Winnie, a Crochet Hooded Vest is worked in one piece using a simple seam to create the hood! The Winnie Hooded Vest is a Crochet Pattern for Beginners that would make a great first garment! Plus pockets! Who doesn’t love a crochet vest with pockets! This crochet hooded vest has a simple, yet classy edge that finishes it off just right! This light and airy design is perfect for a trip to the beach or the pool!  It is also perfect for spring or fall over a cozy long sleeved shirt! Your fashion possibilities are endless for this crochet hooded vest with pockets!


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crochet hooded vest
crochet hooded vest
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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

To update this crochet hooded vest 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!
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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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96 replies on “Crochet Hooded Vest -Winnie – Free Crochet Pattern For Beginners

  1. Trying this pattern out, thank you! Although I am making an XL version, I am finding that it’s rather short still, gauge is correct, and the armholes are tight. It’s closer to a M/L size than XL.
    So I have a question for you… If sizing up to make a bit longer and larger armholes, what is the multiples of the base chain you’re doing?

    1. Hmmm you said your gage is correct? I’m just curious since I had multiple testers and so many have made this and that has never been a comment I have received! I have to go back into my pattern notes and find my base chain multiple.

      1. If you could, that’d be great. Usually I am not a regular XL size at times. I’ll see how it goes towards the end. :) Yes, the gauge is correct, I checked before I started, and am using a K hook. Thank you again. :)

  2. I’m pretty good at reading patterns, I thought, lol. This pattern has me stumped. I did rows 1-5 with no problem. Then row 6…what are the numbers in the first parentheses after saying the row. Then in the instructions for the rows…what for example, does 4 (4,4,2,2) mean…HELP…thanks in advance

    1. Hi christal! The rows in parenthesis are giving you clarity on what row you are repeating to reference back to. So for example, if you are making an XS you will continues with the Row 2-5 repeat but for an XS you can’t make a full repeat. The last row you will make is a row 4 repeat before you do an arm section.

  3. Thank you for this awesome pattern, finishing up the 1st round of sc, and round 2 states ch1 and continue on… is it another round of sc before the picot round?

  4. I’m a UK crocheter, I’m not sure of the sizes, what measurements are S, M & L? (I love this pattern and my Mum’s name was Winnie)

    1. Hi!! I am going to be updating all of my patterns to have the sizing listed. Currently that is information that I have in my paid PDFS. Just to give you an idea until I update, I am wearing the medium in the photos and I am 5′-7″ and about 125 pounds. I hope that helps!

  5. Okay so I am just starting this project. I was only going to make a large but it looks so short… made it through the first row and I dont understand how this is supposed to be both sides and the hood with how short it is. I checked my gauge and its spot on. What am I missing here?

    1. If you have met guage it should measure about 40”… (121 sts / 12sts x 4” is about 40”) is that what you have?

    1. I am currently in the process of regrading all of my patterns to go to 5x! I am hoping to have them all updated by the fall. I’ll be sending out emails as they are updated!

      1. I figured it out. It was my mistake. I found the answer in one of the posts regarding the corresponding stitches. My duhh moment of the day. Lol

      1. I was hoping to find a video for this pattern as well. I’m semi familiar with the terms on the pattern, but this is my second project attempt (just did some arm warmers).

      2. As of right now I do not have a video but I am working on a new sample and will have pictures!

      3. Oh my gosh pictures would be super helpful. I just ripped out 6 rows (all my work so far) because I think I missed ending a double crochet into a 3rd chain.

    1. Ok I am confused. First I am making a size large. On row15 you have to make chain of 24, then the next chain isn’t until row 41.

      1. Yup. That is what is creating the holes for your arms…the space in between is the back of the vest!

  6. Alright, I must have screwed up somewhere. I’m on row 51 about to start 52, and my arm holes dont line up and one side is angled (sloping upwards?). Did I completely screw up and need to start over….or is this how it’s supposed to go for the hood? Also when I do finally get to the hood, how many slip stitches is it for the 127 stitches? I dont see a number there (or maybe I’m blind, lol).

    Thank you for any and all help!!!!!!

    1. I keep trying to figure out where I keep getting it wrong, and the best I can figure is the chains at the end of the rows.

      SO…(cause I’ve restarted twice now and by the 6th row I’m getting the stitch count off and starting to angle on one side only), I’m doing the Large size, row one gets the 129 stitches, cool. Count back 4 from the hook do a double stitch, cool, that’s one. Keep going until I hit the end and that gives me 127…no that should be 126, right (cause I think it was when I did it and counted) 129-4+1= 126?

      Then I add 4 chains which adds 2 (1 DC and 1 chain), so then when I start in the 2nd DC stitch (cause you skip the 1st one) that’s 3? I swear, I’m not that blonde, but I can’t figure out the issue other than this.

      Please help! :/

      1. Ok, the good news, I’m almost done editing this entire pattern, but it’s not going to be ready until the end of the month…so what I can tell you is now I’m not starting the first row with chains and instead using a Fdc…that may make it easier if you start with a Fdc 127.

        You can find directions on how to do a Fdc on the Thea poncho, https://lifeandyarn.com/free-crochet-poncho-pattern-thea/

        Also, make sure when you are doing the rows with the chains you are skipping 1 stitch and not accidentally using the next stitch.

        I’ll have the update out ASAP with more pictures and help!

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