March 20, 2016

Pineapple Racer Back Scarf Vest -free crochet pattern-



Turn your scarf into a vest!  This is a fun project, using the crochet pineapple design to add a racer back and straps to a scarf.  I came across this idea as I was going through my closet trying to decrease my wardrobe.  I have quite a few scarves that I never wear, and was about to put them into my "donate" pile, when the idea hit me.  So I played around with the design for a day, and this is how it turned out!  I am quite happy with it and can't wait to make more.

The best scarves to use are ones that drape and are flimsy.  I crocheted directly through the material of this scarf, I am not sure what it is made of, but it was very easy to poke my crochet hook through it.  And I really hate sewing, so that was a bonus!  However, if you find that you cannot crochet through your type of scarf, you can simply sew the racer back on afterward, no big deal.  Another nice thing about this vest is that it's easy to customize to your size.  It just depends on where you attach the straps, but we'll get to that later.

All I currently have, are solid colored scarves, so I can't wait to get my hands on some multi-colored ones, and pull a color for the racer back!  Another idea is, if you don't have any scarves, you could use or make a crochet one (not too bulky) and go with a complete crochet vest.  If you have a long piece of fabric that you love laying around, that could work also.  I like using the scarf, because the edges are already finished and it's simple.  I hope you like the pattern and I'm looking forward to seeing your finished vests!

Designed By: Farrah Hodgson 

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials:
  • Small amount of size 10 cotton crochet thread. I used Aunt Lydia's in white.
  • Size 1.75mm steel crochet hook
  • 3 safety pins or fabric pencil (optional)
  • measuring tape
Size: One Size

Finished Measurements: length without straps = approximately 9.5 inches; width at narrowest point = 4.5 inches; straps = 4.5 inches.

Stitches Used: 
  • Ch=Chain
  • Sl st= Slip Stitch
  • Sc=Single Crochet
  • Dc=Double Crochet

Special Terms Used:
  • B-Shell (Beginning Shell)- (ch3, dc, -ch2-, 2dc) in same space
  • Shell - (2dc, -ch2- 2dc) in same space
  • B-Shell in Shell - sl st over in ch 2 space of 1st shell , (ch3, dc, -ch2-, 2dc) in same space
  • Shell in Shell - Shell in ch2 space of shell from previous row


THE PATTERN

*Fold your scarf in half and mark the very center along the edge. Measure over 6 inches from each side of the center and mark.

Row 1: Attach thread to marked side on the right of the center and evenly work 89 sc across edge to last mark; with the 45th sc at the very center mark. (44 sc on each side of the center)

Alternate Row 1: If you are sewing the racer back onto your scarf, Ch 90, turn; sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 88 chs.


Row 2: Turn; B-Shell in 1st sc, (ch7- skip next 6 sts, sc in next sc) 5 times; ch7- skip next 8 sts, shell in next sc; ch7- skip next 8 sts, sc in next sc; (ch7- skip next 6 sts, sc in next sc) 4 times; ch7- skip next 6 sts, shell in last sc.




Row 3: Turn; B-Shell in shell, ch3-sc in 1st ch7 space; (ch7- sc in next ch7 space) 4 times; ch7- (shell, ch2, 2dc) in next shell, ch7- skip over 7 chs, sc in next ch7 space, (ch7- sc in next ch7 space) 4 times; ch3- shell in shell.



Row 4: Turn; B-Shell in shell, skip over 3 chs, (ch7- sc in next ch7 space) 4 times, ch7- shell in next ch2 space, ch2-, shell in next ch space; ch7- skip over 7 chs, sc in next ch7 space, (ch7- sc in next ch7 space) 3 times, ch7- skip over 3 chs, shell in shell.



Row 5: Turn; B-Shell in shell, ch7- skip over next 7ch, sc in next ch7 space, (ch7- sc in next ch7 space) twice; ch7- shell in shell, -ch2-, shell in next ch2 space, -ch2-, shell in shell; ch7- skip over next 7chs, sc in next ch7 space, (ch7- sc in next ch7 space) twice, ch7- shell in shell.



