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FREE Crochet Hooded Vest Beginner Pattern

Crochet Hooded Vest Free Pattern For Beginners

If you have been looking for a free crochet hooded vest pattern look no further! The Winnie Hooded Vest is a crochet vest pattern for beginners made in one simple piece and only uses one seam to create the hood! This free modern crochet vest has afterthought pockets that are simple to make and attach!

One of my goals for Life and Yarn is to create easy crochet patterns for beginners! My designs are meant to be easy beginner crochet patterns but satisfying to a seasoned maker. I think that Winnie is just that, the perfect first garment for a beginner! Start making this free crochet hooded vest today, just keep scrolling for the pattern below!

crochet hooded vest
crochet hooded vest
This pattern and its photographs are property of Life and Yarn. This pattern and the design are subject to copyright and are for personal use only with the exception of items made from it. You may sell your finished items, but please give credit to the designer and creator, Brianna Iaropoli of Life and Yarn.
Pattern contents are NOT to be re-shared, DIRECT LINKS ONLY to this post for the pattern.

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Design Story and Inspiration

Would you believe that this crochet vest pattern was my first garment? The Winnie Hooded Vest was my first attempt at a wearable modern crochet pattern and this free crochet hooded vest pattern has yet to be topped by any of my other designs! This crochet vest with pockets came to be for one simple reason…I wanted to make something other than a hat or a blanket but crochet garments scared me. Just because something was said to be a beginner friendly crochet pattern didn’t mean it really was! I was coming across patterns that were supposed to be easy but they weren’t or the pattern writing was sub par, so I took matters into my own hands to create this easy free crochet pattern!

This is the only pattern of mine that I have made multiple times besides a hat or something small like a washcloth. I personally do not like making a large item more than once, but I have made this crochet vest with pockets not once, not twice, but THREE times! The first time I made the Winnie Hooded Vest was to get the pattern written. Then I made it again to take more photos and update my pattern. The third time was to create a new sample so that this crochet vest pattern could be added to my other Lion Brand Kits! I also took that as an opportunity to take photos to show you more of a “how to crochet a vest in one piece” kind of post! After a ton of tweaks I can honestly say this really is a crochet pattern for beginners!

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Materials

Size 6.50 mm crochet hook
Scissors
#4 Worsted Weight Cotton or Acrylic Yarn –
780 (810, 840, 910, 940, 1010, 1070) Yards
Yarn Needle

About the Yarn

To update this free crochet hooded vest pattern I remade mine using Lion Brand’s Pound of Love Yarn in their color of the year, Succulent, AND you can now get Winnie as a Kit! Pound of Love is a great yarn that is super affordable and comes in wonderful selection of colors! I hope that my updates to Winnie, a crochet vest with pockets, make this crochet pattern for beginners much more clear!

Gauge

6 Rows X 12 sts in DC is 4” x 4”

 

XS

S

M

L

XL

2X

3X

TOT. LENGTH

38.3”

38.3”

39.7”

39.7”

42.3”

42.3”

43.7”

TOT. WIDTH

32”

33.3”

34.7”

37.3”

38.7”

41.3”

44”

HOOD

14”

14”

14”

14”

14”

14”

14”

BACK – WAIST

24.3”

24.3

25.7”

25.7”

28.3”

28.3”

29.7”

CROSS BACK

14.5”

16”

17.3”

17.3”

18.7”

18.7”

18.7”

FRONT PAN.

8.6”

8.6”

8.6”

10”

10”

11.3”

12.7”

ARM HOLE

7”

7”

8”

8”

9”

9”

10”

Stitch Descriptions and Abbreviations

  • Chain Stitch – ch / Slip Stitch – Sl St / Double Crochet – dc / Stitch(es) – st(s)
  • Foundation Double Crochet – Fdc – Chain 4, yarn over, insert hook into 4th chain from the hook, yarn over and pull up loop (3 loops on hook) yarn over and pull through 1 loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through all loops (1 foundation double crochet with chain at bottom created) *Yarn over, insert hook to bottom of the stitch you just made, it will look like the top or “V” of a stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through 1 loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over pull though all loops.
  • Picots – Ch 3, Sl St into same space.
  • * – Designates a repeat.
  • XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X) – Use corresponding number for your size.
  • Turning ch 3 counts as 1 dc
  • Turning ch 4 counts as (1 dc, ch 1).
  • Pattern is worked in multiples of 4 +3.
crochet vest with pockets
crochet vest with pockets
This pattern and its photographs are property of Life and Yarn. This pattern and the design are subject to copyright and are for personal use only with the exception of items made from it. You may sell your finished items, but please give credit to the designer and creator, Brianna Iaropoli of Life and Yarn.
Pattern contents are NOT to be re-shared, DIRECT LINKS ONLY to this post for the pattern.

