Stash Buster Cardigan Vest

Dec 2, 2005
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by Chloe Nightingale

Introduction

Stash Buster Cardigan Vest Hoodie

I keep hearing two complaints: people don't know what to do with that one skein of novelty yarn they purchased on impulse, and people don't know what to do with the skeins/partial skeins of yarn leftover after completing a big project. This simple vest is an idea I came up with to bust through part of my stash and end up with something cute and fun, not hideous and scary.

I made this vest using front-loop-only single crochet to give the vest a little more texture.  Feel free to sc through both loops if you find the front-loop-only texture distasteful. The pattern for the front panels of the vest is only one example of the many ways you can utilize your stash for the front of the vest, and you are encouraged to try different stitches. The front of the vest is a little wider than the back in order to accommodate bust size. If you are particularly busty, I suggest widening the front panels by adding a few more rows.

Materials List

  • Back/hood/fringe: 460 (600, 740) yards of non-variegated worsted weight yarn (I used TLC Essentials in Dark Sage because that's what I had in my stash)
  • Front:  175 (225, 275) yards of stash yarn in coordinating colors
  • 4.5mm (size G/7) hook or size needed to obtain gauge

Finished Size

S: 34" bust x 20" length (exclusive of hood and fringe)
M: 36.5" bust x 24" length (exclusive of hood and fringe)
L:  39" bust x 28" length (exclusive of hood and fringe)

Gauge

9 sts x 8 rows = 2.5" in sc

Notes

For this pattern, sc = single crochet in front loop only.

The double loop stitch, DLS (adapted from the book, New Design in Crochet by Clinton D. Mackenzie, Van Nostrand, Reinhold Company, 1972): The DLS is worked with the wrong side of the project facing you.  When doing DLS for multiple rows, alternate between rows of DLS and sc, unless you would like the double-loop fringe to be two-sided.  Refer to Figures A1-A3 for each step respectively.

(Directions for right-handed crocheters):
Step 1:  Grasp the yarn with your left hand and wrap it clockwise twice around your left index finger so there are two loops around your finger. Insert the hook into the stitch so there are two loops on the hook and rotate the hook so it goes under the yarn (not shown:  wrapping the hook under the yarn in the opposite direction will yield a more secured loop stitch).

Fig. A1
Fig. A1

Step 2:  Slip the hook under the loops around your left index finger. Catch all 3 strands with the hook and bring all three strands through the stitch (the first loop on your hook) so there are 4 loops on your hook.

Fig. A2
Fig. A2

Step 3:  Yo and pull the yarn through all the loops on the hook.

Fig. A3
Fig. A3

The Pattern

hoodie vestBack and Sides

With main yarn, ch 70 (79, 88).

*Ch 1 (counts as first sc), turn, starting at second stitch from hook, sc 69 (78, 87).*

Repeat from * to * until work measures 14" (17", 20"), fasten off.

Starting at 18th (20th, 22nd) stitch from end, join yarn and chain 1. Sc 36 (39, 44), *ch 1, turn, starting at second stitch from hook, sc 35 (38, 43).*  Repeat from * to * until work measures 20" (24", 28"), fasten off.

Front

Turn work 90 degrees.

Right Panel

From bottom right corner:

With first piece of scrap yarn, sc along edge of work, picking up one stitch at the end of every row (see Fig. B), ch until row measures 20" (24", 28").  *With new scrap yarn, ch 1, turn. Sc in each stitch of previous row of scrap yarn.*  Repeat from * to * until scrap panel is 3" (4", 5") wide.  Fasten off.

Fig. B
Fig. B

Starting at 7th (9th, 11th) stitch from top right corner: *With new scrap yarn, ch 1, turn, starting at second stitch from hook, sc in each stitch of previous row of scrap yarn.*  Repeat from * to * until scrap panel is 6" (8", 10") wide.  Fasten off.

Repeat for left panel.

Hood (optional)

With main yarn, ch 90 (105, 120).

