Nothing screams “CROCHET!” quite like the Granny Square and the idea of making clothing with the multicolored squares is nothing new.
The basic crochet staple has been done and redone by countless people and I’m sure my approach is nothing earth shattering.
This pattern came from a desire to make something wearable with two skeins of hand-dyed yarn I received as gifts. These skeins were only 200 yards a piece and I wanted a stitch simple enough to show off the subtle color changes. The great thing about granny squares is you can keep working until you run out of yarn and make it as large or small as you would like.
The first thing you’ll notice in the photo above (well, besides the fact that I am too lazy to iron my shirts…) is that the back of this vest is not a square at all! You would be correct in that observation.
This pattern is, quite simply, three rectangles sewn together. The first rectangle was created using about 180 yards of Julie Asselin’s Hektos in Pinky Promise (read my review of this yarn here).
The front panels were each created by doing long strips of granny stitches. Each panel used approximately 100 yards of yarn (from Fuzzy Cactus Yarns). The awesome thing about this pattern is that it’s very easily adjustable. If I had more yardage available, I would have made each side panel wider to give a more “drapey” look to the finished product.
Here you can see how the front panels are wide enough to touch one another (each is about half the width of the back panel. I sewed the shoulders to allow the front to fold down and create a collar.
Yarn: 200 yards each of 2 worsted weight yarns
Other materials: yarn needle
With Color A, ch 14 stitches.
Skip first 4 ch and do 3 DC into the 5th stitch.
*Skip 2 ch, 3 DC into the next stitch* 2 times.
You will now have 3 3 DC shells.
1 DC into the last chain.
Ch 3 (Counts as DC here and throughout) and turn.
2 DC into space between last DC and last 3 DC shell from previous row.
3 DC shell into the space between each shell from the previous row.
In the “loop” at the end of the previous row (created by skipping the first 4 chains) do 3 DC, ch 2, 3 DC, ch 2, 3 DC.
Continue doing 3 DC shells between each stitch. You will now be working on the BOTTOM of your original row.
When you get to the end “loop” (this one created by the 2 ch and then 1 DC at the end of the first row) do 3 DC, ch 2, 3 DC ch 2 and sl st into the 3rd ch of the ch 3 you did to begin this round.
From here, you work like a standard granny square.
Sl st across to the space between the first two shells. Ch 3 and 2 DC into this space.
3 DC shells in every space across.
In every corner – 3 DC, ch 2, 3 DC.
Continue this way around the perimeter of the entire rectangle. Connect with a sl st to the top of ch 3.
Continue this pattern until the short side of the rectangle is the same width as your shoulders and tie off.
For Front (Make 2):
Count the number of shells in the long side of your back rectangle and multiply by 3 and add 4. For me, this was 46. 14 shells x 3 = 42. 42 + 4 = 46.
In color B, ch this many stitches.
Skip first 4 and do 3 DC into 5th ch.
*Skip 2, 3 DC in next stitch* until final 3 ch.
Skip 2, 1 DC into last stitch.
Ch 3 (counts as DC here and throughout) and turn.
2 DC into space between DC and 3 DC shell from previous row.
3 DC in each space across row.
Ch 3 and turn
3 DC into each space across.
DC into last stitch.
Repeat rows 2-3 until the rectangle is approximately half the size of the back piece. For a drapier look, make the rectangle as large as you would like!
Using color B and a yarn needle, sew the pieces together.
Lay the two front pieces on top of the back piece.
Sew up the sides about halfway.
Starting at the outside corner, sew inward across the top several inches. Repeat on the other side. The length you will want to sew in will depend on your shoulder length. You will NOT sew across the entire width of your front pieces. This will allow part of the front panel to drape down and create a collar.
There you have it! This pattern is very customizable. Play around with different weight yarns, hook sizes, colors… The possibilities are endless. You could even add sleeves by crocheting around the side opening. Or perhaps add lacy edging!
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