This is part 2 of How to Crochet a Sleeveless Jacket. I hope you are enjoying making this jacket so far and if you need any help feel free to ask me any questions. The best is to work with the pattern and the video together!
On the video I say row 1 and row 2 but it is actually row 2 and row 3 – oops sorry!
PART 2 ARMHOLE
Continue straight with your pattern, all the way to your armhole until you feel the length is long enough
Finish with row 3 on the pattern and let’s start the armhole (leave the thread as a marker)
Count the number of chain spaces you have in the row and divide that in half, either 2 equal halves or one will have one more than the other.
The one half is for the back and the other half is divided between the 2 fronts.
If you have say 25 ch spaces you can divide 13 for the back and 12 for the front (6 and 6 for the front) The front must have to equal amounts.
If you have 26 ch spaces you would have 13 for the back and 13 for the front but the 13 for the front doesn’t divide equally, so you would rather take 14 for the back and 12 (6 and 6) for the front. Or you could do 12 for the back and divide the 14 (7 and 7). I would probably do the larger number for the back.
With say 27 you would use 13 and 14 (here you would have to use the smaller number for the back as it is better than 15 for the back and only 12 for the front
As long as the front is divided equally, keeping your back and front ratio as close as you can.
Place a marker on the row you are now starting so that all the rows will be started on the same side and we are starting with the back. You will be starting with row 2 of the pattern
Working the Back
To leave a space under the arm, don’t crochet the last ch sp from the front and the last ch sp from the back (watch video) one ch space from the front and 1 ch space from the back, and start row 2
Work row 2 and leave the last ch sp of the back (for the other armhole) and turn around.
Do row 3 and continue straight on the back till length is good up to the neck. ( At end of row 3 be careful not to make an extra loop, because the last loop there, is where you sc in the t-ch)
Measure how long you want from the armhole to the neck
When your back reaches your neck, finish with row 2 as we will make a slight indentation for the neck. (one row less than the front) Don’t cut your yarn as we will come back and do one more row
Start on the first front where you left the thread. Start with row 2 and remember not to work the last ch sp (with the marker), turn and do row 3, continue till you feel you want to decrease for the neck (to make a slight v in the front centre) (or keep going straight if you don’t want to decrease till 1 row more than the back (we still had one more row to do on the back)) so end with row 3
If decreasing, you don’t want to decrease directly on the front middle edge so go in a few stitches and then decrease
I did one decrease and then I did a normal row and then I did another decrease (so I only made 2 decreases for my front edge and it worked out fine,
Keep doing row 2 and 3 till 1 row more than back (finishing with row 3) end off
Do other Front
Start other front and start with row 2, do your decreases as you did on the other front side (more or less in the same place) and continue doing rows 2 and 3 till this front is the same as other side.
Match your front and back together at the shoulder, and do the last row (row 3 on the back but only as far as the shoulder on the front. So don’t go all the way across. You want the front shoulder and the back shoulder to match.
First front and Back – last row on back
Line the first front and back up at the shoulders and work row 3 on the back. At the end of row 3, ch 5 and Treble into middle of the next ch 5 space. End off that side.
Second Front and Back – last row on back
Now finish the back with the other front at the shoulders. You will be working the opposite way, from the centre to the end. Count on the row below, on the front that you just finished, how many (sc, ch3, sc) you need for the front you are now doing, plus the one ch sp for the treble you used to finish off the other front. (watch video if you don’t understand). You will start in the ch sp with ch4 to stand as the treble and ch 5 which you ended off with. So you will be chaining 9 to start the other side and continue with row 3, finishing the back off.
Sew the front and back shoulders together or crochet them together.
I hope that you are able to follow this easily, it seems more complicated than what it really is!