Remember way back in April when I proclaimed this was the Summer of Vests and I was going to rock the world with my vest creations?  Okay, maybe not rock the world, but definitely rock my wardrobe.  I had just completed my first vest, and started my second right away.  What I didn’t expect was how booooring (Peppa Pig voice, anyone?) crocheting the same four rows can get.

Now, I shouldn’t say it was always booooring.  Sometimes, when I just wanted to zone out on TV and crochet, this was a good piece to work on.  But other times I got so zoned out the actual crocheting put me to sleep!  Another reason this vest/shawl took so long to complete was the weather.  As Summer evenings warmed to 70 and 80 degree weather, the last thing I wanted to do was make something that would cover me up!  But, in Wisconsin, I know this hot weather won’t last forever, and eventually I will need something to cover my shoulders.

Right now, my shawl/vest is being blocked using a yoga mat, which is an idea I got from Mrs. Craft.

IMG_4655This is a very simple design that can be done with almost any stitch.  All you do is make a big rectangle and two straps to go on each end.

Years ago I made a similar version with a simpler stitch.  Here are some pictures of that vest.

So this is what it will look like when worn like a vest.

Wearing it over the shoulder or shoulders is always a great option on a cool night.  I love how the ties help keep everything in place.

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This isn’t the best picture, but you get the idea (realistically the ties cannot wrap around my waist). I haven’t worn the shawl this way, but I always thought it would be a cute idea after the gym, over compression pants, especially if I have to run an errand after.

So this is what my new vest/shawl will look like.  I will post finished pictures soon.  Hope everyone has a great rest of the week, and Happy Crocheting!

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