Light and airy the Flower Garden vest is sure to be your go to top for this spring.

flower garden vest

Inspiration & Design

A long long time ago, in an apartment not too far away, I tested a stitch from a Vintage crochet dictionary that I fell in love with and created the Shieldmaiden top. So called because the bulky weight yarn with a 7mm hook made me feel like I was wearing classy armor. However, I I still felt the urge to re-create the garment in a softer, drapier yarn.

With its open stitches and hook combination the new Flower Garden Vest is an ode to spring.

The Yarn

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In order to achieve desired lightness and drape, I used a combination of Fingering weight cotton and mohair yarn. You may be thinking, cotton and mohair, absolutely. Not only did combining curio, a 100% mercerized cotton, with aloft, a super kid mohair blend create a light fabric, but it also made frogging a little easier. Not a lot easier, just a smidge. Although I have issues with mohair (i find is super itchy) I can’t deny that I thoroughly love the effect that it gives the pattern.

If you, like me, also have issues with mohair, other options can be using Caterpillar, a cotton tube yarn blown with wool. I used this yarn to make a cropped version with sleeves and really enjoyed working with it. It’s not as airy but it is light and more comfortable than mohair.

turn the flower garden vest into a top by making it cropped

Another popular option to mohair is suri alpaca. I have yet to knit or crochet a garment with this yarn so cannot speak as to its itch factor. However, Gillian, one of my beautiful testers did work the vest up with an Alpaca blend.

Can I make this?

If you’ve worked with basic crochet stitches before you got this in the bag. The flower garden vest is crocheted in two bottom up panels. There is minimal shaping so If you can:

  • Work in rows
  • Follow a written pattern
  • Decrease
  • And seam pieces together

You can absolutely make the Flower Garden Vest.

Full Description of the Flower Garden vest

Step out of your house and into a whimsical tea party with the flower garden vest. The third in my flower stitch series, this vest is sure to add a touch of romance to any outfit. Leave it sleeveless to layer as a long vest, or crop the length and add sleeves to wear as a top. Whichever style you use the flower garden vest is sure to add charm to your handmade wardrobe.

Flower Garden Vest Details

flower garden vest in progress
Skill Level – Advanced beginner
Materials
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Curio Grams170200234268295330360385410
Curio Yards501.5590691791870.25973.510621135.751209.5
Aloft Grams43506068758590100115
Notes on Yarn

Curio#3 and Aloft = a dk weight yarn. For substitutions, I would choose a dk weight with a little bit of drape to it, like a bamboo blend yarn. It won’t be as light and airy as the original combination but the drape would still be perfect.

Pattern was tested in
Curio#3 and Aloft
Caterpillar 57% cotton and 43% Merino tube yarn.
Upcycle Alpaca Blend sport

Gauge

We have two gauges for this vest/top. Please make your gauge at least 6 x 6 and measure your stitches over 4” for more accurate tension. Stitch and row count were measured after blocking.

Dc st – 15 sts x 7 rows measured over 4”
Hdc st – 13 sts x 9 rows in 4”

We work both swatches in rows and with a 5mm crochet hook and the strand of curio and aloft held together.

Finished Size
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Bust303438424650545862
Actual Fit34.2536.5455053.55758.56267
waist/high hip343642445052585862
armhole depth7.25899.759.7510.7510.7510.7510.75
length21.7522.7523.724.524.525.525.525.525.5
Abbreviations

Pattern is written in US terms

  • Ch – chain
  • Sl st – slip stitch
  • Fdc – foundation double crochet
  • Dc – double crochet
  • Hdc – half double crochet
  • Hdc2tog – half double crochet 2 stitches together (half double crochet decrease
  • Trb – treble crochet
  • rem – remain
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Sk – skip 
  • Sp(s) – space(s)
  • Ch sp – chain space
  • St(s) – stitch(es)
Special Sts

Flower Mesh Stitch (multiples of 15 + 4)

Other patterns using the Flower Stitch
  • Flower Duster
  • Flower child

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