I love circle vests! They’re such a fun accessory. For this Crochet Circle Vest 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.
The vest starts with this pretty flower center! I love this fun detail. Then the edges are pretty and flowy. Because of the flowy deisgn, this vest will fit a range of sizes. It has fit my 6 year old for about a year now, and it also fits my 8 year old!
I basically made up this vest as I went and then went back to figure the pattern. Not the best strategy… 😛 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 🙂
Crochet Circle Vest Pattern
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1 skein Caron Cake in Faerie Cake
5.5 mm hook
Level: Beginner to 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)
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 3 (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 3 (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 (48 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: slip stich over to next stitch, ch 1, sc in same stitch and in next 2, 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, dc in last sc, join to top of first ch 1 (87 sc, 29 dc)
**You’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) 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, dc* 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 you’re done! I hope you love this fun circle vest!
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This is so cute! I started knitting around a year ago and have not gotten around to crocheting yet. My boyfriend knows how to crochet and is currently making a stuffed animal!
Thanks! I never learned how to knit, but it’s something I’d love to learn.
I love this pattern! I am going to start on this in couple of days after I finish my current project.
This will be for my granddaughter who wears a 5t.
Thank you so much for this pattern.
I would love to make her a really pretty summer dress as well!!!
Thank you so much! I have a kid’s dress pattern here 🙂 https://www.hookedonhomemadehappiness.com/carson-crochet-dress-pattern/
Love your patterns!!
Hello, and I really love the look of this vest!! How would I convert this pattern to fit a woman?
Hi! You could add a couple rounds right before the armholes 🙂
hi! I’m loving this pattern! Quick question, in round 13, are we counting the ch1 spaces from previous row as stitches?
Hi! Yes 🙂
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.
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.
That’s fine. We are all only human. Love this pattern by the way.
Thank you! 🙂
The last row is not on the pattern can you please help me with it as on the pattern row 21 is not like the photos last row thank you I’m almost done love it
Hi! The last row is row 21 in the pattern
Round 21: *5 dc in next sc, sc in next ch 5 space* repeat from * to * around, join to the first dc
Should row 7 have 48dc when we have dctog in this round? I have 36 and just getting confused.
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 🙂
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)
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 ?
Hello Breann, thank you so much for this lovely pattern I just finished one in less than 24hrs. It’s so beautiful, I used Hobby Lobbys I love this yarn in #494 instant classic. ?? if love to share a picture, do I do this on your Facebook page? I’m going to share on Instagram I follow you there as well. Thank you again
Thank you!! 🙂
Can this be made for an adult? If so what would be the numbers
Hi! To make it for an adult you can repeat the rounds right before the armholes until it’s the width you want. Then make the armholes. Then repeat the last round until it’s the width you want. I hope that helps!
I am totally confused with row 16. Can you please give me some help with this. How do you dc2tog in the chain one space? Help? i am new to crocheting.
Hi, insert your hook into the same space for both dc’s. Hope this helps! 🙂
Hola estoy haciendo este hermoso chaleco pero hay siglas que no entiendo que es cc, slip stich. Gracias
In round 10, I come out with only 57 dc, so the shells are not spaced properly. Am I missing something? Thanks.
I counted that first ch4 as a dc and got 58 stitches but still can’t get the shells to space properly ?
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 ?
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.
I finally finished up the vest. It’s beautiful:)
I have 11inches between the arms but it’s only 20″ long 🙁
I have quite bit of yarn left over.
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.
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
That’s great! I’m glad it worked for you 🙂
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?
Yes, the dc2tog is all in the space. Hope that helps 🙂
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.
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!
thank you I figured it out finally
I don’t understand what i am to do this round. I am afdaid i am quite confused about what i am to dc2tog in tne ch1 spaces. Can someone explain this to me, please?
Work 2 double crochets together in the ch 1 space. Both stitches will be in the space.
I also am very confused about round 16. I know how to dc2tog, but what stitches do i do it with? How do I do this all in the chain 1 space? Any advice how to do this?
So i am doing 2dc, ch2, 2dc. Is this it or am i to do a dc but take off 2 and then do another dc taking 2 off than draw through 3
Yes, do the first step of 2 dc, then pull through 3 loops.
Here’s what I did….Think of it like a modified puff stitch made in the space, you are not actually double crocheting any stitches together just going through the motion.
She is not talking about the classic dtog read the notes and follow those instructions. Instead of crocheting two already made stitches together you make two together in the chain space. Kinda like a puff stitch.
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?
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 🙂 Hope this helps!
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 !
That’s wonderful! Thank you so much 🙂 🙂
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.
That’s awesome!!! Thank you 🙂
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.
That’s awesome! Good thinking 🙂
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.
This vest fits both my 5 year old and my 7 year old. What are the measurements between the armholes?
