Thursday, 2 October 2014

Toddler Classic Crochet Vest

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A simple but classic toddler’s vest, crocheted in hdc throughout; very easy and very quick to make.  Looks great over a long-sleeved T-shirt or hoodie T-shirt.



To fit

12-18 Months; Chest: 20"; Actual Chest Measurement: 22"; Length, Shoulder to Hem: 13"; Neckline: 4.75” width; armholes 4.5”.

Materials:  1.5 skeins worsted weight yarn; I used Sirdar Supersoft Aran in Colour Mint, Shade 0819; 4mm hook; yarn needle.

Abbreviations:  sc = single crochet; hdc = half double crochet; fphdc = front post half double crochet; bphdc = back post half double crochet; sk = skip; beg = beginning; rep = repeat. RS = Right side; WS = Wrong side.

Gauge:  13 sts, 11 rows hdc with 4mm hook = 4”

Pattern is written in US terms; a conversion chart is included at the end.


Pattern:

Back:

Row 1:  With 4mm hook, make a single crochet foundation chain of 35 sts.  (Alternatively, make a chain of 36 sts, sc in 2nd ch from hook, and to end.)

Row 2:  Ch2, *fphdc in next st, bphdc in next st*; rep from * to * to end, hdc in top of ch2; Turn.

Row 3:  Ch2, *fphdc in next st, bphdc in next st*; rep from * to * to end, hdc in top of ch2; Turn.

Row 4 – armhole: Ch2, Hdc to end; until work measures 8”

Next Row (RS): Ch2, hdc2tog, hdc to last 3 sts, hdc2tog, 1 hdc

Next Row (WS): Ch2, hdc2tog, hdc to last 3 sts, hdc2tog, 1 hdc

Next Row (RS):  Ch2, hdc2tog, hdc to last 3 sts, hdc2tog, 1 hdc

Next Row (WS): Ch2, hdc2tog, hdc to last 3 sts, hdc2tog, 1 hdc

Continue to work straight to 13”, ending on WS.

Last row (RS): Ch2, hdc in next 7 sts, sc in next 2 sts, sl st (not too tightly) in next 8 sts, sc in next 2 sts, hdc to end.  Fasten off.

Front:  Work as for back until work measures 12”, ending on RS.

Now is a good time to stop and sew up the side seams (8”) so that your armhole is set and ready for the next part, but do not cut your yarn, you will need it to carry on with the neckline and shoulders.

Neckline shaping, sleeve edging, and shoulders:

Now working on WS:

Row 1:  Ch2, hdc 5, sc in next; turn.

Row 2:  Ch1, sk 1st st, hdc to end; turn.

Row 3:  Ch2, hdc to end, turn.

Row 4:  Ch2, hdc to end.  Do not turn.

Row 5:  Ch1, work 36 sc evenly around right armhole edge, when you reach the back part of the shoulder, sl st to beg sc to join.

Row 6:  Ch2, hdc all around armhole, fasten off.

With RS facing, attach yarn to left armhole edge, at the front, to work the second part of the front shoulder.

Row 1:  Ch2, hdc 5, sc in next, turn

Row 2:  Ch1,sk 1st st, hdc to end, turn.

Row 3:  Ch2, hdc to end, turn

Row 4:  Ch2, hdc  to end.  Do not turn.

Row 5:  Sl st to back of armhole edge, ch1, sc 36 sts evenly around armhole as you did for the other side.

Row 6:  Ch2, hdc around sleeve edge.  Fasten off; sew up shoulder seams.


Neckline Edging:

With RS of work facing, attach yarn at the centre back of the neckline.

Row 1:  Ch 1, work sc around entire neckline, working sc2tog into inner corners (where the back shoulder meets the front shoulder on both sides and where the front shoulder meets the centre front section on both sides), sl st to beg sc.

Next Row:  Ch2, work one row hdc around neckline; sl st to beg hdc.  Fasten off.

Weave in all ends, and your vest is complete!

You can, if you wish, add an applique, but I liked it plain.

Enjoy!

AG J

©AG Handmades 2014



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