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Get cozy with Eleanora! This casual, comfy vest has big roomy pockets and a subtle, all-over texture. It’s lightweight and not too warm. Perfect for relaxing at home.  The Red Heart Soft Touch yarn is super soft and has lovely drape with just a little shine.

 

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Eleanora

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Materials:

 

Difficulty:

Intermediate – Herringbone half double crochet, simple color changes, made in pieces and seamed.

Sizes:

Instructions are given for Women’s S, with changes for M, L, and XL in [ ].

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Gauge:

 15 hhdc (herringbone half double crochet) x 12 rows = 4″. Gauge is important for a good fit – take time to check your gauge!

Abbreviations used:

  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • hhdc = herringbone half double crochet (see special stitches)
  • dec = herringbone half double crochet decrease (see special stitches)
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sp(s) = space(s)
  • yo = yarn over

Recommended Resources:

Special Stitches:

  • Herringbone half double crochet (hhdc): Yo (shown in blue); insert hook in specified stitch, yo and draw up a loop (shown in red); pull the loop you just drew up (red) through the next loop on the hook (blue); yo and pull through both loops. For more detail, view the full hddc tutorial.

3 loops - Herringbone Half Double Crochet (hhdc) tutorial on StitchesNScraps.com pull through yo - Herringbone Half Double Crochet (hhdc) tutorial on StitchesNScraps.com Herringbone Half Double Crochet (hhdc) tutorial on StitchesNScraps.com

 

  • Herringbone half double crochet decrease (dec): In first st, *yo; insert hook in stitch, yo and draw up a loop; pull the loop you just drew up through the next loop on the hook (everything up to here is shown in blue); repeat from * in next st (repeat shown in purple); Yo and pull through all three loops on the hook. For more detail, view the full hddc decrease tutorial.

Herringbone Half Double Crochet Decrease tutorial on StitchesNScraps.com completed decrease - Herringbone Half Double Crochet Decrease tutorial on StitchesNScraps.com

 

Instructions:

Back:

Border:

Row 1 (WS): With B, Ch 74 [81, 88, 96], sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, changing to A at the end of the row. Cut B. (73 [80, 87, 95] sts)

OR

Alternate Row 1 (WS): With B, work 73 [80, 87, 95] fsc, changing to A at the end of the row. Cut B. (73 [80, 87, 95] sts)

Rows 2-4: With A, ch 1, turn, sc in each st across. At the end of row 4, change to B and cut A.

Row 5: With B, ch 1, turn, sc in each st across, changing to A at the end of the row. Cut B.

Waist shaping (decreases):

Row 6 (RS): With A, dec, hhdc in each st across to last 2 sts, dec. (71 [78, 85, 93] sts)

Rows 7-8: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in each st across.

Rows 9-26: Repeat rows 6-8 six more times. (59 [66, 73, 81] sts)

Bust shaping (increases):

Row 27 (WS): Ch 1, turn, hhdc in each st across.

Row 28: Ch 1, turn, 2 hhdc first st, hhdc in each st across to last st, 2 hhdc in last st. (61 [68, 75, 83] sts)

Rows 29-32 [32, 31, 31]: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in each st across.

Rows 33-47 [33-47, 32-47, 32-47] : Repeat last 5 [5, 4, 4] rows 3 [3, 4, 4] more times. (67 [74, 83, 91] sts)

Sizes S & M only – Rows 48-49: Repeat rows 28-29.  (69 [76] sts)

Armhole shaping:

Note: Ch 2 at the beginning of a row does not count as a stitch.

Row 50 [50, 48, 48]: Sl st in first 1 [2, 2, 3] sts, ch 2, dec, hhdc in each st across to last 3 [4, 4, 5] sts, dec, leave last 1 [2, 2, 3] sts unworked. (65 [70, 77, 83] sts)

Row 51 [51, 49, 49]: Ch 2, turn, dec, hhdc in each st across to last 2 sts, dec. (63 [68, 75, 81] sts)

Size XL only – Row 50: Repeat last row once more. (79 sts)

Row 52 [52, 50, 51]: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in each st across. (63 [68, 75, 79] sts)

Row 53 [52, 51, 52]: Ch 2, turn, dec, hhdc in each st across to last 2 sts, dec. (61 [66, 73, 77] sts)

Sizes L & XL only – Rows 52-53 [53-54]: Repeat last 2 rows once more. (71 [75] sts).

