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Crochet Hooded Sweater Vest

September 28, 2017

This Hooded Sweater Vest is quite possibly my favorite piece I’ve ever made! It’s been living in my head for a few months and I’m so excited to see it come to fruition.

It turned out cute, cozy, comfy… just the perfect winter accessory!

This pattern is available as an inexpensive, clearly formatted, PDF instant download HERE in my Etsy shop.

PATTERN

Materials
Loops & Threads Charisma in Off White (bulky weight – 5- yarn, 1 skein = 109 yds)  (4 skeins for S, 5 skeins for M, 6 skeins for L)
1 skein Craft Smart in Gray (worsted weight – 4)
8.00 mm hook
5.00 mm hook
Yarn needle
Scissors
Stitch markers

Level
intermediate

Pattern Notes & Stitches to Know
ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Hdc – half double crochet
Hdc2tog – hdc 2 together (yarn over, insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through all loops on hook)
Hdc3tog -hdc 3 together (*yarn over, insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop* repeat 2 more times, yarn over, pull through all loops on hook)

Finished Size (approximate)
XS/S
Width across the front: 19 inches
Length from shoulder to bottom: 23.5 inches

M
Width across the front: 22 inches
Length from shoulder to bottom: 26 inches

L
Width across the front: 24 inches
Length from shoulder to bottom: 27.5 inches

Gauge
9 hdc = 4″
5 rows = 4″

HOODED SWEATER VEST

Size XS/S (scroll down for sizes M & L)

Starting with Off White and 8.00 mm hook, ch 42

Row 1: hdc in 3rd chain from the hook and across (40 hdc,)

Row 2 – 19: ch 2, turn, hdc in each stitch across (40 hdc)

Now you will start to shape the armholes

Row 20: ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc across to the last 2 stitches, hdc2tog (38 hdc)

Row 21: ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc across to the last 2 stitches, hdc2tog (36 hdc)

Row 22: ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc across to the last 2 stitches, hdc2tog (34 hdc)

Row 23: ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc across to the last 2 stitches, hdc2tog (32 hdc)

Row 24: ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc across to the last 2 stitches, hdc2tog (30 hdc)

Row 25: ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc across to the last 2 stitches, hdc2tog (28 hdc)

Row 26: ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc across to the last 2 stitches, hdc2tog (26 hdc)

Row 27 – 34: ch 2, turn, hdc in each stitch across (26 hdc)

Now you will start working on the front of the vest

Row 35: ch 2, turn, hdc in 11 stitches, hdc2tog (12 hdc)

Row 36 – 42: ch 2, turn, hdc in each stitch across (12 hdc)

Row 43: ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in each stitch across (13 hdc)

Row 44: ch 2, turn, hdc across to last stitch, 2 hdc in last stitch (14 hdc)

Row 45: ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in each stitch across (15 hdc)

Row 46: ch 2, turn, hdc across to last stitch, 2 hdc in last stitch (16 hdc)

Row 47: ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in each stitch across (17 hdc)

Row 48: ch 2, turn, hdc across to last stitch, 2 hdc in last stitch (18 hdc)

Row 49: ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in each stitch across (19 hdc)

Row 50 – 69: ch 2, turn, hdc in each stitch across (19 hdc)

Fasten off, weave in the ends

Join yarn in row 35, in the stitch next to the hdc2tog

Row 35: ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc in each stitch across (12 hdc)

Row 36 – 42: ch 2, turn, hdc in each stitch across (12 hdc)

Row 43: ch 2, turn, hdc across to last stitch, 2 hdc in last stitch (13 hdc)

Row 44: ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in each stitch across (14 hdc)

Row 45: ch 2, turn, hdc across to last stitch, 2 hdc in last stitch  (15 hdc)

Row 46: ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in each stitch across (16 hdc)

Row 47: ch 2, turn, hdc across to last stitch, 2 hdc in last stitch  (17 hdc)

Row 48: ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in each stitch across (18 hdc)

Row 49: ch 2, turn, hdc across to last stitch, 2 hdc in last stitch (19 hdc)

Row 50 – 69: ch 2, turn, hdc in each stitch across (19 hdc)

Fasten off, weave in the ends.

