Holiday Vest

Dec 30, 2009
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The Loft


This vest is perfect under a t-shirt or long sleeved shirt, or even on it's own in the spring! Easy enough for a beginner.

Materials List

Caron Simply Soft (2 skeins)

Size 5.00 hook

Finished Size




The Pattern

Worked as a front panel and back panel.

Chain 54.

Double crochet into second chain from hook. Single crochet into next chain. *DC into 3rd chain, SC into 4th chain.* Repeat from * to the end of the row.

When you get to the last in the chain, no matter what you end on (DC or SC) the last stitch in the row should be a half double crochet. It makes the edges more solid.


Repeat that same pattern, but in the double crochets on the former row, you do a SC. On the single crochets on the former row, do a DC. At the end, finish with a half double.

Once it's the approximate length you want, decrease each row towards the top for 4 rows (front and back).

BACK PANEL: Once you have decrease on 4 rows to make arm hole shaping, just continue with the pattern back and forth until the length reaches the neck.

FRONT PANEL: Once you have decreased 4 rows, work the front straps separately. Make them as thick as you want.

Sew panels together inside out.

For the bottom edging: Half double crochets in a round for 6 rows. I decreased on those rows to make the bottom a bit snugger to fit around my hips. But it's up to you.

Turn right side out. BLOCK.

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on Dec 30, 2009 6:09 PM

Oooo! Brilliant! I've been trying to think up a sweater-vest pattern, but this will work brilliantly! I might improv the front to make it more of a v-neck, though...

-And the Mome Raths Outgrabe-

JoyB wrote
on Jan 1, 2010 11:08 AM

This is very, very cute. And lends itself wonderfully to improvisation, i.e., tunic length with the band at the hip, move the band up for empire style, etc., etc. I'm putting this in my line-up for spring. Thanks!

The Loft wrote
on Jan 1, 2010 12:06 PM

Anytime! Thanks guys!

gammycrochet wrote
on Jan 4, 2010 5:05 PM

I wonder how it will turn out by increasing it to a larger size?

The Loft wrote
on Jan 5, 2010 5:34 AM

It's simple to increase it... just add 4 extra chains to the beginning chain when you begin. If you need it to be a large, add 8 extra chains in the beginning.

on Jan 19, 2010 7:58 AM
on Jan 19, 2010 12:47 PM

Just what I've been looking for but I do have three  questions.  What bust size is small for?  AND what is the finished but size?  Do you have a schematic.  Thank you so very much, it's perfect!  Warmly,  Elizabeth

JoyB wrote
on Jan 21, 2010 3:08 PM

I just had to come back and write again, I was out looking for yarn yesterday and I ended up at Michaels. While I didn't buy any yarn (oh no, how did that happen?!) I did find Vanna's Choice Sparkly or something like that in a deep, deep blue. It was beautiful! and the first thing I thought of was this top. It was the perfect yarn for a dressy tank.  But I'm most likely going to make this out of one of the new yarns they carry, either Spa, which is acrylic/bamboo or Country which is acrylic/merino.  The Spa is slinky, and that's how I see this top. Plus, they have some really pretty colors for spring. Country is a little heavier, same color palette, and would be better for early spring. I'll let you know when I get started! 

crpstx wrote
on May 10, 2010 6:32 AM

How many stitches do you decrease per row??