Crocheted Birch Vest – From Knitting Daily TV Episode 912

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Shay Pendray and crochet expert Kristin Omdahl meet up on season 900 of Knitting Daily TV’s Accessorize Me! segment to show off a crocheted vest that celebrates the crocheted motif. Kristin will demonstrate how to crochet this motif and talk a bit more about her Birch Vest design. Download the Birch Vest pattern and crochet along with Shay and Kristin.
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Toni Rexroat is the Online Editor of Crochet Me. Outfitted with several crochet hooks and surrounded by bins of yarn, she has been the assistant editor for Interweave Crochet magazine as well as PieceWork, Interweave Crochet’s sister magazine. She was born and raised in a little town in Wyoming where she was exposed to wool and other fibers at an early age, and began crocheting in her early teens. Enjoying a wide variety of fibery hobbies from crochet and knitting to sewing, she is determined to learn to spin so she can crochet with her own yarn.

12 thoughts on “Crocheted Birch Vest – From Knitting Daily TV Episode 912

  1. I’m wondering if anyone else has made this vest and had trouble with the gauge? I’m using the yarn called for and can’t the width as narrow as stated in the pattern if I use the specified hook size. If I go down even one hook size, the the row gauge is too short. I’ve come up with workaround, but I’m wondering why I’m having such a problem!

  2. I have started to crochet this beautiful vest in the largest size… I hve frogged it 12 times!!! After a night of frustration I sat down at the base line before starting the fan pattern. I counted carefully to make sure I had the right number of stitches then calculated and re calculated the stitch count of this row… physically I come up 3 stitches short of what the pattern asks for. Does anyone have the correct figures for this line?


  3. I, too, am having a problem getting the gauge correct with the recommend yarn and hook sizes.  I have attempted it anyway with recommended hook size and it was too large.  I went down one hook size and it was too small.  Two strikes and I don’t know if I will bother with it again.  It’s so pretty and easy, but something weird in the sizing.

  4. Like everyone else, getting the gauge correct is a nightmare–I’ve never had such problems with a pattern.  Finally got it right for width, but the row gauge is short no matter what — it’s not even close!  I’m getting 8-9 rows to the 4″ test swatch.  Thought I could settle for that and just add another fan pattern.  But the problem is the shoulder area is then too short which means the armholes are too small. It didn’t dawn on me that this would be a problem until I finished the shoulder area and thought “oh no, this is wrong again–duh, should have figured that out to begin with!”  I’m going to rip it out again and instead of dc’s I’ll try tr’s.  If that doesn’t work, I’m done!  I keep trying at this pattern and have ripped it out several times because I really like the shawl.  But trying to get the gauge right is kicking my rearend and I have over 40 years of crocheting experience!   

  5. I’ve given up on this pattern for now. Maybe will try again with modifying the top part by reducing the number of stitches in the two front panels and increasing the number in the back. Maybe try triples as someone else suggested.  Blah! Going to use this yarn for the Lion Brand Floral Fantasy Pullover. People seem to love it.