Row 54-73 [53-75, 54-75, 55-77]: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in each st across. (63 [68, 71 ,75] sts)

Neck & shoulder shaping:

Row 74a [76a, 76a, 78a] (RS): Turn, sl st in first 5 [5, 6, 6] sts, ch 2, dec, hhdc in next 11 [13, 14, 14] sts, dec, leave remaining 43 [46, 49, 53] sts unworked.

Row 74a [76a, 76a, 78a]:

Sizes S & M only: Ch 2, turn, dec, hhdc in next 5 [6] sts, sl st in next st, leave remaining 5 [6] sts unworked, fasten off. (6 [7] sts)

Sizes L & XL only: Turn, sl st in first st, ch 2, dec, hhdc in next 6 sts, sl st in next st, leave remaining 6 sts unworked. Fasten off. (7 sts)

Join for other shoulder: With RS facing, sk next 21 [22, 23, 27] unworked sts from row 73 [75, 75, 77], join A with sl st in next st.

Row 74b [76b, 76b, 78b]: Ch 2, dec in same st and next st, hhdc in next 11 [13, 14, 14] sts, dec, leave remaining 5 [5, 6, 6] sts unworked.

Row 75b [77b, 77b, 79b]:

Sizes S & M only: Turn, sl st in first 5 [6] sts, ch 2, dec, hhdc in next 4 [5] sts, dec, fasten off (6 [7] sts)

Sizes L & XL only: Turn, sl st in first 6 sts, ch 2, dec, hhdc in next 5 sts, dec, leave last st unworked, fasten off. (7 sts)

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Left Front:

Border:

Note: Leave slightly longer tails (about 10-12 inches) at the start of rows 1 & 5. You will work 1 stitch with each of these tails when you do the edging. 

Row 1 (WS): With B, Ch 44 [48, 51, 55], sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, changing to A at the end of the row. Cut B.  (43 [47, 50, 54] sts)

OR

Alternate Row 1 (WS): With B, work 43 [47, 50, 54] fsc, changing to A at the end of the row. Cut B. (43 [47, 50, 54] sts)

Rows 2-5: Work as for back.

Waist shaping (decreases):

Note: You may find it helpful to mark your increases and decreases on both front pieces, as shown here. They shouldn’t line up directly, but rather alternate back and forth slightly.

Row 6 (RS): With A, ch 1, turn, hhdc in first 17 [19, 21, 23] sts, dec, hhdc across. (42 [46, 49, 53] sts)

Rows 7-8: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in each st across.

Row 9: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in first 24 [26, 27, 29] sts, dec, hhdc across. (41 [45, 48, 52] sts)

Rows 10-11: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in each st across.

Row 12: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in first 16 [18, 20, 22] sts, dec, hhdc across. (40 [44, 47, 51] sts)

Rows 13-14: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in each st across.

Row 15: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in first 23 [25, 26, 28] sts, dec, hhdc across. (39 [43, 46, 50] sts)

Rows 16-17: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in each st across.

Row 18: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in first 15 [17, 19, 21] sts, dec, hhdc across. (38 [42, 45, 49] sts)

Rows 19-20: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in each st across.

Row 21: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in first 22 [24, 25, 27] sts, dec, hhdc across. (37 [41, 44, 48] sts)

Rows 22-23: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in each st across.

Row 24: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in first 14 [16, 18, 20] sts, dec, hhdc across. (36 [40, 43, 47] sts)

Rows 25-26: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in each st across.

Bust shaping (increases):

Row 27 (WS): Ch 1, turn, hhdc in each st across.

Row 28: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in first 14 [16, 18, 20] sts, 2 hhdc in next st, hhdc across. (37 [41, 44, 48] sts)

Rows 29-32 [32, 31, 31]: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in each st across.

Row 33 [33, 32, 32]: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in first 22 [16, 18, 27] sts, 2 hhdc in next st, hhdc across. (38 [42, 45, 49] sts)

Rows 34-37 [34-37, 33-35, 33-35]: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in each st across.

