Fall is in the air here (well, some days!) and this open textured vest is just the ticket! It can be worn with either a short sleeved shirt (like I wore today with the weather exceeding 85 degrees!) or with a long sleeved shirt if the weather turns cooler. The texture is created with front and back post double crochets and the subtle variations in color are thanks to one of my favorite yarn brands – Malabrigo. Their yarns never disappoint! I’ve used Merino Worsted in several projects including the Baby Bat Costume and Toddler Earflap Hat and this Twist yarn was amazing, too!!
I’ve been so busy creating baby and kid things that I thought it was time there was another women’s pattern on the site. This vest works up super easily in one piece with a simple shawl collar. I put a button on it but usually wear it without. If you want it buttoned I would make a larger size than the open vest but it does stretch a LOT thanks to the textured stitch pattern. This vest is a 36″ bust when I would usually make a 40″ bust for a sweater. Darn baby weight! It’s so hard to lose the weight but I have to remind myself this body did give birth to four babies. 🙂
I love the rich texture this stitch creates:
Colors of Fall Vest
What You’ll Need
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Twist (100% Baby Merino Wool; 150 yards [137 meters]/100 grams): #TW102 Sealing Wax (5 (6, 6, 7, 7) balls)
Hook: US size J/10 (6.0mm); US size P (11.5mm)
Notions: Yarn needle, one 1/8” button, sewing needle, matching thread
Skill Level: Easy
Size: Finished bust size 36 (40, 44, 48, 52)” to fit bust size 34 (38, 42, 46, 50)”
Shown in size 36″ on a woman with a 38″ bust
Gauge: 9 sts and 8 rows = 4” [10 cm] in stitch pattern
Row 1: Ch 3, *fpdc, bpdc; rep from * to last st, dc in t-ch, turn.
Rep Row 1 for patt.
Ch 3 at beginning of row counts as dc.
With larger hook, ch 82 (92, 102, 110, 120).
Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook and each ch across, turn. (80 (90, 100, 108, 118) sts)
Rows 2-32: Work even in Stitch Pattern.
Sizes 48 (52)” Only
Work even in Stitch Pattern 4 (8) more rows.
Divide for Front and Back
Row 1: Work in established Stitch Pattern for 18 (20, 22, 24, 25) sts, leaving rem sts unworked, turn. (18 (20, 22, 24, 25) sts)
Row 2: Ch 3, dc2tog, work in established Stitch Pattern to end, turn. (17 (19, 21, 23, 24) sts)
Work even in Stitch Pattern for 12 (12, 14, 14, 16) rows.
Row 1: Work across 8 (8, 9, 11, 11) sts, leaving rem sts unworked, turn. (8 (8, 9, 11, 11) sts)
Work even in Stitch Pattern for 7 (7, 7, 9, 11) rows.
Row 1: Sk first 4 (4, 6, 6, 8) sts for armhole edge after Right Front, join yarn with larger hook, ch 3, dc in next 35 (41, 43, 47, 51) sts in established Stitch Pattern for Back, turn, leaving rem sts unworked. (36 (42, 44, 48, 52) sts)
Row 2: Ch 3, dc2tog, work in established Stitch Pattern to last 3 sts, dc2tog, dc in t-ch. (34 (40, 42, 46, 50) sts)
Work even in established Stitch Pattern for 11 (11, 13, 13, 15) rows.
Row 1: Ch 3, dc in next 7 (9, 10, 10, 11) sts, dc2tog. (9 (11, 12, 12, 13) sts)
Join yarn at opposite edge of Back and rep Row 1 of Shoulder Shaping.
Join yarn at Left Front edge and work same as Right Front.
Sew shoulder seams.
Sew back seam of Collar and attach.
With smaller hook, join yarn at left front corner, ch 1, sc evenly around Left Front, Collar, Right Front, and bottom hem, working 3 sc in each corner, join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off.
With smaller hook, join yarn at bottom of Armhole, ch 1, sc evenly around Armhole, join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off.
Rep for second Armhole.
Optional: Sew button to Left Front. Slip button through Right Front to close.
Weave in all ends.
That’s it! I hope you’ve enjoyed this free crochet pattern! To see more, check out the library of Free Crochet Patterns.