Crochet Cardigan Ideas

We’ve discussed more than half the projects in Finish-Free Knits! I began with the cold-weather sweaters, and we’re now moving on to the transitional and warmer-weather sweaters—getting ready for spring! This week is the Divine Vest!

If you would like to read the previous posts, they can be found here, with all the Finish-Free Knits blog posts. 

Intro from the book:
Beginning with a provisional cast-on, this vest features unusual construction. The pockets are shaped with short rows, then the hem is folded to the wrong side and joined to live stitches for the body. After the body and hood are completed, stitches are picked up for the front band while joining the pockets to the body seamlessly. Like the ubiquitous hoodie, this super-comfortable vest is sure to become a daily favorite. 

One of my favorite things about writing Finish-Free Knits was figuring out how to make seamless pockets. In fact, it’s so much fun, I’m still playing with different ways of doing it.

The pocket for the Divine Vest was swatched about 3 different times—each slightly differently. I played with getting the angle of the short rows into the shape I wanted, and a variety of different ways of getting the garter stitch edge to look just right!

Other than the pocket shaping, the vest is constructed pretty normally: the body is worked in one piece to the armholes, with a little waist shaping; the back and fronts are divided and worked separately to the shoulders; the shoulders are joined with a three-needle bind off, and the remaining stitches are used for the hood.

And, even though this is totally too small for me, it didn’t stop me from snapping some photos…

Knitting another one of these—me sized—is definitely on my to-do list! Though, I’ll probably add sleeves. I don’t own enough long-sleeve shirts to warrant knitting any vests for myself.

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Are you looking for the perfect transitional-weather crochet sweater? Smoky Silhouettehas the perfect balance of fun-to-crochet lace and slimming vertical ribbing. As with all of my  designs the interesting construction—including sideways crocheted body and trim for ribbing—makes crocheting this sweater an enjoyable and engaging experience.

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Finished Measurements:
28½ (31½, 34¼, 37, 40, 43, 45½, 48½, 51½)”
72.5 (80, 87.5, 94, 101.5, 109, 115.5, 123, 131) cm bust circumference.
Shown in 34¼” / 87.5 cm size.

Yarn Requirements:
Sport weight (CYCA #2 Fine):
Approx 1360 (1500, 1580, 1780, 1960, 2120, 2270, 2440, 2630) yards /
1240 (1370, 1450, 1630, 1790, 1940, 2080, 2130, 2410) meters of an earth-friendly yarn.
Shown in: Kollage Riveting Sport (100% recycled blue jeans; 95% cotton, 5% other; 100 gram hank = approx 350 yards / 320 meters): 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 8) hanks, #79904 Charcoal Denim

Crochet Hook:
Size US F/5 (3.75 mm)
Or size to obtain gauge.
Notions:Removable stitch markers, tapestry needle 
3½ stitch repeats (SR) = 5″ / 12.5 cm and 8 rows = 4″ / 10 cm in Clamshell Patt;
24 sts and 14 rows = 4″ / 10 cm in hdc-blo.
Take time to save time, check your gauge.


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