…..and I was at home in India at my parent’s place. It was hard times….cos my dad was very ill and I lost my folder of crochet patterns………My laptop died on me……

The good thing about Bad times are that they don’t last forever…..Daddy recovered, the Bali Yarn came in and my fingers got the crochet twitch….:-))

I decided to make a refrigerator handle cover and after that began this vest……My own Pattern…….

Bali yarn is soft and easy to hook….flexible to use….for those in the USA, America,Europe an Canada….you can order Bali yarn from my  my pal Marilyn Smith who has this site Lyn’s Crafts……catch Lyn here at…


For the rest of the world order from my other pal Iin Wibisono who also deals in this yarn. She sells at Crochet Rock Stars….thru this link….


Having friends high up on the yarn social ladder is great!!!:-D!!!!!

Since I had no thought of making a picture tutorial for this project…I didn’t take any pictures while making this one. So  I hooked up a sample vest….a tiny little piece just to show you how the stitch works up into this pattern. The pictures here are of this sample vest.

How to Hook  A  Bali Vest

Materials Used

Bali Yarn  200 gms

Stitches used

Chain – ch

Single Crochet – sc

double crochet – dc

slip stitch – ss


This Pattern is hooked in three panels – The Back, and two Front panels – Right Front and Left Front.

How to measure for a vest( My Way…:-D )

I measured a top of mine, one that opens in the front( where the front portion is in two panels right and left)…….I worked the back first. Measure the back width of your blouse and the length that you want of the vest, and then hooked in the req chains to that length. Then measure, the right panel and hook in the req chains to that measurement…do the same with the left panel.

Pls Note That This Pattern Has Not Been Tested

We will begin by working the back portion of the vest.


Row 1: 

Chain 130 plus 3 chain up.


Row 2

3 ch sc in 6th chain form hook;  3 chain skip 2 ch;  dc in next chain, 3 ch, dc in same ch…..a “V” stitch is created.


*3 ch skip 2 chain sc in next ch 3ch ; 1 dc 3ch 1dc in same ch*


Continue with ** until end of row. End row with one dc and then 3 ch up.

Row 3

3 chain,  Skip  2 chain, “V” Stitch in loop of “V” stitch of previous row.

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  *3 chain, Skip 2 chain, “V” Stitch in loop of “V” stitch of previous row*…………..Repeat until end of the row.


Row 4

*3 ch  sc in 3 chain of previous row, 3 chain;”V” stitch in “V” stitch of previous row*…..DSC_7589DSC_7593

Repeat ** until end of row. end with one dc and 3 ch up.

Row 5 to Row 66

Repeat Row 3 and Row 4 alternatively.


Row 67 

Repeat row 4

Sculpting the back Neck

Row 68

Begin with row 3 until you work 6 ‘V’ stitches; 3 ch one sc in the 3ch loop and then ss into the previous row until you pass 9 ‘V’ stitches.  Then 3ch, continue as in Row 3.

Row 69

Repeat row 4 until one shoulder is finished. Cut off thread repeat the same for the other shoulder…thus creating a square neck for the back.

Create a dc edging all around the back portion by hooking in dcs.

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How to Crochet A Square



Granny Squares …….one of crochet’s most loved and much worked on motif. There are zillions of patterns out there. The happy part about a GSq ( granny square) is that you can make it as easy or as complicated as you like. If you are in the mood for a challenge…..there are patterns that will give you a run for your money. On the other hand, if it’s comfort hooking that you are looking for….there are such naive and innocent patterns as the one below.

Versatility….thy name is GSq….or so the legend goes……:-) Jokes apart…you can make almost anything with GSqs. Garments – jackets, sweaters, boleros, vests, baby dresses,shorts, pants anything really. You can make accessories like belts, shoes, bags, jewellery, etc.. You can yarn bomb your home with GSqs in the form of Rugs, bedspreads, Afghans, Blankets, lamp shades, baskets, boxes table covers, Runners, anything and everything……the list of the things you can make with this motif is endless.

One of the simplest GSqs to make is the pattern below. I call it the ‘ Abracadabra Square’ and  made the tutorial to help interested ppl, read a simple crochet chart…..

Here is a photo tutorial link to make this Granny Square:



Here are a few things you can make with this simple pattern….All the charts and patterns are from the internet


Some Ideas on how to use GSqs…

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This is a Granny Square Vest I did….For the tutorial just follow the link below:


This a closed pattern …very useful for Afghans and blankets….anything that you want to make which will keep the heat in.