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)
im having a prob with round 12. its not working out right, if i skip a stitch, sc in next 3, skip stitch…. it dont seem right
Hi ? You should have a dc in between the shells from the previous row, then sc across 3 stitches of the she’ll. Hope this helps!
Thank you so much for this pattern, it’s beautiful x
Hi, love the patter but am I missing something? Are you crocheting in the ch 2 space as well?
Hi ? For which row?
Rows 4 and 5
No, don’t dc in ch 2 space
Can’t wait to get started on some of these. We just got 2 new Great Granddaughters. Opens a whole new world and lots of crocheting. Thanks
Should there be the same number of rows between the two arm holes top and bottom?
No, there should be less across the top
I am enjoying this pattern, however I am a little confused about row 12. The pattern says to slip stitch to next stitch after the join. Exactly what stitch am I to slip stitch to?
Can someone explain this to me?
The stitch right next to the join 🙂 This is where the round starts. So instead of cutting the yarn and rejoining one stitch over, just sl st into the very next. Hope this helps!
Thank you so much. I got it now.
Thank you for this beautiful pattern. I do get 11 inches between the arm holes, but only around 22″ in diameter. (Used Bernat Pop & 5.5mm Hook) Will go up one hook size and add a row or 2 more before the last row of shells. Otherwise, very well & easy pattern to follow.
About to start making the third one for my mini me! Really easy to follow pattern and so beautiful!!
That’s awesome!! Thank you so much!!
How could I make this fit a larger size? I’m using a thin yarn with a j hook. It looks beautiful but the size is smaller then a five year old. Also interested in adult sizing.
Hi! You can continue the last rounds of “mesh” until it’s the size you want 🙂
Hello! I’m loving this pattern!! On row 13, after I’ve done the second armhole (ch24, skip 24 stitches, dc in next) it says *ch1 skip one stitch* repeat from * to *…..what does this mean? What am I doing after I skip one stitch? Is it supposed to be like it is in between the arm holes (ch1, skip 1, dc)? Please clarify this for me! This is my first one and I’m hoping to make one for myself as well!
Oops! That’s a typo. It’s fixed ?
How can I make this for a 12-24 month size?
I’m so stuck on row 13 . I did the chain 27 skip 24 and the dc , ch1 , Skip 1 but I don’t know how many stitches I should need after the I do the second arm hole . Thanks
Hi! Just repeat until you get back to the first stitch to join 🙂
Hi, I’m having trouble with Round 9. For some reason I keep getting 108 as my final stitch count for the end of the round instead of 114. I’m sure I followed the pattern correctly up until this point. I can’t figure out why this keeps happening.
Hmm, not without seeing it I’m not sure.
I figured it out. For some reason I did round 6 twice and it got messed up that way. Everything’s good now. Thanks.
Ok great 🙂
I’m down to the last row! How did you do the shells? Thanks!
Hi! I did 5 dc in each sc around and 1 sc in each ch 5 space around
Hi! I’m interested in making this for an adult. I noticed on one of the comments you said to just keep going with the “mesh” until it’s the size we want. Would that work for sizing up for an adult or would the arm holes be in the wrong place? Any help sizing this up for an adult would be greatly appreciated!
Hi! When doing the sleeves you might want to make them a little but wider. Maybe 10 – 15 stitches?
Than for this, would like to know how to do this for 11year kid please for birthday gift nxt month
Hi! You can repeat the last rounds with the mesh until it’s the size you like 🙂
Hi! I would love to make this in an adult XL pattern. Any thoughts on how to accomplish this? I made this for my five-year-old daughter and it’s beautiful! Thank you for the pattern!
Hi! You will probably want to add a few extra rounds before the armholes are made. I would measure how far apart you want the armholes, and then add rounds until it’s that size. After you make the armholes you can repeat the mesh rounds until it’s the size you want. I hope that helps!!
Thank you! It does!
Breann, I am loving this pattern! I am confused at the end of round 17. I chained 5 and sc in the last ch sp. The instructions say to sc to beginning chain 5. Do I chain 5 then sc to the beginning chain 5? Thanks so much for all your patterns!
Hi! sc in the middle of the first ch 5 space of the round.
I have just finished row 10 and I have 59 stitches and not 58 including the 4 chain start and I need to finish this by Friday 20th can anyone help me please?
Hi! I think you can just keep going. It shouldn’t change the next rounds.
I have 58 dc for round 10. On round 11 I get waaaay more than 29 shells. What do I do? TIA
Hi! You should have 1 shell in every other stitch for round 11 🙂
In case anyone was curious, I made this with a dk Carons yarn and a 5mm hook and it’s sized like a 4-5 with 9in between arm holes and about 21in diameter.
Reading through all the comments really helped understand the pattern, but once I got going it was pretty easy to stop counting stitches and just follow the stitch pattern for each round.