This is a very simple pattern that is great for beginners.  The vest is super versatile and comfortable, and it’s very easy to adjust the size if needed.  The belt is optional, but I think it adds a nice touch.  🙂

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Skill Level:  Easy

Materials: 

Caron Simply Soft in Black – 3 skeins

Hook size H/8 – 5.00 mm

Gauge:

4 clusters and 7 rows = 4”

Dimensions:

20” wide by 33” long

Abbreviations:

Ch – chain

Sc – single crochet

Dc – double crochet 

Hdc – half double crochet

Sp – space

St, sts – stitch, stitches

Notes:

  1. The back panel is approximately 20” wide, and the two front panels are approximately 5 1/2” wide each. You can easily adjust the width by making a longer starting chain.  Just be sure to make it a multiple of four and then add 1. 
  2. The length is 33”.  To adjust the length, just add more rows.

Instructions:

Back panel

Ch 80 plus 1.

Row 1:  Hdc in 2nd ch from hook, and continue in each chain across to the end.  80 sts

Row 2:  Turn, ch 3.  Dc in base of chain (not the next stitch), ch 1, *skip 3, 3dc in next stitch, ch 1*.  Repeat from * to * across row.  2dc in last stitch.

Row 3:  Turn, ch 4, *3dc in next ch 1 space, ch 1*.  Repeat from * to * across row.  1 dc in last stitch.

Row 4: Turn, ch 3, dc in base of chain, ch 1, *3 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1*.  Repeat from * to * across row.  2 dc in last st.

Rows 5 – 59:  Repeat rows 3 and 4.  Bind off and weave in ends.

Front panels – make two

Ch 28 plus 1.

Row 1:  Hdc in 2nd ch from hook, and continue in each chain across to the end.  80 sts

Row 2:  Turn, ch 3.  Dc in base of chain (not the next stitch), ch 1, *skip 3, 3dc in next stitch, ch 1*.  Repeat from * to * across row.  2dc in last stitch.

Row 3:  Turn, ch 4, *3dc in next ch 1 space, ch 1*.  Repeat from * to * across row.  1 dc in last stitch.

Row 4:  Turn, ch 3, dc in base of chain, ch 1, *3 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1*.  Repeat from * to * across row.  2 dc in last st.

Rows 5 – 59:  Repeat rows 3 and 4.  Bind off and weave in ends.

Construction:

For the vest:

Lay the back panel out flat right side up.  Lay the two front panels on the back panel with the wrong sides up – you want the right sides together.  Be sure to line up the sides so that there is a gap of approximately 9 inches in the center.  Sew the front panels to the back panel at the shoulders.  Then sew the side seams leaving approximately 14” at the top for the armholes and about 8” at the bottom for side slits.

For the belt:

Chain as long as you want your belt.  Mine is 62” long.

Then hdc back the length of the belt.  Tie off the ends and weave it through the vest.  

 

 

 

Instructions with photos:

Row 1:  Hdc in 2nd ch from hook, and continue in each chain across to the end.  80 sts

Row 2:  Turn, ch 3.  Dc in base of chain (not the next stitch)

Ch 1, *skip 3, 3dc in next stitch, ch 1*.  Repeat from * to * across row.

2dc in last stitch.

Here is how I place my hook for the last dc in the row.  You want to grab only the top two stitches.  If you go under them you will have a gap.

Row 3:  Turn, ch 4.  *3dc in next ch 1 space, ch 1*.  Repeat from * to * across row.  1 dc in last stitch.  First row of hdc and two rows of clusters complete.

Row 4:

Turn, ch 3, dc in base of chain, ch 1, *3 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1*.  Repeat from * to * across row.  2 dc in last st.

Rows 5 – 59:  Repeat rows 3 & 4.

Again, here is where you place your first dc after your turning chain.

Another photo of where to place your last stitch.

Another photo of the hook placement in the last stitch.

Here is a closeup of how your last two dc in the row should look.  See the small hole?  You don’t want to be under that other thread and in the large gap of the row below.

Four rows complete.