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Crochet Circle Vest

May 15, 2017

I love circle vests! They’re such a fun accessory. For this Circle Vest Crochet Pattern I wanted to use a Caron Cake. Because who doesn’t love stripes without weaving in all the ends, amiright?

Of course, I had one laying around, just waiting to be used and it turned out to be the perfect amount of yarn to make this circle vest! I used almost exactly one cake. So if you crochet loosely, or up a hook size, one cake may not be enough.

I basically made up this vest as I went and then went back to figure the pattern. Not the best strategy… ๐Ÿ˜› but I really wanted be able to share this cute vest! Honestly, I wouldn’t worry about exact numbers, as long each row is working up nicely, it should turn out in the end ๐Ÿ™‚

This pattern is available as an inexpensive, clearly formatted, PDF instant download in my Etsy Shop orย in my Ravelry Shop!

PATTERN

Materials:
1 skein Caron Cake in Faerie Cake
5.5 mm hook
Yarn needle
Scissors

Level: Beginner toย Intermediate

Pattern notes & stitches to know:
Sl st – slip stich
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Dc – double crochet
Dc2tog – (double crochet 2 together) Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through two loops, (you have two loops left on hook), yarn over and insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through two loops, yarn over and pull through all three hoops

**NOTE: Beginning ch 3 in each round counts as a dc

Finished product has an approximate diameter of 29 inches and is approximately 11 inches on the back between the arm holes. To adjust the size of the pattern you can change your hook size. As I noted earlier, I used almost exactly one skein with a 5.5 hook. The final product hangs loose, so it will fit a wide range of kids sizes. It fit both my girls ages 5 and 7, and could fit larger. (the 5 year old is pictured)

CIRCLE VEST

The pattern starts with the flower center

Ch 4, form a ring

Round 1: ch 1, sc 9, join to top of first sc (9)

Note: Ch 3 counts as dc

Round 2: Ch 3, dc in same stitch, 2dc in each stitch around, join to top of ch 3ย  (18 dc)

Round 3: Ch 3, 2dc in next, dc, ch 2, *dc, 2dc in next stitch, dc, ch 2* repeat from * to * around, join to top of ch 3 (24 dc, 6 ch 2 spaces)

Round 4: Ch 3, dc in same, dc in next 2 stitches, 2dc in next, ch 2 *2dc in same stitch, dc in next 2, 2dc, ch 2* repeat from * to * around, join to top of ch 3ย  (36 dc, 6 ch 2 spaces)

Round 5: Ch 3, dc in same, dc in next 4, 2dc, ch 3 *2dc in same stitch, dc in next 4, 2dc in same stitch, ch 3* repeat from * to * around, join to top of ch 3 (48 dc, 6 ch 3 spaces)

Round 6: Ch 3, dc in next 7, ch 3, sc into ch 3 space from previous round, ch 3, *dc in next 8 stitches, ch 3, sc into ch 3 space from previous round, ch 3* repeat from * to * around, join to top of ch 3 (48 dc, 12 ch 3 spaces)

Round 7: Ch 3, dc2tog, dc in next 3, dc2tog, ch 3, sc in ch 3 spaces, ch 3, sc into next ch 3 space, ch 3 *dc2tog, dc in next 4, dc2tog, ch 3, sc in ch 3 spaces, ch 3, sc into next ch 3 space, ch 3* repeat from * to * around, join to top of first ch 3 (48ย dc, 18 ch 3 spaces)

Round 8: Ch 3, dc2tog, dc in next, dc2tog, ch 3, sc into ch 3 space, ch 3, sc into ch 3 space, ch 3, sc into ch 3 space, ch 3 *dc2tog, dc in next 2, dc2tog, ch 3, sc into ch 3 space, ch 3, sc into ch 3 space, ch 3, sc into ch 3 space, ch 3* repeat from * to * around, join to top of ch 3 (36 dc, 24 ch 3 spaces)

Round 9: Ch 3, *dc in each dc, 3 dc in ch 3 space, dc in sc, 3 dc in ch 3 space, dc in sc, 3 dc in ch 3 space, dc in sc, 3 dc in ch 3 space* repeat from * to * around join to top of ch 3 (114 dc)

Round 10: Ch 4 (counts as ch 3 + ch), dc in same stitch, ch 1, skip stitch *dc, ch1, skip stitch* repeat from * to * around, join to top of 3rd chain in beginning ch 4 (58 dc)

Round 11: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), (3dc, hdc) in same stitch (this is your first shell), sc in next dc, *(hdc, 3dc, hdc) all in next dc, sc in next dc* repeat from * to * around, join to top of first ch 2 (29 shells, 29 sc)

Round 12: Ch 4 (counts as dc + ch) skip one stitch, sc in next 3, ch 1, skip one stitch, *dc in sc, ch 1, skip one stitch, sc in next 3, ch 1, skip one stitch* repeat from * to * around (87 sc, 29 dc)

**Youโ€™ll create the armholes in the next round. The number of stitches between the armholes can easily be adjusted.

Round 13: Ch 27 (counts as dc + ch 24)ย  skip 24 stitches, dc in next, (this is your first armhole) *ch 1, skip one stitch, dc* repeat from * to * 18 times, ch 24, skip 24 stitches, dc in next, *ch 1 skip one stitch* repeat from * to * around, join to top of first ch 3

