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Classic Crocheted Vest for Little Kids

From Mongolia to Peru, vests are a wardrobe staple that seem to go under appreciated here in 21st century America. But to my thinking, so many people so far and so wide could not be wrong about such a thing. Vests are classic!

This one uses a lovely, nubbly stitch pattern and pairs it up with the wonderfully soft and beautiful Anzula Squishy. Sized for ages 2 to 5, little kids will love the loose, easy fit and the freedom of no sleeves. And do with this vest what people everywhere do with theirs, make it a nearly year-round layering essential!

 

 

The Materials

The Pattern

Gauge

6 stitches = 1 inch in stitch pattern

Finished Sizes

Sizes: 2-3 (3-4, 4-5)

Chest Circumference: 25 (27, 29) inches

Length from Shoulder to Bottom Edge: 12 (13, 14) inches

Armhole: 5 (5 1/2, 6) inches

The vest pictured here is a size 2-3.

Pattern Note: How to "Make 1sc into next space"

This stitch pattern alternates between making a single crochet into the next stitch (like normal) and making a single crochet into the next "space". The space is below the next stitch, slightly to the right. The first row of working the stitch pattern (Row 2) looks a little different than subsequent rows, so here are pictures of both!

For Row 2, the "spaces" are marked here with red dots:

And here's what the spaces look like once you're beyond the second row:

Begin

Chain 151 (163, 175).

Row 1: Starting with second chain from hook, make 1 single crochet (sc) into each chain. 150 (162, 174) stitches

Row 2: *1sc into next stitch, 1 sc into next space (see Pattern Note above), repeat from * to end of row.

Repeat Row 2 until piece measures 7 (7 1/2, 8) inches from the beginning. When you're working the last row, mark the 43rd (46th, 49th) stitch and the 117th (127th, 137th) stitch with removable stitch markers (or safety pins).

Right Front

ARMHOLE SHAPING

Note: Since both sides of the work look the same, now is a good time to use a removable stitch marker or safety pin to mark the side that is facing you as the "right side".

Row 1 (right side): (1sc into next stitch, 1sc into next space) 16 (17, 18) times, 1 sc into next stitch, turn the work. 33 (35, 37) stitches

Row 2 (wrong side): Skip a stitch, *1sc into next stitch, 1sc into next space, repeat from * to end of row. 32 (34, 36) stitches

Row 3: (1sc into next stitch, 1sc into next space) 15 (16, 17) times, 1 sc into next stitch, turn. 31 (33, 35) stitches

Row 4: Repeat Row 2. 30 (32, 34) stitches

Row 5: (1sc into next stitch, 1sc into next space) 14 (15, 16) times, 1 sc into next stitch, turn. 29 (31, 33) stitches

Row 6: Repeat Row 2. 28 (30, 32) stitches

Row 7: (1sc into next stitch, 1sc into next space) 13 (14, 15) times, 1 sc into next stitch, turn. 27 (29, 31) stitches

Row 8: Repeat Row 2. 26 (28, 30) stitches

Row 9: (1sc into next stitch, 1sc into next space) 13 (14, 15) times, turn. 26 (28, 30) stitches

Repeat Row 9 until armhole measures 2 (2 1/4, 2 1/2) inches, ending with a right side row.

NECKLINE SHAPING

Row 1 (ws): (1sc into next stitch, 1sc into next space) 12 (13, 14) times, 1 sc into next stitch. 25 (27, 29) stitches

Row 2 (rs): Skip a stitch, *1sc into next stitch, 1sc into next space, repeat from * to end of Right Front, turn. (1 stitch decreased)

Row 3: (1sc into next stitch, 1sc into next space) 11 (12, 13) times, 1 sc into next stitch. 23 (25, 27) stitches

Row 4: Repeat Row 2. 22 (24, 26) stitches

Row 5: (1sc into next stitch, 1sc into next space) 10 (11, 12) times, 1 sc into next stitch. 21 (23, 25) stitches

Row 6: Repeat Row 2. 20 (22, 24) stitches

Row 7: (1sc into next stitch, 1sc into next space) 9 (10, 11) times, 1 sc into next stitch. 19 (21, 23) stitches

Row 8: Repeat Row 2. 18 (20, 22) stitches

Row 9: (1sc into next stitch, 1sc into next space) 8 (9, 10) times, 1 sc into next stitch. 17 (19, 21) stitches

Row 10: Repeat Row 2. 16 (18, 20) stitches

Row 11: (1sc into next stitch, 1sc into next space) 7 (8, 9) times, 1 sc into next stitch. 15 (17, 19) stitches

Row 12: Repeat Row 2. 14 (16, 18) stitches

Row 13: (1sc into next stitch, 1sc into next space) 6 (7, 8) times, 1 sc into next stitch. 13 (15, 17) stitches

Row 14: Repeat Row 2. 12 (14, 16) stitches

Row 15: (1sc into next stitch, 1sc into next space) 6 (7, 8) times, turn. 12 (14, 16) stitches

Repeat Row 15 until armhole measures 5 (5 1/2, 6) inches, ending with either side. Cut the yarn and pull it through the remaining stitch.

