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Monday, August 08, 2005

Variations on a Vest

I worked up a new vest using a wonderful cotton provided by Yarns 2 Ewe here in Houston. If you have the chance, check them out and let them know The Crochet Dude sent ya. Anywho, this is crocheted with "Manos Cotton Stria" by Manos del Uruguay and is kettle-dyed pure Peruvian cotton. Manos del Uruguay is a non-profit organization comprised of more than 400 artisans in cooperatives scattered throughout the countryside of Uruguay. The organization's mission is to bring economic and social opportunities to rural woman.

Manos Cotton Stria yarn is a super soft Peruvian cotton that is hand-dyed in large kettles to create a marbleized, subtlely striated effect. It works up beautifully!!

I wanted to see how easy it would be to size the vest. The blue one was worked with a finished bust size of 36 and the pink one with a finished bust size of 40. I also used a different stitch combination that enhances the softness of the yarn.

I edged the vest in this fun novelty yarn by Berroco called "Monet". The colors are rich and randomly there are fat knots of the yarn to add texture.