Row 38 [38, 36, 36]: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in first 15 [17, 19, 21] sts, 2 hhdc in next st, hhdc across.  (39 [43, 46, 50] sts)

Rows 39-42 [39-42, 37-39, 37-39]: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in each st across.

Row 43 [43, 40, 40]: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in first 23 [17, 19, 28] sts, 2 hhdc in next st, hhdc across. (40 [44, 47, 51] sts)

Rows 44-47 [44-47, 41-43, 41-43]: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in each st across.

Row 48 [48, 44, 44]: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in first 16 [18, 20, 22] sts, 2 hhdc in next st, hhdc across. (41 [45, 48, 52] sts)

Rows 49 [49, 45-47, 45-47]: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in each st across.

Armhole shaping:

Row 50 [50, 48, 48] (RS): Turn, sl st in first 1 [2, 2, 3] sts, dec, hhdc across. (39 [42, 45, 48] sts)

Row 51 [51, 49, 49]: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in each st across to last 2 sts, dec.  (38 [41, 44, 47] sts)

Row 52 [52, 50, 50]: Ch 1, turn, hhdc across.

Row 53 [53, 51, 51]: Ch 1, turn, hhdc across to last 2 sts, dec. (37 [40, 43, 46] sts)

Row 54 [54, 52, 52]: Ch 1, turn, hhdc across.

Size L & XL only – Rows 53-54 [53-56]: Repeat last 2 rows once [twice]. (42 [44] sts)

Sizes S, M, L only – Rows 55-56: Ch 1, turn, hdc across.

Neckline shaping:

Row 57: Ch 2, turn, dec, hhdc across. (36 [39, 41, 43] sts)

Row 58: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in each st across to last 2 sts, dec. (35 [38, 40, 42] sts)

Rows 59-73 [75, 75, 77]: Repeat last 2 rows 7 [8 ,8, 9] times, then repeat row 57 once more. (20 [21, 23, 23] sts).

Row 74 [76, 76, 78]: Turn, sl st in first 5 [5, 6, 6] sts, ch 2, dec, hhdc across to last 2 sts, dec. (13 [14, 15, 15] sts)

Row 75 [77, 77, 79]: Ch 1, turn, dec, hhdc in next 5 [6, 6, 6] sts, sl st in next st, leaving remaining 5 [5, 6, 6] sts unworked, fasten off. (6 [7, 7, 7] sts)

Right Front:

Border:

Note: Leave a slightly longer tails (about 10-12 inches) at the end of row 5. You will work 1 stitch with this tail when you do the edging. 

Rows 1-5: Work as for back.

Waist shaping (decreases):

Row 6 (RS): With A, ch 1, turn, hhdc in first 24 [26, 27, 29] sts, dec, hhdc across. (42 [46, 49, 53] sts)

Rows 7-8: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in each st across.

Row 9: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in first 17 [19, 21, 23] sts, dec, hhdc across. (41 [45, 48, 52] sts)

Rows 10-11: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in each st across.

Row 12: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in first 23 [25, 26, 28] sts, dec, hhdc across. (40 [44, 47, 51] sts)

Rows 13-14: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in each st across.

Row 15: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in first 16 [18, 20, 22] sts, dec, hhdc across. (39 [43, 46, 50] sts)

Rows 16-17: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in each st across.

Row 18: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in first 22 [24, 25, 27] sts, dec, hhdc across. (38 [42, 45, 49] sts)

Rows 19-20: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in each st across.

Row 21: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in first 15 [17, 19, 21] sts, dec, hhdc across. (37 [41, 44, 48] sts)

Rows 22-23: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in each st across.

Row 24: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in first 21 [23, 24, 26] sts, dec, hhdc across. (36 [40, 43, 47] sts)

Rows 25-26: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in each st across.

Bust shaping (increases):

Row 27 (WS): Ch 1, turn, hhdc in each st across.

Row 28: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in first 21 [23, 24, 26] sts, 2 hhdc in next st, hhdc across. (37 [41, 44, 48] sts)

Rows 29-32 [32, 31, 31]: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in each st across.

