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Tunisian Vest

The traditional man's vest in a tweedy, textured stitch.

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Basic Tunisian crochet-aka afghan stitch-blossoms into an elegant honeycomb pattern when it's combined with its alter ego, Tunisian purl. Work two colors of tweedy yarn on alternate rows and you get a distinguished fabric that's ideal for a classic man's vest. In this instance, the color-work pattern is limited to the fronts, while the back is worked in simple Tunisian crochet in a solid color. If you're unfamiliar with Tunisian crochet, find out how to do it in the primer, included in instructions.
Finished Size: 39 1/2 (44, 48, 51 3/4, 56 1/2)" (100.5 [112, 122, 131.5, 143.5] cm) chest circumference, buttoned. Vest shown measures 44" (112 cm).
Yarn: Jo Sharp DK Tweed (85% wool, 10% silk, 5% cashmere; 147 yd [135 m]/1 3/4 oz [50 g]): #405 Emporio (burgundy; MC), 6 (6, 7, 8, 9) balls; #403 emerald (green; CC), 2 (2, 2, 2) balls. Yarn distributed by JCA, Inc.
Yarn weight: #3 - Light
Gauge: 17 sts and 16 rows = 4" (10 cm) in tweed pattern stitch on size H/8 (5-mm) afghan hook.
Needles: Hooks: Afghan or cro-hook size H/8 (5 mm); crochet hook size H/8 (5 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Tapestry needle; waste yarn for holding sts; size F/5 (3.75-mm) crochet hook; markers (m); 1 yd (1 meter) oval elastic for skirt waist; sharp-pointed sewing needle and matching thread for sewing skirt elastic.
Originally Published: Interweave Crochet, Fall 2004

SKU: EP0853

Author/Speaker/Editor: Kathleen Power Johnson

Format: eProject