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Crochet Sweater Vest: It has Pockets, and a Hood!

Hi everyone. Welcome back, and if you’re new here, welcome! I’ve got another one of those projects that I’m super smitten over and it’s my favorite project ever, this week lol. I swear it’s not the same with EVERY project, but it definitely is with this hooded crochet sweater vest.

First of all, this crochet sweater vest is SO WARM AND COZY! It’s not too bulky and loose, but it does come down below the waist line, so you don’t have the bottom riding up, making you cold and inadvertently showing your butt.

It’s also really fashionable, I feel like it’s something you’d find in a catalogue. The hooded crochet sweater vest is accented with a different color on the edges and trim. You can obviously just make a single color if you prefer.

I know it’s obvious from the pictures, but I have to mention that this crochet sweater vest has a hood and pockets! Oh, it’s so nice to have pockets in a sweater like this, it makes life so much simpler. The pockets are big enough to hold the essentials.

The hood is just instantly warm and snuggly feeling. It cuts the wind and cold down dramatically. This hoodie is fashionable but it’s also a winter work horse.

I used Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick #6 super bulky, which is what makes it so cozy and also what makes it work up so fast. It’s one of my go to yarns for winter stuff like sweaters etc.

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I think everyone could use one of these hooded crochet sweater vests this season, and the good news is it will last you many more seasons as well. Hope you enjoy making it. Onto the pattern!

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Crochet Sweater Vest Materials

#6 Super bulky yarn

I used 2 colors of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick #6 Super bulky

Color A = Wheat

Color B = Graphite

Crochet hook size 9mm and 10mm

Scissors

Yarn needle

Stitch markers

4 pieces of (28mm) 1.18″ button ( This is optional )

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Stitches Used & Code ( US Term )

ch = chain

st = stitch(es)

sc = single crochet

sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together

dc = double crochet

sp = space

sk = skip

sl st = slip stitch

REP = repeat

RS = right side

WS = wrong side

” = inches

About the pattern

This pattern is made from the bottom up. We will crochet the front and back panels at the same time until we reach the armpits. Then, we will make the upper left, followed by the upper back and then upper right.

Then we’ll crochet the hood, collar, pockets and add the edging. Last, we’ll add the buttons (optional). You can make this as a single color as well.

Skill : Easy

Notes :

  • The crochet sweater vest pattern is written in English US terminology
  • The pattern is made as US women’s sizes XS( S, M, L, XL, XXL )
  • In this picture I have demonstrated with size Small

Yarn needed :

Color A = 470( 530, 610, 680, 760, 820 ) yards

Color B = 100( 100, 110, 115, 120, 120 ) yards

Gauge blocked : 6.5 sc X 7 rows = 4″

Measurements after blocked

XS = 19.46″ Width across back X 28.57″ Length

S = 20.69″ Width across back X 28.57″ Length

M = 23.15″ Width across back X 28.57″ Length

L = 24.38″ Width across back X 29.71″ Length

XL = 26.84″ Width across back X 29.71″ Length

XXL = 28.07 Width across back X 29.71″ Length

crochet sweater vest tutorial dimensions diagram

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Crochet Sweater Vest Pattern

Note : For the main panel, we’re going to use a 10mm crochet hook and color A

Row 1 ( WS ) : ch 61( 65, 73, 77, 85, 89 ), 1 sc into second ch from hook and each ch across. Total of 60( 64, 72, 76, 84, 88 ) st

Row 2 ( RS ) : Turn, ch 1 ( do not count as a st ), 1 sc into each st across. Total of 60( 64, 72, 76, 84, 88 ) st

Row 3 – Row 16( 16, 16, 18, 18, 18 ) : REP Row 2

Row 17( 17, 17, 19, 19, 19 ) : Turn, ch 1 ( do not count as a st ), 1 sc into each of next 3( 3, 4, 5, 6, 6 ) st, ch 9( 9, 9, 9, 9, 9 ), sk 9( 9, 9, 9, 9, 9 ) st for the pocket, 1 sc into each of next 36( 40, 46, 48, 54, 58 ), ch 9( 9, 9, 9, 9, 9 ), sk 9( 9, 9, 9, 9, 9 ) st for the pocket, 1 sc into each of the last 3( 3, 4, 5, 6, 6 ) st. Total of 60( 64, 72, 76, 84, 88 ) st including the ch. Check picture below

beginning the main panel on this  crochet sweater vest pattern free crochet pattern

