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20 Free Crochet Vest Patterns for All Seasons

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Crochet vests are an easy way to add a versatile layering piece to your closet. From airy summer pieces to cozy turtleneck styles, these 20 crochet vest patterns are sure to become your new favorite wardrobe staples. Find tons of inspiration for your next project with this list of free crochet vest patterns!

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Our Favorite Crochet Vest Patterns

Looking to add a stylish, versatile layering piece to your wardrobe? This roundup includes 20 amazing crochet vest patterns ranging from beginner-friendly to more advanced. We’ve also included details on recommended yarn, sizing, and skill level for each pattern.

Beginner-friendly. With minimal shaping and no sleeves to contend with, crochet vests make for relaxing, enjoyable makes that instantly elevate any outfit. 

Year-round wear. An airy tank top can jazz up your summer outfits, while a cozy winter turtleneck is perfect for snuggling up on a snowy evening. Wear your crochet vest to the office, on chilly evening walks, or pair it with your favorite flowy dress.

So, whether you’re a newbie looking for an easy project or a seasoned crocheter wanting a stylish layering piece, this list has got you covered (literally!)

Are crochet vests a good project for beginners?

Vests are the perfect starting point for anyone new to crocheting garments. They’re typically designed without a lot of complex shaping or seaming. And many designs are worked without sleeves or buttonholes, minimizing the steps needed to complete the project.

Looking for an easy vest to get started? Try one of these from the list below!

Lynn Fringe Vest (#2), Summer Daze Cardigan (#8), or Wow Chunky Vest (#14).

20 Free Crochet Vest Patterns

Check out this list of free crochet vest patterns for your next project. Happy crocheting!

Supplies Needed for Crochet Vests

Before we get to the patterns, let’s talk supplies. At a minimum, you’ll need:

  • Yarn
  • Crochet hook(s)
  • Other notions (tapestry needle, scissors, stitch markers, buttons, clasps, shawl pin, etc.)

What yarn is best for making crochet vests?

Speaking of yarn, choose based on how and when you will wear your vest. For cozy winter vests, wool and acrylic yarns are good choices. Cotton and other natural fibers (silk, bamboo, or linen) are your best bet for lighter summer vests.

We’ve included yarn recommendations for each pattern in the list below, so you’re not left guessing!

Essential Crochet Techniques for Vest Patterns

Not sure if you’re ready to make a vest? After you find a pattern you love, read through it to ensure you’re familiar with all of the stitches and techniques you’ll need to use. Here are some techniques common to crochet vest patterns, so you can brush up on your skills if needed!

Tips and Tricks for Making Crochet Vests

Fitting and sizing.

Although vests are often more forgiving than, say, a sweater, it’s still important to take measurements to ensure that your vest fits well. Instead of just choosing the size that sounds best, take two extra minutes to take your measurements before selecting a size. 

As you go, evaluate your vest by trying it on to see if you need to add or subtract rows or rounds to get the perfect fit. For pieced motif patterns, like granny square vests, you can pin your pieces together to see the approximate size, then decide if you need to make any more squares to get the best fit.

Choose the right pattern for you.

It can be inspiring (and maybe a little overwhelming!) to look through so many beautiful patterns! Before landing on one, read through the pattern to decide if it’s right for you. Look at the skill level, stitches used, and style to see if it’s a good choice for your level of crochet experience.

Create a gauge swatch.

Have I mentioned this before? Make that swatch. It’ll save you from ending up with a vest that doesn’t fit. Check your gauge by crocheting a swatch, then size your hook up or down if you need to to achieve the correct gauge.

Remember to block it!

After all your hard work, block your vest to give it that professional finish. There are a few different ways to do this, but the main idea is to dampen your fabric and then use pins to hold the shape of your fabric as it dries.

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