Thursday, June 4, 2009

Crocheted Sleeveless Sweater Vest

This sweater is an easy project for beginners and more advanced crocheters will also enjoy making this sweater.

You will need:
light worsted weight yarn (I used Simply Soft Shadows) aprrox. 20 ounces depending on size
Size I hook

This sweater can be made in any size. You will need two measurments:
A. Measure from your waist in back over your shoulder to your waist in front.
B. Measure the fullest part of your bust and add 3 inches. Divide this measurement by 4.(example: bust measures 33 inches + 3 inches divided by 4 = 9 inches.

The sweater is made in two rectangles.

Step 1: (Make 2)

Chain a long enough chain to go from waist over the shoulder to waist. Turn.
Row 1: Double crochet (dc) in 4th chain from hook and in each chain across. Chain 3 and turn. (Chain 3 counts as first dc.
Row 2: Double crochet in each stitch across row.
Continue row 2 until piece equals measurement B. (example = 9 inches)

Step 2:
Fold rectangles in half. Stitch center front and back seams. Sew front seam about 10 inches from waist and back seam about 11 inches from waist. This can be adjusted if you want the neckline higher or lower. Sew the side seams, leaving an armhole of about 7 inches on both front and back. Again, this can easily be adjusted.

Step 3:

Neck edging
Attach yarn at any point on neck opening.
Row 1: Single crochet (sc) around. Join to first single crochet.
Rows 2-3: Single crochet around. At the end of row 3 join with slip stitch to beginning sc and fasten off.

Step 4:

Sleeve edging
Attach yarn at underarm seam.
Row 1: SC around and join to first sc.
Row 2-3: SC around. At the end of row 3 join with slip stitch to beginning sc and fasten off.

Step 5:

Waist edging
Attach yarn at side seam.
Row 1: SC around spacing stitches evenly.
Rows 2-5: SC in each stitch. At the end of row 5 join to beginning sc and fasten off.
Weave in ends and you are ready to wear this great casual sweater!

A Visit to the Farm

While in New Hampshire over the Memorial Day weekend, we visited Heritage Farm. This is located near Laconia. They have a pancake house open several days a week, a petting zoo, hayrides, maple sugar products, and more. This is a great place for families. Cory met several ladies who also spin yarn or crochet and we all plan to get together while we are spending time in New Hampshire this summer. If your summer plans include a trip to the lakes region in NH, check out the Heritage Farm at