Row 18( 18, 18, 20, 20, 20 ) : Turn, ch 1 ( do not count as a st ), 1 sc into each st and each ch across. Total of 60( 64, 72, 76, 84, 88 ) st. Check picture below

Row 19( 19, 19, 21, 21, 21 ) – Row 36( 36, 34, 34, 32, 32 ) : REP Row 2. Check picture below

*If you’d like a shorter or longer vest, just repeat row 2 less or more times before you start making the upper left but just make sure to end with an even number row.

finishing the first panel on your hooded crochet sweater vest

Upper Left ( When you wear it )

Row 37( 37, 35, 35, 33, 33 ) : Turn, ch 1 ( do not count as a st ), 1 sc into each of next 15( 16, 18, 19, 21, 22 ) st. Total of 15( 16, 18, 19, 21, 22 ) st

Row 38( 38, 36, 36, 34, 34 ) : Turn ch 1 ( do not count as a st ), sc2tog, 1 sc into next st and each st across. Total of 14( 15, 17, 18, 20, 21 ) st

Row 39( 39, 37, 37, 35, 35 ) : Turn ch 1 ( do not count as a st ), 1 sc into each st across. Total of 14( 15, 17, 18, 20, 21 ) st

Row 40( 40, 38, 38, 36, 36 ) : REP Row 38( 38, 36, 36, 34, 34 ). Total of 13( 14, 16, 17, 19, 20 ) st

Row 41( 41, 39, 39, 37, 37 ) : REP Row 39( 39, 37, 37, 35, 35 ). Total of 13( 14, 16, 17, 19, 20 ) st

Row 42( 42, 40, 40, 38, 38 ) : REP Row 38( 38, 36, 36, 34, 34 ). Total of 12( 13, 15, 16, 18, 19 ) st

Row 43( 43, 41, 41, 39, 39 ) : REP Row 39( 39, 37, 37, 35, 35 ). Total of 12( 13, 15, 16, 18, 19 ) st

Row 44( 44, 42, 42, 40, 40 ) : REP Row 38( 38, 36, 36, 34, 34 ). Total of 11( 12, 14, 15, 17, 18 ) st

Row 45( 45, 43, 43, 41, 41 ) – Row 50( 50, 50, 52, 52, 52 ) : REP Row 39( 39, 37, 37, 35, 35 ). Total of 11( 12, 14, 15, 17, 18 ) st

The end of row 50( 50, 50, 52, 52, 52 ) cut the yarn DO NOT leave a long tail. Check picture below

beginning to add shoulders the the first panel of the hooded crochet sweater vest tutorial

Upper Back

Row 37( 37, 35, 35, 33, 33 ) : Turn the WS facing up, add new yarn into the st next to the last st at row 37( 37, 35, 35, 33, 33 ) on the upper left, ch 1 ( do not count as a st ), 1 sc into same st that we just added a new yarn, 1 sc into each of next 29( 31, 35, 37, 41, 43 ) st. Total of 30( 32, 36, 38, 42, 44 ) st. Check picture below

beginning to add shoulders the the first panel of the hooded crochet sweater vest upper back tutorial

Row 38( 38, 36, 36, 34, 34 ) : Turn ch 1 ( do not count as a st ), sc2tog, 1 sc into next st and each st until you have 2 st left, sc2tog. Total of 28( 30, 34, 36, 40, 42 ) st

Row 39( 39, 37, 37, 35, 35 ) : Turn ch 1 ( do not count as a st ), 1 sc into each st across. Total of 28( 30, 34, 36, 40, 42 ) st

Row 40( 40, 38, 38, 36, 36 ) : REP Row 38( 38, 36, 36, 34, 34 ). Total of 26( 28, 32, 34, 38, 40 ) st

