You may be wondering, "What is busking???" For those of you who may not be familiar with this term, it is something a musician does, especially in places like Dublin. It is very common to see a variety of musicians playing in the open, seeking monetary tips from those who pass by. This is different from begging though and requires a working permit from the local government. After all, this is work for a musician. If I ever get an opportunity to return to Ireland, you just may see me wearing this wrap as I spend some time busking with my guitar and pennywhistle!
Anyway, I recently received an excellent question from a fellow crocheter about the construction of the Busking Beauty Sweater Wrap. Here are a few more photos to help clarify the back portion. This is one of my more favorite pieces in the book, and I specifically chose Cestari Yarns, a family owned company in the wonderful state of Virginia. I love, love, love their cotton/wool and cotton/wool/silk DK weight yarns for this project, and they are reasonably priced! These are modeled by my daughter Becky. (This project is in my new book, Contemporary Celtic Crochet, and is available here at the Interweave Store and at Amazon.)
You will notice that the rows of crochet on the back panel are perpendicular to those on the stole portion. This section is crocheted separately and then crocheted/stitched to the stole.