7 Easy To Crochet Patterns for Vests

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Vests The Long & Short  includes 7 easy to crochet patterns for vests.

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Vests The Long and Short Cover. Leisure Arts. Book Review by Oombawka Design Crochet

Title: Vests the Long & Short
Author: Abbey Swanson
Publisher: Leisure Arts, Inc., 2016
ISBN: 9781464766954
Photographer: Jason Masters

Vests The Long & Short Review

Vests The Long & Short includes patterns for all seasons. The 7 different designs are available in many sizes up to Extra Large. There is a wide range of styles included in this book too, some patterns are more lightweight and lacy (like the Starburst Duster) and other patterns are warmer and more fitted (like the Irish Mist). This collection of easy-to-crochet garments was designed by Abbey Swanson and is available from Leisure Arts.

The patterns included are:

  • Fjord Lace. Light Weight [3] Yarn. Sizes: Small/Medium (34 inches) and Large/Extra Large (38 inches). Hooks: 4 mm (G) and 4.5 mm (7) depending on which size you are making
  • Cherry Schwinn. Light Weight [3] Yarn. Sizes: Small (32 inches), Medium (36 inches), Large (41 inches) and Extra Large (45 inches). Hook: 5.5 mm (I)
  • Irish Mist. Bulky Weight [5] Yarn. Sizes: Small (34 inches), Medium (36 inches), Large (38 inches) and Extra Large (40 inches). Hook: 8 mm (L)
  • Cafe Au Lait Cable Wrap. Bulky Weight [5] Yarn. Small (32 inches), Medium (36 inches), Large (41 inches) and Extra Large (45 inches). Hook: 5.5 mm (I). Hook: 9 mm (M/N)
  • Starburst Duster. Light Weight [3] Yarn. Sizes: Small/Medium (34 inches) and Large/Extra Large (38 inches). Hook: 4 mm (G)
  • Tidal Wave. Light Weight [3] Yarn. Sizes Bottom Width: Small (16.5 inches), Medium (18 inches), Large (19.5 inches) and Extra Large (21 inches). Hook: 4 mm (G)
  • Kaleidoscope. Light Weight [3] Yarn. Sizes: Extra Small (30 inches), Small (33 inches), Medium (36 inches), Large (40 inches) and Extra Large (44 inches). Hook: 4.5 mm (7), 5 mm (H) and 5.5 mm (I) depending on which size you are making

Each pattern, other than the Starburst Duster, is listed as an Easy Level Pattern. The Starburst Duster is listed as an Easy+ Level Pattern.

Each pattern is provided in written format using US Crochet Terms. Stitch counts are provided for each row and round, headings are in bold font and the instructions are spaced out nicely so they are easy-to-follow and it is easy to keep your place.

The instructions are shown in different colors for different sizes. This makes it easy to find the information for your size quickly.

For example:

  • Size Small/Medium in Blue
  • Size Large/Extra Large in Pink

Instructions in Black apply to both sizes.

Stitch counts have also been color coordinated for the different sizes. Schematics and placement diagrams are included where needed.

Each pattern includes it’s own Stitch Guide with written instructions for special stitches, including their abbreviations. Important notes are shown in sections with a different background color.

The book is 34 pages in total and available in eBook format ($7.99*) and as a paperback ($9.99*).

The General Instructions section includes the Crochet Abbreviations, Symbols & Terms.

Written explanations have been included for the following terms:

  • Gauge
  • Zeros
  • Joining with Sc
  • Joining with Dc
  • Back Ridge (with diagram)
  • Back or Front Loop Only (with diagram)
  • Free Loops of a Chain (with diagram)
  • Post Stitch (with diagram)
  • Whipstitch (with diagrams)
  • Mattress Stitch (with diagrams)
  • Fringe (with diagrams)
  • Blocking

You can see images of the other designs here: Vests the Long & Short

The Yarn Information section indicates which yarns were used to crochet the sample projects in the book.

  • Fjord Lace: Patons® Grace™
  • Cherry Schwinn: Patons® Astra™
  • Irish Mist: Mary Maxim® Northland Yarns
  • Cafe Au Lait Cable Wrap: Bernat® Roving™
  • Starburst Duster: Patons® Silk Bamboo™
  • Tidal Wave: Mary Maxim® Fresh
  • Kaleidoscope: LB Collection® Superwash Merino

My favorite design is Cherry Schwinn. I love the scalloped edge and the collar on this design. I think it would be a flattering feminine vest to wear.

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  1. I have never worn vests because they always look so large but I’ve never made one either.
    With your review it makes me think I should try making one for the experience of it.
    All but one says (from your review) that they are rated as easy. I can do that! 🙂

  2. Thank you for this review! I like to crochet my clothes and I love vests because you can wear them every season.

  3. I have to buy this book! Thank you for this review, I feel comfortable buying it! I think I can crochet any of these. I think my favorite it the Cherry Schwinn too. I really like the look and how it lays.

  4. I love the Cherry Schwinn vest. I’m not a vest person but this design sold me!

  5. Thank you forthree review. I would love to make one but the sizes are not big enough as I am a plus size woman.

  6. Thank you for the review. I am starting to crochet vests/sweaters etc. And this review has given me a place to start.

  7. Thank you for detailing the yarn requirements for the Vests collection!

  8. I love vests. I use them in the fall and winter in my home to keep me warm. My arms don’t feel restricted in their movements and I can crochet all I want. Thank you for this giveaway!

  9. Excellent review Rhondda, if I don’t win I’ll need to buy a copy now that you’ve brought it to my attention! Seriously though, this looks like a great one to add to our library.

  10. I would love to read your review of this book Rhondda – “Fair Isle Crochet Projects – 8 Traditional Projects using Fair Isle Technique” Thank You!

  11. I would love to see a review on this book “Make Fun Socks”

  12. I think you should review “Fun Animal Patterns”. It looks fun!!!