The flower power vest

The flower power vest

Materials needed:

One size (fits a 4 years old): ~ 40 cm length x 40 cm wide after washing and blocking

Yarn: Moeke Yarns Elena natural 100 gr 

Moeke Yarns Elena brick red 30 gr 

Moeke Yarns Elena coral 30 gr

Moeke Yarns Elena fern 30 gr

Moeke Yarns Elena mulberry 30 gr

Moeke Yarns Elena camel 30 gr 

(The quantities indicated are an overestimation and allow you to play with other color combinations than in the presented version)

Size 3.5 crochet hook (EU)

Tapestry needle

Stitches used:

Magic circle, chain, single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), treble crochet (tc), slip stitch (ss).

The African-flower square

Each square uses 3 colored Moeke Yarns Elena (color A, B, C) and natural. You can mix your 3 colors as you wish or you can follow the examples pictured. 

Start with a magic circle. Alternatively chain x 7 and slip stitch to form a circle. 

Round 1 (use color A and work in your magic circle). Chain 3 (counts as a dc), dc, *2xdc, chain* Repeat the sequence between the * * 7 times, ss to join. Break the yarn.

Round 2 (use color B and start working around one chain from the previous round). Chain 3 (counts as a dc), dc, chain, 2x dc. Continue repeating the sequence *2xdc, chain, 2xdc* 7 times, around the other chains from the previous round. Ss to join. Break the yarn.

Round 3 (use color B start working around one chain from the previous round). Chain 3 (counts as a dc), 6xdc. Continue by working 7xdc around the other chains from the previous round (7 more times). Ss to join. Break the yarn. Your African flower now has 8 petals.

Round 4 (use color C). Work one sc on top of every dc from the previous round. When you arrive in between petals, work a dc around the join between 2 dc from the previous round. This dc should not be too tight! Ss to join. After this round you should have made 7x8 sc (56) and 8 dc. Break the yarn.

Round 5 (use natural and start working in the middle of the petal which is on top of the 4th sc of a petal). Chain 3 (counts as a dc), continue working a dc on top of every stitch from the previous round to / and including the middle (the 4th sc) of the next petal. You made 9 dc (including the chain 3). Chain 1. Continue by making *1 dc in the 4th sc of a petal and a dc on top of every stitch from the previous round to / and including the middle (the 4th sc) of the next petal, chain 1* for the remaining of the petals. Ss to join. 

After Row 5 your work will have 8 sides. Next, you will work a sequence on 2 consecutive sides that will repeat around your work in order to make it square. 

Round 6 (use natural). Side 1: chain 1 on top of the first dc from a side (counts as a sc), crochet 9sc (you reached end of side 1). Side 2: crochet 3tc on the dc from the middle of side 2 (the 5th dc), chain 3, crochet 3tc on the dc from the middle of side 2 (the 5th dc) (you reached end of side 2). Side 3: sc around the chain between side 2 and side 3. Continue by working 10 sc on top of every stitch on side 3 (you reached side 3). 

Repeat the sequence: Side 2, Side 3 until you reached side 8. Sc 1 in the chain between side 8 and side 1, ss to join.

The African flower square has now 4 sides each with 19 stitches (excluding the corners).

In order to complete the vest you will make 15 squares. 

Finishing touches

For the back of the vest, join 9 granny-squares to form a 3 x 3 square piece. For each of the front parts, join 3 granny-squares to form a 1x3 piece. Join the back and the front pieces in order to construct a vest. For the sides only join along 2 granny-squares in order to obtain the arm hole.

 For joining I used a “flat braid” method that is explained and illustrated here.

For each of the front pieces, start in the middle of the second granny-square, chain 3, (counts as a dc), 2dc, turn. Repeat until you have a long enough strap. 

Wash the vest with tepid water and gentle pH neutral washing agent. Block and dry. 

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