Row 33 [33, 32, 32]: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in first 15 [23, 24, 21] sts, 2 hhdc in next st, hhdc across. (38 [42, 45, 49] sts)

Rows 34-37 [34-37, 33-35, 33-35]: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in each st across.

Row 38 [38, 36, 36]: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in first 22 [24, 25, 27] sts, 2 hhdc in next st, hhdc across.  (39 [43, 46, 50] sts)

Rows 39-42 [39-42, 37-39, 37-39]: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in each st across.

Row 43 [43, 40, 40]: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in first 16 [24, 25, 22] sts, 2 hhdc in next st, hhdc across. (40 [44, 47, 51] sts)

Rows 44-47 [44-47, 41-43, 41-43]: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in each st across.

Row 48 [48, 44, 44]: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in first 23 [25, 26, 28] sts, 2 hhdc in next st, hhdc across. (41 [45, 48, 52] sts)

Rows 49 [49, 45-47, 45-47]: Ch 1, turn, hhdc in each st across.

Armhole shaping:

Row 50 [50, 48, 48] (RS): Ch 1, turn, hhdc in across to last 3 [4, 4, 5] sts, dec, leave remaining 1 [2, 2, 3] sts unworked. (39 [42, 45, 48] sts)

Row 51 [51, 49, 49]: Ch 2, turn, dec, hhdc across. (38 [41, 44, 47] sts)

Row 52 [52, 50, 50]: Ch 1, turn, hhdc across.

Row 53 [53, 51, 51]: Ch 2, turn, dec, hhdc across. (37 [40, 43, 46] sts)

Row 54 [54, 52, 52]: Ch 1, turn, hhdc across.

Size L & XL only – Rows 53-54 [53-56]: Repeat last 2 rows once [twice]. (42 [44] sts)

Sizes S, M, L only – Rows 55-56: Ch 1, turn, hdc across.

Neckline shaping:

Row 57: Ch 1, turn, hhdc across to last 2 sts, dec. (36 [39, 41, 43] sts)

Row 58: Ch 2, turn, dec, hhdc across. (35 [38, 40, 42] sts)

Rows 59-73 [75, 75, 77]: Repeat last 2 rows 7 [8 ,8, 9] times, then repeat row 57 once more. (20 [21, 23, 23] sts).

Row 74 [76, 76, 78]: Ch 2, turn, dec, hhdc in next 11 [12, 13, 13] sts, dec, leaving remaining 5 [5, 6, 6] sts unworked. (13 [14, 15, 15] sts)

Row 75 [77, 77, 79]: Ch 1, turn, sl st in first 5 [5, 6, 6] sts, ch 2, dec, hhdc across to last 2 sts, dec. (6 [7, 7, 7] sts)

Right (Right, Left, Left) Pocket:

Row 1 (RS): With A, Ch 18 [19, 21, 22], sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. (17 [18, 20, 21] sts)

OR

Alternate Row 1 (WS): With A, work 17 [18, 20, 21] fsc. (17 [18, 20, 21] sts)

Rows 2-8 [8, 9, 9]: Ch 1, turn, hhdc across.

Row 9 [9, 10, 10]: Ch 1, turn, hhdc across to last 2 sts, dec. (16 [17, 19, 20] sts)

Row 10 [10, 11, 11]: Ch 2, turn, dec, hhdc across. (15 [16, 18, 19] sts)

Rows 11-18 [11-18, 12-19, 12-19]: Repeat last 2 rows four more times. (7 [8, 10, 11] sts)

Sizes L & XL only – Row 20: Repeat row 11. (9 [10] sts)

Edging Rnd (RS):

  • Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.  (7 [8, 9, 10] sts)
  • Ch 1, working in sides of rows, work 10 [10, 25, 25] sc evenly across short (short, long, long) side of pocket. (10 [10, 25, 25] sts)
  • Ch 1, working in bottom of row 1, sc in each st across. (17 [18, 20, 21] sts)
  • Ch 1, working in sides of rows, work 23 [23, 11, 11] sc evenly across long (long, short, short) side of pocket. (23 [23, 11, 11] sts)

 

Left (Left, Right, Right) Pocket:

Rows 1-8 [8, 9, 9]: Repeat as for other pocket.