Scroll down passed size M & L to the construction of the sweater

HOODED SWEATER VEST

Size M (scroll down for size L)

Starting with Off White and 8.00 mm hook, ch 48

Row 1: hdc in 3rd chain from the hook and across (46 hdc)

Row 2 – 23: ch 2, turn, hdc in each stitch across (46 hdc)

Now you will start to shape the armholes

Row 24: ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc across to the last 2 stitches, hdc2tog (44 hdc)

Row 25: ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc across to the last 2 stitches, hdc2tog (42 hdc)

Row 26: ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc across to the last 2 stitches, hdc2tog (40 hdc)

Row 27: ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc across to the last 2 stitches, hdc2tog (38 hdc)

Row 28: ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc across to the last 2 stitches, hdc2tog (36 hdc)

Row 29: ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc across to the last 2 stitches, hdc2tog (34 hdc)

Row 30: ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc across to the last 2 stitches, hdc2tog (32 hdc)

Row 31 – 38: ch 2, turn, hdc in each stitch across (32 hdc)

Now you will start working on the front of the vest

Row 39: ch 2, turn, hdc in 14 stitches, hdc2tog (15 hdc)

Row 40 – 46: ch 2, turn, hdc in each stitch across (15 hdc)

Row 47: ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in each stitch across (16 hdc)

Row 48: ch 2, turn, hdc across to last stitch, 2 hdc in last stitch (17 hdc)

Row 49: ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in each stitch across (18hdc)

Row 50: ch 2, turn, hdc across to last stitch, 2 hdc in last stitch (19 hdc)

Row 51: ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in each stitch across (20 hdc)

Row 52: ch 2, turn, hdc across to last stitch, 2 hdc in last stitch (21 hdc)

Row 53: ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in each stitch across (22 hdc)

Row 54 – 75: ch 2, turn, hdc in each stitch across (22 hdc)

Fasten off, weave in the ends

Join yarn in row 39, in the stitch next to the hdc2tog

Row 39: ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc in each stitch across (15 hdc)

Row 40 – 46: ch 2, turn, hdc in each stitch across (15 hdc)

Row 47: ch 2, turn, hdc across to last stitch, 2 hdc in last stitch  (16 hdc)

Row 48: ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in each stitch across  (17 hdc)

Row 47: ch 2, turn, hdc across to last stitch, 2 hdc in last stitch  (16 hdc)

Row 48: ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in each stitch across  (17 hdc

Row 49: ch 2, turn, hdc across to last stitch, 2 hdc in last stitch  (18 hdc)

Row 50: ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in each stitch across(19 hdc)

Row 51: ch 2, turn, hdc across to last stitch, 2 hdc in last stitch  (20 hdc)

Row 52: ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in each stitch across(21 hdc)

Row 53: ch 2, turn, hdc across to last stitch, 2 hdc in last stitch  (22 hdc)

Row 54 – 75: ch 2, turn, hdc in each stitch across (22 hdc)

Fasten off, weave in the ends.

Scroll down passed sized L for the construction of the sweater

HOODED SWEATER VEST

Size L

Starting with Off White and 8.00 mm hook, ch 52

Row 1: hdc in 3rd chain from the hook and across (50 hdc)

Row 2 – 27: ch 2, turn, hdc in each stitch across (50 hdc)

Now you will start to shape the armholes

Row 28: ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc across to the last 2 stitches, hdc2tog (48 hdc)

Row 29: ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc across to the last 2 stitches, hdc2tog (46 hdc)

Row 30: ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc across to the last 2 stitches, hdc2tog (44 hdc)

Row 31: ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc across to the last 2 stitches, hdc2tog (42 hdc)

Row 32: ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc across to the last 2 stitches, hdc2tog (40 hdc)

Row 33: ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc across to the last 2 stitches, hdc2tog (38 hdc)

Row 34: ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc across to the last 2 stitches, hdc2tog (36 hdc)

Row 35 – 42: ch 2, turn, hdc in each stitch across (36 hdc)

Now you will start working on the front of the vest

Row 43: ch 2, turn, hdc in 16 stitches, hdc2tog (17 hdc)

Row 44 – 50: ch 2, turn, hdc in each stitch across (17 hdc)

Row 51: ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in each stitch across (18 hdc)

Row 52: ch 2, turn, hdc across to last stitch, 2 hdc in last stitch (19 hdc)

Row 53: ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in each stitch across (20 hdc)

Row 54: ch 2, turn, hdc across to last stitch, 2 hdc in last stitch (21 hdc)

Row 55: ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in each stitch across (22 hdc)

Row 56: ch 2, turn, hdc across to last stitch, 2 hdc in last stitch (23 hdc)

Row 57: ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in each stitch across (24 hdc)

Row 58 – 77: ch 2, turn, hdc in each stitch across (24 hdc)

Fasten off, weave in the ends

Join yarn in row 43, in the stitch next to the hdc2tog

Row 43: ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc in each stitch across (17 hdc)

Row 44 – 50: ch 2, turn, hdc in each stitch across (17 hdc)

Row 51: ch 2, turn, hdc across to last stitch, 2 hdc in last stitch(18 hdc)

Row 52: ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in each stitch across   (19 hdc)

Row 53: ch 2, turn, hdc across to last stitch, 2 hdc in last stitch (20 hdc)

Row 54: ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in each stitch across (21 hdc)

Row 55: ch 2, turn, hdc across to last stitch, 2 hdc in last stitch (22 hdc)

Row 56: ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in each stitch across (23 hdc)

Row 57: ch 2, turn, hdc across to last stitch, 2 hdc in last stitch (24 hdc)

Row 58 – 77: ch 2, turn, hdc in each stitch across (24 hdc)

Fasten off, weave in the ends.

