This pattern is my version of an original by Maria of pattern-paradise.com. I made minor changes to her pattern as I needed a larger size (perhaps not the XXXXL – size 24 that I ended up with, but my friend was thrilled to receive it) than the one in Maria’s pattern.
The original Pattern Paradise pattern is available at: http://pattern-paradise.com/2015/07/08/free-crochet-pattern-x-stitch-challenge-garden-tank/
To make this XXXXL vest, you will need a copy of Maria’s original pattern. Other than colour differences, the only changes I made to her pattern were in Rnds 7 & 8 in order to produce a larger garment.
300 yards = 274.3200 meters ; 6mm hook = J hook; 8ply = DK (yes, I’m an Aussie)
1 ball grey 4 Seasons Pure Wool Entwine 8ply / 100g / 168m
4 balls cream Moda Vera Pure Wool 8ply / 50g / 80m
3 balls Moda Vera Lillium – 55% acrylic cream with golden thread / 45% gold sequins / 50g / 115m
Pattern – XXXXL size:
Begin as in Maria’s pattern – the list below details changes in the rows that increase garment’s size or to indicate colour changes in my garment. E.g. Rnd 2 states colour change; complete as per Maria’s pattern.
Rnd 2: Join in grey.
Rnd 3: Join in gold.
Rnd 4: Join in grey.
Rnd 5: Join in gold.
Rnd 7: (underarm rnd) – Join cream, ch1. Working in both loops, hdc next 35 st, ch32, skip next 73 st, hdc next 65 st, ch32, skip next 73 st, hdc next 31 st. (131 hdc, 64 ch)
Rnd 8: Ch2. Dc in next 35 st. 2 dc in next st. Dc in next 32 ch. 2dc in next st. Dc in next 63 st. 2dc in next st. Dc in next 32 ch. 2dc in next st. Dc in next 29 st. (199 dc)
Rnd 13: Join in gold.
Rnd 14: Join in grey.
Rnd 20: Join in cream.
Rnd 1: Join in cream.
Rnd 5: Join in grey.
Rnd 6: Join in gold.
Rnd 7: Join in cream.
Rnd 8: Join in gold.
Next, I made myself one as per the original pattern, but with the 6mm hook and yarns as below… This time it is size XL 🙂 Perfect!
3 balls Moda Vera Lillium – 55% acrylic cream with golden thread / 45% gold sequins / 50g / 115m; 2 balls white + 2 balls green 100% acrylic Moda Vera Suemea.
I added hdc rows when changing colours as I find it a little tricky crocheting ends in on the treble X stitch rows as I go.