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Women's Lighter Summer Vest


Yarn: Materials: 2 ply yarn. I used 3 balls of 2 oz/56 gram Herrschners Afghan Yarn, 2 ply, 100% acrylic.

Hook: 4 mm

2 blocks = 1 inch
5 rows = 2 inches

Women's small.

To increase or decrease the size, go by your gauge. To add another block, add 3 more chains to your starting chain. To reduce by a block, subtract 3 chains on your starting chain. Place any extra blocks evenly over the fronts and back. For example, if you add 3 more blocks, place one on each front and one on the back. The decreases for the gathered front can remain the same as this pattern.

Abbreviations used:
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
tog - together

How to make 2 dc tog - put yarn over hook and insert in next dc, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook, yarn over, skip 2 chs, insert hook in next dc, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook, yarn over, and pull through 3 loops on hook.

Ch 277

Row 1 - 1 dc in 7th ch from hook, * ch2, skip 2 chs, dc in next dc*, repeat from * to * to end of row, ch 5, turn. (91 blocks)

Row 2 - 1 dc in next dc of previous row, * ch 2, 1 dc in next dc, repeat from * to end of row, ending with ch 2, 1 dc in 3rd chain of turning ch on previous row, Ch 5, turn. (91 blocks)

Rows 3 - 33 - Work in pattern

Row 34 - Decreasing row. 2 dc tog, *ch2, 2 dc tog* repeat from * to * 9 more times for a total of 10 decreases, ch 2, work in pattern over the next 50 blocks, *ch 2, 2 dc tog*, repeat from * to * 9 more times for a total of 10 decreases, ch 2, 1 dc in 3rd ch of turning ch of previous row. (71 blocks)

Rows 35 to 40 - Work in pattern, ch 5, turn, on last block of row 40, only ch 3 and turn.

Row 1 - dc in next dc, work in pattern over 14 blocks, ch 5, turn. (15 blocks)

Row 2 - dc in next dc, work in pattern over 13 more blocks, ch 3, turn (14 blocks, one block has been decreased)

Keeping armhole edge even, continue to decrease 1 block every other row until 10 blocks remain.

Work in pattern to Row 20, fasten off.

Attach yarn to other side at the 3rd ch. Start with Row 1 of Front and work to correspond.

Skip 2 blocks, join yarn to last dc of 2nd block, ch 5 and work in pattern over 37 blocks, ch 5, turn and work in pattern for 20 rows.

Sew shoulder seams.

Trim: With right side facing, attach yarn on lower edge corner and work a border of 1sc, ch 2, 1 dc in first block, *in next block, 1 sc, ch 2, 1dc, repeat from * across bottom of vest, skipping every third block. Continue working border around fronts and back of neck.

Tie: With 2 strands of yarn make a chain of about 230 stitches or the desired length. Weave through Row 34. (The decrease row).

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