Clamshell Lace Vest

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This gorgeous waterfall vest was nearly an entire year in the making. The first whispers of this design came to me during a chilly beach walk early in January. My husband stole me away to the sweetest little inn on the beach in St. Petersburg, Florida. This was to be our very first overnight away from our two kids, and my heart was both full to bursting, and fluttering with nervous excitement. We walked to a fancy French restaurant nearby. I remember the food was exceptional, and I remember wishing I had more to talk about than how much I missed the kids!

Katie with David on the beach in St. Pete.

A blink of an eye later, we were two drinks in, shedding our shoes and sinking into the softest sand I’ve felt in ages. My fingers curled around his side, as we shared conversation and body heat, but in my memories, the roar of the waves drowns out all the words. I’m sure they were sweet nothings, sprinkled across that night like little clam shells on the tide line, but I do wish now that I’d held one in my mind to treasure for the lonely months ahead, when he would deploy overseas. A moment later, the frigid water swept across my feet. I wished for something warm to wrap around me, but snuggled close to my husband instead.

A pretty clam shell I found on that same beach trip to St. Pete.

Six months later, I’d finished about  6 inches of this vest. The clam shell lace pattern seemed to magically drift from my hook, but I couldn’t bring myself to finish it- not until after my husband was back safe and sound. Somehow, it seems right this way. Just as the reaching and gathering stitches in this pretty lace complement each other, I’m a different woman when I’m with my husband. After more than seven years of marriage, we are lucky to still feel that spark of tension that makes us want to be better people for each other. I hope as you crochet this vest you can think of the one who makes you reach for that best version of yourself.

Find the free crochet waterfall vest pattern at SaltyPearlCrochet.com

This vest has brought out a romantic side of me that’s been put on hold for a long time, and I’m so thankful for it! We all need a little sand in our toes and a little romance in our life, sometimes. I’ll be wearing my vest on a date with my husband some night this week, but it would be just as home at church on Sunday or at the beach. I like to pair it with my favorite maxi dress, but as you see in the photos, it works just as well with a ruffled camisole and your favorite pair of jeans.

That’s another thing I love about this project. Simple designs allow the most versatility, and give you more bang for your buck. This would make a perfect gentle introduction to crochet lace- there’s no seaming, no shaping, and minimal counting, if you’re clever with your stitch markers.

The lovely crochet hook grip my friend Marilyn made for me!

Materials

G / 4.00 mm Hook (I highly recommend using an ergonomic grip for this pattern! This one was loom knitted for me by my lovely friend, Marilyn, from the Happy Stitchers knit/crochet club at my local YMCA.)

4 balls Premier Cotton Fair Yarn, Bright Peach (Approx. 1100  yds Fine (2) weight yarn)

Optional stitch markers, to mark the beginning of the lace section

Scissors

Yarn Needle

Abbreviations

Ch- Chain

Dc – double crochet

Dc5tog – double crochet 5 together

Lp – loop

Sk – skip

Yo- yarn over

 

Special Stitches

5dc shell: 5 Double crochet shell. Make 5 DC into the same stitch or chain space.

Dc5tog: Double crochet 5 together. Yo, draw up lp. Yo, pull through 2 loops. *Yo, insert hook into next st/sp, draw up a lp. Yo, pull through next 2 lps.* Repeat three more times. Yo, pull through all 6 lps on hook. Stitch completed.

Gauge / Finished Size

11 stitches and 4.5 rows double crochet mesh per 2”

Finished size: 22” from shoulder to hem, 51 inches from front panel across back.

 

Notes

Written for a size M/L. To adjust size, you may add or remove repeats to fit in the back panel section. It should be just about the same width as the wearer’s back, from underarm to underarm.

 

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Clamshell Lace Vest Pattern

Mesh Edging

Ch 109.

Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch. * Ch 1, sk 1, dc* across. Ch 2, turn. [54 dc, 53 ch sp.]

 

Row 2-4: Dc in the last dc of previous row, *ch 1, sk 1, dc* across. Ch 2, turn. [54 dc]

Front Panel – Clamshell Lace Pattern

Row 5: Dc, (ch 1, sk 1, dc) 5 times. (Ch 2, dc5tog, ch 2, dc. Sk 2, 5dc shell in center ch sp. Sk 2, dc.) 6 times. (Ch 1, sk 1, dc) 12 times. Ch 2, turn. [6 dc, 6 pattern repeats, 12 dc.]

