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Crochet vest tunic

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Yarn - Bernat Cotton-ish (cotton candy) / light 3 / 2.4 oz (70 g) / 282 yards (258 m) / about 2 balls needed
Hook - E/4 – 3.50 mm or other size hook needed for the gauge
Gauge - 20 dc sts go into about 4 inches (10 cm.)
Tunic Size - 12 – 18 months (adjustable to any size)
Complexity - Beginners friendly

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Vest tunic crochet pattern

Row-by-row crochet instructions

Begin crocheting the vest from the top to bottom. Make a foundation chain of 83 chs. One repeat is 5 chs.

1st row (right side) – h5ch, [(shell1, sk4) x 2, corner1, sk4] x 2, (shell1, sk4) x 3, shell1, [sk4, corner1, (sk4, shell1) x 2] x 2, sk1, dc1 + RC3
2nd row (wrong side) – (shell1 into shell of prev.R) x 3, Vst1 into Vst of prev.R, (shell1 into shell of prev.R) x 4, Vst1 into Vst of prev.R, (shell1 into shell of prev.R) x 6, Vst1 into Vst of prev.R, (shell1 into shell of prev.R) x 4, Vst1 into Vst of prev.R, (shell1 into shell of prev.R) x 3, dc1 into last ch + RC3
3rd row – [shell1 into shell of prev.R to Vst of prev.R, corner1 into Vst of prev.R] x 4, shell1 into shell of prev.R to end, dc1 into last ch + RC3
5 row = 3rd row (working more repeats)
4, 6 rows = 2nd row (working more repeats)

Increase chs for the back and front parts only.

7th row – (shell1 into shell of prev.R to Vst of prev.R, corner1* into Vst of prev.R, shell1 into shell of prev.R to Vst of prev.R, corner1** into Vst of prev.R) x 2, shell1 into shell of prev.R to end, dc1 into last ch + RC3
8th row – shell1 into shell to Vst of prev.R, Vst into Vst of prev.R] x 4, shell 1 into shell to Vst of prev.R to end, dc1 into last ch + sl.st.1 into 3rd ch
To adjust the pattern to a different size, work more or fewer rows before joining front and back parts together.

Crochet in the round

Join front and back parts together

1st round (right side) – ch3, (dc above dc of prev.R to Vst, trc2 into Vst, sk all shells to Vst, trc2 into Vst) x 2, dc above dc of prev.R to end + sl.st.1 into 3rd ch
2nd round – ch3, dc to end + sl.st.1 into 3rd ch
3rd round – ch4, ([sk1, dc1, ch1] to underarm; dc1, ch1) x 2, [sk1, dc1, ch1] to last 1ch; sk1 + sl.st.1 into 3rd ch
4th round = 2nd round

Repeat the pattern starting from the 2nd round until you crochet the desired length of the tunic.

Shell pattern

You should have multiples of 5 chs.

24th round – ch3, dc2 into sm.ch, sk4, [shell1, sk4] to end; dc1 + sl.st.1 under chs
25th round – ch3, dc3 under ch, shell1* into shell of prev.R to end; dc2 + sl.st.1 under chs
26th round = 25th round

Edge

27th round – ch1, sc1 above each dc of prev.R and sc2 under each ch of prev.R + sl.st.1 into 1st ch
Single crochet around all your edges.

Ties

For each tie, ch32, h2ch, sc to end

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Abbreviations
[ ] – repeat
ch – chain
corner – (dc2, ch1, Vst1,ch1, dc2) into 1ch or Vst of prev. row
*corner – (dc2, ch1, Vst) into Vst of previous row
**corner – (Vst, ch1, dc2) into Vst of prev.row
dc – double crochet
h#ch – insert a hook into the # ch from your hook
sc – single crochet
shell – (dc2, ch1, dc2) into 1ch or shell of the prev.R
*shell – (dc3, ch1, dc3) into 1ch or shell of the prev.R
sk – skip
sl.st. – slip stitch
sm.ch – the same base chain
trc – triple crochet
Vst – V stitch – (dc1, ch1, dc1) into 1ch or Vst of prev.row

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Vest tunic crochet pattern

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