Mandela Bohemian Vest – Free Crochet Pattern and Video Tutorial

A free Crochet Mandela Vest pattern just in time to make for Spring!  The ever popular Mandela Bohemian Vest, but with a difference.  This design has a simplified collar, not the usual Shawl Collar, which I find a bit to warm for the summer months!  Simplified pattern, uses less yarn than usual, and you can make it as long as you wish, simply by repetition of the rows of loops before adding the shell edge!  I hope you enjoy this free crochet pattern, with the companion video demo!

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mandela vest

Worsted weight yarn (Total yardage, approx. 450 – 500 yards)

6.5 mm crochet hook

Yarn needle


red-heart-turqua


ADULT SMALL:

  1. Chain 5, slip stitch to join and form a ring.
  2. Chain 2, make 16 double crochet in the ring, slip stitch to join. (17)
  3. Chain 4, *triple crochet in the next stitch,chain 1.  Repeat from * around, slip stitch to

join in the 3rd stitch of the chain 4.  (17 tr, 17 ch1 spaces)

  1. Slip stitch into the next chain 1 space.  Chain 3, 2 triple crochet in the same chain 1

space; in each chain 1 space, make 3 triple crochet, slip stitch to join in the top of the

chain 3. (51 tr)

  1. *Chain 5, skip the next stitch, single crochet in the next stitch, repeat from *

around, slip stitch to join in the base of the 1st chain 5. (Skip 2 stitches at the end of

the row to end with 25 loops). (25 loops)

  1. Slip stitch into the next loop, chain 3, make 3 triple crochet in the same loop.  In each

loop around, make 4 triple crochet. (100 tr)

  1. Chain 3, triple crochet in each stitch around, slip stitch to join in the top of the chain 3.

(100 tr)

 

  1. Mark: 18 stitches from the hook (back neck), then 20 stitches (armhole), 42 stitches (back

of vest), then 20 stitches (armhole).

Chain 2, double crochet up to the 1st marked stitch at 18 stitches.

Chain 28, double crochet in the next marked stitch, and in each stitch up to the next

marked stitch, making 2 double crochet in every 4th stitch;

chain 28, slip stitch to join in the top of the chain 2. (Exact number of stitches no longer

important.)

 

  1. Chain 3 and turn, *skip the next stitch, double crochet in the next stitch, chain 1;

Repeat from * around, ending in the stitch immediately after the next armhole.

(Do not work across the neck section.  See the video for clarification.)

  1. Chain 2, turn, double crochet in the same stitch.  In each chain 1 space, make 2 double

crochet.

  1. Chain 5, turn, skip the next stitch, single crochet in the next stitch.  *chain 5, skip the next

stitch, single crochet in the next stitch, repeat from * around. (Do not work around the neck

section.)

  1. (If changing colors, attach yarn in the 1stloop of the row, if not, turn and slip stitch into the

first loop.)

Chain 3, turn, triple crochet in the same loop, in each loop around, make 2 triple crochet,

except in every 4th loop, make 3 triple crochet.

  1. *Chain 5, skip the next stitch, single crochet in the next stitch, repeat from * around.
  2. Make as many rows of loops as needed for your desired length:

*Chain 5, single crochet in the next loop, repeat from * around.

 

BORDER: Working across the bottom row of loops:

          Slip stitch into the first loop.

          in the same loop make:

chain 3, (takes the place of the 1st dc and ch 1 space)

double crochet, chain 1

double crochet, chain 3,

slip stitch in the top of the double crochet, chain 1,

double crochet, chain 1,

double crochet.

 

In each remaining loop across the bottom of the vest make:

double crochet, chain 1,

double crochet, chain 1,

double crochet, chain 3,

slip stitch into the top of the double crochet, chain 1,

double crochet, chain 1,

double crochet.

Work across the front, evenly spacing the shells, continue around the neck, and down the opposite side front, slip stitch to join in the top of the 1st chain 2, fasten off.  Weave all yarn ends into the finished work.

 

End of pattern.

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Crochet This Circular Poncho – You’ll Love it!

