This little vest has been in my design journal since last fall. Can you believe it? What was I waiting on?!? I’m so glad that I finally put my plan into action. From the first row of stitching, everything has fallen into place with this vest. Ya’ll, that almost NEVER happens. Happy happy happy.
I’m Rebecca, yarn lover and designer of RebeccaVelasquez.com I’ve been designing off and on as I could fit it in around raising and homeschooling my 4 kiddos. As the baby is finishing his final year of high school, and the other 3 are off at university, I’m filling my new found time with yarn. Lots and lots of yarn and I have many, oh-so-many plans that are just waiting to be stitched. Visit my site every now and again to see what’s new!
When it came to deciding what yarn to use, I had a few things to consider. 1- I knew I wanted to make this piece for myself. I live in Houston. A little thing about Houston- it’s hot. Like, H-O-T. 90% of the year. So, a cotton or cotton blend was necessary. 2- The “waterfall” front of the vest requires a lighter weight yarn that will allow for great drape. 3- I didn’t want to break the bank with this. Ample yardage per cake/skein would be best because I’m not a small bodied person. Short, yes, but a bit on the fluffy side. 4- I wanted the yarn to be accessible. Immediately. I wanted to start right away and being able to run over to my local Walmart/Joann/Michaels to pick this up was perfect. And I know you want to start right away, too. See? Convenient 😀
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THE EVERYTHING VEST
You hear it all the time: This will go with everything. But really, the Cascade Falls Vest actually will. I’ve worn it with dressy style shorts and a nice top, with some breezy white linen shorts & tank, black slacks and an ultra-light button up, and as seen here with my capri jeans and my favorite black tee.
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HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CROCHET THAT?
How long it takes to crochet something varies depending on your skill & how fast you crochet. But that isn’t a helpful answer is it?
Well, I’ve developed a yarn calculator to help you get the answer to this question.
It will help you calculate exactly how much time you’ll spend crocheting a project.
All you need to know is how much yarn you will use on the project in either meters, yards or skeins. Then crochet your test square & time it.
CASCADE FALLS- THE FREE CROCHET PATTERN
ABOUT THE PATTERN:
As with all of my patterns, this is sized from XS to 6X. An all-season garment accessory for the adventurous beginner. Basic stitches are used to create this vest, but the lighter weight yarn gives some people a little pause. If this is you, I would like to encourage you to try this one out. The different stitch patterns are simple and easy to memorize as you work through the rows.
Size 5 mm / US: H / UK: 6
Red Heart Yarns – It’s A Wrap in color Couture.
Find it here.
Yarn amount used:
2 skeins/cakes / 10.5 oz / 300 g / 1140 m / 1246 yards
2 cakes are used for all sizes due to color matching/construction.
- 1 super fine yarn, fingering yarn.
- 55 % acrylic, 45 % cotton
OTHER MATERIALS NEEDED:
- Needle, find one here (if you don’t already have one)!
- Locking/removable stitchmarkers (2)
Measured with Back stitch pattern crocheted in rows:
3 stitch repeats & 8 rows per 10 cm / 4”.
- This crochet pattern is written in US terms (more details).
- All measurements given are unblocked.
- Note that measurements are given as exact as possible. But crochet tension & technique might give variations in the result, that changes from person to person.
- Read pattern instructions carefully before beginning to make sure you understand everything. It might save you hours!
- Make a swatch that measures at least 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4 inches using the stitch the gauge is given for. If your swatch matches the gauge, you’re good to go. If the gauge is wrong, you might need to change your hook. Go up in crochet hook size if your stitches are smaller & go down in crochet hook size if your stitches are bigger (more details).
- Check yarn info if you want to find an alternative or test your yarn against the gauge (more details).
- Vest is worked sideways (vertically), from center Back to Right Front, yarn is rejoined at center Back and worked to Left Front.
- Measure the largest of full hip/bust, make size according to the ease/fit you desire.
SIZE & MEASUREMENTS:
XS/S (M/L, 1X/2X, 3X/4X, 5X/6X); to fit bust 30/34 (38/42, 46/50, 54/58, 62/66; to fit hip 32/36 (40/44, 48/52, 56/60, 64/68)
25″ shoulder to hem (at back)
Ch = chain (s) (tutorial)
Fan = 5 dc in stitch indicated
Open fan = (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in stitch indicated
PM = place marker in stitch just created
Rep = repeat
St = stitch (es)
Back (begin at center):
Row 1 (RS): Ch 102 (126, 150), sc in 2nd ch from hook, PM in ch just used to mark for 2nd half of vest,sc in next 2 ch, * ch 3, sk 3 ch, sc in next ch; rep from * to end, sc in last 2 ch, turn.
Row 2: Sc in first 2 sc, * sc in next sc, open fan in next sc; rep from * to end, sc in last 3 sc, turn.
Row 3: Ch 3, counts as dc here and throughout, dc in next sc, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next sc, * sc in center dc of open fan, sc in next sc; rep from * to last open fan, sc in center dc of open fan, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next sc, dc in last 2 sc, turn.
