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Comfortable and soft would be the best possible words to describe this simply soft cowl vest. Made with Simply Soft yarn, this free crochet pattern turns into a cozy vest you can wear whenever you need a little comfort in your hectic life.

Easy

Crochet HookM/13 or 9 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

MEASUREMENTS
To fit bust
XS 36" / 91.5 cm, S 40 " / 101 cm, M 44" / 112 cm, L 48" / 122 cm, XL 52" / 132 cm, 2XL 56" / 142 cm, 3XL 60" / 152.5 cm
Length XS 19" / 48.5 cm, S 19 1/2" / 49.5 cm, M 20" / 51 cm, L 20" / 51 cm, XL 20 1/2" / 52 cm

MATERIALS

  • Simply Soft (170 g/6. oz;288 m/315 yds) Contrast A Bone (9703) 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5)
  • Contrast B Off White (9702) 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 5)
  • US P-15 (11.5 mm) crochet hook, or size to obtain gauge.
  • US N-13 (9 mm) crochet hook.
  • Yarn needle. 

INSTRUCTIONS
SPECIAL TERM V-st: (Sc, ch 1, sc) in indicated stitch or space.

BACK With larger hook and 2 strands of A and one strand of B held together, chain 53 (59, 65, 71, 77, 83, 89).
Row 1 (WS): (Sc, ch 1, sc) in second ch form hook (V-st made), *skip next 2 ch, (sc, ch 1, sc) in next ch; repeat from * across, turn—18 (20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30) V-sts.
Row 2 (RS): Ch 1, working in front loops only, (sc, ch 1, sc) in ch-space of each V-st across, turn.
Repeat last row until piece measures 9 1/2 (10, 10, 10, 10 1/2, 10 1/2, 11)"/24 (25.5, 25.5, 25.5, 26.5, 26.5, 28)cm from beginning; end with a RS row.

Shape Arms
Next Row (increase): Ch 1, working in front loops only, V-st in first sc, skip next ch-space, V-st in next sc (increase made), skip next sc, *V-st in ch-space of next V-st; repeat from * across to last V-st; V-st in next sc, skip next ch-space, V-st in last sc (increase made), turn—20 (22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32) V-sts.
Next Row: Ch 1, working in front loops only, V-st in ch-space of each V-st across, turn. Repeat last row until piece measures 19 (19 1/2, 20, 20, 20 1/2, 20 1/2, 21)"/48.5 (49.5, 51, 51, 52, 52, 53.5)cm from beginning. Fasten off.

FRONT
Work as for back until piece measures 4 (4, 4 1/2, 4 1/2, 4 1/2, 4 1/2, 4 1/2)"/10 (10, 11.5, 11.5, 11.5, 11.5, 11.5)cm above arm shaping; end with a RS row—20 (22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32) V-sts.

Shape Neck and First Shoulder
Note: Work in front loops only throughout.
Row 1 (WS): Ch 1, V-st in ch-space of first 9 (10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) V-sts; leave remaining sts unworked (for neck and second shoulder), turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, skip first sc, sc in next ch-space, V-st in ch-space of remaining V-sts across, turn—8 (9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) V-sts and 1 sc.
Row 3: Ch 1, V-st in ch-space of each V-st across, sc in last sc, turn.
Rows 4 and 5: Repeat Rows 2 and 3—7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13) V-sts and 1 sc.
Row 6: Ch 1, skip first sc, V-st in ch-space of each V-st across—7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13) V-sts.
Row 7: Ch 1, working in front loops only, (sc, ch 1, sc) in ch-space of each V-st across, turn. Repeat last row until piece measures 19 (19 1/2, 20, 20, 20 1/2, 20 1/2, 21)"/48.5 (49.5, 51, 51, 52, 52, 53.5)cm from beginning. Fasten off.

Shape Neck and Second Shoulder
Note: Work in front loops only throughout.
Row 1: With WS facing, skip next 2 unworked V-sts following first shoulder; join 1 strand each of A and B held together with sc in ch-space of next V-st, ch 1, sc in same ch-space (first V-st made), V-st in ch-space of remaining V-sts across—9 (10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) V-sts.
Row 2: Ch 1, V-st in ch-space of each V-st across to last V-st, sc in ch-space of last V-st, turn—8 (9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) V-sts and 1 sc.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first sc, V-st in ch-space of each V-st across, turn.
Row 4 and 5: Repeat Row 2 and 3—7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13) V-sts and 1 sc.
Row 6: Ch 1, V-st in ch-space of each V-st across; leave last sc unworked—7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13) V-sts.
Row 7: Ch 1, working in front loops only, (sc, ch 1, sc) in ch-space of each V-st across, turn. Repeat last row until piece measures 19 (19 1/2, 20, 20, 20 1/2, 20 1/2, 21)"/48.5 (49.5, 51, 51, 52, 52, 53.5)cm from beginning. Fasten off.

FINISHING
With WS together, with 2 strands of A, sew or crochet shoulder seams. Beginning at lower edge, sew or crochet side seams up to beginning of arm shaping on each side.

Cowl Neck
Round 1: With WS facing, larger hook, and holding 1 strand each of A and B together, join yarn with sc at center back neck; work 66 sc evenly spaced around neck opening; join with slip st in first sc, turn.
Round 2: Ch 1, skip first sc, V-st in next sc, *skip next 2 sc, V-st in next sc; repeat from * around to last sc, skip last sc; join with slip st in first sc, turn—22 V-sts.
Round 3: Ch 1, V-st in each V-st around; join with slip st in first sc, turn.
Repeat last round until cowl measure 6"/15 cm from beginning. Fasten off.

Trim
With RS facing, smaller hook, and holding 2 strands of A and 1 strand of B together, join yarn with slip st at center back neck; slip st in each st around (skip the joining slip st). Repeat this process around armholes. Note: Using a smaller hook will cinch the edges of the neck and arm to create a smaller opening.

Using yarn needle, weave in all ends.

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A cowl neck sweater vest/poncho hybrid. That is what I call this one. I read that it uses the Caron Simply Soft, which in my opinion is a great choice for an apparel item. Due to the extreme silky and soft yarn, it drapes and glides over the body. Makes it perfect for this vest. There's the bulk from using two strands but without the physical weight of a bulky yarn.

I love to wear vests. I have vests made of cotton in different styles and colors. But these vests are the usual old school sleeveless ones. That is why I am so delighted to see this type of vest which is so chic and stylish. Any fashionista would like to own one. I've seen the pattern of this vest and it is easy to do only v-stitches and single crochets used. This Simply Soft Crochet Cowl Vest gives a new fashion statement to the ladies' vest with the cowl, actually looking like a mini poncho. This is so gorgeous, I am making this ahead of all the other projects in my queue. Thanks a lot!!

The beginning of the instructions for the Simply Soft Cowl Vest call for 2 strands of color A and 1 strand of color B held together, but in the instructions to shape the shoulder it says 1 stand of color A and 1 strand of color B. So which is it?

did you find out at all, I'm guessing 1 strand of each. did you try this at all?

Please suggest a substitute yarn for the Paris Shawl. Thank you

free pattern but cannot download it tried different ways but still nothing

Hello, I updated this pattern with the current link. Thanks for reading!

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