Row 9 [9, 10, 10]: Ch 2, turn, dec, hhdc across. (16 [17, 19, 20] sts)

Row 10 [10, 11, 11]: Ch 1, turn, hhdc across to last 2 sts, dec. (15 [16, 18, 19] sts)

Rows 11-18 [11-18, 12-19, 12-19]: Repeat last 2 rows four more times. (7 [8, 10, 11] sts)

Sizes L & XL only – Row 20: Repeat row 11. (9 [10] sts)

Edging Rnd (RS):

  • Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.  (7 [8, 9, 10] sts)
  • Ch 1, working in sides of rows, work 23 [23, 11, 11] sc evenly across long (long, short, short) side of pocket. (23 [23, 11, 11] sts)
  • Ch 1, working in bottom of row 1, sc in each st across. (17 [18, 20, 21] sts)
  • Ch 1, working in sides of rows, work 10 [10, 25, 25] sc evenly across short (short, long, long) side of pocket. (10 [10, 25, 25] sts)

 

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Note: For best results, wash and block pieces separately before seaming.

Finishing:

Seaming:

Note: You may find it helpful to “pin” the pieces /edges together with stitch markers prior to seaming, as shown below. This will help you to make sure the rows are lined up nicely.   

With right sides facing, sew fronts to back at shoulder seams.

With right sides facing, sew side seams.

Using the pictures / diagrams as a guide, sew pockets onto front.

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Edging:

Armholes:

Rnd 1: With WS facing, join A with sl st at underarm seam. Ch 1, work 73 [80, 87, 96] sc evenly spaced around armhole, join, changing to B. Fasten off A.

Rnd 2: With B, ch 1, turn, sc in each st around. Fasten off, join (see invisible join tutorial). (73 [80, 87, 96] sc)

Repeat for other armhole.

Front and Neckline:

Row 1 (WS):

Note: The basic idea on this row is to work stitches of color B into the rows of color B, and stitches of color A into the rows/stitches of color A. Using the tails from the border to do this just means fewer ends to work in later. 

  • With WS facing, Pick up a loop with the tail of B at the corner of left front, as shown
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  • With tail, Ch 1, sc in side of row 1, changing to A. With A, work 2 sc across side of rows 2-4, changing to the tail from row 5. With tail, sc in side of row 5, changing to A. (4 sc)
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  • With A, and working in sides of rows along front edge, ch 1, work 62 sc evenly spaced up to bottom of neckline
  • Working into angled edge of V neck, ch 1, work 58 [58, 59, 60] sc evenly spaced up to right shoulder seam.
  • Ch 1, work 25 [28, 29, 33] sc evenly spaced across back of neck to left shoulder seam.
  • Working into angled edge of V neck, ch 1, work 58 [58, 59, 60] sc evenly spaced to bottom of neckline.
  • Working in sides of rows along front edge, ch 1, work 62 sc evenly spaced down to row 5 (beginning of border). Change to tail from row 5.
  • With tail, sc in side of row 5, changing to A. With A, work 2 sc across side of rows 4-2, changing to B (not tail). Cut A.  With B, sc in side of row 1. (4 sc – 272 [276, 279, 285] sc total)

 

Rows 2-3: Ch 1, turn, (sc in each st across to next ch 1 sp, (sc, ch 1, sc) in ch 1 sp) 5 times, sc across. Do not fasten off. (292 [296, 299, 305] sts)

Hem (RS):

  • Do not turn. Ch 1, work 2 sts across sides of rows from front edging.
  • Working across bottom of stitches from row 1, sc in each st across.  (238 [260, 260, 282, 306] sts)
  • Work 2 sts across sides of rows from front edging. Fasten off, join at corner st (first st of row 3 of front edging) with invisible join.  (242 [264, 286, 310] sts total)

 

Weave in all ends.


I hope you enjoy the pattern. Big thanks to Red Heart Yarns for supplying the fabulous yarn!

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Free Pattern – Eleanora — 2 Comments

  1. Your instructions are very detailed, excellently done. Can’t believe you offer the pattern for free but by doing so you make it possible for those on budgets to enjoy them, Thank you for spending so much time and sharing.

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