VestoGhan Crochet 4 Way Vest/Poncho/Scarf/Afghan Pattern
What In The World Is A Vest-O-Ghan?
Well... first of all it's easy to crochet using nothing more difficult than Single Crochet stitch. It's one of those mile-a-minute stitch patterns you can crochet almost "mindlessly" while you're watching your favorite movie. It's made of two large rectangles which button together in different ways. Wear the panel with just the buttons alone as a big scarf. With all buttons buttoned, it's a nicely sized afghan. With one end buttoned together, it's a vest. With both ends buttoned and a few buttons left unbuttoned in the center, it's a poncho or wearable afghan.
4 Ways To Wear It!
- It's a Scarf!
- It's a Vest!
- It's a Poncho!
- It's a Lapghan!
Buttons & Button Loops Create The Versatility
How I Did Mine...
For my yarn, I chose every color of Sensations Angel Hair yarn sold by JoAnn Fabrics. I alternated black with each color to create a "stained glass" appearance. The yarn is machine washable and dryable using care instructions provided on the yarn label. I crocheted it using a size J crochet hook (my favorite Clover Soft Touch of course!)
Since dye lots weren't a concern, I bought my yarn a few skeins at a time when they went on sale or I had a good coupon. I used two skeins of each color except the rainbow colorway, which took five skeins. (I had extra rainbow stripes as border edges on each panel).
Because this is done with a made-to-custom-fit method, you can use ANY yarn and ANY hook size you want to make it! It will work with a big bulky yarn like the one I used and it would work equally well in a regular worsted weight or even in a sport or sock weight yarn. You simply make the foundation chain for each panel the length you need the garment to be in a multiple of two chains and work the stitch pattern.
What a great way to use up that big bag of yarn you bought on clearance! Or create your own rainbow of dream colors in your favorite yarn.
Laid Flat, It's A Big Lapghan!
First, you will need to decide how long you want your vest or poncho to be when you wear it. Measure from the top of your shoulder down to the length you want. Multiply this measurement by two. That is the length measurement of your rectangle, and length your starting chain will be. Remember to allow for a little stretch of the garment when you have it on.
Next, you need to decide how wide you want your vest to be. Measure from the point where a collar would hit the side of your neck, across the shoulder seam and down your arm as far as you want the vest to go. That's your width measurement. Set that measurement aside for later.
Aren't These Hooks Fabulous!
Now Let's Crochet!
Create a starting chain of the length measurement you determined in any multiple of two stitches. Make a note of the number of chains because you will need it to recreate the second rectangle exactly the same.
Work 1 SC in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across. Ch 1, turn.
SC in first SC. *Ch 1, skip 1 SC, SC in next SC. Repeat from * across ending with a SC in last SC. Ch 1, turn.
SC in first ch 1 space. *Ch 1, SC in next ch 1 space. Repeat from * across. Ch 1, turn. Repeat this row until piece measures the width measurement you decided on. Fasten off.
Make a second identical rectangle.