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Oh, how I love this pattern! So much fun to make and Lion Brand Scarfie yarn — wonderful! This is the first project I have made with this squishy soft yarn and I am in love! When I first saw this beautiful yarn I was a little worried that it might feel scratchy or “itchy” but I was very pleasantly surprised by how soft and not scratchy it really is. The yarn is beautiful, has a great feel and it works up wonderfully. The colorways are so lovely but I am particularly enamored of this one — charcoal / magenta. I love the bright magenta color but it is softened so much with the dark charcoal gray throughout.
I wanted a pattern that would be open enough to not be too warm or heavy so it is comfortable enough to be worn all day. The piece has texture with some rows being worked in the back loop only but filet rows as well giving it a nice open and airy feel.
The vest is worked in a similar fashion to my original vest pattern the Retro Duster Vest in that it is worked as one large rectangle so the only sewing is a few inches at each of the shoulder seams and the arm holes are worked into the piece. However, in the Retro Duster Vest, because of the block stitch that I used, I fastened off after completing the first panel and back were made and added the second panel onto the other side. This pattern is worked as one long rectangle without fastening off — even easier!
The pattern is repetitive so it is a nice pattern to get into a rhythm with. The pattern as written is a size large but it is very easily customizable. Edit — I have now resized to size small / petite and you can find that free pattern here. Simply measure your back from shoulder seam to shoulder seam and work the amount of rows on the back to achieve the correct fit. Just remember — the arm holes are worked into the piece so you will need to add two “sets” of row repetition to have the arm holes fall in the correct place on the piece.
Pay attention to gauge especially if you are worried about the number of balls to buy for this pattern as with a different gauge you may need an additional ball to finish. I used up most of the third ball with very little left over.
I also made this pattern up in the Caron Big cakes and I loved it as well. If you are interested in seeing how that worked up I will be visiting about that during my Facebook live broadcast which you can find here. I basically worked it up using the recommended hook for the smaller weight yarn of the Caron Big Cakes, used the same number of starting chains but hooked additional rows for the back. This made the vest shorter overall but I really like how it turned out. It was easy to see that this pattern would easily adapt to other yarn weights without a ton of pattern alteration.
This piece is very flattering and would be a very versatile wardrobe addition. Worn over a dress or pant suit for a dressy option or dress it down with denim — the options are endless! You will certainly get a lot of compliments on this one and I am sure many requests to make this for others! My two sister-in-laws saw this finished and have both expressed a desire for their own! Would make a wonderful gift!
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Pattern written in US crochet terminology
RS right side
hdc half double crochet
blo back loop only
dc double crochet
Notes about pattern: Chain 2 counts as stitch
Gauge: 13 dc = 4”, 8 rows = 4”
Approximate finished size L (US size 12-14 bust size 41” – 41”): 53” wide x 32” long
To resize: Measure back from shoulder seam to shoulder seam for desired size. Crochet size of back to match this measurement. Important note: In order for arm hole to be in correct placement you will need to work a repetition of rows 2-4 in sets of two for arm hole to be on the correct side of the rectangle. You can also add extra sets of rows to both front panels just make sure the arm holes are both on the same side of the rectangle.
Row 1 (RS) hdc in third ch from hook and in each st across. Turn (101)
Row 2 ch 2, hdc in blo in each st across. Turn (101)
Row 3 ch 4 (counts as 1st dc + ch 1), sk next st, *dc in next st, ch 1, sk next st* repeat between * * to last st, dc in ch 2 from previous row. Turn (51 double crochets + ch 1 spaces)
Row 4 ch 2, hdc in ch 1 sp, *hdc in next st, hdc in ch 1 sp* repeat between * * to last st, hdc in top of ch 3 from previous row. Turn (101)
Row 5 – 37 repeat rows 2 – 4
Row 38 (arm hole) ch 35, sk next 34 stitches, hdc in blo in next st and in each st to end. Turn (66 sts + 35 chs)
Row 39 ch 4, sk next st, *dc in next st, ch 1, sk next st,* repeat between * * 31 times, dc in first ch, *ch 1, sk next ch, dc in next ch,* repeat between * * to last ch, ending with dc in last ch. Turn (51 sts + ch 1 spaces)
Row 40 ch 2, hdc in ch 1 sp, *hdc in next st, hdc in ch 1 sp* repeat between * * to last st, hdc in top of ch 3 from previous row. Turn (101)
Row 41 – 67 repeat rows 2 – 4
Row 68 (arm hole) ch 35, sk next 34 sts, hdc in blo in next st and in each st to end. Turn (66 sts + 35 chs)
Row 69 ch 4, sk next st,*dc in next st, ch 1, sk next st* repeat between * * 31 times, dc first ch, *ch 1, sk next ch, dc in next ch* repeat between * * to last ch, ending with dc in last ch. Turn (51 sts + ch 1 spaces)
Row 70 ch 2, hdc in ch 1 sp, *hdc in next st, hdc in ch 1 sp* repeat between * * to last st, hdc in top of ch 3 from previous row. Turn (101)
Row 71 – 104 repeat rows 2 – 4 ending on row 2.
Measure 4” from arm hole on shoulder and place stitch markers through back and front panel on both sides of vest. From WS of vest, sew seam together using desired method (I used the mattress seam) from arm hole to stitch marker on both sides.
With RS facing, attach yarn to bottom of arm hole, ch 1, sc evenly around each arm hole. This will give the arm hole a little more stability.
With RS facing, sc evenly around top of front panels around neck.
Weave in ends.