Saturday, June 16, 2012

Knit a Square Charity Vest/Tanktop

Beginner seed stitch pattern

This a vest that I made for Knit - a - Square Charity. They supply orphaned children with Blankets (using 8 x 8 squares) hats, cuddles (for infants,) toys and these vests / tanktops in Africa There are almost 2 million orphaned children in South Africa. If these children don't have blankets they wouldn't have anything to sleep on except a linoleum floor.

If you're ever looking for a charity to knit or crochet for check this group out. Pictures of the kids with receiving their gifts can be found throughout their newsletters. Videos are also posted. The volunteers in South Africa are kind enough to take pics and sometimes videos of the kids receiving their bundle of gifts They have back issues if you're interested in reading them. I spent days reading from their hugh website. Also check out "hotel hope" which can be found from their website as well.

I posted some info on another blog post condensing some info. They have a large website and I gave some pertinent links there.
Vest children's size
I made the front with straps attached and make the back the same as the front (but without the straps) like above.

Yarn: Caron, 1 pound
Chain: 37
Hook Size: I
Skill Level: Beginner
Stitches Used: Double Crochet, Single Crochet
Size: Front and Back -  14 inches wide x 15 inches tall
Straps: 3 wide by 4 high
Arm Hole Length: 6 inches

They supplied a table with diffferent sizing info, which is after the instructions below.
Chain 39

Row 1: Go into the second chain from the hook, and do 1 HDC, do 1 HDC in each stitch across the row, turn  (35 hdc)

Row 2: Chain 3, Do 1 HDC in each stitch across the row.

Repeat row 2 until you reach 15 inches.

I made the front with the straps attached. When I made it to the 15 inches in height I used single crochet and crocheted, the next row, into the first 9 stitches only. That equals the 3 inch width I needed. I crocheted those straps until I got to the 4 inches needed  (12 rows) and cut the yarn.

Then do the other strap by attaching yarn to the opposite corner and single crochet the first 9 stitches and do 4 inches (12 rows).

In order to determine the armhole length you need to sew the straps to the opposite piece. Then lay it flat like you see in the beginning photo......and use a safety pin to mark 6 inch arm hole length. Then sew the sides up til you reach that pin. Do the same to the opposite side.

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Thanks for reading!!

1 comment:

  1. "If you haven't any charity in your heart you have the worst kind of heart trouble" to cure it
    Help people, let's unite for one good cause, be a volunteer"save live"!