Round 14: Ch 3, dc in each ch and dc around, join to the top of first ch 3

Round 15: Ch 4 (counts as dc + ch), dc in same stitch, *skip one stitch, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next* repeat from * to * around, join to top of first ch 3

Round 16: slip stitch over to first ch 1 space, ch 3, (dc, ch 2, dc2tog) in same space, (dc2tog, ch 2, dc2tog) in each ch 1 space around, join to top of first ch 3

Round 17: *ch 5, sc in next ch 2 space* repeat from * to * around, join with a sc to first ch 5 space

Round 18: *ch 5, sc in next ch 5 space from previous round* repeat from * to * around, join with a sc to first ch 5 space

Round 19: *ch 5, sc in next ch 5 space from previous round* repeat from * to * around, join with a sc to first ch 5 space

Round 20: *ch 5, sc in next ch 5 space from previous round* repeat from * to * around, join with a sc to first ch 5 space

Round 21: *5 dc in next sc, sc in next ch 5 space* repeat from * to * around, join to the first dc

 

Fasten off and weave in the ends

 

 

And youโ€™re done! I hope you love this fun circle vest!

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  1. I am having trouble with rnd 12. If I skip a stitch sc in next 3, there is no stitch to skip before the sc of previous row.

    1. Aw, man! That’s because I made a mistake in row 11. >__< Each shell (in row 11) should have 5 stitches, (hdc, 3dc, hdc). I'm so sorry, Brenda! I've updated the post.

    1. I guess it depends on how you are counting. I was counting how many dc stitches there were, not the top of the stitches, if that makes sense? So it sounds like you’re right, just counting a different part of the stitch ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Thank you. I was able to get it.
        I’m having trouble with row 11.
        If row 10 has 58. I can’t get 30 shells and 29 sc. It seems like there is an extra stitch? (30+29=59)

        1. You’re right, that is wrong. It should be 29 shells and 29 sc. I’m out of town right now so I can’t double check, but if I’m thinking correctly, 29 & 29 should work. I hope that helps. So sorry about that ?

  2. In round 10, I come out with only 57 dc, so the shells are not spaced properly. Am I missing something? Thanks.

    1. Hello! Are you counting the first ch 3? I’m out of town at the moment, so I’m not able to double check it ?

      1. Yes, I am counting the first chain 3. I tried adding two extra stitches in row 9, so I did get 58 dc in row 10, and the shells worked in row 11, but then row 12 didn’t work.

  3. I finally finished up the vest. It’s beautiful:)
    I have 11inches between the arms but it’s only 20″ long ๐Ÿ™
    I have quite bit of yarn left over.

    1. I’m glad it’s pretty! I just remeasured mine (after scouring the girls’ room for it! ;D) and it’s about 29 inches long. You could just repeat the netting in the last rows until it’s the length you like and then do the row of shells.

  4. Thanks for your pattern
    I try it for 6-years old girl and well – fit for her
    But I used 2 double yarn in white color with 5 mm hook as my yarn is very thin

  5. I am stuck on row 16. It says to dc2tog. Should it instead be 2 dc in the same space? Or am I to make 2dctog in the space instead of doing it over 2 stitches?

      1. I do not get row 16 at all. Do you do all the directions from the start to finish. slip stitch every time to chain 1 and do both groups of stitches in parentheses or just the 2nd group? How do you do a dc2tog without using 2 stitches? Sorry I am so confused.

        1. Hi! No, don’t slip stitch each time, just the direction between the ( ). Dc2tog is in the chain space, not over 2 stitches. Hope that helps!

  6. Any tips on picking a cake that will have enough to do the whole flower Center in one colour? I tried it in the purple one and it only did half. Thoughts?

    1. Hi Skye! I would look for a cake that has a big chunk of color in the center. Also you could cut off that first color right where the second color starts, then you know you have a big chunk of one color to work with. Then add the color you cut off to the end. I’ve cut through cakes to get the colors I want many times ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope this helps!

  7. I ABSOLUTELY love love love this pattern , wish you had adult size . I made 2 of these . One I made with Caron Cakes and the other I made with Hobby Lobby’s “I love this cotton”it came out beautiful! This pattern wS extremely easy to follow and it worked up very quick . Thank you !
    Dawn

  8. I just finished my first circle vest. I love this pattern! It worked up really quick.! I plan on making 6 more. We have 7 granddaughters. I have already started on the second one.
    Thanks

  9. I am currently working on this using mandala yarn and it is beautiful. Just wanted to the last row to go. I modified d a little though because my cousin decided it should be for her and it was a little short and I still had plenty of yarn so I added a few of the netting rows and then done a row similar to the one with the dc2tog stitches and then another row of the netting to finish the last row.

  10. What size is the finished product. From the picture it looks like a 4 or 5T. But I just have the last to rows to finish and it looks more like maybe a 2T. I’m use it a size H hook.

  11. Maybe a typo in Row 11? ” *(hdc, 3dc, hdc) [in all in next] dc “??
    I haven’t start one of these yet but am anxious to start using the Caron Cakes I have. (Just couldn’t say no to the beautiful, rich colors and mute, soft colors)

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