Some more patterns from the Internet:





GSq Afghans:


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A Granny Square Scarf


Some Motif Patterns:

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Links to GSq Pattterns:

Pattern for a Rose Afghan/Blanket/Bedspread:

Mini Basket:

Cushion Covers:

The link below does not give you the pattern but this blogger has worked up a beautiful sunburst GSq into a cushion cover….I just love her use of colours. The link to the GSq is given in the second link…use the 2nd link to make a lovely cushion cover made in the first link….does that sound complicated…:-(

The link to the Granny Square..Sun Burst…..

The below link is in German…but the motif is the same as for the cushion above….so not so hard to work it out….

GSq Shoe:

Owl Baby Blanket:


This is a GSq BedSpread that I did around 4 years ago…it starts out as a circle and then you work in the corners to abracadabra it into a square…..Magical!!!! Unfortunately…copyright restrictions prevent me form sharing the pattern with you here…


So There You Are……Feeling Energised…….The magic in You already??? Of course it is…..don’t waste a minute …..get that yarn out and let’s go Bibbetty Bobbetty Boo….Swinging that Magical Hook All The Way…..:-D!!!

How to crochet a Tunic Top



Crochet Chronicles:

You know how it is……sometimes you finish a project and then search and search to find the next one that will absolutely inspire you? Well….I go through that every time, I finish with one…and then feel so bereft…..what do I do next….It was in one of those searches that I came across this top…but it didn’t have a pattern to go with it….so after googling endlessly….I asked my pals in Passionate Abt Crochet….if they could help me out…and Lo Behold!!…I find that there is an entire group of 3000 and more members dedicated to making the top….the group is headed by the wonderful Linda Augustsson who has put the pattern together and explained the whole thing in a manner that makes it very easy to work on….I of course tweaked the original pattern a little here and there…to suit my age and figure…and am really very happy with the end result…it is a beautiful design….My Namasakar to the brilliant and talented designer who came up with the design.

As I said before, there is a group exclusively devoted to making this Tunic…..I suggest that you join this group. Here is the link to that group. The group has more charts and lots of chats where doubts are explained.


Those of you who follow my blog must know by now that I love to mix different kinds of yarn and thread together. I used Bali Yarn, Mercerised Thread and Bamboo yarn in different shades of pink and mauve.

Bali Yarn: 200gms

Omega(Coats) #10: 50 gms(approx)

Bamboo Yarn: 30 gms(approx)

Total: 280gms….I would advice you to keep 300 gms in hand.

I am a size 12(UK) so you will need to reducer increase the amount of yarn/thread that you will need accordingly.

Here is the pattern, as downloaded form the net……

This top is worked form the centre….Like this


So the chart you see below is one end of the pattern that goes around. the gap in the centre is the neck. You start with 288 chains.


This is the other end of the chart. The chart doesn’t show all the stitches that go around but it is easy to figure it out.


Here is a diagram of the finished top…this is the shape you will get once you are done…Then you need to fold it into half, and  join the two sides.


This is the centre of the pattern, it is here that you begin the pattern.


Written Pattern ( Please note that the written portion has not been tested)

1st Row:  Chain(ch) in 288….Here what you are doing is making the neckline. That is how this tunic is worked you work from the neck and work it outwards. Make a slip stitch joining the last chain to the first chain…thus forming a circle. While making the slip stitch(ss)…be careful not to twist the chain…all the chains should be face up.

2nd Row:   Chain in 6 chains skip 2 chains. Hook in a single crochet(sc). Ch 3, skip 2 ch, one double crochet(dc) in the next chain.; skip 2 ch;3 ch; sc in next ch.

*Chain 3, skip 2 chains, dc in next chain; 3ch; skip 2chs; sc in next ch.* Repeat 21 times…23 in total.

3ch; skip 2 ch; dc in next ch; 5 ch; dc in same ch as the last dc ch; 5 chs ; dc in same ch as the last two chains;  then hook in **  23 in all. End with a ss.

3 rd row:

5 ch up; skip 2 sc of previous row; 1 sc in next sc from previous row.

Skip 2 ch; 1dc ;skip 2 sc of previous row; 1 sc in next sc from previous row;

continue until you reach a corner….

then 1dc in corner ch; 5ch; 1dc in same ch as previous dc;

2ch;Skip 2 ch; 1dc ;skip 2 sc of previous row; 1 sc in next sc from previous row;continue until you reach the next corner . Repeat until the round is finished.

ss in 3rd ch on the beginning 3ch.

4th Row: 

one chain up; sc in every previous stitch all around. When you reach a make 1sc; 1ch; 1sc….should be made in each corner. Then ss.



