Gypsy Chic Summer Boho Crocheted Vest

summer beach cover up 60s gypsy



Happy Independence Day!

This pattern is inspired by my hippy days and brings back the nostalgia and freedom of my youth. But it’s also a great contemporary pattern as the 60’s fashions come back. This vest is so fun to wear and flatters every figure. The way it drapes and flows around you, I guarantee you will love the sensation. An original pattern from Gena Hester for Yarn Designers Boutique and crocheted in Kramer’s Belfast Irish Linen Tweed Blend yarn makes it the perfect sweater vest for year around comfort.hippy vest crochet circular beach cover up

Dress it down for daytime or up for the evening! You can even wear it upside down for a shorter fuller look. People will stop you in the street to comment on how amazing this is.

Not only is it super fun to wear, its great to make, its made completely in the round, and I love making it so much I’ve made 7 different versions of this vest, in different colors, and yarn weights! This pattern is for a DK weight yarn and we have so many color choices for you.

The vest is approximately 48” long from the back of the neck and fits up to at least a 40” bust – making it a small to medium size. Model is 5’1” to give you an idea of how the length would fit you depending on your height.

If you would like a custom vest made, please contact us at
(909) 584-9715 or
for yarn choices and additional sizes and prices.

If you want to make it yourself,
you can get the pattern online from our store.

You can also buy this one off finished garment from our etsy store.

Each of Gena’s pieces feature fashion forward styles and strong, quality crochet stitches and yarns for many years of wear. You will also find her finishing and blocking techniques give you the feel of a couture garment.

Recommended Yarn:
Kraemer ‘Belfast’ for a soft natural color
Caron ‘Simply Soft Yarn 6oz’. for a solid vest
Mary Maxim ‘Prism’ for a Self Striping multicolored look

easy crochet bohemian shawl

Materials:beach summer cover up lace
● 1,320 yards dk weight yarn for the small size (noted as a “3” yarn). (The Grey/white fleck small example is made in Kraemer “Belfast” (a linen blend) in the color “Peat” – DK weight, 220 yds per skein, used 6 skeins.) Add several hundred yards for larger sizes. Keep in mind 220 yards only makes 2 – 3 lace finishing rounds.

● Size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook – I prefer Soft Touch as it is very comfortable for this larger project.

● Attachable stitch markers to mark row beginnings.

For more information about the sizing and gauge visit our website.

This is also available as a finished item if you don’t want to make it yourself

Gypsy Chic Boho Crochet Vest PatternHappy Crocheting!








Super Easy and Cute Country Chic Legwarmers

We LOVE these legwarmers, Knit Collage’s Daisy Chain floral yarn adds a touch of country to them with zero fuss. Daisy Chain yarn is slightly less bulky than their other hand spun yarns, which help make the leg warmers not too chunky when worn.

Daisy Chain yarn was born out of Amy’s eternal love for daisy chains, flower crowns and all the wonderful feelings connected to them. Bits of tea-dyed lace, hand-printed Jaipur fabrics and daisy trims are hand spun into each colorway. Of course, you’ll also find their signature sparkles and pretty hand-carded heathered colors. Even though the raw materials are the same, no two skeins are completely alike because of the intense handmade process that goes into each and every skein

For this pattern, you have two options depending on the size and features you want for your legwarmer. If you want a 13 Inch Legwarmer you will need two skeins of yarn, but if you want a legwarmer with a stirrup heel and 19″ long for scrunching, then you will need 3 skeins of yarn.

The original pattern calls for four sets of Double Pointed Needles in Sizes 8, 9, 10, and 11, which we have available from Clover in Bamboo 7 Inches or get the Knit Picks 6 Inch Nickel Plated Set. 

I can barely work with double pointed needles, which I find a bit complicated, so we’ve gone ahead and made a video to show you how you can actually make these on circular needles using the magic loop technique. We use Knit Picks Interchangeable needles, so when its time to change needles you just keep your knitting on the cord, replace the tips, and Bob’s your Uncle, you’re ready for the next round.

knit collage easy legwarmers circular needles

In this kit you will receive:

2 skeins of yarn (with the option to add a third)
Chelsea Morning Legwarmers Pattern
Plus free videos to help you through creating this legwarmer with circular needles
You also have the option to add whatever needles you want.

easy knit legwarmers knit collage

Buy the Kit Now!








Silk Dyeing Workshop Monday June 6th

If you can’t make it to our weekend workshops, we are holding a special Monday evening dyeing class just for you! It will be this coming Monday June 6th at 5pm.

We’ll explore how to use Jacquard Acid Dyes to build up unique designs and color combinations, and we can also draw original designs on these scarves with markers. The sky is the limit with these, so lets get started!

I’d love to learn to dye but I don’t live in Big Bear….

Don’t worry we have you covered, we’ve created a kit that you can purchase online that includes all the materials you will need to make these scarves. Plus a free online video teaching you everything that you’d learn in our workshop.

Silk Scarf Dyeing Kits

Private Parties…

Are you having a ladies getaway weekend with your friends? Or a reunion with the gals? Why not get crafty together? We offer private scarf dyeing parties for 5 people or more, to fit around your schedule, and interests. Give us a call on (909) 584-9715 to discuss your needs.

If you have any questions, or would like to register over the phone, please call us at
Thank you, I look forward to seeing you next week!


Gena, Criss, Petunia, and Diana
Yarn Designers Boutique LLC

Fantastic results from our Memorial Day Silk Scarf Dyeing Workshop

Thank you to all the ladies that came to our silk scarf dyeing workshop over Memorial Day Weekend, here are some of our favorite projects…

hand dyed silk scarf, how to dye

Super simple teal scarf drawn on with lavender, what a great color combination!

easy silk scarf ideas

Fantastic Peacock scarf, dyed and hand drawn, I’m so jealous wish I had made that!

