Vest of both

One pretty top, two ways to make it. Slip into Pat Strong’s cool cot­ton in ice cream hues.

Simply Crochet - - VEST TOPS -

Pat Strong’s de­sign is worked side­ways, giv­ing it lots of drape and stretch, and is fin­ished with a pi­cot edg­ing. De­cide if you want to go long or short, then choose be­tween pale pink or pis­ta­chio green cot­ton yarn. Strug­gling to de­cide? The two ver­sions look beau­ti­ful lay­ered to­gether. That’s the long and short of it.

NOTES

This Top is de­signed to be close fit­ting, so choose the ac­tual bust size (size of fin­ished gar­ment) that is near­est your bust mea­sure­ment. The Top is worked from side to side, and fin­ished with a pi­cot edge. The pat­tern is given in two dif­fer­ent lengths. All in­struc­tions ap­ply to both ver­sions un­less stated, although the stitch counts in square brack­ets are given for the Long ver­sion only. The stitch counts for the Short ver­sion will al­ways be 33 sts fewer than the Long ver­sion.

FRONT AND BACK !MAKE 2"

With a 4mm hook, ch41 ( 41: 42: 44) for the Short ver­sion or 74 ( 74: 75: 77) for the Long ver­sion.

Row 1 (RS: RS: WS: WS) Dc in sec­ond ch from hook and in each ch to end, turn. [40 ( 40: 41: 43) sts for Short, 73 ( 73: 74: 76) sts for Long]

Row 2 Ch1 (does not count as st through­out), dc in front loop of each st to end, turn. Row 2 sets pat­tern. Re­peat (Row 2)1 ( 1: 2: 2) more times.

IN­CREASES AT ARMHOLE EDGE

Next row (RS inc) Ch1, dcfl in each st to last st, 2dcfl in last st, turn.

Next row (WS inc) Ch1, 2dcfl in first st, dcfl in each st to last st, turn. Next row RS inc row as above. Next row As Row 2. Re­peat the last 2 rows once more, fol­lowed by an­other RS inc row, do not turn. [5 sts in­creased: 78 ( 78: 79: 81) sts]

SHOUL­DER

Ch33 ( 35: 37: 38), turn. Next row (WS) Dc in sec­ond ch from hook and in each ch to next dc, patt to end, turn. [110 ( 112: 115: 118 sts)] Work in patt for a fur­ther 16 ( 20: 22: 26) rows or un­til work mea­sures 13.5 ( 15.5: 17: 19) cm, end­ing with a WS row.

NECK­LINE

Next row (RS) Ch1, work in patt on first 53 ( 55: 55: 58) sts for Short ver­sion and for 86 ( 88: 88: 91) sts for Long ver­sion, turn leav­ing re­main­ing sts un­worked. Next row (WS dec) Ch1, dcfl2­tog, patt to

end, turn. Next row As Row 2. Next row WS dec row as above.

Next row (RS dec) Ch1, patt to last 2 sts, dcfl2­tog over last 2 sts, turn. Re­peat last 2 rows once more. [5 sts de­creased: 81 ( 83: 83: 86) sts] Work a fur­ther 16 ( 22: 22: 26) rows in patt on these stitches, or un­til work mea­sures 25 ( 30: 31.5: 35.5cm) end­ing on a RS row. Work a WS inc row fol­lowed by a RS inc row. Re­peat the last 2 rows once more. Work a plain row as Row 2, fol­lowed by a RS inc row, do not turn. [5 sts in­creased: 86 ( 88: 88: 91) sts]

SHOUL­DER

Ch25 ( 25: 28: 28), turn. Next row (WS) Dc in sec­ond ch from hook and in each ch to next dc, patt to end, turn. [110 ( 112: 115: 118) sts] Work in patt for the same num­ber of rows as the first Shoul­der.

ARMHOLE EDGE

Next row (RS) Ch1, work in patt on first 45 ( 45: 46: 48) sts for Short ver­sion and for 78 ( 78: 79: 81) sts for Long ver­sion, turn leav­ing re­main­ing sts un­worked. Work a plain row as Row 2, fol­lowed by a RS dec row. Re­peat the last 2 rows once more. Work a WS dec row, fol­lowed by a RS dec row, then a WS dec row. [5 sts de­creased: 73 ( 73: 74: 76) sts] Work in patt on these stitches for a fi­nal 3 ( 3:4: 4) rows. Fas­ten off.

TO MAKE UP

Block to mea­sure­ments, sew shoul­der and side seams.

EDG­ING

With a 3.5mm hook, re­join yarn to left Shoul­der at Neck­line edge.

Round 1 (RS) Ch1, dc evenly around Neck­line Edge, work­ing a mul­ti­ple of 3 sts in to­tal, ss to first dc.

Round 2 *Ch4, ss into third ch from hook, ch1, skip 2 dc, ss into next st; rep from * around. Fas­ten off. Join yarn at side seam of Armhole Edge and re­peat Rounds 1 and 2 on both Arm­holes. Weave in all ends.

A pi­cot edge is worked around the arm­holes and the scoop neck­line on both vests.

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