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Steeplechase Cabled Vest

Steeplechase is a gorgeous pattern for a wonderful vest that boasts a classic V-neckline, buttoned front and a simple, striking texture. Add a bit of warmth to your outfit with this timeless piece that mixes effortlessly with closet staples.

Time: 100 hours project

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Bust Size 40 (48, 57, 66, 75)” to fit bust 36 (44, 54, 62, 70)”

Shown in size 36”

Gauge: 16 dc and 8 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Double crochet after wet blocking

Gauge in pattern is 14 dc = 4”

16 rows (One dc row, One sc row) = 4”

Materials

Medium weight yarnYarn: Plymouth Yarn, Encore Worsted (75% Acrylic, 25% Wool; 200 yards [183 meters]/100 grams): 194 Medium Grey (6 (7, 8, 9, 10) balls)

Hook/Needles: US size H/8 (5.0 mm)

Notions: Tapestry needle, five 3/4” buttons

Special Stitches

Decrease in pattern is worked as Dc2tog over first 2 sts: [Wrap yarn around hk, insert hk into next sc, draw up the yarn, yoh, pull through 2 lps on hk] twice, wrap yarn around hk and pull through all 3 lps on hk.

Pattern Notes

The first ch 2 on odd numbered rows counts as dc.

All cable stitches (FPtr) are worked on a stitch below the previous row.  Rows 5 and beyond will always be worked on a FPtr.  When working the FPtr stitches, always skip the sc behind it on the previous row.

Pattern

Pattern Stitch:

Ribbing Pattern:

Multiple of odd number of sts

Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hk (skipped chs count as a st), dc in every ch across. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as a stitch for ribbing), * FPdc in next dc, BPdc in next dc; rep from * to end, turn.

Repeat row 2 for pattern.

Diamond Cable Pattern:

Multiple of 8 sts + 2

Row 1: Ch 3, dc in every dc across, turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in every dc across row, turn.

Row 3: Ch 2 (counts as a st here and throughout), * FPtr on next 2 dc on row 1 (see notes), dc in each of next 4 sc, FPtr on next 2 dc on row 1; rep from * to last stitch, dc in last sc, turn.

Rows 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14: Ch 1, sc in every dc and FPtr across row, turn.

Row 5: Ch 2, dc in next 2 sc, FPtr on each of next 2 FPtr, dc in each of next 4 sc, * 4 FPtr (see notes), dc in each of next 4 sc; rep from * across, on last repeat it will be only 3 dc at end, turn.

Rows 7, 9: Ch 2, dc in next 2 sc, * 4 FPtr (see notes), dc in each of next 4 sc; rep from * across, on last repeat it will be only 3 dc at end, turn.

Updated 7/31/2023

Row 11: Ch 2, * FPtr on next 2 FPtr, dc in each of next 4 sc, FPtr on next 2 FPtr; rep from * across, end with dc in last sc, turn.

Row 13, 15: Ch 2, * FPtr on each of next 2 FPtr, dc in each of next 4 sc, FPtr in each of next 2 FPtr; rep from * across, dc in last sc, turn.

Row 16: Ch 1, sc in every dc and FPtr across row, turn.

Repeat Rows 5-16 for pattern.

Instruction:

Back:

Ch 75 (91, 107, 123, 139).

Rows 1-4: Work as ribbing pattern. 74 (90, 106, 122, 138) sts

Rows 5-51 (51, 47, 47, 47): Work Diamond Cable Pattern Rows 1-16, repeat Rows 5-16 until you reach the Row count for your size.

Armhole:

Row 52 (52, 48, 48, 48): Work in pattern as established to last 10 (13, 23, 31, 39) sts, turn. 64 (77, 83, 91, 99) sts

Row 53 (53 49, 49, 49): Work in pattern as established to last 10 (13, 23, 31, 39) sc, turn. 54 (64, 60, 60, 60) sts

Rows 54 (54, 50, 50, 50)- 77: Work in Diamond pattern as established ending last rep after Diamond Cable Row 13.

Fasten off.

Right Front:

Ch 35 (43, 51, 59, 67).

Rows 1-4: Work as ribbing pattern. 34 (42, 50, 58, 66) sts

For sizes small, medium:

Rows 5-42: Work in Diamond pattern twice then rows 5-14.

For sizes large, 1X, 2X:

Rows 5-38: Work in Diamond pattern twice then rows 5-10.

