Crochet a ladies’ vest - red shell pattern
Step-by-step crochet instructions
Make a foundation chain of 141 chain stitches or multiples of 10 chains plus 1 chain. Join the 1st and last chains of the foundation chain with slip stitch (sl.st.) and work 1 chain (ch.).
1st round – double crochet (dc) to end plus sl.st. 1*
*insert the hook into the second chain of the 2nd round and work sl.st.1. It is necessary to skip one chain because you made extra chain at the beginning of the 1st round to pick up the height of the round.
2nd round - *skip 4, (dc3, ch.1, dc1) on one chain. Repeat from * to end
3rd round – *insert the hook between dc3 and dc1 of the previous round, (dc3, ch.1, dc1) on one chain. Repeat from * to end
4 – 11 rounds = 3rd round
12 – 21 rounds = 3rd round, but work the pattern with smaller hook in order not to decrease or increase chains.
22 – 31 rounds = 3rd round, and work the stitch with larger hook again
If desired, you may work more rounds before the armholes point.
Use the smaller hook and work the pattern for half of your total number of chains or columns of shells.
1st row – *skip4, (dc3, ch.1, dc1) on 1 ch. Repeat from * for 14 shells then skip 1, dc1 + 1 Returning Chain (RC).
2nd row – * insert the hook between dc1 and dc3 of the previous round, (dc1, ch.1, dc3) on one chain. Repeat from * to end. On the very last chain, dc1 +1RC
3, 5, 7, 9 & 11 rows = 1st row
4, 6, 8 & 10 rows = 2nd row
Back shoulder pieces
For each back shoulder piece, work the pattern for 3 shells or 15 chains for 1 row
Work right and wrong sides for 14 shells or 70 chains as for the back part, but crochet just 9 rows instead of 11.
1, 3, 5, 7, & 9 rows = 1st row
2, 4, 6, & 8 rows = 2nd row
Front shoulder pieces
For each front shoulder piece, work the pattern for 3 shells or 15 chains for 3 rows working dc1 on the very last chain of each row +1RC
Join front and back shoulder pieces together. Flip the garment to the wrong side, and it will be now your right side. It is optional, but the pattern looks better on the wrong side.
For all edges work single crochet to end.