Row 5:

Chain 6 up; *sk 2ch; sc in dc;3ch; sk 2ch; dc in dc;* Work ** except at each corner.

 In each of the 4 Corners: 3 ch into 5 ch loop: sc then 3ch, 1dc, 3 ch, sc, 3ch,dc;

To End the row: ss into 3rd ch on the beginning 3ch.

Row 6:

Chain 8; #sk 3ch, sc 3ch# ; then dc in dc; *5 ch, sk ## dc in dc*; Work ** except at each corner.

In each of the 4 Corners:  5 ch,  dc in dc , 5ch, dc in dc 5 ch

To End the row:  ss in 3rd chain on beginning 8 chain.

Row 7:

1 ch up; 4 sc in each 5ch loop all around except corners.

In each of the 4 Corners: 5 sc in 5 ch loop

To End the row: ss in 1st sc.

Row 8:

3ch up; 3dc in same starting chain (that is 4dc in the beginning sc). Sk 5 scs; 4 dc in next sc; 4 ch sk 4 scs; *4 dcs in next sc, sk 4dcs, 4dc in the 5th sc*.Work ** except at each corner.

In each of the 4 Corners: 5ch, 1dc into 3rd sc in the 5 sc corner of the previous row. then 5ch.

To End the row: ss into the 3rd ch of beginning ch.

Row 9:

3 ch up, 3dc in the same sc; *4ch, 4dc in 4th dc of previous 4dc;  4ch, sc in the last ch of the previous 4 chain loop, then sc in sc, and sc in the first chain of previous 4 chain loop.;4 dc in first dc of previous 4dc*. Work ** except at each corner.

In each of the 4 Corners:  4ch, sc in the last ch of 5ch loop; sc in dc, sc in first ch of next 5ch loop, 4ch

To End the row: ss into the 3rd ch of beginning ch.

Row 10:

3 ch up, 3 dc in same 3ch of previous row; 4 ch, sc in 4 ch loop; 4 ch,  4 dc in next 4th dc of previous row; 2ch, sc in the middle sc of previous row, 2ch; 4dc in the first dc of the 4dc (of previous row)

In each of the 4 Corners:  5 ch, sc in middle sc 5 ch

To End the row: ss into the 3rd ch of beginning ch.

Row 11: 

3 ch up, 3 dc in same 3ch of previous row; *4 ch, sc in 4 ch loop; 5ch, sc in next 4 chain loop; 4 ch ; 4 dc in last dc of previous row 4 dc; 4 dc in 4 dc of previous row.* Work ** except at each corner.

In each of the 4 Corners:      7 ch,4 dc in 4 dc of previous row,4 dc in  the next 4 dc of previous row. (Stretch the 4dc stitches|, so that it doesn’t cause a crinkle in the corners or loosely crochet those 2 4dc stitches that make that corner) ; 7ch .

To End the row: ss into the 3rd ch of beginning ch.

Row 12:

3ch, dc into next dc;* 4 ch ,sc in 4ch loop, 5 ch, sc in 5 ch loop, 5ch, sc in 4 ch loop, 4 ch ; 3 dc tog(together) in the joining dcs below( first dc in last dc of previous 4dc, the next 2 dcs in the next 2 dcs of  next the 4 dc of the two dcs of previous row.)* Work ** except at each corner.

In each of the 4 Corners:    5ch, 4dc in first dc of the second 4 dc of previous row, 5 ch.

