The Vined Vest: My Trial and Error with the Herringbone Pattern

In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, King Arthur and his knights were challenged to cut down a tree with . . . a herring! Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to create Alla Koval’s Vined Vest from Interweave Crochet Spring 2018 using . . . a herringbone pattern! While King Arthur’s task was impossible, yours is decidedly less so. In fact, we’ll even walk you through the steps and the mistakes I made, so you won’t make the same ones.

herringbone pattern

For this stitch pattern, you’ll need a multiple of 12 stitches + 4. Since I just wanted to test out the pattern with a swatch, I began with 28 chains. After that beginning chain, I started working the herringbone pattern. Rows 1 and 2 basically alternate single crochets and chain 1s.

herringbone pattern

Row 3 is where things begin to get a little involved. In this row, you’ll need to work in the indicated chain-1 space 2 rows below. I have to admit, this row took me a couple tries because I accidentally worked around chain-1 space 1 row below while working in the space I was supposed to use. Sometimes this won’t be a problem, but in this pattern, if you do as I did, you won’t have the chain-1 spaces you need when you need them.

herringbone pattern

Unfortunately, this mistake carried through to Row 4, and I worked over the chain-5 space with the double crochets. The look of the swatch at the end of this row was what made me begin to think I was doing something wrong. The chain-5 spaces are a prominent part of the pattern, and working over them effectively hides them from view.

herringbone pattern

Due to the mistakes I made in the previous rows, I was extremely confused when I began Row 5. After the first chain 5, I was instructed to work in the next chain-1 space 2 rows below, but there wasn’t a chain-1 space to use! *light bulb moment* I wasn’t supposed to work around the space 1 row below. Sigh. Frog 2 rows. Try again.

herringbone pattern

herringbone pattern
After I figured things out, the pattern went smoothly. All I need to do now is get the right yarn and make my vest!

herringbone pattern

As you can see, once you get it, the herringbone pattern is nowhere near as hard as using a herring to cut down a tree. If you decide to accept the challenge that is the Vined Vest, please let us know, and definitely post pictures of your progress in the comments!

Happy Stitching!

Susanna


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