Pattern: Boy Sleeveless Vest, Kids Crochet, Book 2002
Hook size: 4.5 mm
Materials: Butterfly Mercerized Cotton Col No. 0118
Let me tell you what's good about this pattern: This pattern is marked (with two sheeps!)as an 'easy' level. With knowledge of a few basic crochet stitches, I would have to agree. (See the double crochet, and treble crochet stitch tutorials here.) This vest is made up in three fairly square/rectangle pieces that have little shaping for the arms and shoulders. There is slight tapering for the chest shaping that is all managed with basic decrease know - how. The finished product in the book is left with raw edges, so it is fairly quick to make up. The cast on is really neat in that you are casting on 'as you go' instead of creating a foundation row of chain stitches followed by your first row, which means you are left with a nice stretchy foundation. The instructions are thorough and easy to follow.
Extra bits you should know before you get started: As mentioned above, there is a lot about this pattern that is 'basic'. My trained eye couldn't leave raw edges raw and therefor I found myself putting a double crochet finished edge around the collar, arm holes and front flaps. The button hole instructions got the best of me, after trying to work out what seemed like a fan shaped gathering for each hole, I gave up and went for a standard ch2 and pick up on the next row - hole. It is tried and tested and it works! I also added a couple extra rows in the body as I like it when my son's clothes hang long enough so his nappy doesn't show. I opted for no pockets, however I do think that it adds to the charm of this vest. I am really happy with the outcome of this pattern, I think it's a great starting point for those looking to make tiny clothes!