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This lightweight and airy crochet vest is designed with the gorgeous Lion Brand Unique Yarn in Jewel. The bright changing tones give this simple design a big visual impact. This back of the Unique Shell Vest is constructed in one piece from top to bottom. The two front panels are then crocheted on in two sections and joined as you go. Once all three panels are crocheted, the sides are stitched together.

Intermediate

Crochet HookN/15 or 10 mm hook

Yarn Weight(5) Bulky/Chunky (12-15 stitches for 4 inches)

MATERIALS:

  • 3 (4, 4, 5) skeins Lion Brand Unique yarn, Jewel
  • US N15/10.00mm hook- or hook needed to obtain gauge
  • Large eyed embroidery needle

SIZE:
Fits Bust Measurement(s) 35” (39 ½”, 41”, 45 ½”)

GAUGE:
(measure in pattern) 4 shells (or 12sts) and 6 rows = 6” x 6”

NOTES:

  • Pattern is written in size small, changes for medium, large and extra-large, are in parenthesis.
  • To make reading pattern easier you may want to print out pattern and highlight changes for your size.

INSTRUCTIONS:

BACK

  1. Row 1: Ch34 (37, 40, 43). 1dc in 4th ch from hook (counts as 2dc in first st). Skip 2sts. [3dc in the next st. Skip 2sts] 9x (10x, 11x, 12x). 2dc in the last ch. <31 (34, 37, 40 )> (Measures 15” (16 ½” 18”, 19 ½”)
  2. Row 2: Ch3 and turn. 1dc in the first st (counts as 2dc in first st). Skip 2sts. [3dc in the next st. Skip 2sts] 9x (10x, 11x, 12x). 2dc in the Ch3. <31 (34, 37, 40 )>
  3. Row 3-8 (8, 9, 9): Repeat row 2. <31 (34, 37, 40)>
  4. Row 9 (9, 10, 10): Ch3 and turn. 2dc in the first st (counts as 3dc in first st). Skip 2sts. [3dc in the next st. Skip 2sts] 9x (10x, 11x, 12x). 3dc in the Ch3. <33 (36, 39, 42>
  5. Row 10 (10, 11, 11): Ch3 and turn. 1dc in the first st (counts as 2dc in first st). [Skip one st. 3dc in next st.] 2x. Skip 2sts. [3dc in the next st. Skip 2sts] 8x (9x, 10x, 11x). Skip one st. 3dc in the next st. Skip one st. 2dc in the Ch3. <37 (40, 43, 46)> MARK THIS ROW
  6. Row 11 (11, 12, 12): Ch3 and turn. 1dc in the first st. Skip 2sts. [3dc in the next st. Skip 2sts] 11x (12x, 13x, 14x). 2dc in the Ch3. <37 (40, 43, 46)>
  7. Row 12 (12, 13, 13)- 22 (23, 24, 25): Repeat row 11 (11, 12, 12). <37 (37, 43, 43)> (Measures 17” (18 ½”, 20”, 21 ½”)


Front (Sides are labeled as worn)
Right

  1. Row 1: Insert hook and attach yarn in the last chain of the beginning ch34. *Ch3 and 1dc in the same st (counts as 2dc in first st). Skip 2 chains. [3dc in the next ch. Skip 2 chains] 2x (3x, 3x, 4x]. 2dc in the next ch. <10 (13, 13, 16)> (Measures 4 ½” (6”, 6”, 7 ½”)
  2. Row 2-6 (6, 7, 7): Ch3 and turn. 1dc in the first st (counts as 2dc in first st). Skip 2sts. [3dc in the next ch. Skip 2 chains] 2x (3x, 3x, 4x]. 2dc in the Ch3. <10 (13, 13, 16)>
  3. Row 7 (7, 8, 18): Ch3 and turn. 1dc in the first st (counts as 2dc in first st). Skip 2sts. [3dc in the next ch. Skip 2 chains] 2x (3x, 3x, 4x]. 3dc in the Ch3. <11 (14, 14, 17)>
  4. Row 8 (8, 9, 9): Ch3 and turn. 1dc in the first st (counts as 2dc in first st). [Skip one st. 3dc in next st.] 2x. Skip 2sts. [3dc in the next st. Skip 2sts] 1x (2x, 2x, 3x). 2dc in the Ch3. <13 (16, 16, 19)>
  5. Row 9 (9, 10, 10): Ch3 and turn. 2dc in the first st (counts as 3dc in first st). Skip 2sts. [3dc in the next st. Skip 2sts] 3x (4x, 4x, 5x). 3dc in the Ch3. <15 (18, 18, 21)>
  6. Row 10 (10, 11, 11): Ch3 and turn. 1dc in the first st (counts as 2dc in first st). [Skip one st. 3dc in next st.] 2x. Skip 2sts. [3dc in the next st. Skip 2sts] 2x (3x, 3x, 4x). Skip one st. 3dc in the next st. Skip one st. 2dc in the Ch3. <19 (22, 22, 25)> MARK THIS ROW
  7. Row 11 (11, 12, 12): Ch3 and turn. 1dc in the first st (counts as 2dc in the first st). Skip 2sts. [3dc in the next st. Skip 2sts] 5x (6x, 6x, 7x). 2dc in the Ch3. <19 (22, 22, 25)>
  8. Row 12 (12, 13, 13)- 22 (23, 24, 25): Repeat row 11 (11, 12, 12). <19 (22, 22, 25)> (Measures 9” (10 ½”, 10 ½”, 12”)


Left

  1. Rows 1-22 (23, 24, 25): With finished (right side) on your left, insert hook and attach yarn in the first (beginning) chain.
  2. Working towards center, repeat from * in Front Right.


ASSEMBLY

  1. Fold piece in half inside out. Whip stitch both sides closed from bottom to marked row on either side.


FINISHING

  1. Weave in all ends.

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I copied the pattern and made notes for the desired size and thought I had it under control until I got to left side of vest. Totally don't understand the directions. "With finished (right side) on your left, insert hook and attach yarn in the first (beginning) chain." What does that mean? I'm not new to crochet but this has me stumped. It might make sense if I'd already completed the back and right side, but hate to start and can't finish because of my confusion. Please help.

Count ever how many stitches in and then attach yarn and start crocheting your rows

This is a really pretty vest. I read the directions and it's very easy. The way it is assembled is different than most I have made but I understand the instructions and know I can do it. It should go together easily and quick. Thank you for sharing thus pretty vest.

First off why do people leave negative comments when it is there issue and nothing to do with the pattern? I always look at feedback before I start a project. This one had negatives and I look to see what is wrong with pattern and there is nothing...the person couldn't figure out how to print ( Anyways, onto the pattern. This is so cute. I love the yarn by Lion brand. I will be making this up. I love anything sweater be it vest, cardigan etc. I will be extending the length to cover up hips. But will be very easy to do.

I have been crocheting for years, but this pattern has me confused. Do I end the back after 12 rows, if I do it does not measure 22 ins. If I add the sides to it it still will not be correct. What am I doing wrong.

Hi sirjack, The pattern above is based on keeping a consistent gauge (noted above) so if you crochet with the proper amount of tension, your project should reach the desired length after the specified number of rows. I hope that helps! Julia, editor for AllFreeCrochet

Hi sirjack No, you need to keep crocheting the back until you reach your desired length. Row 12 basically is telling you to repeat row 11 until the desired length.

where is the printable version of Unique Shell Stitch Vest

Hi newsuz1, you can find the print button directly under the title "Unique Shell Stitch Vest." I have included a picture of it in case you need help locating it. Happy crocheting! - Editor of AllFreeCrochet

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