The basic idea of the Minuet Vest is crochet a simple shape, add a fancy border, then seam the sides to turn it into a vest.
I chose plain filet crochet lace for the basic U-shape so that it would be quick to crochet. Filet is also an easy grid for edging with a fancy border later.
With just two skeins of a casual daytime cotton yarn, this summery vest can be thrown on over anything and look great. Use a polished-looking mercerized cotton and the silky gloss suddenly takes the same design into an elegant Jane Austen-style world. The dramatic architecture of the lace is unforgettable over solid black.
This pattern explains step by step how to use a type of Tunisian Knit Treble stitch for the filet, like I used for the red Minuet shown. For the cropped yellow version I used regular crochet stitches (treble crochet + ch-2 filet). This pattern uses the Tunisian filet stitches, but you could substitute with regular filet.
Chains and single crochets are the only stitches needed