If you wish to make the waistcoat bigger or smaller, simply get one of your favourite fitted cardigans and make enough squares to fit the width across the the chest armpit to armpit to assess your personal measurement. Don't forget men like Paul McCartney were wearing these in the 60/70s, swop the colours for earthy tones and I am sure it would look great on a guy too!
Free Pattern For Crocheted Granny Square Waistcoat 1960/70sHere are the instructions for each square, I used a 3mm crochet hook. (Don't forget the squares should each measure 2.5 inches when complete. Change your hook size until you have the correct tension to make the squares the right size.)
You will need 114 squares made like this:
Chain 5 and join with a sl.st
Round 1. Chain 3 and work 15 tr into the ring, join with a sl.st into 3rd st of 3 ch. fasten off
Round 2. Join new colour in a space between any tr. ch 3, 1 tr in same space., *ch1, miss 2 tr., (2 tr., 2 ch., 2 tr) in next space = corner, ch 1, miss 2 tr., 2 tr in next space., rep from * to complete round, sl st in 3rd st of ch 3 fasten off.
Round 3. Join new colour in space between any space before a corner and complete 2dc in same space., *ch 1., (2dc., 2 ch., 2dc.,) = corner, ch 1, 2dc in next space, ch 1, 2dc in next space, ch1, now complete corner and repeat until round complete, ch 1, sl st to join. fasten off.
Round 4. With main background colour (I used pale grey), join in any dc and complete one round of dc with 2 dc at each corner.
Neatly & firmly knot and tie in your loose ends as you complete each square
Check your square measures 2.5 inches and then make 114 squares.
You may decide to block your squares to ensure they are consistently square. (You can do this with an old chopping board, simply get 4 brass picture hook nails and hammer these into the board to match the 4 internal corners of your square, then pop your square onto these for an hour or so to shape.) Below is a picture of my homemade blocking board with the Scheepjes River and Stone washed yarn I used to make my waistcoat. I ordered 2 more balls of full size yarn for the background/edging grey colour
Once you've completed, your 114 squares lay them out to form this shape:
The back (as seen on left of photo above) consists of 5 rows of 8 squares, then 3 rows of 6 squares.
The front consists of 2 parts (as seen on right of photo above) each is made up of 5 rows of 4 squares, 2 rows of 3 squares and 1 row of 2 squares. (You'll notice I made the fronts to match one another, but you don't need to do this).
Stitch your squares together right sides facing in horizontal rows and then join the rows together as per the layout in the photo above. Stitch the shoulders and sides right side facing. Now complete a row of dc in main colour round each armhole. Now complete 2 rows of dc in main colour around all outer edge. Press lightly with a cool iron on wrong side to complete.
I hope you find this pattern easy and useful, if you get stuck or would like to show me your waistcoat do email firstname.lastname@example.org! Why not go shopping in the yay retro! vintage shop now? blog comments powered by Disqus