Tunisian crochet sweater vest

Colour Block Crochet Vest!

This weekend I finished my latest Tunisian crochet project, this colour block sweater vest!

I based the design on a sort of granny square design I created a while ago and recently returned to.

Tunisian crochet granny square

This square was made with a tiny 4ply yarn and 2.5mm hook – so it took some time to make. I loved how the contrasts worked together, so I decided to expand the basic idea and turn it into something that can be worn and made in chunkier thread that is easier to make up.

This is the contrasting back, made in this textured stripe design with pink colour block. I think I like it more than the front.
This is the contrasting back, made in this textured stripe design with pink colour block. I think I like it more than the front.

This is made using Stylecraft Special Aran and it used just one 100g ball of each colour (Black, white, silver, pale rose). It’s all made on one hook and no sewing needed!

I’m really pleased with how it turned out, and it was super quick to make up in this yarn, but if you’re familiar with Tunisian Crochet you will be aware it’s a bit thicker than regular crochet, so I think it will be too warm to wear! Especially as I had designed it with the styling in mind to be worn was a sweater vest over a shirt. As it turned out, the frill sleeve I accidentally added (I had planned just a regular fitted rib trim), I think, makes it look really cute as a top – but again, if it’s warm enough to have bare arms, it’s probably too warm to wear a dense Aran sweater.

Alas, I have decided to rework the pattern in DK – which will be slightly lighter in weight but still quick and easy to work up.

I’m going to be writing the pattern for the DK version – so stay tuned to get your hands on it! It’s a really easy design to make and I think will be easy even for someone who is at a beginner Tunisian crochet level. I know many people are new to this style of crochet, so I will also do some free tutorials on how to make the stitches and colour changes.

And don’t panic – the collar, sleeves and hem are all worked in regular crochet!

You can keep up with my progress on my Instagram @sylviamargaretdesigns

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