The Vest That Wasn't

Hello my friends! What a crazy, busy week it has been! But—its’s over and it’s finally the weekend. ;-) As is usual, I have a ton of projects I want to get done. I don’t know why, but for some reason, I can’t get it through my head that “a weekend” only lasts two days—not a thousand! Which is how many I would probably need to get through everything on my list that I want to have done by Monday.  Oh well, when I finish this entry, I can at least check one thing off of my list. “Write blog post.” 

So, how about all of you—how’re your Christmas projects coming along?  Mine haven’t. I guess I’m thinking that they’re sitting in the sewing room crocheting themselves.  I better go check on that—who knows maybe I’ll be surprised and have a finished cat blanket! That’s not to say that I haven’t been crocheting because I have—obviously.  I just haven’t been crocheting on Christmas projects. 
I finished the vest that I discussed in a previous post.  You know the one I told you that I found on Ravelry that I thought was just the cutest thing ever?  Turns out, I started it and wasn’t really feeling it, so I just made my own up as I went along.  I’m sorry, but I didn’t write anything down, so I can’t really share the pattern with you.  I just kind of winged it.
The other thing I’ve been doing is working on an infinity scarf.  I know—right?  100 degrees here and I feel the need for an emergency infinity scarf instead of working on a cat afghan!  However, this one is different.  My birthday was a couple of weeks ago and a dear friend of mine was on vacation in Alaska at the time.  Well as birthday gift, she brought me back the most beautiful skein of mohair cobweb lace you have ever seen.  So, obviously, as soon as the vest was finished, I started a scarf! The color is called Sunset and I can’t wait to share a pic of my finished project with you.  However, I have been thinking that perhaps I should put the scarf down and work on something for Christmas. (Meow)

Okay my friends, let’s move on to today’s free pattern.  Since it is still warm I thought a cute spring/summer/early fall cardigan would be a good project.  So, I’m going to share with you my Summer Cardi pattern. I hope you all enjoy it and have a very lovely weekend—mine is going to be busy, but fabulous!!!!

2 (2,3,3) Balls Aunt Lydia's Size 10 in Passionata

Size 0 Steel Hook

Sewing needle and thread

6 (6, 8,8) 5/8” buttons

Back

Row 1:  Ch 102 (108, 114, 120), sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across.  Turn.

Row 2:  Ch 3, sk first 2 sts, *work 3 dc in next st, sk next st, dc in next st, sk next st, Rep from * across to last 3 sts, 3 dc in next st, sk next st, dc in last st.  Turn

Row 3:  Ch 4, sk first 2 sts, *work (TRC, ch 1, TRC) in next st, sk next st, TRC in next st, sk next st, Rep from * across to last 3 sts, (TRC, ch 1, TRC) in next st, sk next st, TRC in last st.  Turn.

Row 4:  Ch 3, work 3 dc in ch 1 sp, sk next st, *dc in next st, work 3 dc in next ch1 sp, sk next st, rep from * across, dc in last st.  Turn.

Rows 5-27 (27,31,31):  Rep row 3 & 4, end by working Row 3.

Shoulders

Row 28 (28,32,32):  Ch 3, *work 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, sk next dc, dc in next st, rep from * 7 times more.  Fasten off.  Sk next 9 (11, 13, 15) ch 1 sps, sk next trc, join with sl st in next trc, ch 3, *work 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, sk next st, dc in next st.  Rep from * across.  Fasten off.

Fronts—make 2

Row 1:  Ch 54 (60,66,72), sc in 2nd ch from hook and each st across.  Turn.

Rows 2-24 (24,28,28):  Work same as for back.

Row 25 (25,29,29):  Ch 4, sk first 2 sts, (trc, ch1, trc) in next st, *sk next st, trc in next st, sk next st, (trc, ch1, trc) in next st, trc in next st.  Rep from * across.  Turn.

Row 26 (26,30,30):  Ch3, sk first 2 sts, *work 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, Rep from * 6 times more, sk next st, dc in next st.  Leave rem sts unworkded. Turn.

Rows 27 (27,31,31) & 28 (28,32,32):  Rep row 25 and 26.

Fasten off at end of row 28(32).

With right sides facing sew fronts to back at shoulder seams.  Sew side seams, starting in side of row one and sew together up to row 14.

Sleeves:

Working in Rnds.

Rnd 1:  Join with sl st to bottom of armhole, ch 1, work 72(72,92,92) sc evenly spaced around armhole, join wi sl st to first sc.

Rnds 2-26:  Ch 3, dc in next sst around.  Join to top of beg ch 3.  Fasten of at end of rnd 26.

Body edging:

Rnd 1:  Join with sl st to center back neck, ch 1 sc in same st, sc in each st across, when you get to an are where working in ends of rows, work 2 sc in ends of dc row and 3 sc in ends of trc rows, continue in sc to neck edge corner, work 3 sc in corner, continue working in sc pattern down left frt to corner, 3 sc in corner, sc in each st across bottom to corner, 3 sc in corner, continue in sc pattern up right frt to corner at neck edge, 3 sc in corner at neck edge, sc to beg sc, join with sl st to first sc.

Rnds 2 & 3:  Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, *sc in each st across to center sc of 3 sc group in corner, work 3 sc in center sc, rep from * 3 times more, sc in each sc across to beg sc, join to beg sc.

Rnd 4:  Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, *sc in each st across to center sc of 3 sc group, work 3 sc in center sc, rep from * 2 times more, sc in next 5 sc, ch 3, sk next 3 sc,**sc in next 7 sts, ch 3, sk next 3 sts, rep from ** 4 times more, sc in next st to center sc of 3 sc group, 3 sc in center sc, sc in each st across to beg sc, join with sl st to beg sc.

Rnd 5:  Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, *sc in each st across to center sc of 3 sc group, work 3 sc in center sc, rep from * 2 times more, work one sc in each sc and 3 sc in ch 3 sp up to 3 sc group, work 3 sc in center sc, sc in each st across to beg sc, Join to beg sc.  Fasten off.

Sleeve edging:

Work 3 rnds of sc around each sleeve, joining at end of each rnd.  Fasten off at end of third rnd.

Lining up fronts mark button placement on left front by lining up buttonholes from right front.  Sew buttons to left front.