Crochet Hooded Vest Pattern

Row 1
Fdc 115 (115, 119, 119, 127, 127, 131) sts.
Row 2
Ch 4, turn, skip next st, dc in next st, *ch 1, skip 1, dc in next st.
Repeat from * to end. [115 (115, 119, 119, 127, 127, 131) total stitches]
Row 3
Ch 3, turn, dc in each st across placing last dc in 3rd chain of the turning ch-4.
Row 4
Ch 3, turn, dc in next 2 sts, *ch 1, skip 1, dc in next 3 sts, repeat from * to end placing the last dc in turning ch-3.
Row 5
Ch 3, turn, dc in each st across placing last dc in 3rd chain of the turning ch-4.
Row 6 – 12 (12, 12, 14, 14, 16, 18)
Rep. Rows 2 -5. Reference stitch diagram for clarity.
Row 13 (13, 13, 15, 15, 17, 19)
Repeat Row 5 (5, 5, 3, 3, 5, 3) for 52 (52, 53, 53, 58, 58, 59) stitches, ch 21 (21, 24, 24, 27, 27, 30), skip 21 (21, 24, 24, 27, 27, 30) sts, dc in next st, dc to end. See photo below for clarity.

crochet pattern for beginners
crochet pattern for beginners

Row 14 (14, 14, 16, 16, 18, 20) – 34 (36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46)
Rep. Rows 2 -5, reference stitch diagram for clarity.

easy crochet pattern
easy crochet pattern

Row 35 (37, 39, 41, 43, 45, 47)
Repeat Row 3 (5, 3, 5, 3, 5, 3) for 52 (52, 53, 53, 58, 59) stitches, ch 21 (21, 24, 24, 27, 27, 30), skip 21 (21, 24, 24, 27, 27, 30) sts, dc in next st, dc to end. See previous photos for clarity.
Row 36 (38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48) – 48 (50, 52, 56, 58, 62, 66)
Rep. Rows 2 -5, reference stitch diagram for clarity.
Finish Off.

easy crochet pattern
easy crochet pattern

Crochet Hooded Vest Assembly

With Right Sides facing, bring the corners of your hood together and seam to the end.
The turn your Right Sides out.
*Use diagram and photos for clarity.
Finish Off.

Vest Trimming

Round 1
Reattach your yarn at the bottom corner of your vest so that you will be working up towards the hood.
Do one complete round of SC evenly around the edge of the entire vest placing 3 sc stitches in each corner.
Sl St to your first sc.
Round 2
Ch 1, sc to first corner, place 3 sc in the second stitch of previous 3-sc, then 3 sc, *picot, 3 sc, repeat from * to end, place 3 sc in the second stitch of previous 3-sc, sl st to first sc in round.
Finish off.

Pockets – Make Two

Row 1
Fdc 17 sts.
Row 2
Ch 4, turn, skip next st, dc in next st, *ch 1, skip 1, dc in next st.
Repeat from * to end. [17 total stitches]
Row 3
Ch 3, turn, dc in each st across placing last dc in 3rd chain of the turning ch-4.
Row 4
Ch 3, turn, dc in next 2 sts, *ch 1, skip 1, dc in next 3 sts, repeat from * to end placing the last dc in turning ch-3.
Row 5
Ch 3, turn, dc in each st across placing last dc in 3rd chain of the turning ch-4.
Row 6 & 7
Repeat Rows 2 & 3, but do not finish off.
Ch 1, turn your work 90 degrees clockwise to work down the side, sc evenly to corner, place 3 sc in corner, turn work again, sc across next side, place 3 sc in corner, turn again, sc evenly to last corner, 3 sc, *picot, 3 sc, repeat from * to end, 3sc in last corner, sl st to first sc in round, leave a long end to attach your pocket.
Final pocket measurement is 5” x 5”.

Pocket Attachment

Place your pockets on the desired location of your vest with the picots at the top.
Thread your yarn needle with the long tail of your pocket and sew around the three sides of the pocket leaving the top with the picots open.
Tie off on the inside of your vest and weave in your end!

YOU ARE DONE! Congratulations!
Don’t forget to share some pictures and tag @life.and.yarn!

winnie hooded vest
winnie hooded vest
This pattern and its photographs are property of Life and Yarn. This pattern and the design are subject to copyright and are for personal use only with the exception of items made from it. You may sell your finished items, but please give credit to the designer and creator, Brianna Iaropoli of Life and Yarn.
Pattern contents are NOT to be re-shared, DIRECT LINKS ONLY to this post for the pattern.
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Lucinda Fraki

Saturday 8th of August 2020

Hello all, I have been waiting to start this project for a while now. I have decided to use a sport weight size 3 yarn for this while keeping the hook size to a K. I am making the 3x just for the longer version. When I got to the "center" panel, I had to downsize how many rows because I am not as wide ( I laid it across my back and measured that way) and then continued on following the rest of the pattern. And because I'm not a perfect crocheter, I ended up missing a stitch ( I did not find out where until I ripped over 12 rows, twice!). This is a beautiful pattern and worth trying it out!

briannaiaropoli

Tuesday 11th of August 2020

Oh no! Keep going! You’ll get it!

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Rozanne

Monday 8th of June 2020

I would like to put sleeves on this , is there a simple way to do that?

Destiny Lynch

Tuesday 26th of May 2020

I am in ❤ with this beautiful pattern. I've already picked out the perfect yarn. I live in Canada, where alot of the year it's fairly cool....so I want to add sleeves (if possible). Any tips?? Thank you very much😘

Jessika Tramonte

Tuesday 26th of May 2020

I'm more of a visual learner...Is there any chance you have a video for this?

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