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Free Pattern For Crocheted Granny Square Waistcoat 1960/70s

Hi, I'm Sue and I run the yay retro! online shop selling handmade retro styled crochet.  Crochet is very quick and easy to do and being able to work with lots of lovely yarns and colours is very satisfying and relaxing.  Here is a very simple free pattern for a Granny Squares waistcoat for you to have a go at. I've adapted a vintage 1960s cardigan pattern to come up with this design. This pattern fits a ladies size approx 12/14/16 and I used Scheepjes Stone and River washed yarns which are cotton and acrylic and come up around DK in weight. However you can use any yarn you fancy so long as the resulting squares measure 2.5 inches each when complete.

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!* more info on how to do this below.

Free Pattern For Crocheted Granny Square Waistcoat 1960/70s

Here 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 for this size 12/14 waistcoat.

[*NOTE - If you need a different size a good tip to work out your waistcoat size, is to find a top which fits comfortably and measure from underarm to underarm. Now take that measurement and divide into 8. This will be the dimension each of your squares probably needs to be for the lower section of the back panel to work out, then you can follow the pattern using these sized squares.  Make sure you use the right hook to achieve this dimension, or alter your stitch size on the outer edge of your square from say SC to HDC or vice versa. (Sorry I'm probably talking to the more advanced crocheters here. If confused there are a host of other waistcoat patterns on Ravelry.)]

You will need 114 squares made like this:

THIS PATTERN IS NOW WRITTEN IN US TERMS!  (note US DC = UK TR, US SC = UK DC) apologies prior to this the pattern was a mix of US and UK terms in error.

Chain 5 and join with a
Round 1. Chain 3 and work 15 US DC into the ring, join with a into 3rd st of 3 ch. fasten off 
Round 2. Join new colour in a space between any US DC ch 3, 1 dc in same space., *ch1, miss 2 dc, (2 dc., 2 ch., 2 dc) in next space = a corner, ch 1, miss 2 dc, 2 dc in next space., rep from *  twice, ch1, miss 2dc, (2 dc., 2 ch., 2 dc) in next space for final corner, ch1, sl st in 3rd st of ch 3 fasten off. You should have 4 corner 'petals and a 2dc petal between on each side.
Round 3.  Join new colour in any space before a corner and complete ch 3, then 1 US SC in same space., *ch 1., (2sc., 2 ch., 2sc.,) = corner, ch 1, 2sc in next space, ch 1, 2sc in next space, ch1, now complete next 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 US SC and complete one round of sc with 2 sc 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 US SC in main colour around all outer edge. Block your waistcoat (do not iron).

To Block a garment, I always hand wash in cool water with some fabric conditioner. Then, rinse and put in a laundry bag.  Put on a gentle spin in the washing machine machine. Now lay flat on some towels and reshape. Pin to the correct size and shape and leave to dry. This makes the yarn relax and 'set' into shape.

I hope you find this pattern easy and useful, if you get stuck or would like to show me your waistcoat do email!
You can read about an alternative Paul McCartney-esque waistcoat here, though I have altered the layout and consequently the size of the squares, thus the precise pattern is not provided per se.
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