To End the row: End with 3 chain, dc into last dc of 4th dc  of previous row…

ss into the 3rd ch of beginning ch. Row 13: ss into the first ch of previous 4 ch loop. sc in the same loop, * 5ch sc int next loop 5 ch sc in next loop*. Work ** except at each corner. In each of the 4 Corners: 5 ch, 2 treble crochet (tr) in the 2nd and 3rd dc of previous row, 5 chain sc in 7 ch loop. To End the row:  2ch and then one dc into the first sc. The dc here is to centre the beginning of the next row. Row 14: 1 ch up , sc in dc loop, *4 ch sc in 5ch loop, 4ch*. Work ** except at each corner.  In each of the 4 Corners: 4ch, 1 tr in 2nd tr of previous row, 4 ch To End the row: ss into first beginning ch. Row 15: 1 ch up, sc in sc; 3sc in 4 ch loop; *sc in sc, 4 sc in  4ch loop, sc in sc*. Work ** except at each corner. In each of the 4 Corners: 4 ch, sc in treble, 4ch. To End the row:  ss in first ch. Row 16: Repeat Row 4. Row 17: Repeat Row 5 Row 18: Repeat Row 6 Row 19: Repeat Row 7 Row 20: Repeat Row 6 but work the corners like this 5ch 1 dc into middle sc , 5 ch Row 21: 3ch up, 2 dc in the same dc to form a pop corn stitch, ; *5ch  3 dc popcorn in dc, 5 ch*.Work ** except at each corner. In each of the 4 Corners:   5ch 1 popcorn in dc 3 ch…..repeat 2 more times 5 ch To End the row:  ss in first popcorn. Row 22: ch up sc in first popcorn, 5 sc in 5 ch loop sc in sc In each of the 4 Corners:  sc in popcorn, 3 ch, sc in next popcorn, 3 ch, sc in the third popcorn 5 ch. To End the row:  in first chain. Row 23: Repeat Row 6 Row 24: Repeat Row 7 Row 25: Repeat Row 18 Row 26: Repeat Row 19 Row 27: 6 chain, ss into 4th chain from hook(picot), 5 chain , *dc in dc , 3 ch picot, 5 ch*. In each of the 4 Corners: 3 chain, 3 three ch picots into dc in the corner 3 chain. To End the row:  ss in 3rd chain of first chain. And that ends the saga of the Pretty Little Tunic Top…..:-)

The neckline….I reduced the neckline by hooking single crochets all around and then joining the sc border together in the front.

Just to show you the stitches at a closer range….


The Back……..


I gave the pattern a bit of a contour at the waist and hips…..


I have written out the pattern to the best of my ability….but as mentioned the written pattern  hasn’t been tested, and once or twice I have done my own thing…..when in doubt pls do refer to the chart  given above….Hope you have as much fun as I did when making this lovely top.

Take Care…and Know that you are unique and special in every way…:-)

Beaded Black Vest

Beaded Black Vest


Crochet Chronicles:

The sad part about crocheting in black is that it doesn’t photograph very well, unless you have professional lighting. When a dear Friend’s daughter was asked what colour she would like her vest to be in she replied…Black. And as this was my present to her….I wanted her to have what she liked.

I tried using an Anchor cotton#20….but found that it wouldn’t hold shape unless it was starched. But when I tried it in Red Rose Cotton….it worked very well…but I found the swatch dull as ditch water…..

This was clearly a case for those lovely black Japanese tube beads and  black crystal beads. So I called them in and they arrived full of zeal and a great sense of duty to enliven this pretty pineapple patterned vest……:-))!!

Material Used:

Red Rose cotton #10 – 100gms

Hook size 1.5mm

Beads: Japanese tube beads – 64 nos for each motif….to be threaded in before you start crocheting. So 1280 in all .

1 Black Crystal Beads for the centre of each motif. So 20 in all.



The measurements I used were to fit Shoulders – 36 centimetre; waist – 23 centimetre and the total length  – 50 centimetre.

I had downloaded this pattern a long time ago…..but now have lost the link…..I suggest that you try livenetinternet.

Here is the pattern.


I made 20 squares.

Decide on where you would like the beads to be. I like things to be understated….esp garments and accessories. So as I mentioned earlier, I used only 64 Japanese cylindrical beads for each square motif and one black crystal bead in the centre of the motif.

The order in which to thread in the beads

First thread in 64 tube beads and then 1 black crystal…so that when you make that first ring you can loop that crystal bead into the centre of the motif first.


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When you reach the last row of the second motif …hook in that row while joining it to the first motif. Thus if you need 3rows and 4 columns of motifs for the back…..Keep adding on newer motifs to the already hooked one by using the final row of the motif being worked on as the joining agent.


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After joining the motifs, crochet in a border of double crochets all around each of the front pieces and the back portion. This helps define ur work as well as to help it lie down without the edges curling up.


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The 2 pics below show the 2 front and 1 back portions of the vest.







Then join the pieces with either  whipping stitch or single crochet stitches.

Once the 3 pieces are joined…..crochet in a border on the free edges….comprising of the edge each of the 2 front pieces along with nape (back) and the bottom edge of all 3 pieces.

The Edging

After working in the dc border slip stitch and finish.

Then Chain 1 up and a sc in the same stitch; *15 chain skip 12 dcs, sc*( Repeat**  until a looped border is made )…Slip stitch.

Then , Chian 1 up, sc in same stitch, *sc into the 15 chain loop, 3 chain picot, sc*(repeat ** in the same loop 4 more times. Repeat this on all the loops. The below picture gives you an idea of how the border is to be done.



This is a lovely vest…especially if you add beads to it….Those lovely subtle Japanese beads  adds to the look of the vest….A nice finish …for a very special, night out .