Crochet waistcoat hippy style

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What a twit! I wrote all this out and then realised, you can click the instructions and they’ll enlarge. Duh! Well, I’ve done it now.

Size
Instructions are given for size 12 UK in double knitting. To make it bigger or smaller, vary the size of the hook and the guage of the material.
Materials
50g main colour A
100g contrast colour B
50g contrast colour C
50g contrast colour D
Instructions
Made in one piece, beginning at centre back.
Using 4.50 hook and A, make 6chains and join into a circle.
1st round
Do three chains to count as the first treble, 13 trebles into the circle, join with slip stitch to 3rd of initial 3chains – makes 14 stitches.
2nd round
3 ch to count as first tr. 1 treble into first of these three chains, 2 tr into top of each tr to the end, join with ss to the 3rd of 3ch, makes 28 stitches.
3rd round
3ch to count as first tr. 1 tr into first chain, miss 1 tr. *2 tr into next tr, 1 ch, miss 1 tr. Repeat from * to end. Join into a circle as before, making 14 groups of 2 trebles. Break off yarn A and join yarn B to the space between first two treble groups.
4th round
4 chains, 1 tr into first of these chains. 2 chains *(1 tr, 1 ch, 1 tr) between 2 tr of group. 2 ch. Repeat from * to end, join with ss to 3rd of 4 ch.
5th round
4 ch, 1 tr between tr, 3 ch. *(1 tr, 1 ch, 1 tr) called 1 group – in 1 ch space of group. 3 chains. Repeat from * to end, join into a circle as before.
6th round
4 ch. 1 tr between tr, 4 ch. * 1 gr in 1 ch space, 4 ch. Rep from * to end and join into a circle as before.
7th round
As 6th but working 5 ch between groups instead of 4ch.
8th round
As 6th but working 6 chains between groups.
9th round
As 6th but working 7 ch between groups. Break off yarn B and join C.
10th round
4ch, 1 tr between trebles, 3 ch. * 1 group in 7 chain loop, 3 ch. I group in 1 ch space, 3 ch. Rep from *, ending with 1 group in 7 chain loop. 3 chain, join as before, making 28 groups.
11th to 14th round
Same as 6th to 9th. Break off C and join D.
15th round
As 10th, making 56 groups. Break off D and join B.

Divide for armholes
16th row
4 ch. 1 tr between tr, 4 ch. * 1 gr in 1 ch space, 4 ch. Rep from * 34 times more. 1 group in 1 ch space, Turn, leaving 19 grs unworked for back section.
17th row
4 ch, 1 tr between tr, 5 ch. * 1 group in 1 ch space, 5 ch. Rep from *, 34 times more. 1 group in 1 ch space. Turn.
18th row
Same as 17th but working 6 ch between each gr.
19th row
As 17th but working 7 ch between each gr. Break off B and join yarn A.
20th row
4 ch, 1 tr between tr, 3 ch. *1 gr in 7 ch loop, 3 ch. 1 gr in 1 ch space, 3 ch. Repeat from *, omitting 3 ch at end of last repeat. Turn. 73 groups.
21st row
4 ch, 1 tr between tr, 3 ch. *1 group in 1 ch space, 3 ch. Rep from *, omitting 3 ch at end of last repeat. Turn.
Rep 21st row 9 times more, working 4 rows A, 1 row C and 4 rows D.

Shoulder straps
Break off D and join B.
Next row
Make 36 ch. Into 5th chain from hook work 1 tr, 3 ch. Miss 3 ch. *1 gr into next ch. 3 ch, miss 3 ch. Rep from * 6 times more. Work in pattern to end of row. Using a separate length of B, make 32 ch and fasten off yarn. Return to main yarn and work across these 32 ch with ** miss 3 ch, 3 ch, 1 gr in next ch. Rep from ** to end. Turn.
Next row
Same as 21st, working across all stitches, including straps. Fasten off.

Back section
Return to where 19 gr were left. With right side facing, miss first 4 groups, rejoin B and pattern as given for 21st row across 11 groups. Turn and leave remaining 4 groups unworked.
Continue across these 11 groups, rep 21st row 4 times more. Fasten off.

To make up
Join ends of straps to each side of top of back section. Using B and with RS facing, work one row in double crochet around all edges. Press with care.

Lacing
Using 2 strands of B, make a chain of chains, 20 inches long. Fasten off. Thread through the edges at front waist to tie.

2 Responses to Crochet waistcoat hippy style

  1. lindabanana says:

    Did I ever make it? Between us in the 60s, my friend and I must have made 20: they were all the rage then. Never expected boho style to come back but it has, with a vengeance. The pattern’s easy and the results always excellent. Enjoy it!

  2. Jody says:

    Thanks so much for posting this free pattern, I can’t wait to try it out! Did you ever make it, I would love to see pics of how it turned out? Thanks again. 🙂

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