V-neckline:

Read through V-neck Decreases and Armhole decreases before working as both are worked at the same time.

Row 43 (43, 39, 39, 39): Ch 2, decrease then work in pattern as established, turn. 33 (41, 49, 57, 65) sts

For sizes small (medium, -, -, -):

Rows 44-77: Work in pattern as established decreasing as row 43 on rows 47, 51, 55, 59. (4 more sts decreased on the neck side) (29 (37, -, -, -) sts

For sizes – (-, large, 1X, 2X):

Rows 40-77: Work in pattern as established decreasing as row 39 on rows 43, 45, 47, 51, 55, 59. (6 more sts decreased on the neck side) (- (-, 43, 51, 59) sts

Armhole:

At the same time decrease for armhole as follows:

Row 52 (52, 48, 48, 48): Work in pattern as established to last 10 (13, 23, 31, 39) sts. Turn. 19 (24, 20, 20, 20) sts

Rows 53 (53, 49, 49, 49)- 77: Work in Diamond pattern as established ending last rep after Diamond Cable Row 13.

Fasten off.

Left Front:

Work same as right front to v-neckline.

Row 43 (43, 39, 39, 39): Ch 2, decrease then work in pattern as established, turn. 33 (41, 49, 57, 65) sts

For sizes small, medium:

Rows 44-77: Work in pattern as established decreasing as row 43 on rows 47, 51, 55, 59. (4 more sts decreased on the neck side)

For sizes large, 1X, 2X:

Rows 40-77: Work in pattern as established decreasing as row 39 on rows 43, 45, 47, 51, 55, 59. (6 more sts decreased on the neck side)

Armhole:

At the same time decrease for armhole as follows:

Row 52 (52, 48, 48, 48): Work in pattern as established to last 10 (13, 23, 31, 39) sts. Turn. 19 (24, 23, 31, 39) sts

Rows 53 (53, 49, 49, 49)- 77: Work in Diamond pattern as established ending last rep after Diamond Cable Rows 13.

Fasten off.

Finishing:

Sew shoulder seams.

Armhole Finishing:

Row 1: Attach yarn to underarm, sc in every sc at the underarm, on the side work sc in every side sc and 2 sc every side dc, turn.

Rows 2-5: Ch 1, sc in every sc to end, turn.

Row 6: Work reverse sc in every sc to end.

Fasten off.

Neckline Finishing:

Row 1: Attach yarn to the right front edge. 2 sc in every side dc and sc in every side sc to the left front edge, turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in every sc to end, turn.

Row 3 (Buttonhole row): Ch 1, sc in each of next 3 sc, [ch 3, sk next 3 sc, sc in next 6 sc] 5 times, sc in every sc to end, turn.

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in every sc and 3 sc in each of the ch-3 sp to end, turn.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in every sc to end, turn.

Row 6: Reverse sc in every sc to end.

Fasten off.

Sew side seams.

Weave in all ends.

Block vest to size.

Sew buttons across from buttonhole.


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Comments
  • Hannah

    I am stuck at row 5 of the diamond pattern. It says start with fptr around the next 4 fptr, but from row 3 it only starts with 2 fptr, the 4 isn’t until later. Are there any pictures to accompany these instructions? I am so lost. Thank you!!

    Reply
    • Nicola P.

      Hello Hannah! I’ve reached out to the designer for advice and she or I will reply as soon as possible. Thanks! – Nicola, Editor

      Reply
    • Nazanin F.

      Hi Hannah, you are correct. Here are the corrected instructions;
      Row 5: Ch 2, dc in next 2 sc, FPtr on each of next 2 FPtr, dc in each of next 4 sc, * 4 FPtr (see notes), dc in each of next 4 sc; rep from * across, on last repeat it will be only 3 dc at end, turn.
      Rows 7, 9: Ch 2, dc in next 2 sc, * 4 FPtr (see notes), dc in each of next 4 sc; rep from * across, on last repeat it will be only 3 dc at end, turn.

      Reply
  • Carolyne L.

    Could you please send me instructions on how to do a reverse single crochet? Thank you.

    Reply
    • Nicola P.

      Hi there! Hopefully these instructions help:
      Reverse single crochet: Work sc in opposite direction by inserting hook in next st (to the right of right-handed and to the left of left-handed), yo, draw up a lp, yo, draw through both lps on hook.
      – Nicola, Editor

      Reply

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