Silk dyeing workshop

Patriotic Memorial Day scarf in red white and blue! With two colors and hand drawn detailing this scarf really pops.

Things to do Big Bear Lake

This is us getting ready to pull the scarves our of the bag (it’s out super secret, super simple technique).

If you missed out on our Memorial Weekend workshops, don’t fret we’re doing two more on Monday June 6th at 5pm, and Saturday June 11th at 2pm.

Check out our event page for more information.

Save 15% on Everything in Stock this Weekend


You are Cordially invited to Yarn Designers Boutique this weekend, to join us in celebrating 11 years of bringing you the best and most diverse selection of yarns for all your projects!


Great Range of Yarn & Notions
From large manufacturers to small handmade producers we’ve got you covered. Plus let us introduce you to our favorite new Knit Picks Needles and Designer Handspun Yarns.
Learn to dye silk scarves at Yarn Designers Boutique
No Fuss Silk Dyeing Workshops
This weekend come learn our no mess techniques to dye your own silk  scarves. Workshops only take 1 hour and you’ll walk away with something you’ll love to wear, or a great gift!
Art Supplies
Not into yarn crafts? We also offer a wide range of paints, canvases, paintbrushes, glues, stencils, and so much more.
Sewing Supplies
Love to Sew? We also offer a wide range of threads, needles, zippers, ribbon, fabric, and so much more.


Shop online or in store
To receive your discount online please use the coupon code MEMORIAL 2016 to receive your discount. If you’re joining us in store just whisper the secret password MEMORIAL DAY, and we’ll sort you out.

Offer runs May 27th-30th, 2016.

Sale Shop Hours are: Friday 12-6pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-3pm, and Monday 10am-6pm.

Dye, Paint, and Draw on your own Silk Scarf

silk scarf dyeing

Please join us for a fun and colorful workshop on May 28th to learn how to add color to a silk scarf. We will be teaching you how you can use Sharpie Markers at home to create unique and wonderful color combinations and designs, as well as introducing you to some special dyes especially made for silk.

Green Scarf Made with Sharpie Markers

A class takes about an hour and you will leave with your finished scarf!  Class times are 2pm, 3pm and 4pm on Saturday May 28th, and the fee including your 100% silk scarf and supplies is $20


Please call to make your reservation at (909) 584-9615 – space is limited.

Register Now!


Red Scarf Hand Dyed and Drawn on

 These are the simplest scarves and can be finished with markers or not.  The red and green scarves involved markers on the whole scarf.  We have lots of colors and you can blend a new color or use more than one color.  I will be there to guide you!  It’s impossible to ruin one of these scarves!  Come and have fun with us!

Once you’ve tried this for yourself we know you’ll be as addicted as we are, so it’s a good thing that the sky is the limit with these. You can use this to make your own curtains, tablecloths, skirts, blouses, shawls and so much more. These scarves also make super quick and easy Christmas and Birthday presents!


Introducing Knit Collage Yarns and Patterns

Knit collage new yarns and patternsWe are super excited to announce that we have received our first order of beautiful yarns from Knit Collage. These yarns are handspun in Punjab by women who painstakingly craft every detail of the yarn, from hand dyeing, to hand carding, crocheting tiny flower embellishments and spinning the yarn together with all of its trimmings. Amy Small, founder of Knit Collage, began with her love of spinning, selling her yarn to local stores, she participated in her first trade show, and that’s when things took off. She now works with several designers that really know how to use her yarns to their fullest potential. Here are some of our favorite designs, and when you buy the yarn from us you can get the pattern for free!


Knit Collage Cozy Cocoon Pillow Case Pattern

Cozy Cocoon Pillow Case Made in Pixie Dust and Sister Yarn

Pixie Dust yarn with all its sparkles and cocoony awesomeness lends itself perfectly to projects for your home. This pattern features a garter stitch front, knit in Pixie Dust & a herringbone stitch back side, knit in Sister yarn. Of course, the sides are interchangeable, which means you’re really getting 2 pillow designs with this one! 1 skein of Pixie Dust & 1 skein of Sister will knit up into a 12”x12” pillow and 2 skeins of each will knit up into an 18”x18” pillow.



Boho Fringe Bag by Knit Collage made in Pixie Dust

Pixie Dust is perfect for home goods and accessories. It can be a little too chunky for an all over sweater, but in a bag, it’s totally divine. The oversized shape of this bag is perfect for all of your necessities. Pixie Dust makes the best fringe too!




Chelsea Morning Legwarmers in Daisy Chain Yarn

These perfect leg warmers are adorable in Knit Collage’s Daisy Chain yarn! The yarn is slightly less bulky than their other handspun yarns, which help make the leg warmers not too chunky when worn.

In this pattern, they give you 2 options- a 2 skein option and a 3 skein option. The 2 skein leg warmer has no stirrup heel detail and is shorter in length- 13″. The 3 skein leg warmer has the stirrup detail and is much longer- 19″ in total length, so great for scrunching.


Winter PomPom Hat knit pattern

Snow Bunny Hat by Knit Collage

Knit Collage’s Snow Bunny Hat pattern features a rib brim and cable knitting in their own beautiful handspun yarn. Buy the full kit from us in either Daisy Chain or Swirl and get Free Designer Additions to add your individual flair. The uneven texture of the yarn and hint of sparkle throughout truly make this hat unique and perfect for winter. Knit yours in Daisy Chain or Swirl yarn now!