Row 41( 41, 39, 39, 37, 37 ) : REP Row 39( 39, 37, 37, 35, 35 ). Total of 26( 28, 32, 34, 38, 40 ) st

Row 42( 42, 40, 40, 38, 38 ) : REP Row 38( 38, 36, 36, 34, 34 ). Total of 24( 26, 30, 32, 36, 38 ) st

Row 43( 43, 41, 41, 39, 39 ) : REP Row 39( 39, 37, 37, 35, 35 ). Total of 24( 26, 30, 32, 36, 38 ) st

Row 44( 44, 42, 42, 40, 40 ) : REP Row 38( 38, 36, 36, 34, 34 ). Total of 22( 24, 28, 30, 34, 36 ) st

Row 45( 45, 43, 43, 41, 41 ) – Row 50( 50, 50, 52, 52, 52 ) : REP Row 39( 39, 37, 37, 35, 35 ). Total of 22( 24, 28, 30, 34, 36 ) st

The end of row 50( 50, 50, 52, 52, 52 ) cut the yarn and leave 10-16″ long tail. Check picture below

Upper Right ( When you wear it )

Row 37( 37, 35, 35, 33, 33 ) : Turn the WS facing up, add new yarn into the st next to the last st at row 37( 37, 35, 35, 33, 33 ) on the upper back, ch 1 ( do not count as a st ), 1 sc into same st that we just added a new yarn, 1 sc into next st and each st across. Total of 15( 16, 18, 19, 21, 22 ) st. Check picture below

beginning to add shoulders the the first panel of the hooded crochet sweater vest upper back tutorial

Row 38( 38, 36, 36, 34, 34 ) : Turn ch 1 ( do not count as a st ), 1 sc into each st until you have 2 st left, sc2tog. Total of 14( 15, 17, 18, 20, 21 ) st

Row 39( 39, 37, 37, 35, 35 ) : Turn ch 1 ( do not count as a st ), 1 sc into each st across. Total of 14( 15, 17, 18, 20, 21 ) st

Row 40( 40, 38, 38, 36, 36 ) : REP Row 38( 38, 36, 36, 34, 34 ). Total of 13( 14, 16, 17, 19, 20 ) st

Row 41( 41, 39, 39, 37, 37 ) : REP Row 39( 39, 37, 37, 35, 35 ). Total of 13( 14, 16, 17, 19, 20 ) st

Row 42( 42, 40, 40, 38, 38 ) : REP Row 38( 38, 36, 36, 34, 34 ). Total of 12( 13, 15, 16, 18, 19 ) st

Row 43( 43, 41, 41, 39, 39 ) : REP Row 39( 39, 37, 37, 35, 35 ). Total of 12( 13, 15, 16, 18, 19 ) st

Row 44( 44, 42, 42, 40, 40 ) : REP Row 38( 38, 36, 36, 34, 34 ). Total of 11( 12, 14, 15, 17, 18 ) st

Row 45( 45, 43, 43, 41, 41 ) – Row 50( 50, 50, 52, 52, 52 ) : REP Row 39( 39, 37, 37, 35, 35 ). Total of 11( 12, 14, 15, 17, 18 ) st

The end of row 50( 50, 50, 52, 52, 52 ) cut the yarn and leave 10-16″ long tail. Check picture below

upper back of the crochet sweater vest panel finished

Sew the shoulders together

Fold your vest right side facing each other, we’ll sew on the wrong side. Sew 5( 6, 8, 9, 11, 12 ) st the front and back panel together, using any method you prefer. Both shoulders sewn the same. Check picture below

sewing the shoulders together on this hooded crochet sweater vest

Crochet The Hood

Notes :

  • For the hood, we’re going to use 10mm crochet hook and color A
  • For the hood, all the sizes are the same so it’ll be the same stitch and row count
  • Turn your vest right side out, We will start crocheting the hood starting with the top corner of the right front panel and continue around the neck to the top left front panel corner. We will turn back the other direction and keep repeating.

