Cruden by Ysolda Teague


November 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
30 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in charted stranded colourwork using larger needles
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
3.0 mm
1175 - 1935 yards (1074 - 1769 m)
Regular and tall sizes with a finished chest circumference of 32(35¼, 38½, 41½) [44¾, 48, 51¼] (54½, 57½)"
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A traditional Fair Isle vest worked from the bottom up entirely in the round. The neck and armholes are steeked and the front shoulders are worked slightly longer than the back to both drop the back neckline for a better fit and to allow the stitch patterns to flow over the shoulder. Detailed instructions for finishing the steeks with crochet are provided. After cutting the steeks open stitches are picked up around the armholes and neck and ribbed bands are worked in one of the contrast colours for a slightly sporty detail.

The colourwork is simple but effective alternating a smaller and larger motif, the larger of which is offset on alternate repeats. Seven colours are used to shade the patterns but the number used can be varied. A colour in chart and quick reference palette are included for planning your own combinations, I recommend using a more vibrant or unexpected colour at the centre of the larger motifs.

See information images for detailed measurements, yarn colours and yardage.

Helpful links
Blog post - Alternative colour palettes for Cruden
Tutorial - Crochet steeks on Cruden
Technique Thursday - Colour dominance
Technique Thursday - Choosing colours, a guest post from Felicity Ford
Technique Thursday - Swift swatching in the round
Tutorial - Tubular Cast on
Tutorial - Tubular Bind off