If substituting yarn, look for an alternative that has similar yardage and skein weight. When it states to repeat a row, always repeat the return row for that row also. Basket weave pattern involves alternating 2 Tunisian stitches— Tunisian knit stitch and Tunisian purl stitch—every 5 stitches, and then working the return row. After 5 rows, alternate the order by working a Tunisian purl stitch in each Tunisian knit stitch and vice versa. Since some rows have stitch counts that do not divide evenly into 5, there will be a partial rep at the beginning and end of such rows. Work with Tunisian crochet hook unless otherwise stated. Chain-4 at beginning of round counts as first double crochet and chain-1 space unless otherwise stated. Join with slip stitch as indicated unless otherwise stated. Chain-1, join with double crochet counts as chain-3 space unless otherwise stated. Chain-3 at beginning of round counts as first double crochet unless otherwise stated. Last stitch of all Tunisian rows is worked under 2 loops at edge. Decreases for left neckline are worked on the return row instead of the forward row to make the two sides look more alike. This means on the forward row you will pick up 1 extra stitch and remove it in the return row. To work last stitch of forward row in decrease section of left neckline: You will see 2 loops worked together from previous return row. Skip the first of these and insert hook under 2 loops at the edge.
Beginning cluster (beg cl): Ch 2, dc in designated st.
Cluster (cl): (Yo, insert hook in designated st and draw up lp, yo, draw through 2 lps) twice, yo, draw through 3 lps on hook. Tunisian knit stitch (Tks): Insert hook from front to back between strands of next vertical bar, yo and draw through, keeping lp on hook. Tunisian purl stitch (Tps): Bring yarn forward, insert hook under next vertical bar and draw up lp.
Tunisian knit stitch slip stitch (Tks sl st): Inserting hook as in Tks, draw up lp in next st and draw lp through st and lp on hook. Tunisian purl stitch decrease (Tps dec): Bring yarn forward, insert hook under next 2 vertical bars, draw up lp. Tunisian knit stitch decrease
(Tks dec): Insert hook under next vertical bar then in the following st between front and back vertical bar and draw up lp. This method makes the st look like a Tks. Tunisian slip stitch (Tsl st): inserting hook in pattern, draw up lp in next st, draw lp through st and lp on hook.
Rnd 1: Make slip ring (see illustration), ch 1, 16 sc in ring, do not join. (16 sc) Rnd 2: Ch 1, working back lps only (see Stitch Guide) sc in each sc around, do not join. Rnd 3: Ch 4 (see Pattern Notes), *2 dc in next sc, ch 1**, dc in next sc, ch 1, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join (see Pattern
Notes) in 3rd ch of beg ch-4. ( 24 dc, 16 ch-1 sps) Rnd 4: Ch 1, working in back lps only, sc in each dc and each ch around, do not join. (40 sc) Rnd 5: Beg cl (see Special Stitches) in first sc, *ch 2, sk next sc, cl (see
Special Stitches) in next sc, rep from * around, ch 2, sk last sc, join in beg cl. (20 cls, 20 ch-2 sps)
Rnd 6: Sl st across to next ch-2 sp, ch 1, sc in same ch-2 sp, ch 3, sc in next ch-2 sp, *ch 3, (cl, ch 3, cl) in next ch-2 sp**, [ch 3, sc in next ch-2 sp] 4 times, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, [ch 3, sc in next ch-2 sp] twice, (ch 1, join with dc) (see Pattern Notes) in first sc. (8 cls, 24 ch-3 sps) Rnd 7: Ch 3 (see Pattern Notes), 2 dc in same ch-3 sp, [3 dc in next ch-3 sp] twice, *[3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in next ch-3 sp**, [3 dc in next ch-3 sp] 5 times, rep from * around,
What happens when you combine motifs, textural Tunisian stitches and a handpainted–look yarn? You get this stunning vest that is not only exciting to crochet, but equally fun to wear!