Vintage 1970's Granny Square "Shrink Top" Vest
Postage Stamp Shrink
Small 6-8 (Large 10-12)
Materials: Sport weight yarns
(in photograph above: Color A = White, Color B = Navy Blue, Color C = Red)
Crochet hook Size 4.5mm (5 mm) [G (H)]
Gauge on Size 4.5mm [G]: 4 dc = 1"; 2 rows = 1"
Gauge on Size 5mm [H]: 7 dc = 2"
Row 1: With Size G (H) hook and Color A – ch 2, work 10 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st to first sc.
Row 2: Draw up a loop on hook to measure 1", * in next sc work [yo, draw up a loop] 3 times, ch 1, repeat from * around, join with sl st to top of first st: 10 bean sts, sl st in space.
Row 3: Ch 3, work 2 dc in same space for ½ corner, ch 1, 3 dc in next space for top of square, ch 1; in next space work 3 dc, ch 2 & 3 dc for corner; [ch 1, 3 dc in next space] twice for side of square; ch 1, in next space work 3 dc, ch 2 & 3 dc for corner; ch 1, 3 dc in next space for bottom of square, ch 1, work corner in next space, [ch 1, 3 dc in next space] twice for other side, ch 1, 3 dc in same space as first group, ch 2, join to top of ch-3, fasten off.
Row 4: With loop of Color B on hook, work 3 dc for ½ corner in any corner of previous row, ch 1, work 3 dc & ch 1 in each space with 3 dc, ch 2 & 3 dc in each of the 3 corners, end ch 1, 3 dc in same corner as first ½ corner, ch 2, join to first dc, fasten off.
Rows 5 through 7: Working 1 row each of Colors C, B & A, repeat Row 4: top edge has 5 dc groups between corners and sides have 6 groups between.
Row 8: With loop of Color B on hook – work 3 dc for ½ corner in right hand corner of top edge, repeat Row 4, do not fasten off.
Row 9: Ch 3, 2 dc in same corner, * 1 dc in each dc of each group & 1 dc between groups to next corner space, 3 dc, ch 2 & 3 dc in corner, ch 1, * [3 dc & ch 1] 8 times, corner in next corner, repeat from * to * once, work to end, join, do not fasten off.
Row 1: Ch 3, work 1 dc in each of next 8 dc on top edge, ch 3, turn.
Rows 2 through 7: 1 dc in each dc; work off last 2 loops of last dc on Row 7 with Color A.
Rows 8 & 9: With Color A – repeat Row 2, fasten. Join yarn in 9th dc from other side, ch 3, work to correspond to other strap.
Row 1: On right side join Color C in 3rd dc of 2nd dc group below top left corner, ch 3 for first dc, 1 dc in each dc of each group & 1 dc between groups, end with 1 dc in next corner space, ch 3, turn.
Row 2: 1 dc in each st to last st, work off last 2 loops of last dc with Color A, ch 3, turn.
Row 3: With Color A – work 1 dc in each dc, work off last st with Color B. With Color B – work 1 more row, fasten off. Starting in lower right corner, work other side the same.
Row 1: On right side, join Color B in side of first Color B row, ch 3 for first dc, 1 more dc in same row, 2 dc in each of next 3 rows, 1 dc in each dc across, 2 dc in each row to end, work off last dc with Color A, ch 3, turn.
Rows 2 & 3: Work 1 dc in each dc; work off last 2 loops of last dc of Row 3 with Color B. Work 2 more rows of Color B and 2 rows of Color C. Fasten off.
Work same as front. Seam shoulders & sides. On right side with Color C – crochet 1 row of sc around lower edge. Join, fasten off. On right side with Color A – crochet 1 row of sc around armholes and neck.