(size small is pictured)

CONSTRUCTION

Size XS/S, M, L

Fold down the top half, lining up each row. Using your yarn needle and a piece of yarn twice the length your going to sew, whipstitch down each side, leaving a space at the top for armholes.

 

Fasten off, weave in the ends. Turn vest right side out.

ARMHOLE

Join yarn in the armhole, ch 1, sc evenly around, join to first sc with sl st. Fasten off, weave in the ends.

Join yarn to the opposite armhole and repeat pattern above.

BOTTOM EDGE

Join yarn to bottom corner

 

Row 1: ch 1, sc around the bottom to opposite corner

Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch around to the opposite corner

Row 3: ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch around to the opposite corner, 3 sc in corner stitch, continue around the collar, 3 sc in last stitch, join to first sc with sl st

Fasten off, weave in the ends

POCKETS (make 2)

With gray and 5.00 mm hook, ch 24

Row 1: hdc in 3rd ch from the hook and across (22 hdc)

Row 2 – 3: ch 2, turn, hdc in each stitch across (22 hdc)

Row 4: ch 2, turn, hdc3tog, hdc across in remaining stitches (20 hdc)

Row 5: ch 2, turn, hdc in 17 stitches, hdc3tog (18 hdc)

Row 6: ch 2, turn, hdc3tog, hdc across in remaining stitches (16 hdc)

Row 7: ch 2, turn, hdc in 14 stitches, dc2tog, (15 hdc)

Row 8: ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc in remaining stitches (14 hdc)

Row 9 – 13: ch 2, turn, hdc in each stitch across)

Fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing

Using the long tail, whipstitch the pockets to the front.

HOOD

(leave a long beginning tail for sewing ) In gray and 5.00 mm hook ch 52

Row 1: hdc in 3rd ch from hook,  2 hdc in next, *hdc, 2 hdc in next* repeat from * to * across (75 hdc)

Row 2 – 22: ch 1, hdc in each stitch across (75 hdc)

Fasten off, weave in the last end.

Fold rectangle in half, use the beginning chain to sew up the back of the hood.

Turn vest and hood inside out. Attach hood to the top of the vest, use your stitch markers to secure it evenly around. Use a piece of yarn twice as long as the area sewing, whipstitch the hood to the vest.

Fasten off, weave in the ends.

Turn vest and hood right side out.

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    1. You can chain any even number. I would chain the width you want. Then, when you go to do the front, remember to only crochet to the middle of the row. Hope this helps!

    1. Hello 🙂
      After I made the hood, I lined up the center seam of the hood with the middle of the collar and secured it with a stitch marker

      Then I secured the rest of the hood evenly around the collar


      Then I sewed it using a whip stitch. I hope this helps! 🙂

  1. On the Medium and the Large, on the section where you are to rejoin for the other half of the front you have row 35 listed for all three sizes. Row 35 is correct for small, but for medium it’s row 38 and large it’s row 42. I am attempting this pattern at the moment! Loving it! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Can you please specify stitch guage and yarn yardage and weight. Pattern is incomplete without these details. Would like to be able to choose other yarns if can’t find this one at my local store.

  3. Please help Breann, I’m making the vest I got from you, but having problems connecting at the part for hood. Where yarn reconnects. HELP!!!!!!!!

      1. Hello Breann, my name is O.G. I’m looking for someone to crochet a sweater from a pattern I purchased on Etsy. Is this your cup of tea? Thanks.
        o.gibbs@yahoo

  4. hello Brean! I’m trying to work with 6mm chrochet hook and bulky yarn. Pardon me if i’m asking too simple questions cause this is my 2nd piece of crochet I’m trying to accomplish now. How much chains should I start with to achieve size in between S or M for the vest? Though today I will start accordingly with your L size pattern hoping it will achieve not smaller than S. Do you have any advice?

      1. Hi! I would say it all depends on your gauge. I would grab a shirt that’s the size you want and chain until it’s a few chains larger than the width of the shirt. I hope that makes sense!

        1. Hey Brean. Yes that’s what I did and it turn out perfect. It’s been my 6th day now. I’m done with the back vest. I’m so excited getting it on the front vest! Surely there are couple of mistakes made especially during the decreasing on the back vest but I think it would make up for it once the ends are weaved 🙂

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