Row 4: Sc in first 3 sc, ch 3, sc in next sc, * ch 3, sc in center dc of open fan, ch 3, sc in next sc; rep from * to end, ch 3, sc in last 3 sc, turn.
Row 5: Sc in first 3 sc, * ch 3, sc in next sc; rep from * to end, sc in last 2 sc, turn.
Rows 6-21 (25, 29, 33, 33): Rep Rows 2-5.
PM in sc after 10 (10, 12, 12, 12) ch spaces.
Row 22 (26, 30, 34, 34): Sc in first 3 sc, * open fan in next sc, sc in next sc; rep from * to marker, (dc, ch 1, dc) in marked sc, leave remaining sts unworked, turn.
Row 23 (27, 31, 35, 35): Sc in first dc, * open fan in next sc, sc in center dc of open fan; rep from * until 3 sc rem, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next sc, sc in last 2 sc, turn.
Sizes M/L, 1X/2X, 3X/4X, 5X/6X only
Row 28 (32, 36, 36): Sc in first 3 dc, ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, * sc in center dc of open fan, ch 3, sc in next sc; rep from * to end, turn.
Row 29 (33, 37, 37): Sc in first sc, * ch 3, sc in next sc; rep from * to end, sc in last 2 sc, turn.
Row 30 (34, 38, 38): Sc in first 3 sc, * open fan in next sc, sc in next sc; rep from * to end, (dc, ch 1, dc) in last sc, turn.
Row 31 (35, 39, 39): Sc in first dc, * open fan in next sc, sc in center dc of open fan; rep from * until 3 sc rem, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next sc, sc in last 2 sc, turn.
Sizes 1X/2X, 3X/4X, 5X/6X only
Rows 36 (40, 40)-39 (43, 47): Rep Rows 32 (36, 36)-35 (39, 39).
Row 24 (32, 40, 44, 48): Sc in first 3 sc, * ch 3, sc in sc; rep from * to end, ch 43 (43, 51, 51, 51) turn.
Row 25 (33, 41, 45, 49): Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 ch, * ch 3, sk 3 ch, sc in next ch; rep from * across chain, sc in first sc of vest body, [ch 3, sc in next sc] rep between [ ] to end, sc in last 2 sc, turn.
Row 26 (34, 42, 50, 54): Sc in first 3 sc, open fan in next sc, *sc in next sc, open fan in next sc; rep from * to end, sc in last 3 sc, turn.
Row 27 (35, 43, 51, 55): Ch 3, dc in next sc, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next sc, * sc in center dc of open fan, sc in next sc; rep from * to last open fan, sc in center dc of open fan, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next sc, dc in last 2 sc, turn.
Row 28 (36, 44, 52, 56): Sc in first 3 dc, * open fan in sc, sc in center dc of open fan; rep from * to end, sc in last 3 dc
Rows 29 (37, 45, 53, 57)-54 (66, 78, 90, 94): Rep Rows 27 (35, 43, 51, 55)-28 (36, 44, 52, 56)
Row 55 (67, 79, 91, 95): Ch 3, dc in next sc, 3 dc in next sc, * sc in center dc of open fan, fan in sc; rep from * to last open fan, sc in center dc of open fan, 3 dc in next sc, dc in last 2 sc, turn.
Row 56 (68, 80, 92, 96): Sc in first 3 dc, * fan in sc, sc in center dc of fan; rep from * to end, fan in last sc, sc in last 3 dc, turn.
Row 57 (69, 81, 93, 97): Ch 3, dc in next sc, 3 dc in next sc, * sc in center dc of fan, fan in sc; rep from * to last fan, sc in center dc of fan, 3 dc in next sc, dc in last 2 sc, fasten off.
Turn vest so that the foundation chain is the working row, with 2nd cake of yarn, beginning with same color as foundation chain, join new yarn to marked chain, sc in next 2 ch, * ch 3, sk 3 ch, sc in next ch; rep from * to end, sc in last 2 ch, turn.
Row 2-end: Work as Front 1.
Lay vest flat, fold Right Front over Back, lining up top edge and armhole, using a length of yarn or thread approximately 9 (9, 12, 12, 15)” in length, seam shoulder from outer armhole edge toward center for 3 (3, 4, 4, 5)”. Repeat for Left Front/Shoulder.
Remove marker(s), weave in ends. Lightly wet block if desired.
BY GUEST DESIGNER RebeccaVelasquez!
Hey ya’ll. I am wife to my Mr. Wonderful and mom of 4 kiddos that went and grew up without asking. I live in Houston, Texas where I pretty much hang out in my studio all day drinking coffee, crocheting &/or knitting and hiding from the heat. Playing with yarn is equal parts daily meditation and job. My design work in both crochet and knit is as much of necessity to my being as it is a pleasure. Follow me on Instagram for all the latest I’ve got in progress!
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