If you can crochet a rectangle, then you can make this fashionable shawl collar vest. The vest is worked from left to right around the body. The collar is added by starting at the bottom front, working from side to side, around the neck and back to the bottom front. There is very little sewing in this PDF pattern; only the shoulder seams. It is worked in lightweight yarn to give it a beautiful drape. Baby and sock yarns are ideal. Sock yarn comes in solid colors, but also in many gorgeous self-striping varieties.
Recommended Fabrics: Sock or fingering yarn, any fiber
-Sock or fingering yarn
-Size E (3.5mm) crochet hook, or whatever size gives you the correct gauge
-Stitch markers, safety pins, or short pieces of yarn
-Large eye needle
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
What You Get: One 16 page crochet pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF crochet pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.Download, Print, Sew!
Finishing this vest made me feel proud...even though I took scissors to my dismal first attempt in frustration. I had already made a slouch cap and couldn't find the same color for the vest, so I added a little trim to the cap and differently-colored vest to make them a coordinated set. The pattern is well-written and the photos helped a lot but I struggled with how the collar is supposed to attach to the vest; the way I initially read it was to make two slip stitches into each row of the vest body before turning and making another row on the collar. On my 2nd try I made one slip stitch into the corresponding vest row and another one in the beginning of the next vest row before turning. Lessons learned: 1. I can't mentally keep track of stiches and rows and a counting gadget was essential to my success. (I should get another one in a different color so I can count rows AND stiches.) 2. "Eyeballing" and saying "meh, close enough" does NOT work! 3. The mid-length came out shorter than the cover photo looked but I have yet to see it on my grandson's doll; my 18" thriftshop doll may have a thicker torso or something. I also made a chainstich belt for it, poking the belt through the vest so it doesn't get lost or carried away by the family cat.
Another perfectly written pattern from Pixie Faire. Directions were easy to follow, and the item came out just as described. The only oopsies were due to my yarn splitting, tight crochet stitches, and miscounting. I've made two of the little vests for my granddaughter's doll. Very cute! I'll check Pixie Faire first for patterns I might need. Thank you!
The instructions were pretty simple to follow, and the pictures were really helpful. The vest came out really nicely, although it was fortunate that I hadn't chosen to make the tunic-length vest. Counting the rows was challenging even with the tips. The suggestions I have are to include the amount of yarn needed (number of ounces, for example), especially for the tunic-length vest, and to include a link to either a schematic drawing or a video of how to do a single crochet in the back loop only.
very good. easy and looks adorable. Thank you/
I just wanted to say thank you! I have only crocheted one thing (twenty years ago). I picked up this pattern on a Freebie Friday and decided to give it a go! The first one I had to take apart, but once I got my tension consistent, I was able to easily (and evenly) crochet the body. The pattern is perfectly rated, for advanced beginners. It is a beautiful pattern!