chevron wrap vestI’m one of those people who go around on T-shirts all year round and add garments in layers, according to the temperature (bolero, cardigan, etc.). So when the nights started turning cold and I needed something to put on, it was reasonable that I thought of a vest.

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This certain vest is very easy to make and can be adjusted to cover all tastes, because, as you can see in the picture, it consists of a rectangular piece with two arm openings and allows for usage of different stitch patterns. In other words by choosing a different stitch combination you can get a totally different result. I designed my vest with a chevron pattern, because i really like chevrons and also because I had it in my mind for quite some time now.

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I use cotton yarn and 3 mm crochet hook. If you like a warmer vest you can substitute the yarn with one of your liking. We work the vest from the top down. Dimensions are 97.5 cm length and 66 cm height. You can see the individual dimensions at the picture below.

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The stitch gauge you need for those dimensions is 7.5 cm for one pattern repeat and 10.3 cm for 10 rows. To change the side, work in multiples of 14 stitches

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Abbreviations:

ch: chain

fsc: foundation single crochet*

sc: single crochet

sc3tog: single crochet 3 together

hdc: half double crochet

dc: double crochet

dc2tog: double crochet 2 together**

st(s): stitch(s)

* Instead of the base chain I used “foundation single crochet”. This method creates a base chain and a row of single crochet at the same time. The fsc is giving an elastic result compared to the base chain.

** When the pattern mentions dc2tog we work as follows : Yarn over (yo), insert hook into the next stitch, yo and draw a loop through (you should have 3 loops on hook). Yo and a draw a loop through the first 2 loops on hook (you should have 2 loops on hook). Yo, skip the next 3 stitches and insert hook into the fourth stitch, yo and draw a loop through (you should have 4 loops on hook). Yo and a draw a loop through the first 2 loops on hook (you should have 3 loops on hook). Yo and draw a loop through all the remaining loops.

vest-chartChevron Vest:

Start: Work 183 fsc (or ch 184 sc, turn, work 1 sc on the second loop from the hook and each sts across). Turn.

Row 1: Ch 3 (count as dc). Work 1 dc in first st (same st as ch3 base), 1 dc in  next st and 1 hdc in next. * Work 1 sc in next 9 sts, 1 hdc in next st and 1 dc in next. In next st work 1 dc, ch3, 1 dc (all in the same st). Work 1 dc in next st and 1 hdc in next*. Repeat from * to * 11 more times. Work 1 sc in next 9 sts, 1 hdc in next st and 1 dc in next. Work 2 dc in next. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 4 (count as 1 dc and ch1). Work 1 dc in first st (same st as ch 4 base). Work 1 dc in next 3 sts and 1 hdc in next. * Work 1 sc in nest 7 sts, 1 hdc in next st and 1 dc in next 3 sts. In next st work 1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc ( all in same st). Work 1 dc in next 3 sts and 1 hdc in next *. Repeat from * to * 11 more times. Work 1 hdc in next st and 1 dc in next 3 sts. In next work 1 dc, ch 1 , 1 dc. Turn.

Row 3: Ch 3. Work 1 dc in first st (same st as ch3 base). Work 1 dc in next st. * Ch 1, skip 1 st and work 1 dc in next*. Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Ch 1, skip next st and sc3tog. { *Ch 1, skip 1 st and work 1 dc in next*. Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Ch 1, skip 1 st and work 1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc in next. **Ch 1, skip 1 st and work 1 dc in next**. Repeat from ** to ** 2 more times. Ch1, skip 1 st and work sc3tog}. Repeat from { to } 11 more times. ***Ch 1, skip 1 st and work 1 dc in next***. Repeat from *** to *** 3 more times. In next st work 2 dc. Turn.

Row 4: Ch 3. Work 1 dc in first st (same st as ch3 base). Work 1 dc in next 7 sts. Work dc2tog (see instructions above). * Work 1 dc in next 7 sts. In next st work 1 dc, ch3, 1 dc. Work 1 dc in next 7 sts. Work dc2tog *. Repeat from * to * 11 more times. Work 1 dc in next 7 sts. Work 3 dc in next st. Turn.

Row 5: Repeat row 4. Turn.

Row 6: Ch 4 (count as 1 dc and ch1). Work 1 dc in first st (same st as ch 4 base). * Ch 1, skip 1 st and work 1 dc in next *. Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Ch 1, skip 1 st and work dc2tog. {* Ch 1, skip 1 st and work 1 dc in next *. Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Ch 1, skip 1 st and work 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc in next. ** Ch 1, skip next st and work 1 dc in next **. Repeat from ** to ** 2 more times. Ch 1, skip 1 st and work dc2tog in next }. Repeat from { to } 11 more times. *** Ch 1, skip 1 st and work 1 dc in next. Repeat from *** to *** 2 more times. Ch 1 and work 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc in next st. Turn.

Row 7: Repeat row 4. Turn.

Row 8: Repeat row 6. Turn.

Οι σειρές 4 – 8 αποτελούν το μοτίβο του σχεδίου και τις επαναλαμβάνουμε μέχρι να ολοκληρωθεί το πλεκτό μας.

Rows 4 – 8 are  the main pattern of the design and we repeat them until we complete the vest.

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We work from top down following the instructions until the beginning of the arm openings (10 cm).

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We divided the vest in three parts, we crochet first the front half, then the back piece and finally the second front half, following the pattern but making less repeats on every row until we make the arms opening (25 cm).

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Then we join the three pieces and work the pattern like we did for the first part, until we complete the vest.

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You can make the vest as long as you like. At some point I would like to make a different version with sleeves.

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I hope you enjoy the pattern. If you decide to make the vest I would love to see it.

Merry Christmas!

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