Needlecrafts - Crochet, Retro Rib Ticklers

Needlecrafts, Crochet - Retro Rib ticklers
Inspiration images courtesy | www.style.com and Pinterest
They say you should never revisit fashions from your youth but the granny is one style that continues to be part of our craft consciousness, whether in fashion or home decor.
Granny vests, shrink vests or rib ticklers are an iconic baby boomer fashion. Even the most "grown-up" boomer remembers them fondly.
I remember all too well how older salesmen at the yarn companies talked about this pattern with reverence as there was a ton of yarn sold and newly minted crochet addicts were hungry for more patterns.
Magazines were filled with every kind of crochet project you could think of. What a happy, colorful craft world it was.
This vest as we knew it was tight and short, hence the name shrink vest and rib tickler.
Designers such as Christopher Kane and House of Holland continue to pay homage to past granny designs in keeping with the vintage, thrift shop trend .
Now Miuccia Prada has taken a bold step (she always does) and reproduced the famous vest in hopes of exciting a younger market.
Maybe you can revisit these styles, looser perhaps, a tad longer and in more sophisticated colors. Why not? Fashion is fun!

Read further for more vintage inspiration and a free pattern to make your own version that will tickle your ribs.
Vintage images courtesy | Pinterest
Granny motif vest | free pattern available here
Happy Crocheting!


  1. I love this post but unfortunately the granny motif vest does not exist at Red

    1. Hi,
      Thank you for the heads up on the link. it would appear that the link was updated when they corrected the pattern.
      I've updated the link in the post, thank you again and all the best with your project,

  2. Did anyone notice, that is Clint Eastwood?

  3. Love these I must try crochet again

    1. Hi Ellen,
      I've always loved crochet, a bit faster for me than knitting although I love doing both...
      This pattern is a fun one to do...have made a few in my time