I wasn’t sure exactly what I was going for when I started this vest.  I love this yarn (it feels squishy!), and it’s a great weight – not too heavy and not too light.  Once I had all the panels sewn together and put it on, it looked to me like something from the ’70’s.  I was in high school in the ’70’s so I should know.  🙂  It was calling out for the shell edging and some fringe.  Sometimes, that’s just how a new design happens.  So I answered the call and voila!  The Vintage Mod Vest.  If you make this, let me know how it turns out.  I hope you like it!

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Back view.

 

Materials:  

Lion Brand Jeans Yarn in Khaki – approximately 5 skeins for a medium size 6-8.

Hook size J

Stitch Markers

Tapestry Needle

Tape Measure

Abbreviations:

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

st(s) – stitch, stitches

sp – space

For the vest, you will be crocheting two front panels and one back panel.  You join them at the shoulders and sides and then add the shell stitch border.  If you’d like it larger or smaller, just chain more or less accordingly for the starting rows of the panels.  This vest ends up being about 38” long.  I’m 5’6” and it hits around my knees.  The belt is optional and you can make it any length you like. 

Instructions:

Notes:

1.  Don’t count your turning chain as a stitch. 

2.  I recommend using stitch markers to mark your rows.  For example, every 10 rows place a marker at the end.  The yarn is somewhat stretchy and very soft (it’s one of my favorite yarns ever!). The markers will help you line up your panels when it’s time to sew the panels together.

Front panels – make two

Chain 35

Row 1:  dc in 4th from hook and in each chain across to the end.  Turn, ch 2.  You should have 32 dc stitches not counting your turning chain. 

Row 2:  dc in very first stitch at the base of your turning chain, and in each stitch across. Count to be sure you have 32 stitches not counting your turning chain.  Turn, ch 2.

Rows 3 – 52:  Repeat row 2.  Tie off and weave in ends.

Back Panel

Chain 68

Row 1:  dc in 4th from hook and in each chain across to the end.  Turn, ch 2.  You should have 65 dc stitches not counting your turning chain. 

Row 2:  dc in very first stitch at the base of your turning chain, and in each stitch across. Count to be sure you have 65 stitches not counting your turning chain.  Turn, ch 2.

Rows 3 – 52:  Repeat row 2.  Tie off and weave in ends.

Lay back panel out flat with right side facing you.  Lay the two front panels on top with the wrong sides facing you.  (You want the right sides together.)

Line up the panels along the sides and top, and then stitch the top shoulder seams.  This is where those stitch markers come in handy. There should be a little space between the front panels; they don’t meet in the middle.

Measure about 8 inches down from the top on each side, and then stitch down the sides leaving about 4 inches for the side slits.

Turn the vest right side out.

Shell stitch edging:

Starting with the right panel (as if you were wearing it), attach your yarn at the hemline.  Ch 1, sc in the next open space (the gap between stitches – see photo below), *skip the next sp, 5 dc in next sp, skip next sp, 1 sc in next space*, continue pattern from * to * up the right side, across the back neckline, and down the left side.  You should end with 1 sc in the last space.  Tie off and weave in ends.

Belt:

Ch 200

Row 1:  Turn, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across.

Row 2:  Turn, ch 2, hdc in first st and in each st across.

Row 3:  Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across.

Row 4:  Turn, ch 2 hdc in first st and in each st across.

Row 5:  Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across.

Tie off.  You can weave in your ends or leave them as part of the fringe.  

Cut six 12” lengths of yarn for each end of the belt. You’re folding these in half so a 12” length of yarn will result in a 6” long fringe.  (You’ll need a total of 12 lengths of yarn for the fringe.)

Fold a piece of yarn in half and use your hook to pull the loop partway through the end of the belt where you want to place the fringe.  Pull the two loose ends through the loop and pull tight.  Repeat with each piece of yarn.

Mark where you want to place your belt with stitch markers.  You’ll be weaving the belt directly through the dc stitches. (See photo below.) Starting at the back, push the belt through from the right side to the wrong side of the vest, about 3 dc stitches over, pull the belt back through creating a little belt loop.  Repeat at the side seams and on the front panels.  I created belt loops about 3 inches away from the shell edging on the front panels.  Feel free to place your belt wherever you want.