Over a year ago I found this fabulous vintage Crochet book:
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The book was copyright 1913-1915, W.G. Perry, Chicago and is now in the Public Domain.
The stitch that intrigued me was the New Chain Stitch (Waistcoat) on page 25.
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The instructions in the book indicate the stitch is to be worked in rows and the yarn is to be broken at the end of each row; then reattached at the beginning of the next row to begin again.
I wanted a stitch that could be worked in rounds, so this was perfect for my purposes.
I have to admit there is a bit of a learning curve with the stitch - it can be hard on the hands - and be very time consuming - it really all boils down to your choice of yarn and hook. Some yarns and some hooks work better than others for this stitch.
After months of keeping this my 'secret knit stitch' I am ready to share it with you :) I'm certain someone else has found it between 1915 and now - but here is my take on how to crochet it effectively.
Waistcoat Stitch Photo Tutorial
An Old Crochet Stitch, Done in a New Way
Basically, this is a single crochet stitch done in the post of the stitch; rather than in the front and back loops.
In order to create the stitch effectively you must maintain a relaxed gauge.
Here is a look at the stitch from the front and the back (so you can see the difference). It is extremely important to keep the hook in the correct placement under the horizontal bar on the back of the stitch.
The fabric is reversible - both sides maintain the "V" stitch look when worked properly.
Here is one final photo to assist you with placement:
...and a video tutorial (my first video - fingers crossed it works!). I am not including audio as my house is always very crazy busy/noisy with my two Littles running about - I hope it assists you even without the audio :)
...and...because there is no point in providing you with a stitch without giving you a pattern to test it out on...here is the Toddler version of the Is it Knit? Basically Just a Crochet Beanie pattern - free for you, from me :)
...and because I am in a super generous mood today ;) I am going to be releasing the Is it Knit? Basic Crochet Cowl pattern as a Free pattern after the Testers are finished testing :)
...and last, but certainly NOT least...one of my fabulous Testers, has agreed to share her LOVELY flower pattern for free on my blog - so you can embellish your hat too! I used it on Darla's hat in the photo below; I just added a wood bead to the centre when I attached it to the hat.
Is it Knit? Basically Just a Crochet Beanie Pattern© Oombawka Design, 2013
Yarn/Hook: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton, WW yarn - 10 WPI (wraps per inch); 6.50mm hook
Supplies: Stitch markers
Special Stitch: Waistcoat Stitch (WST) (see Tutorial p 8-11)
Pattern is worked in continuous spirals. Do not join rounds or chain-1 unless indicated.
sc: single crochet, st: stitch, sts: stitches, ch: chain, , ss: slip stitch, FO: finish off, WST: waistcoat stitch, sWST: ss done in the same position a WST is worked
This is a very simple pattern; however, the stitch can be difficult to master. Try to keep your stitch tension relaxed.
I love this stitch and the look it gives my projects; my desire to have a hat look ‘knit’ but be crochet was all the incentive I required to keep at it to make the stitch work for me.
It took a few attempts for me to get it right. Don't give up - it really is worth the effort!
12-24 months (to fit Head Circumference of 18”)© Oombawka Design, 2013
Create a magic loop (or adjustable loop) to begin and sc 6 into the loop.
R1: 2sc in each st around (12)
R2: (2WST in the 1st st, 1WST in the next st) 6x (18)
R3: (2WST in the 1st st, 1WST in each of the next 2sts) 6x (24)
R4: (2WST in the 1st st, 1WST in each of the next 3sts) 6x (30)
R5: (2WST in the 1st st, 1WST in each of the next 4sts) 6x (36)
R6: (2WST in the 1st st, 1WST in each of the next 5sts) 6x (42)
R7: (2WST in the 1st st, 1WST in each of the next 6sts) 6x (48)
R8: (2WST in the 1st st, 1WST in the next st), 1WST in each remaining st around (49)
R9-R31: 1WST in each st around (49)
R32: 1sWST in each st around (49)
R33: 1ss in each st of R31 around (done in the regular loops of the stitch - i.e. front/back loops of the stitch) (49)
F/O and sew in loose ends. Embellish as desired.
Crochet Flower: Designed by Sharon K.
© Sharon K, 2013
Create a magic circle and work 5sc sts into the circle, 1ss to the 1st sc to join
R1: (1sc, 3dc, 1sc) in each st around (5-petals created)
R2: ss to the back of the post where you sc in R1, ch3; repeat around until you have 5 chain-3 spaces
R3: (1sc, 4dc, 1sc) in each ch3 space around (5 petals)
R4: repeat R2 to create 5 chain-3 spaces
R5: (1sc, 5dc, 1sc) in each ch3 space around (5 petals)
R6: repeat R2 to create 5 chain-3 spaces
R7: (1sc, 6dc, 1sc) in each ch3 space around (5 petals)
If you want an even fuller flower you can continue the repeat of the rounds and do the following:
R8: repeat R2 to create 5 chain-3 spaces
R9: (1sc, 7dc, 1sc) in each ch3 space around (5 petals)
If you have any questions about, or would like to contact and Thank Sharon for her lovely flower pattern please visit her on her new Facebook page: Candy Bouquets and Unique Boutique.
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