Left Front

ARMHOLE SHAPING

With the right side facing you, join yarn at the 117th (127th, 137th) stitch (marked with a stitch marker).

Row 1 (rs): Chain 1 (counts as a single crochet), *1sc into next space, 1sc into next stitch, repeat from * to last stitch, 1sc into next space. 33 (35, 37) stitches

Row 2 (ws): (1sc into next stitch, 1sc into next space) 16 (17, 18) times. 32 (34, 36) stitches

Row 3: Skip a stitch, *1sc into next space, 1sc into next stitch, repeat from * to last stitch, 1sc into next space. (1 stitch decreased)

Row 4: (1sc into next stitch, 1 sc into next space) 15 (16, 17) times. 30 (32, 34) stitches

Row 5: Repeat Row 3. 29 (31, 33) stitches

Row 6: (1sc into next stitch, 1 sc into next space) 14 (15, 16) times. 28 (30, 32) stitches

Row 7: Repeat Row 3. 27 (29, 31) stitches

Row 8: (1sc into next stitch, 1 sc into next space) 13 (14, 15) times. 26 (28, 30) stitches

Repeat Row 8 until armhole measures 2 (2 1/4, 2 1/2) inches, ending with a wrong side row.

NECKLINE SHAPING

Work as for the Right Front Neckline Shaping section, starting with Row 1. Substitute the "right side" for the "wrong side" and the "wrong side" for the "right side". Work all the way to the end of the Right Front section.

Back

ARMHOLE SHAPING

With the right side facing you, join yarn at the 43rd (46th, 49th) stitch (marked with a stitch marker).

Row 1 (rs): Chain 1 (counts as a single crochet), (1sc into next space, 1sc into next stitch) 32 (34, 36) times, 1 sc into next space, turn. 66 (70, 74) stitches

Row 2 (ws): Skip a stitch, (1sc into next space, 1sc into next stitch) 32 (34, 36) times, turn. 64 (68, 72) stitches

Row 3: Skip a stitch, (1sc into next stitch, 1sc into next space) 31 (33, 35) times, turn. 62 (66, 70) stitches

Row 4: Skip a stitch, (1sc into next space, 1sc into next stitch) 30 (32, 34) times, turn. 60 (64, 68) stitches

Row 5: Skip a stitch, (1sc into next stitch, 1sc into next space) 29 (31, 33) times, turn. 58 (62, 66) stitches

Row 6: Skip a stitch, (1sc into next space, 1sc into next stitch) 28 (30, 32) times, turn. 56 (60, 64) stitches

Row 7: Skip a stitch, (1sc into next stitch, 1sc into next space) 27 (29, 31) times, turn. 54 (58, 62) stitches

Row 8: *1sc into next stitch, 1 sc into next space, repeat from * to end of Back, turn. 54 (58, 62) stitches

Repeat Row 8 until back measures 4 (4 1/2, 5) inches, ending with a wrong side row. When you're working the last row, mark the 18th stitch (all sizes) with removable stitch markers (or safety pins).

RIGHT BACK SHOULDER

Row 1 (rs): (1sc into next stitch, 1sc into next space) 9 times, turn. 18 stitches (all sizes)

Row 2 (ws): Skip a stitch, *1sc into next space, 1sc into next stitch, repeat from * to last stitch, 1sc into next space. (1 stitch decreased)

Row 3: (1sc into next stitch, 1sc into next space) 8 times, turn. 16 stitches

Row 4: Repeat Row 2. 15 stitches

Row 5: (1sc into next stitch, 1sc into next space) 7 times, turn. 14 stitches

Row 6: Repeat Row 2. 13 stitches

Row 7: (1sc into next stitch, 1sc into next space) 6 times, turn. 12 stitches

Repeat Row 7 three more times. 12 stitches

Cut the yarn and pull it through the remaining stitch.

LEFT BACK SHOULDER

With the right side facing you, join yarn at the 18th stitch (marked with a stitch marker).

Row 1 (rs): Chain 1 (counts as a single crochet), *1sc into next stitch, 1sc into next space, repeat from * to end of row. 18 stitches

Row 2 (ws): (1sc into next stitch, 1sc into next space) 8 times, 1sc into next stitch, turn. 17 stitches

Row 3: Skip a stitch, *1sc into next stitch, 1sc into next space, repeat from * to end of row. (1 stitch decreased)

Row 4: (1sc into next stitch, 1sc into next space) 7 times, 1sc into next stitch, turn. 15 stitches

Row 5: Repeat Row 3. 14 stitches

Row 6: (1sc into next stitch, 1sc into next space) 6 times, 1sc into next stitch, turn. 13 stitches

Row 7: Repeat Row 3. 12 stitches

Row 8: (1sc into next stitch, 1sc into next space) 6 times, turn. 12 stitches

Repeat Row 8 two more times.

Cut the yarn and pull it through the remaining stitch.

