Salt Water Taffy Vest - Free Crochet Pattern

Today I have a really fun spring styled pattern for you all! While at Hobby Lobby (my absolute favorite place) I came across their I Love This Cotton yarn. I didn’t realize how soft it was, I tend to avoid cotton yarn for this reason. I just had to make a lightweight spring design using this yarn. Using 4 different colors along with a beautiful drape you can make your own Salt Water Taffy Vest too.

Don’t let the bright colors keep you from making your own vest. I tend to avoid bright colors as well, but you could easily switch these colors out for a more toned down look. Think creams, browns, grey’s and black. You can really make this vest look anyway YOU want. It’s just that fun!

Materials -

6.00mm Crochet Hook

Medium (4) weight yarn

Color A - 2-4 Skeins I Love This Cotton in Ivory

Color B - 1 Skein I Love This Cotton in Aqua

Color C - 1 Skein I Love This Cotton in Rosy

Color - 1 Skein I Love This Cotton in Burnt Sienna

Yarn Needle

Scissors

Stitch Marker

Gauge -

Herringbone Half Double Crochet

13 Sts = 4”

10 Rows - 4”

Abbreviations -

Ch - Chain

HHDC - Herringbone Half Double Crochet

TC - Triple Crochet

Sl St - Slip Stitch

St(s) - Stitch(es)

SK - Skip

Ch Sp - Chain Space

Notes -

Size adjustments are listed as such - 32”, 36”, 40”, 44”(48”, 52”, 56”)

It is strongly recommended to highlight your size (rows and stitch counts) before starting this project.

Vest is worked in one piece from the bottom of the back panel up to one front panel. Yarn is attached and the second panel is made. Seaming is done last.

Chain 3 DOES NOT count as a stitch.

Sizing

The Schematic below represents the finished measurements. Model has a 33” bust with 3” of positive ease in the 36” vest. Choosing a size that is +3-5” of your actual bust measurement is recommended.

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Pattern

Back Panel

Step 1 -

Color A

Ch54, 60, 66, 72(80, 86, 92)

R1 - HHDC into the 2nd Ch from the hook and across 53, 59, 65, 71(79, 85, 91)

R2 - Ch1, Turn, HHDC into each stitch across 53, 59, 65, 71(79, 85, 91)

Repeat R2 for 6, 6, 8, 8(10, 10, 12) total rows.

Step 2 -

Color B

R7, 7, 9, 9(11, 11, 13) - Ch3, Turn, TC, *Ch1, Sk1, TC* Repeat from * across

R8, 8, 10, 10(12, 12, 14) - Ch3, Turn, TC, *Ch1, Sk Ch Sp, TC* Repeat from * across

Step 3 -

Color A

R9, 9, 11, 11(13, 13, 15) - Ch1, Turn, HHDC, *HHDC around Ch Sp, HHDC, Repeat from * across 53, 59, 65, 71(79, 85, 91)

R10, 10, 12, 12(14, 14, 16) - Ch1, Turn, HHDC into each stitch across 53, 59, 65, 71(79, 85, 91)

Repeat for 6, 6, 8, 8(10, 10, 12) HHDC rows.

Repeat Step 2 using Color C

Repeat Step 3 Using Color A

Repeat Step 2 Using Color D

Repeat Step 3 Using Color A

DO NOT fasten off, continue on to the front panel.

Front Panel

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Step 1 -

Color A

R1 - Ch1, Turn, HHDC into next 12, 15, 18, 19(23, 26, 27)sts, Ch34, 35, 40, 47(49, 52, 57)

R2 - Turn, HHDC into the 2nd Ch from the hook and across 45, 49, 57, 65(71, 77, 83)

Repeat R2 for 6, 6, 8, 8(10, 10, 12) total rows.

Step 2 -

Color D

R7, 7, 9, 9(11, 11, 13) - Ch3, Turn, TC, *Ch1, Sk1, TC* Repeat from * across

R8, 8, 10, 10(12, 12, 14) - Ch3, Turn, TC, *Ch1, Sk Ch Sp, TC* Repeat from * across

Step 3 -

Color A

R9, 9, 11, 11(13, 13, 15) - Ch1, Turn, HHDC, *HHDC around Ch Sp, HHDC, Repeat from * across 45, 49, 57, 65(71, 77, 83)

R10, 10, 12, 12(14, 14, 16) - Ch1, Turn, HHDC into each stitch across 45, 49, 57, 65(71, 77, 83)

Repeat for 6, 6, 8, 8(10, 10, 12) HHDC rows.

Repeat Step 2 using Color C

Repeat Step 3 Using Color A

Repeat Step 2 Using Color B

Repeat Step 3 Using Color A

Fasten off.

Attach yarn to the opposite shoulder to begin the next front panel. Repeat the same process as the first panel.

Seaming

Laying flat on a table, fold work in half with the front panels facing you. Mark down 6.5”, 7”, 7.5”, 8”, 8.5”, 9”, 9.5” leaving this section open (these will be the sleeves of the vest). Seam from this point down the bottom of the vest.

Fringe:

This is optional and feel free to have fun with this part of your cardigan! Make the fringe as long or as shorts as you’d like, put fringe along the bottom of the cardigan or on both the bottom and sleeves! Play around and see what you like. For my fringe I cut (3) 12” long yarn pieces of each color and placed them along the bottom.

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