Smokestack Convertible Vest


  • Fascinating convertible layer: vest, cowl, hooded top, even a turban all in one.
  • Magically easy-to-steek (cut) Tunisian net.
  • Pattern is written for 8 sizes: Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X.
  • Requires just 1 or 2 skeins of yarn.

More details below.


Smokestack’s floaty drape and simple shape offer lots of ways to wear it: on or off the shoulders as a closed vest. Pull some of it over the head for a hood. Tumble it over the shoulders capelet style. Collapse it for an instant ring scarf, cowl, or head wrap.

Pattern includes eight standard sizes from Small to 5X. None require more than two skeins of yarn.

Not only does the featured Tunisian net stitch conserve yarn, it’s simple, fast, and easy to remember (my vest took less than ten hours to crochet). You also don’t even need a long Tunisian hook!

Best of all, the stitch is perfect for enjoying steeking. Smokestack’s armholes are created only after you’re done crocheting. Snip one loop and comfortably unravel a few stitches at your own pace. It’s true. Each steek-friendly stitch is a painless (exciting!) beginner-level steeking experience.

Skill Level

EasySmokestack is designed to be a great first experience with steeking an extended Tunisian net. Both the stitch pattern and the steeking method are valuable crochet skills. See this recent newsletter about it. Here’s a list of five basic rules of Tunisian crochet patterns. 

Included: international English equivalents for American terms.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn these skills:

  • How an extended stitch and a nonstandard return pass result in this net.
  • How to crochet a versatile, convertible tube vest with Tunisian crochet net stitches.
  • How to easily customize the fit.
  • How to add an armhole by cutting one stitch loop.

Sizes (US): Small (Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)

  • Finished Bust and Hip circumference: 41 (46, 50, 54, 59, 62, 65, 69)” {104.1 (116.8, 127.0, 137.2, 149.9, 157.5, 165.1, 175.3) cm}.
  • Finished Back Length worn cropped (waist length): 17 (17, 17.5, 18, 18.5, 18.5, 19, 19)” {43.2 (43.2, 44.5, 45.7, 47.0, 47.0, 48.3, 48.3) cm}.
  • Finished Back Length worn full length (hip length): 23 (23, 23.5, 24, 24.5, 24.5, 25, 25)” {58.4 (58.4, 59.7, 61.0, 62.2, 62.2, 63.5, 63.5) cm}.

Vest is a straight tube shape with a generous collar. The finished dimensions have 6″-8″ {15.2-20.3 cm} wearing ease built in so that it’s a floaty, drapey layer over clothing. Choose the size that is 6″-8″ {15.2-20.3 cm} wider than your actual widest body circumference, whether it be your bust or hip measurement. If you can’t decide between two sizes, choose the larger one.

Vest length is easily customized at any time. Vest width (the fit at bust and hip) is fixed once the crocheting has begun.


Crochet Hooks:

  • Tunisian Crochet Hook Size US I/9 {5.5 mm}, 13″ {33 cm} long.
  • Regular crochet hook (used for finishing) Size US F/5 {3.75 mm}. You might also prefer to use a size US I/9 {5.5 mm} regular hook for the seam instead of a Tunisian one.

Yarn: Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Lace (100% Baby Alpaca; 874 yds/800 m per 3.5 oz/100 g skein), 1 (1.25, 1.25, 1.5, 1.5, 1.75, 1.75, 2) skeins. Color shown is #20. Yarn substitution advice: choose a #0 Lace Weight yarn with a recommended hook size range of up to US B/1 {2.25 mm}.

Notions: Four stitch markers to mark sleeves. Scissors. Yarn needle.

Thank you to model Tiffany Yurgionas and photographers Lorraine McAndrews and Deb Seda.

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