Afrocentric Vest with Wooden Beads

Having a decidedly ethnic feel, this vest can be worn by it.sell as a tank top or camisole. - w armer climes, try substituting Louet Sales Euroflax Linen, sportvveight. The unusual construction results in beads lying in different directions, horizontally in the center panels and vertically at the side panels. Because the type and shape of beads alternate, take special care in the stringing order (its clearly spelled out in the directions).

ished Size

40. 44, 48)" (91.5 1101.5, 112, 1221 cm) chest circumference. Vest shown measures 40" 01.5 cm).


  • lixn: Gems Merino Opal (100% Merino super-wash wool; 225 yd [206 mj/100 g): #23 :. :>acco, 4 (5, 5, 6, 6) skeins. Yarn distributed in N <rrh America by Loner Sales.
  • E>~ads: 4mm round wooden beads: about 1,250 I 300, 1,350, 1,450). Shown in #1076NB j: .s n. 10mm X 6mm long melon-shaped wooden beads: about 400 (400, 475, 550). Shown in #1094NB Brown. All beads from Fire • ' antain Gems.

v>redles: Vest—Size 6 (4 mm): straight. Neck .r'c. Armhole Finishing—Size 6 (4 mm): 16" - km) circular (cir). Adjust needle size if neces-ro obtain the correct gauge.

¡N rions: Bead-stringing needle; extra set of needles in same size or smaller lor three-needle r nd-off; tapestry needle; crochet hook size E4 3-5 mm), ^ii-se

Ht 5"- and 45 rows = 4" (10 cm) in center back be : ranern; 21 sts and 49 rows - 4" (10 cm) in rrr-- rront panel pattern; and 21 sts and 42 rows = • cm) in side panel pattern.

Special Notes

Center back and front panels are worked first, each from die bottom tip. Stitches are picked up for the side panels irom each side of the center front panel. The side panels arc worked outward around ro the back and joined to the center back panel.

Prestring beads on yarn before working, stringing them in the reverse sequence in which they will be used. In other words, the last bead strung on the yarn will be the first bead used in the pattern.

Work with two separate strands of yarn, one with beads strung on it, and one without beads, the way you would when you're making a garment with stripes in two colors. When you get to a beading row (WS), change to the strand with beads, work the next 2 rows, then switch back to the strand without beads.

When there is a long interval without beads, carry the beaded strand along the selvedge, "catching" the unused strand every few rows by twisting the two strands together ro prevent a long float on the sides (see illustration at right)

Always slip the first stitch of every row as if to purl with the yarn in front of the work (wyil). I he slipped selvedge stitches will make it easy to pick up stitches when you re joining and finishing the garment pieces.

Catching the yarn not in use m ihe erl»e

ong bead is backed by 3 slipped stitches; each cad is backed by 1 slipped stitch.

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