Lush Vest

Just in time for the fall and crisp weather, this pretty crochet vest is the perfect layer of comfort and fashion. Versatile styling makes this pretty vest the perfect accessory for weekends or the office.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Abbreviations

beg: beginning
ch: chain
dc: double crochet
dec: decrease
inc: increase
lp(s): loop(s)
mm: millimeters
pat: pattern
rem: remaining
rep: repeat
rnd: round
RS: right side
sc: single crochet
sp: space
st(s): stitch(es)
tog: together
tr: treble crochet
WS: wrong side
yo: yarn over
* : repeat whatever follows the * as indicated
[]: work directions in brackets the number of times specified

SPECIAL ABBREVIATIONS
Sc2tog : draw up a lp in each of next 2 sts (st = ch, sc, or sp), yo and draw through 3 lps on hook.
TrFP : [yo] twice, draw up a lp from right to left under post of st 2 rows below, [yo and draw through 2 lps on hook] 3 times. Note: Always skip the st directly behind the TrFP.

Instructions

BACK: Ch 76 (84, 94, 102, 112). Row 1 (WS): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 9 (11, 13, 15, 17) ch, [sc2tog, ch 1] 27 (29, 32, 34, 37) times, sc in next 11 (13, 15, 17, 19) ch; turn – 75 (83, 93, 101, 111) sts. Row 2: Ch 1, * [sc in next sc; yo and draw up a lp in base of next sc through same foundation ch, [yo and draw through 2 lps on hook] twice – long dc made] 5 (6, 7, 8, 9) times *, [sc2tog, ch 1] 27 (29, 32, 34, 37) times; rep from * to *, sc in last sc; turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in 10 (12, 14, 16, 18) sts, [sc2tog, ch 1] 27 (29, 32, 34, 37) times, sc in last 11 (13, 15, 17, 19) sts; turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, * [sc in next sc, TrFP around next st 2 rows below] 5 (6, 7, 8, 9) times *, [sc2tog, ch 1] 27 (29, 32, 34, 37) times; rep from * to *, sc in last sc; turn. Rep Rows 3- 4 for pat until 12 (12, 12, 13, 13)” from beg, end WS row.
Shape Armholes: Keeping continuity of pat, sl st in first 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) sts, ch 1, sc in same st as last sl st, work to last 5 (6, 7, 8, 9) sts; turn and leave rem sts unworked.
Next Row: Ch 1, sc2tog, work to last 2 sts; sc2tog; turn.
Rep last row 4 (5, 6, 7, 9) times more – 55 (59, 65, 69, 73) sts. Work even until armhole measures 6 (6 1/2, 7, 7 1/2, 8)”, end WS row.
Shape Neck: Ch 1, work across 13 (13, 15, 17, 17) sts; turn and leave rem sts unworked. Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 5 rows – 8 (8, 10, 12, 12) sts. Work even until armhole measures 7 1/2 (8, 8 1/2, 9, 9 1/2)”, end WS row. Fasten off.
With RS facing, skip center 29 (33, 35, 35, 39) sts; join yarn in next st; ch 1, sc in same st, work to end; turn – 13 (13, 15, 17, 17) sts. Complete to correspond to first side.

LEFT FRONT: Ch 38 (42, 48, 52, 56). Row 1 (WS): Sc in 2nd ch from hook, [sc2tog, ch 1] 13 (14, 16, 17, 18) times, sc in next 10 (12, 14, 16, 18) ch; turn – 37 (41, 47, 51, 55) sts. Row 2: Ch 1, [sc in next sc, long dc] 5 (6, 7, 8, 9) times, sc in next ch-1 sp, [sc2tog, ch 1] 12 (13, 15, 16, 17) times, sc in last 2 sc; turn. Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first sc, [sc2tog, ch 1] 13 (14, 16, 17, 18) times, sc in last 10 (12, 14, 16, 18) sts; turn. Row 4: Ch 1, [sc in next sc, TrFP around next st 2 rows below] 5 (6, 7, 8, 9) times, sc in next ch-1 sp, [sc2tog, ch 1] 12 (13, 15, 16, 17) times, sc in last 2 sts; turn. Rep Rows 3-4 for pat until 12 (12, 12, 13, 13)” from beg, end WS row.
Shape Armhole: Sl st in first 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) sts, ch 1, sc in same st as last sl st, work to end; turn. Dec 1 st at armhole edge on next 5 (6, 7, 8, 10) rows – 27 (29, 33, 35, 36) sts.
Work even until armhole measures 2 (2, 2 1/2, 3, 3)”, end WS row.
Shape Neck-Row 1 (RS): Ch 1, work across 14 (14, 19, 21, 21) sts; turn and leave rem sts unworked. Row 2: Ch 1, sl st in first 3 sts, ch 1, sc in same st as last sl st, work to end; turn. Row 3: Ch 1, work to last 2 sts; sc2tog; turn.
Rep last 2 rows 1 (1, 2, 2, 2) times – 8 (8, 10, 12, 12) sts.
Work even until armhole measures 7 1/2 (8, 8 1/2, 9, 9 1/2)”, end WS row. Fasten off.

RIGHT FRONT: Ch 38 (42, 48, 52, 56). Row 1 (WS): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 9 (11, 13, 15, 17) ch, [sc2tog, ch 1] 13 (14, 16, 17, 18) times, sc in last ch; turn – 37 (41, 47, 51, 55) sts. Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first sc, sc in ch- 1 sp, [sc2tog, ch 1] 12 (13, 15, 16, 17) times, sc in next sc, [long dc, sc in next sc] 5 (6, 7, 8, 9) times; turn. Row 3: Ch 1, sc in 10 (12, 14, 16, 18) sts, [sc2tog, ch 1] 13 (14, 16, 17, 18) times, sc in last st; turn. Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first sc, sc in sp, [sc2tog, ch 1] 12 (13, 15, 16, 17) times, sc in next sc, [TrFP around next st 2 rows below, sc in next sc] 5 (6, 7, 8, 9) times; turn. Rep Rows 3-4 for pat and complete to correspond to Left Front, reversing all shapings.

FINISHING: Sew shoulder and side seams.
Left Front Edging: With RS facing, join yarn and work 3 rows sc evenly across left front. Work 1 row Reverse sc. Fasten off.
Right Front Edging: Mark right front for 6 buttonholes, the top buttonhole 1/2″ below neck edge, bottom buttonhole 1/2″ above lower edge and 4 more evenly spaced between. Work 1 row sc evenly across right front.
Buttonhole Row: Ch 1, [sc to marker, ch 2, skip 2 sc] 6 times, sc to end; turn. Next Row: Ch 1, sc in each sc and 2 sc in each ch-2 sp across; do not turn. Work 1 row Reverse sc. Fasten off. Sew on buttons.
Armhole Edging: With RS facing, join yarn at seam and work 1 rnd of sc evenly around; join to first sc. Work 1 rnd Reverse sc. Fasten off.
Neck Edging: With RS facing, join yarn at corner of right front edging and work 1 row of sc evenly across to opposite corner; do not turn. Work 1 row Reverse sc.

Fasten off.