1-2-3 Cotton Vest

Mar 1, 2010
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Sometimes, it's too warm for a full sweater in the office.  But I hate short blouses [which for some reason is all there in on the racks now].  To remedy that, I made a long vest.  Not knee length, just long enough to cover my bum.

I used Peaches & Cream cotton yarn, but this should work with any 4 ply worsted weight.

Materials List

Size J metal hook

two 14 oz cones of Peaches & Cream 100% cotton worsted weight [I used Sea Breeze color, because it's what I had on hand]

stitch markers

Finished Size

Because this is a vest, it works for Large to 3X.

I left the arm holes large enough to accomodate a very full sleeve without being binding.

The Pattern


  1. Foundation row: 60 stitches.
  2. Chain 3. DC in the second stitch from the hook, then in each stitch. 60 DC total.
  3. Chain 1. SC in every stitch.
  4. Chain 1. HDC in every stitch.
  5. Continue steps 2-4, until the piece is long enough to reach around your hips. If it has a bit left over, that’s fine. you can fold back in as facing.


  1. Turn the piece 90 degrees, so you will be crocheting along the side. Single crochet along the side.
  2. Fold the piece in half. Mark the center stitch. Count 23 stitches on each side and mark. Count 20 stitches from these marks. Mark these points.Beginning at the corner, chain one. HDC to the marked point.
  3. Chain one, turn, HDC in each stitch.
  4. Chain one, turn, HDC in the next two stitches, HDC two together, HDC in the rest of the stitches.
  5. Repeat Yoke step #4
  6. Repeat Yoke step  #3
  7. Repeat Yoke step #4 for two rows
  8. Repeat Yoke step #3
  9. Repeat  Yoke steps 3 & 4 until there are a total of 21 rows
  10. Chain one, turn, SC in each stitch. End off.
  11. On opposite side Repeat  Yoke steps #1 through #10.
  12. Skip 20 stitches. HDC in the center 47 stitches for 21 rows. End off.
  13. Sew shoulders together.


  1. SC around entire outer edge, one row, with 3 chain st. at the two bottom corners.
  2. HDC around entire outer edge, one row, with 3 chain st. at the two bottom corners
  3. DC around entire outer edge, one row, with 3 chain st. at the two bottom corners
  4. Repeat Edging steps 1-3


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on Apr 30, 2010 4:55 PM

Very nice vest. I like the sleek shape of it as well as the directional changes. Thanks for sharing!

wlandlady wrote
on Apr 30, 2010 5:42 PM

Crafty Begonia,

Thank you.  I used this yarn because I had it on hand, left over from another project.  The same pattern works out well with two colors,   One for the body, and a second for the yoke and edging.  I made one like that for my daughter with a brown camo type yarn for the body, and tan yoke.  I actually liked that one better, but for slimming and bum hiding, one single yarn is best [at least for me]

Happy Hooking

The Crazy Cat Lady