Row 1 : Add new yarn into the top right front corner, ch 2 ( do not count as a st ), 1 dc into the same st, 1 dc into next st and each st until you reach the top left corner ( When you reach the shoulder seam make 2 dc into each of the shoulder seam ). Total of 28 st Check picture below

adding the hood to your hooded crochet sweater vest

Row 2 : ch 2 ( do not count as a st ), 1 dc into each st across. Total of 28 st

Row 3 – Row 13 : REP Row 2

The end of row 13, cut the yarn and leave 16-18″ long tail

After you’re done with the hood, we’re going to sew the top of the hood by using the tail that we left earlier and make sure to sew on the inside. Check picture below

sewing up the hood top on your hooded crochet sweater vest tutorial

Pocket /Backing ( Make 2 )

Notes :

  • For the pocket/backing, we’re going to use 10mm crochet hook and color A
  • For the pocket/backing all the sizes are the same so it’ll be the same stitch and row count

Row 1 : ch 13, 1 sc into second ch from hook and each ch across. Total of 12 st

Row 2 : Turn, ch 1 ( do not count as a st ), 1 sc into each st across. Total of 12 st

Row 3 – Row 13 : REP Row 2

The end of row 13 cut the yarn and leave about 30-40″ long tail enough to sew around the pocket.

Sew the pocket

We’re going to sew the pocket in the inside, place your pocket backing square over the pocket with the top about half an inch above the pocket opening.

Sew all the way around the pocket backing using any method you prefer: Make sure you DON’T sew through the outside, just pick up your stitches from the inside. (Check out the video if it sounds confusing). Check picture below

adding the pockets backing to the hooded crochet sweater vest

Crochet around the collar

Notes :

  • For the hood, we’re going to use 9mm crochet hook and color B
  • We’re going to crochet into the end of each row of the front panels and the hood ( sp for reference )
  • With your vest right side out. Start the collar working from the bottom right corner. Work all the way up and around the hood, back down to the left corner. We’ll turn back the other direction and keep repeating.

Row 1 : Add new yarn into the right bottom front corner, ch 1 ( do not count as a st ), 1 sc into each sp util you reach the beginning of the hood, 2 sc into each st of the hood part until you reach the last sp of the hood, 1 sc. into each sp across to the left bottom front corner. Total of 152( 152, 152, 156, 156, 156 ) st ( If you have a couple less or more st it’s ok ). Check picture below

adding a second colored accent to the trim of your hooded crochet sweater vest

Row 2 : Turn, ch 1 ( do not count as a st ), 1 sc into each st across. Total of 152( 152, 152, 156, 156, 156 ) st

Row 3 – Row 5( 5, 5, 5, 5, 5 ) : REP Row 2, cut the yarn and weave all the ends

If you’d like a smaller or bigger collar, just repeat row 2 less or more times

Crochet around the pocket edges

Note : For the pocket edges, we’re going to use 9mm crochet hook and color B

With your vest right side out, we’ll crochet on the right side. Add new yarn into the corner of the pocket opening and then make a sl st into each st around, cut the yarn and weave the ends. Check picture below

adding the accent to the pockets of your hooded crochet sweater vest

Shoulder cuff edges

Notes :

  • For the shoulder cuff edges, we’re going to use 9mm crochet hook and color B
  • We’re going to crochet into the end of each row of the shoulder cuff edge ( sp for reference )

With your vest right side out, we’ll crochet on the right side. Add new yarn into the corner of the arm pit and then ch 1, 1 sc into same sp, 1 sc into next sp and each sp around, cut the yarn and weave the ends. Check picture below

adding the accent to the shoulder cuffs on your crochet sweater vest

Adding the button ( optional )

I added four buttons, but it’s totally optional. You can use 2-3 or none, it’s up to your preference. You can also place them however you like, left side or right. I placed them 5″ apart, but again, you can place them how you like. There’s no need for button holes since we’re just using the space in between the stitches. It makes it easier to place the buttons.

makes them easier to place wherever.

finished hooded crochet sweater vest  with pockets and buttons

You’ve done it, congratulations on your hooded crochet sweater vest!

You all know how much I love to see your work, so don’t forget to share with me on social media like FB or IG. Hope you enjoyed it, let me know what you thought of the design. Until next time….happy crocheting ✌🧡🧶

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