Finishing

SHOULDERS

Use the tails at the shoulders to sew (or crochet) the right shoulders together and the left shoulders together. I like the finished look of sewing back and forth under the top row of stitches, like this:

ARMHOLE TRIM

With the right side facing you, join yarn anywhere along the armhole edge with a slip stitch, chain 1. Make 1sc into each stitch around the armhole edge, at the end joining with a slip stitch into the original chain 1. Do the same for the other armhole.

Remaining Trim

With the right side facing you, join yarn to the Back Neck with a slip stitch, chain 1. Make a single crochet border (as you did for the armholes) around the neck, buttonbands and bottom edge. At the corners, chain 1 to turn the corner.

Along the right buttonband (for girls) or left buttonband (for boys), make 5 equally spaced buttonholes by chaining 3. Continue the border with a single crochet into the next stitch.

Sew on five buttons across from the five buttonholes. Weave in the ends and gently block your vest. And you're done!

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19 Responses to Classic Crocheted Vest for Little Kids


  1. Martha says:

    I ♥ it….I wonder if I could make an adult version?

  2. Debbi says:

    Is there a version of this pattern for us knitters?

  3. Strix says:

    Are you using a knitting needle to join? Looks like you're sewing the shoulders with a knitting needle.

  4. purl bee says:

    Hi knitters! Right now there is only a crochet version of this pattern. But ya never know what's to come! -Purl

  5. Laura says:

    Beautiful!
    Shouldn't the instructions include a turning chain before starting each new row?

  6. purl bee says:

    Hi Strix,

    I sewed the shoulders together with a tapestry needle, but I say in the pattern that you can crochet them together if you'd prefer!

    Thanks for your question!
    Whitney

  7. Stacey says:

    Hi Whitney,
    This is lovely! I'd like to attempt one for my Daughter's second birthday…what level of experience would you think this is, and how long to make it (roughly)? Thanks Stacey.

  8. purl bee says:

    Hi Stacey,

    I'd say this is an advanced beginner pattern and that it takes about 10-18 hours to complete.

    What a loving present! Good luck!
    Whitney

  9. purl bee says:

    Hi Laura,

    I used to do a turning chain for single crochet, but when a reader suggested it wasn't necessary, I gave it a try, and she was right! It's so much easier to not have to make the last stitch into the turning chain, and it really does look just as good. Give it a try! (By the way, you'll still need turning chains for taller stitches like double crochets.)

    Thanks for your question; it's a good one!
    Whitney

  10. charlie says:

    Hi, I wondered if there was an easy way to make this in a size 7-8 year? My son loves these types of vests but I can never find patterns for his size!

  11. purl bee says:

    Hi Charlie,

    The first thing to determine is what size you would like the chest circumference to be. Then multiply that number by 6 (assuming that your gauge is 6 stitches to the inch) and chain that number plus 1 (make sure you chain an odd number).

    You will need to make some stitch count adjustments for the armhole and neckline shaping. I would also recommend modeling the length measurements on an article of clothing that fits your son well.

    Overall, this is a very simple pattern, so if you're somewhat experienced with making sweaters, you hopefully won't find it complicated to modify. Please let me know if you run into any questions and good luck!

    Whitney

  12. Lisa says:

    Is this a loose fitting vest? 151 stitches seems so wide for a 2/3 size.

  13. purlbee says:

    Hi Lisa,

    If you get the correct gauge (6 stitches to the inch in the stitch pattern), then the 2/3 size will be a 25-inch chest circumference. This should be big enough to wear over a layer or two, but no, it's not super loose fitting or anything. Maybe you're used to working with thicker yarn?

    Thanks for your question and good luck!
    Whitney

  14. charlie says:

    Lovely, thanks so much for the info, I'll give it a go! :)

  15. Carmen says:

    Buen día. Gracias por este magnifico blog. Me gusta el chaleco clásico para niños, les agradecería si me pudieran enviar el gráfico para hacerselo a mi nieto.
    Un saludo,
    Carmen

  16. Kathy says:

    On the first part of the pattern working up to 7 inches. You then say to place a marker on the 43rd stitch, then on the 117. Have a total of 150 stitches, subtracting the 117th stitch, brings you to 33. Will the shoulders be lopsided? Having 43 stitches on one side and 33 on the other? Please respond ASAP for I am making this for my grandaughter for Christmas. Thank you and Happy Holiday's

  17. purl bee says:

    Hi Kathy,

    Good question! The reason the markers are lopsided is that they aren't marking the same thing.The 117th-stitch marker is for the edge of the left front and the 43rd-stitch marker is for the edge of the right back. You should be all set!

    I hope this clears things up for you and that you get your vest done in time for the holidays!

    Whitney

  18. robin cunnagin says:

    I would like to know how to reduce this to a toddler size, 2T. ?

  19. purlbee says:

    Hi Robin,

    The smallest size of this vest is 2-3. If you'd like to make adjustments to that size, check out my answer to Charlie (above) where I give some modification tips!

    Thanks for your question; please let us know if you have any more!

    Whitney

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