This style of poncho has become quite popular of late, so here is my simplified method for making one.  Adjustments are given to make 3 sizes: Small, Medium, and Large, and this garment can be completed in 5 – 8 hours, depending on your crochet speed!

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1128yt- HECTANOOGA1, Circular Crochet Poncho

MATERIALS:

Worsted weight yarn

Small: (dark gray: 260yds; Light gray: 350 yds )

Medium: (dark gray: 320  yds; Light gray: 480 yds)

Large: (dark gray: 450 yds; Light gray: 550 yds)

9 mm crochet hook

Yarn needle


red-heart-super-saver-oatmeal


 

  1. ALL SIZES: Chain 5, slip stitch to join and form a ring.
  2. Chain 2, make 15 double crochet in the ring. Slip stitch to join in the top of the chain 2.

(16 stitches, chain 2 counts as 1 dc)

  1. Chain 4, turn, (takes the place of 1 tr, and 1 chain 1 space), *triple crochet in the next stitch, chain 1, repeat from * around, slip stitch to join in the 3rd stitch of the 1st chain 4.

(16 tr plus 16 chain 1 spaces)

  1. Chain 3 and turn, make 2 triple crochet in the same space.  In every chain 1 space   around, make 3 triple crochet, slip stitch to join in the top of the 1st chain 3. (48 tr)
  1. *Chain 5, skip the next 2 stitches, single crochet in the next stitch, repeat from * around, at the end of the row single crochet in the base of the 1st chain 5. (16 loops)
  1. Slip into the next loop, chain 3, (takes the place of a tr), make 4 more triple crochet in the same loop. In each remaining loop around, make 5 triple crochet, slip stitch to join in the top of the chain 3. (80 tr)

 

  1. NECK OPENING:

Chain 25, skip the next 15 stitches, single crochet in the next stitch, check to see if the opening measures at least 22 inches, if not, add more chain stitches, single crochet in each stitch around, slip stitch to join in the first chain stitch. (Stitch count no longer imp.)

  1. Fasten off, attach a new color in the same stitch. Chain 2, double crochet in each stitch of   the neck chain, then working around, double crochet in each stitch, but

ADULT SMALL: making 2 double crochet in every 4th stitch.

ADULT MEDIUM: making 2 double crochet in every 3rd stitch.

ADULT LARGE: making 2 double crochet in every 2nd stitch.

At the end of the row, slip stitch to join in the top of the chain 2.

 

  1. *Chain 3, skip the next stitch, single crochet in the next stitch, repeat from * around.    Single crochet to join in the base of the 1st chain 3 loop.
  1. Every following row will be the same until the bottom border:

Slip stitch into the next loop, *chain 3, single crochet in the next loop, repeat from * around, end the row by slip stitching into the base of the first loop.  (If you are new at crochet, it would be best to mark the first loop of the row, as it is easy to miss it.) Repeat from * for as many rows as desired, fasten off. (Front should reach approx. at elbows).  *NOTE, the poncho will stretch, so if you do not block it, be prepared for it to grow longer with wearing.

 

  1. BOTTOM BORDER:Attach 2 strands of worsted weight yarn in the fasten off stitch, slip   stitch into the next loop.    Chain 3, make 2 additional triple crochet in the same loop, in every remaining loop,  make 3 triple crochet, slip stitch to join in the top of the chain 3.  Fasten off.

 

  1.  COLLAR: (one strand worked in this design)

Attach yarn in the center back stitch, chain 2, double crochet in each stitch around, slip stitch to join.  Check measurement to be 22 – 24 inches when slightly stretched.    *Chain 2, and turn,  double crochet in each stitch around, slip stitch to join. Repeat from * to make as many rows as desired, fasten off, weave all yarn ends into the finished work.

 

BLOCKING:  Either saturate in water in the sink, squeeze out water, place flat on a thick back towel, stretch as much as possible, allow to dry undisturbed.

OR

Spray heavily with a water bottle, stretch as much as possible, lay flat to dry undisturbed, or hang on a hanger to dry.

 

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