Karma Vest

FREE crochet pattern

Get glitzy and glam this spring with a brand new vest! Karma Vest makes the most out of your Lang Karma by letting this shimmery yarn do it’s thing. A super easy fold-over construction makes this a cinch to seam, and the ability to just toss it on (or off!) allows for ease of wear. The open stitch pattern makes it a quick stitch, and the FRINGE! Oh my, that fringe is everything.

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The Details

Stitches:  Ch, sc, dc, sdc (standing double crochet)
Yarn:  Lang Karma, DK (#3) 311 yards per ball, 2 (3) balls
Shown in color 0003
Hook: I9/5.5mm
SizesWomens S/M (L/XL)
Across the back, from armhole to armhole, measures 20” (24.25) at rest
Gauge: 5 V-st x 7 rows = 4″, blocked

NOTESListen, this is a VERY forgiving, shapeless, fluttery, flappy garment. It doesn’t need to “fit” as much as other garments. I would say the S/M would be good for anyone with average sized back and shoulders, or up to a  size L in most womens clothing. The L/XL is best suited for those with a broader back and shoulders. It hangs open in the front, so no need to fit around the bust.


Karma Vest

Let's Gooooo!

Pattern:

Ch 83

1) Sc across. Turn.  = 82 st

2) Sdc in first st, sk 1, *V-st, sk 2; rep from * to last 3 st, v-st, sk 1, dc in last st. Turn.  = 27 V-st

3) Sdc in first st, *V-st in space of V-st; rep from * to last st, dc in last st. Turn.

4-31) Rep Row 3

Divide for front panels:

Panel 1:

Pm in center of 14th V-st. There should be 13 V-st on each side of m.

1) Sdc in first st, *V-st in space of V-st; rep from * until you have 1 V-st left before m, dc in center of that V-st, leaving marked V-st unworked. Turn.   = 12 V-st with 1 dc on each end of row.

2) Sdc, *V-st in next V-st; rep from * to last st, dc in last st. Turn.

3-30) Rep Row 2

Cut yarn.

Panel 2:

1) Join yarn in V-st just before marked st with a sdc, leaving marked V-st unworked, *V-st in next V-st; rep from * to last st, dc in last st. Turn.  = 12 V-st with 1 dc on each end of row

2) Sdc, *V-st in next V-st; rep from * to last st, dc in last st. Turn.

3-30) Rep Row 2

Cut yarn, weave in ends. 

Fold front panels “over the top” to touch end-to-end with back panel. Seam sides as you like them. I left 2” vents at the bottom of mine, and large armholes for a loose, fluttery fit.

Block to measurements (this yarn takes a block pretty well, so don’t be afraid to pull and stretch and pin how you need it. You won’t hurt it.)

Once dry, remove from blocking mat and use remaining yarn to make fringe. I like to wrap mine around a small book over and over so they’re all the same size.

Attach fringe however you want! I attached 3 strands in each V-st sp on both front panels and back panel. You can do more, or fewer, or even add beads to your fringe for a boho look. Make it YOURS! That’s the most important part.

Thank you so much for making a Karma Vest with me! I’d love to see what you’ve created. Post a pic to your favorite social media and tag @RowsAndRoses and #RowsAndRosesKarmaVest so we can all see what you’ve done with yours. As always, if you need me, I’m only a click or two away.

Karma Vest
Karma Vest

2 thoughts on “Karma Vest

  1. I have made an 83 chain three different ways (with 4 ply and 3 ply and different size hook) I get a beginning chain some where in the 80 in long. What am I doing wrong. Can’t get a 20″ back using an 80 in chain.

    1. Hi Juanita,

      If your starting chain is 80 inches long, that would make your chains almost an inch long each! I couldn’t begin to tell you how that might be happening… all I can think to say is to try not to pull on the chains as you make them. Also, have you worked a gauge swatch? Work a small 4″ x 4″ swatch and see how it goes.

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