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Home : Patterns : 1960's Crochet 'Hippie' Vest

Free Crochet Pattern: 1960's Crochet 'Hippie' Vest

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Lion Brand® Microspun
Pattern #: cms-vest
Rating: ***2.3 (based on 6 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Beginner (Level 1)

SIZE: One Size
One size fits all. Finished garment measures 48 inches when tied and 27 inches long.


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*Microspun (Article #910). 100% Micro-Fiber Acrylic; package size: 2.50oz/70.00 gr. (168yds/154m) pull skeins

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1960's Crochet 'Hippie' Vest

Lion Brand® Microspun


4.25 sts and 2 rows = 1 inches on Size J-10 hook. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

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Body is worked in one piece.

Row 1: 1 dc in 6th ch from hook (counts as 2 sts), *ch 1, skip 1 ch, 1 dc in next ch; rep from * across.
Row 2: Ch 3, turn. *1 dc in ch-1 space, ch 1, skip 1 dc, rep from * across, end 1 dc in ch-1 space, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of beg ch of previous row.
Row 3: Ch 3, turn. *1 dc in ch-1 space, ch 1, skip 1 dc; rep from * across, end 1 dc in top of t-ch.
Row 4: ch 3, turn. *1 dc in ch-1 space, ch 1, skip 1 dc; rep from *across, end 1 dc in last ch-space, ch 1, 1 dc in 3rd ch of t-ch. Rep Rows 3 and 4 for pat.

BODY: ch 208. Beg with pat Row 1 (204) sts, work even in pat until piece measures 15" from beg.
Next Row: Place markers 51 sts from each side for side seams. Cont in pat until piece measures 16" from beg.
Shape V-Neck: Keeping to pat, dec 1 st at beg and end of each row (center front) 17 times; AT THE SAME TIME, when piece measures 17" from beg , beg shaping armhole as foll:
Right Front: RS Row: Work to within 13 sts of right side-seam marker (armhole edge), turn. Dec 1 st at armhole edge every other row 4 times and cont neck decs. Work in pat until armhole measures 10" from beg. Fasten off
Back: With RS facing, join yarn 13 sts in from right side-seam marker, ch 3, then keeping to pat work across to within 13 sts of next left side-seam marker, turn. Dec 1 st at beg and end of every other row 4 times for armholes. Work even in pat until armholes measure 10" from beg. Fasten off.
Left Front: With RS facing, join yarn 13 sts in from left sideseam-marker (armhole edge), ch 3 and cont in pat dec 1 st at armhole edge every other row 4 times and cont neck decss. Work in pat until armhole measure 10" from beg. Fasten off
FINISHING: Sew fronts to back at shoulders over 17 sts. Work 1 row sc around entire outer edge of Vest working 3 sc in front corners.
Armhole edging: Join yarn at underarm marker and work 1 rnd sc around armhole. Fasten off.
Ties (make 2): Ch 57. Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across (56 sc). Fasten off leaving a long strand to join to Vest at V-neck shaping.

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approx = approximately beg = begin(s)(ning)
ch(s) = chain(s) dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
fpsc = front post single crochet hdc = half double crochet
inc = increas(e)(s)(ing) rem = remain(s)(ing)
rep = repeat(s)(ing) rnd(s) = round(s)
RS = right side sc = single crochet
sl = slip st(s) = stitch(es)
tbl = through the back loop tog = together
yo = yarn over  

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Pattern Average Rating: ***2.3 (based on 6 reviews)
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1960's Crochet 'Hippie' Vest Reviewed by Linda on 2011-07-10 ****
I made this "Hippie Vest" and it turned out just fine. Wanted it for a costume party. It reminded me of the first vest I made in the late 60's. It is fairly easy. The armholes are meant to be deep; afterall it is a hippie vest and at that time it was worn with billowly-sleeved blouses. I love it!

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