Row 6: Turn; B-shell in shell, ch3- sc in next ch7 space, (ch7- sc in next ch7 space) twice, ch7- (shell in shell, ch3) twice, shell in shell; ch7- skip over next 7 chs, sc in next ch7 space, (ch7- sc in next ch7 space) twice, ch3- shell in shell.



Row 7: Turn; B-Shell in shell, (ch7- sc in next ch7 space) twice, ch7- (shell in shell, ch4) twice, shell in shell; ch7- skip over next 7 chs, sc in next ch7 space, ch7- sc in next ch7 space, ch7- shell in shell.



Row 8: Turn; B-Shell in shell, ch7- skip over next 7chs, sc in next ch7 space, ch7- shell in shell, ch5- (2dc, -ch 10-, 2dc) in next shell, ch5- shell in shell, ch7- skip over next 7 chs, sc in next ch7 space, ch7- shell in shell.



Row 9: Turn; B-Shell in shell, ch3- sc in ch7 space, ch7- shell in shell; ch6- work 13dc in ch10 space, ch6-, shell in shell, ch7- skip over next 7 chs, sc in next ch7 space, ch3- shell in shell.



Row 10: Turn; B-shell in shell, ch7- shell in shell, ch7-, [(dc-ch1) in next dc] 12 times, dc in last dc, (ch7- shell in shell) twice.



Row 11: Turn; B-Shell in shell, ch3- shell in shell, ch7- sc in first ch1 space, (ch7- sc in next ch1 space) 11 times, ch7- shell in shell, ch3- shell in shell.



Row 12: Turn; B-shell in shell, shell in shell, ch7- skip over next 7chs, sc in next ch7 space, (ch7- sc n next ch7 space) 10 times, ch7- (shell in shell) twice.



Row 13: Turn; sl st in ch2 space, (ch3, dc) in same space, -ch2-, 2dc in next shell, ch7- skip over next 7 chs, sc in next ch7 space, (ch7- sc in next ch7 space) 9 times, ch7-, 2dc in next shell, -ch2-, 2dc in last shell.



Row 14: Turn; B-Shell in ch2 space, ch7- skip over next 7 chs, sc in next ch7 space, (ch7- sc in next ch7 space) 8 times, ch7- shell in last ch2 space.



Row 15: Turn; B-Shell in shell, ch7- skip over next 7 chs, sc in next ch7 space, (ch7- sc in next ch7 space) 7 times; ch7- shell in shell.



Row 16: Turn; B-Shell in shell, ch7- skip over next 7 chs, sc in next ch7 space, (ch7- sc in next ch7 space) 6 times, ch7- shell n shell.



Row 17: Turn; B-Shell in shell, ch7- skip over next 7 chs, sc in next ch7 space, (ch7- sc in next ch7 space) 5 times, ch7- shell in shell.



Row 18: Turn; (B-shell, -ch2-, 2dc) in shell, ch7- skip over next 7 chs, sc in nect ch7 space, (ch7- sc in next ch7 space) 4 times, ch7- (shell, -ch2-, 2dc) in shell.



Row 19: Turn; B-shell in ch2 space, -ch2- shell in next ch2 space, ch7- skip over next 7 chs, sc in next ch7 space, (ch7- sc in next ch7 space) 3 times, ch7- shell in next ch2 space, -ch2, shell in last ch2 space.



Row 20: Turn; B-shell in shell, ch2- shell in next ch2 space, ch2- shell in shell, ch7- skip over next 7 chs, (ch7- sc in next ch7 space) twice, ch7- shell in shell, ch2- shell in next ch2 space, ch2- shell in shell.



Row 21: Turn; B-shell in shell, ch2- shell in shell, ch5- shell in shell, ch7- skip over next 7 chs, sc in next ch7 space, ch7-, sc in next ch7 space, ch7- shell in shell, ch5- shell in shell, ch2- shell in shell.



Row 22: Turn; B-Shell in shell, ch3- shell in shell, ch7- shell in shell, ch7- skip over next 7 chs, sc in next ch7 space, (ch7- shell in shell) twice, ch3- shell in shell.



Row 23: Turn; B-Shell in shell, ch5- shell in shell, ch7- shell in shell, (ch7- shell iin shell) twice, ch5- shell in shell.