 

Row 6: (Dc, ch 1, sk 1) 12 times. {(Dc, ch 1, sk 1) 3 times. Dc, sk 1, 5dc shell in ch sp, sk 3)} 6 times. (Dc, ch 1, sk 1) 5 times, dc in last st. Ch 2, turn. [

 

Row 7: Dc, (ch 1, sk 1, dc) 5 times. {(Ch 1, sk 1, dc) 3 times. Ch 2, dc5tog, ch 2, dc.)} 6 times. (Ch 1, sk 1, dc) 12 times. Ch 2, turn.

 

Row 8: Dc, (ch 1, sk 1, dc) 11 times. (Dc, sk 1, 5dc shell, sk 3. Dc, ch 2, dc5tog, ch 2.) 6 times. (Dc, ch 1, sk 1) 5 times, dc in last st.  Ch 2, turn.

 

Row 9:  Dc, (ch 1, sk 1, dc) 5 times. {Sk 1, 5dc shell, sk 3, dc. (Ch 1, sk 1, dc) 3 times.} 6 times. (Ch 1, sk 1, dc) 12 times. Ch 2, turn.

 

Row 10: (Dc, ch 1, sk 1) 12 times. {(Dc, ch 2, dc5tog, ch 2.) (Dc, ch 1, sk 1) 3 times.} 6 times. (Dc, ch 1, sk 1) 5 times, dc in last st.  Ch 2, turn.

 

Row 11: Dc, (ch 1, sk 1, dc) 5 times. (Ch 2, dc5tog, ch 2, dc. Sk 1, 5dc shell in center ch sp. Sk 3, dc.) 6 times. (Ch 1, sk 1, dc) 12 times. Ch 2, turn. [6 dc, 6 pattern repeats, 12 dc.]

 

Row 12-40: Repeat Rows 6-11 FIVE more times, ending on a row 10 repeat.

Add First Arm Hole

Row 41: Dc, (ch 1, sk 1, dc) 5 times. Ch 35, sk 35, dc. (Ch 2, dc5tog, ch 2, dc. Sk 1, 5dc shell in center ch sp. Sk 3, dc.) 3 times. (Ch 1, sk 1, dc) 12 times.

 

Row 42:  (Dc, ch 1, sk 1) 12 times. {(Dc, ch 1, sk 1) 3 times. Dc, sk 1, 5dc shell in ch sp, sk 3)} 3 times.

Continue working in pattern across the chain as follows: {(Dc, ch 1, sk 1) 3 times. Dc, sk 2, 5dc shell in ch, sk 2)} 3 times. (Dc, ch 1, sk 1) 5 times, dc in last st. Ch 2, turn. [12 dc, 6 total pattern repeats, 6 dc.]

Back Panel

Rows 43-47: Repeat Rows 7-11.

 

Rows 48-76-: Repeat Rows 6-11, FIVE more times, ending on a row 10 repeat.

 

Add Second Arm Hole

Row 77: Dc, (ch 1, sk 1, dc) 5 times. Ch 35, sk 35, dc. (Ch 2, dc5tog, ch 2, dc. Sk 1, 5dc shell in center ch sp. Sk 3, dc.) 3 times. (Ch 1, sk 1, dc) 12 times.

 

Row 78:  (Dc, ch 1, sk 1) 12 times. {(Dc, ch 1, sk 1) 3 times. Dc, sk 1, 5dc shell in ch sp, sk 3)} 3 times.

Continue working in pattern across the chain as follows: {(Dc, ch 1, sk 1) 3 times. Dc, sk 2, 5dc shell in ch, sk 2)} 3 times. (Dc, ch 1, sk 1) 5 times, dc in last st. Ch 2, turn. [12 dc, 6 total pattern repeats, 6 dc.]

Second Front Panel

Row 79-83-: Repeat rows 7-11.

 

Row 84-112: Repeat Rows 6-11.

 

Mesh Edging

Row 113-116: Repeat Row 2 Four times.

 

Break yarn, weave in ends to finish. Block lightly if desired.

 

Get the free Clamshell Lace Vest Crochet Pattern at SaltyPearlCrochet.com

 

For those of you who are visual learners, I am working on a stitch chart and size diagram for you- but my lovely family has decided to drag me away from the PC and out fishing on our day off today! I hope you all find some fun adventures to have today, as well!

 

Thank you so much for reading. I have checked and double-checked this pattern, but I’m only human- please let me know if you have any questions or if I have missed anything at all so I can correct it for you all. 

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