Brightener Upper Vest



Source:  http://handmadebymother.blogspot.com/2009/09/howre-you-doin-toots.html

Brightener-Upper . . . flower blooming vest, sweet, sunny, all-seasonable.

Materials: CHADWICK’S RED HEART KNITTING WORSTED, 8 balls (1 oz. balls) for Size 12; 9 balls for Size 14; 10 balls for Size 16.

Bone Crochet Hook No. 7.

18 decorative hooks.

4 yards of Redy-Cut Felt Braid.

1 package of Redy-Cut Felt Appliqué No. 102.

BLOCKING MEASUREMENTS:

SIZES: 12, 14, 16

Bust: 31’’, 33’’, 35’’

Waist: 25’’, 27’’, 29’’

Length from top of shoulder: 17 1/2’’, 18 1/2’’, 19 1/2’’

Side Seam: 6 1/2’’, 7 1/2’’, 7 1/2’’

Width at back between armholes: 12 1/2’’, 13 3/4’’, 15’’

Depth of armhole: 11’’, 11’’, 12’’

GAUGE: 1 shell makes 1 1/4 inches; 2 rows makes 1 inch.

SIZES: 12, 14, 16 BACK . . . Starting at bottom, chain 42 sts (42 sts, 50 sts) to measure 13’’ (13’’, 15 1/2’’).

1st row: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, * skip next ch, in following ch make (dc, ch 1) twice and dc (a shell made); skip next ch, sc in following ch. Repeat from * across. There are on row 10 shells (10 shells, 12 shells). Ch 4, turn.

2nd row: Dc in 1st sc (half a shell made), * sc in center dc of next shell, make a shell in next sc. Repeat from * across, ending with dc in last sc, ch 1, dc in same sc (half a shell made). Ch 1, turn.

3rd row: Sc in 1st dc, * shell in next sc, sc in center dc of next shell. Repeat from * across, ending with shell in last sc, sc in 3rd st of turning chain. Ch 4, turn.

4th row: In 1st sc make dc, ch 1 and dc, * sc in center dc of next shell, shell in next sc. Repeat from * across. There are on row 11 shells (11 shells, 13 shells). Ch 4, turn.

5th row: Dc in 1st dc, sc in next dc, * shell in next sc, sc in center dc of next shell. Repeat from * across, ending with dc in 3rd st of turning chain, ch 1, dc in same place as last dc. Ch 1, turn.

6th, 7th and 8th rows: Repeat 3rd, 4th and 5th rows. Now repeat 3rd and 2nd rows alternately over these 12 shells (12 shells, 14 shells) until, ending with the 3rd row, piece measures 6 1/2’’ (7 1/2’’, 7 1/2’’). Ch 1, turn.

To Shape Armholes: 1st row: Sl st in 1st sc, sl st in next dc, ch 1, sc in center dc of same shell. Ch 1, turn.

2nd row: Repeat last row once more. There remain on row 10 shells (10 shells, 12 shells). Work straight in pattern until piece measures from 1st row of armhole shaping 11’’ (11’’, 12’’). Break off.

RIGHT FRONT . . . Starting at bottom, chain 22 sts (26 sts, 26 sts) to measure 6 1/2’’ (8’’, 8’’).

1st, 2nd and 3rd rows: Work 1st, 2nd and 3rd rows of Back. There are on row 5 shells (6 shells, 6 shells). Ch 4, turn.

4th row: In 1st sc make dc, ch 1 and dc (this is side edge, the front edge is kept straight), work in pattern across. Ch 1, turn.

5th row: Sc in 1st dc, work in pattern across, ending with sc in center dc of last shell, dc in 3rd st of turning chain, ch 1, dc in same place as last dc. Ch 1, turn.

6th row: Repeat 3rd row.

7th row: Sc in 1st dc, work in pattern across, ending with a shell in last sc. Ch 4, turn.

8th row: Dc in 1st dc, sc in center dc of next shell, work in pattern across. Ch 1, turn. Work straight in pattern over these 6 shells (7 shells, 7 shells) until, ending at side edge, piece measures 6 1/2’’ (7 1/2’’, 7 1/2’’). Ch 1, turn.

To Shape Armhole and Front Edge: 1st row: (Side edge) Sl st in 1st sc, sl st in next dc, ch 1, sc in center dc of same shell. Work in pattern across, ending with sc in center dc of next to the last shell. Ch 1, turn.

2nd row: Repeat 1st row of armhole shaping of Back. There remain on row 3 shells (4 shells, 4 shells). Ch 4 to turn on Sizes 12 and 16. Ch 1 to turn on Size 14.

On Size 14 only: Repeat 1st row of armhole shaping of Back once more.

There remain on row 3 shells (3 shells, 4 shells).

On all sizes work straight in pattern until piece measures from 1st row of armhole shaping 11’’ (11’’, 12’’). Break off.

LEFT FRONT . . . Work exactly the same as Right Front.

Sew underarms and shoulder seams. With right side facing work a row of sc evenly around armholes. Then work sl st in each sc around. Finish entire outer edge in same way. With matching thread, sew felt braid along entire outer edge and along edges of armholes. Apply felt appliqués as illustrated, or to suit individual taste. Sew hooks evenly apart along front edges. Make a tight chain 1 1/2 yards long and lace front edges together. Make a knot at both ends of chain.


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