Row 24: Turn; B-Shell in shell, ch7- shell in shell, ch9- shell in shell, ch2- shell in shell, ch9- shell in shell, ch7- shell in shell.



Row 25: Turn; B-shell in shell, ch9- shell in shell, ch9- 2dc in next shell, -ch2-, 2dc in next shell, (ch9- shell in shell) twice.



Row 26: Turn; B-shell in shell, ch9- shell in shell, ch9- shell in next ch2 space, (ch9- shell in shell) twice.  Do NOT fasten off.



Right Strap

Row 1: Turn; B-Shell in shell, ch9- shell in shell.
Row 2: Turn; B-Shell in shell, ch8- shell in shell.
Row 3: Turn; B-Shell in shell, ch7- shell in shell.
Row 4: Turn; B-Shell in shell, ch6- shell in shell.
Row 5: Turn; B-Shell in shell, ch5- shell in shell.
Row 6: Turn; B-Shell in shell, ch4- shell in shell.
Row 7: Turn; B-Shell in shell, ch3- shell in shell.
Row 8: Turn; B-Shell in shell, ch2- shell in shell.
Row 9: Turn; B-Shell in shell, ch1- shell in shell.
Row 10: Turn; B-Shell in shell, shell in shell. Fasten off, leaving a lonng tail for sewing.


Left Strap

Row 1: Attach thread in 2nd shell to the right of Row 26; Turn; B-Shell in shell, ch9- shell in shell.


Rows 2-10: Repeat instructions for Right Strap.



Attach Straps

Measure out **15 inches from each side of racer back and mark scarf. Sew straps onto scarf where marked using the long tail from straps rows 10.

Note: ** 15 inches worked for me,however pin it, and try it, before you sew it on to be good for you.  I am a size medium (8/9). Decrease this measurement for a smaller size, increase for a larger size.




 

Enjoy :)

13 comments:

  1. Love it!
    But I have one question. What are the dimension of the scarf?

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    1. 76 inches long, and 24 inches wide. I am making one today that is 28 inches wide. I don't think it would really matter, as long as the scarf goes around your body twice and is more than 20 inches wide.

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  2. I just love this pattern. It is well thought out and really easy to accomplish. I turned on of my seldom used scarves into a lovely crochet vest and could not be more pleased with the result. Makes me want to get out and look thru thrift stores for more scarves to transform with this brilliant pattern. Thank you so much Farrah!

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    1. So happy you like it! I was thinking the same thing, I need to hit up the thrift stores too!

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  3. This is brilliant! Thank you so much. I've completed one already with a sorely neglected scarf and I'm using your pattern as a base to try to design my own for another scarf with a pattern motif.
    I especially love the photos of each row complete, that really helps to keep me on track!

    I think there might be a sc missing from the row 20 description:
    Row 20: Turn; B-shell in shell, ch2- shell in next ch2 space, ch2- shell in shell, ch7- skip over next 7 chs, (ch7- sc in next ch7 space) twice, ch7- shell in shell, ch2- shell in next ch2 space, ch2- shell in shell.
    should be?
    Row 20: Turn; B-shell in shell, ch2- shell in next ch2 space, ch2- shell in shell, ch7- skip over next 7 chs, sc in ch 7 space (ch7- sc in next ch7 space) twice, ch7- shell in shell, ch2- shell in next ch2 space, ch2- shell in shell.

    Thanks!

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  4. Nice and easy.
    Your photos are useful.
    Thanks

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  5. I love the pineapple racerback! Can I have permission to use this pattern in some of the handmade crocheted tops I will put up for sale in my Etsy shop? I will of course include a link to this pattern in the item description.

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    1. Hi Rene. Absolutely, I don't mind at all, as long as credit is given, sell away! Good luck! So happy that you like the pattern. -Farrah

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  6. Farrah,
    Love the pattern. On my blog I have posted a link to this page. I also have a picture of my green one that I made today. Here's a link to my blog (haven't posted anything on it for ages until today, lol:

    http://juliescorneroftheworld.blogspot.com.au

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  7. This is very intriguing. I don't wear scarves but I have wanted to make a vest with the pinapple. I also would like to make a scarf with a heart! (HINT HINT) so I will be checking a few nice thrift stores to see if I can find a few scarves. Thank you for sharing! <3

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