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!
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!
This granny square vest is made by piecing squares together to form a simple, vintage design. To adjust this pattern to your perfect size, you can quickly safety pin the squares together and try your vest on as you go. Then, just keep adding until it fits just right!
This free-spirited, boho vest is the perfect way to jazz up a summer outfit. It features a casual fit and a lower fringe that’s perfect for relaxing on an evening stroll or hanging out on the beach. This pattern is really simple to make and perfect for beginners.
This breezy vest is a cute way to dress up a summer outfit. It features a lacy seashell pattern and is available in a variety of sizes. Wear this delicate vest over your favorite summer dress or over a more casual shirt to complete your look!
This granny square vest is made out of squares and triangles that are joined using slip stitches. It includes a video tutorial and is available in a variety of sizes, from XS to 5XL. Stitches used in this pattern include the chain, slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet, v stitch, and puff stitch.
This free crochet v-neck vest pattern is the perfect layering piece! Or, you could even wear this crop top vest on its own on summer days. This quick pattern utilizes basic shaping and is made in two main panels.
This wraparound vest features a large, stylish button and is the perfect way to jazz up an outfit while adding some warmth, too. It’s available in four sizes and includes a video tutorial. You’ll need to be able to half-double crochet in the front and back loop to make this cute vest.
This sleeveless cardigan is lightweight, loose, and airy. When you want to add some layering to your summer pieces without working up a sweat, this is the perfect piece to grab! It’s made with three rectangular panels and is a great choice for beginners.
Make a statement with this crochet vest that’s just bursting with color! This piece is made using intarsia crochet following a crochet chart. Choose your favorite color combinations and enjoy this retro vest!
This fitted vest is worked in three separate panels. It’s a fairly simple piece, yet it adds so much character to your summer outfit selection! Made with detailed granny square motifs and a flattering v-neck, this lightweight vest is a must have for summer.
This mock turtleneck sweater vest is basically the epitome of cozy. Even better, it’s simple to make and a great way to dress up while staying comfy! It features ribbing around the arms, neck, and hem to get the perfect stretch.
A granny square vest pattern with a hood - and pockets?! This simple, vintage cardigan vest is made with neutral squares and splashes of subtle color. It’s an excellent layering piece and looks great on so many different body types.
This classic vest pattern is made using the join-as-you-go method to piece together your squares. It’s super easy to customize and would be a great stash buster. Some crochet skills and techniques used in this pattern include motifs, joined rounds, stitch and row repeats, shaping, sizing, and finishing techniques.
This pattern features a step-by-step video tutorial and is perfect for crochet beginners. Using chunky yarn, this vest works up quickly and uses only basic stitches. It’s made with two panels that are sewn together, and the neckline ribbing worked separately.
This pattern uses the diamond stitch and a swirling cable to make its textured, cabled design. It’s slightly stretchy and an excellent winter layering piece to add to your closet! This fitted vest is available in nine different sizes, from XS to 5X.
This easy crochet vest for women is a quick-to-make pattern that’s perfect for fall wear. It’s made in five separate pieces and includes a video tutorial. With front pockets included, you’ll find yourself grabbing for this cozy vest over and over!
Here’s a long crochet vest that’s ideal for dressing up summer outfits. Whether you’re keeping it casual with shorts and a t-shirt or heading off to a summer wedding, this crochet duster is the perfect blend of relaxed and formal to go with almost anything! This lightweight pattern is worked in one long piece and then seamed at the sides.
This wraparound vest is worked from the bottom up and only seamed at the shoulders. With a textured outside, the stitches used also create a smooth underside of the fabric that can actually be worn in reverse for a different look. Check included images for some color inspiration before choosing your perfect shade!
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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