With first piece of scrap yarn, ch 1, turn.  Starting at second stitch from hook, sc 89 (104, 119). *With new scrap yarn, ch 1, turn.  Sc 89.*  Repeat from * to * 3 more times. With main yarn, **ch 1, turn. Sc 89 (104, 119).** Repeat from ** to ** until work measures 6.5" (7.5", 8.5").

Decrease as follows:

  1. Ch 1, turn. Starting at second stitch from hook, sc 87 (102, 117). Ch 1, turn.
  2. Starting at second stitch from hook, sc 85 (100, 115).  Ch 1, turn.
  3. Starting at second stitch from hook, sc2tog, sc to end of row. Ch 1, turn.
  4. Starting at second stitch from hook, sc2tog twice, sc to end of row. Ch 1, turn.
  5. Starting at second stitch from hook, sc2tog 3 times, sc to end of row. Ch 1, turn.
  6. Starting at second stitch from hook, sc2tog 3 times, sc to end of row.

Fasten off. As shown in Figure C, fold hood in half and sew or sl st (w.s.) up the back.

Hood
Fig. C

Finishing

As indicated in Figure D:

Fold vest and sew or sl st (w.s.) shoulders to form arm holes.

Sew or sl st (w.s.) hood to back of vest.

DLS (w.s.) around hood, collar, arm holes, bottom, and edge of front panels. Work one row of sc along edge of front panels. (If you would rather omit the double-loop fringe, you may finish the vest using sc in lieu of DLS.)

Weave in any loose ends.

Fig. D
Fig. D

Ties

Attach yarn around sc post at edge of front panel -- you may attach this tie either at the top of the vest or in the middle. Weave in tail. Ch 50 or until length desired; fasten off. Repeat for other side of vest and corners of hood.

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Comments

Sheepypie wrote
on May 7, 2006 8:32 AM

I Love this vest! i'm so sick of making things out of granny squares to use up leftover yarn. I just made a granny square tote bag to use up some of my favorite yarns from my stash, and I wish I had seen this pattern before I did! Can't wait to make it. Thanks!

KimS@6 wrote
on Oct 6, 2007 9:44 AM

I have a stash that needs to be dealt with. This will be perfect.

SPLES wrote
on Oct 21, 2007 1:13 PM

Whatever happened to the Print Friendly icon that CrochetMe used to have?

Kim Werker wrote
on Oct 21, 2007 2:10 PM

It's in the sidebar.

Fueling the crochet revolution...

on Apr 4, 2008 12:35 PM

looks cool !!!

ferrous wrote
on Apr 18, 2008 5:30 AM

that's so cute! this is one i'll definitely be adding to my 'must make this' list. :-)

JulesT1 wrote
on Jun 23, 2008 4:12 PM

This would be adorable even if there wasn't a stash to use up. (Bwah-ha-ha! No stash to use up! I can't say that with a straight face.)

Emma-SophiaR wrote
on Jun 24, 2008 12:25 AM

What a good idea! Thanks for the crystal-clear instructions too. Best to you, Sophia

on Aug 1, 2008 3:07 AM

I love it so much!!!! so i have yet to make any clothes but a bathing suit, any ways I think your creative ideas of things you make is awsome.. I must add you as a friend and we should talk about this lovly habbit we share.. Allion

beornica wrote
on Jun 19, 2009 10:47 AM

oh my god. perfect. I have 3 shelves full of scrap yarn, no patience for afghans, and no use for mug cozies. Thankyou thankyou!

and also thanks for the diagrams!

don't get your panties in a bunch. nothing is solved and it just makes you walk funny.

Rooty_Tooty wrote
on Dec 31, 2009 10:00 PM

Nice design with lots of possibilities! This could work nicely as a cardigan, too, with solid colored sleeves made of your main color. Your diagrams should also make it fairly easy to size down for children. I can see school age kids enjoying wearing this.

Pender_w38 wrote
on Jan 11, 2012 4:16 PM
I would like to make this without the hood, and knee length. I am not sure how to go about it. Thanks. I am also going to need to make it larger....Like a 1x. Any ideas?