Children’s Crochet Vest Free Pattern

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This easy children’s crochet vest free pattern is crocheted in one piece, which means there is minimal seaming. This crochet vest works up quickly using a super bulky weight yarn and can be done in a matter of hours.

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The Trendy Kids Fur Vest children’s crochet vest free pattern is a fun and trendy vest that looks great with just about any outfit! Kids will love to wear this vest, not just because it’s so fun and cozy, but because it’s so soft to touch and provides a cool sensory experience for them.

Purchase an inexpensive ad-free PDF version of this pattern in my Ravelry and Etsy shops which includes all the sizes given below, plus, 3 additional sizes: 12 months, 18 months and size 10.

How Do You Crochet a Kid’s Vest?

This crochet vest pattern is worked from the bottom-up. You’ll crochet the body of the vest up to the armholes. The front two panels are crocheted onto the body and then the back panel is added. The only seaming that needs to be done is to sew the shoulder seams together.

If you’re comfortable doing the half double crochet stitch, you can absolutely crochet your child/grandchild a vest using this free crochet vest pattern.

Can I Make This Crochet Vest Free Pattern in A Different Yarn?

Although this children’s crochet vest free pattern is crocheted using Fable Fur yarn, it can be crocheted using a smooth, super bulky yarn. Do a gauge swatch with your preferred yarn and a coordinating hook. If you can match the gauge given for the pattern with your preferred yarn and you like the look of your fabric, you’re good to go.

A children's crochet vest made out of fur yarn in a flat lay with a furls crochet hook and a ball of pink fable fur.

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What Sizes Are Available?

I’ve written the Trendy Kids Fur Vest pattern in the following children’s and toddler sizes:

  • 12 months*
  • 18 months*
  • 2
  • 4
  • 6
  • 8
  • 10*

Sizes 12 months, 18 months and size 10 are available exclusively in the PDF version of the pattern which can be purchased in my Ravelry and Etsy shops for a small fee.

How Do I Know What Size of Vest to Make for My Child?

To figure out what size of vest you should make, use a tape measure to measure around the bust/chest of your child, just under the armpits. Compare that measurement to the given bust size in the size chart for the pattern.

The pattern is written with 3″ of positive ease, which means that there are 3″ of extra movement added to the garment on top of the given chest measurements. So if your child’s chest measures 21″, they would wear a size 2. If you want the vest to be baggier to fit over a big hoodie or sweater, I recommend going up a size in the size chart.

If your child’s measurement falls between a set of numbers in the given size chart, I recommend making the next size up so they can enjoy their vest for as long as possible.

smiling little girl wearing a furry pink vest in a snowy landscape


Working With Faux Fur Yarn

This children’s vest pattern is a greaty project to try crocheting with faux fur yarn. You’re crocheting using a 10mm (N/P) crochet hook which makes it super easy to feel your stitches as you work and you’re working back and forth in rows. I have included my tips and tricks for working with faux fur yarns below. I recommend giving it a watch or checking out the written tips post on crocheting with faux fur before getting started to help you hit the ground running.

Disclaimer:

Feel free to sell the item created by this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my blog: https://www.theloopylamb.com.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, or claim this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

Skill Level:

  • Easy


Terminology:

  • U.S. Terminology

Supplies:

Abbreviations:

Sizes: 

Size:2468
Bust Size:21”23”25”26.5”
Finished Bust:24”26”28”29.5”
Approx. Finished Length:13”15”15”17”

Gauge: 

  • 7 sts x 6 rows = 4” in pattern stitch.  Make sure to check your gauge to ensure your project fits appropriately.


Notes:

  • CH 1 at the beginning of a row does not count as a stitch.

  • Pattern is written in size 2 with changes for each size following in parentheses (4, 6, 8)

  • Pattern is written with 3” of ease. For a looser fit go up a size.

  • If this is your first time working with faux fur yarn, I recommend checking out my tips and tricks for working with faux fur yarn before getting started. Don’t skip this step. The fur obstructs the view of your stitches so I want you to enjoy making this and not get frustrated.

  • This vest is worked from the bottom up. The body panel is worked as one piece that will wrap around the body. When the armpits are reached, you will work 3 separate panels up to the shoulder. You will work the right front panel, then skip sts for the underarm and work the back panel. Then you’ll skip sts for left underarm and work the left front panel. Seam shoulders and you’re finished.

schematic and measurements for this children's crochet vest free pattern showing the measurements for each size given. ©Ashley Parker - Theloopylamb.com

Purchase an inexpensive ad-free PDF version of this pattern in my Ravelry and Etsy shops which includes all the sizes given below, plus, 3 additional sizes: 12 months, 18 months and size 10.

Body:



Row 1 (RS): CH 41 (45, 48, 50), HDC in the 2nd CH from the hook, HDC in each CH across.  CH 1 and turn. (40, 44, 47, 49 sts)


Rows 2 – 12 (14, 14, 16): HDC in the 1st ST and each ST across. CH 1 and turn.


Right Front:

Row 1: HDCDEC, HDC 4 (5, 6, 7). (5, 6, 7, 8 sts)


Rows 2 – 4: CH 1 and turn. HDC in the 1st ST and each ST across. (5, 6, 7, 8 sts)


Row 5: CH 1 and turn. HDCDEC, HDC 3 (4, 5, 6). (4, 5, 6, 7 sts)

For sizes 2(4) Only


Rows 6 – 7 (8): CH 1 and turn. HDC in the 1st ST and each ST across. (4, 5 sts)

For size 6 Only

Row 6: CH 1 and turn. HDC in the 1st ST and each ST across. (6 sts)

Row 7: CH 1 and turn. HDCDEC, HDC 5. (5 sts)


Row 8: CH 1 and turn. HDC in the 1st ST and each ST across. (5 sts)

For size 8 Only

Row 6: CH 1 and turn. HDC in the 1st ST and each ST across. (7 sts)

Row 7: CH 1 and turn. HDCDEC, HDC 5. (6 sts)

Row 8: CH 1 and turn. HDC in the 1st ST and each ST across. (6 sts)

Row 9: CH 1 and turn. HDCDEC, HDC 4. (5 sts)

FO leaving a long tail for seaming.

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Child modelling a furry vest made with this children's crochet vest free pattern from Ashley Parker of theloopylamb

Back:

Row 1: With RS facing you, attach yarn to the 14th (16th, 17th, 19th) ST of Row Row 12 (14, 14, 16, 18) of the body.  HDC in the same ST as the join.  HDC in the next 13 (13, 12, 12) STs. CH 1 and turn. (14, 14, 13, 13 sts)


Row 1: With RS facing you, attach yarn to the 14th (16th, 17th, 18th) ST of Row 12 (14, 14, 16) of the body. HDC in the same ST as the join. HDC in the next 13 (13, 14, 14) STs. CH 1 and turn. (14, 14, 15, 15 sts)


Rows 2 – 7 (8, 8, 9): CH 1 and turn. HDC in the 1st ST and each ST across. (14, 14, 15, 15 sts) FO.

FO.

Left Front:

Row 1: With RS facing you, attach yarn to the 6th (7th, 8th, 9th) ST from the end of Row 12. HDC 4 (5, 6, 7), HDCDEC. (5, 6, 7, 8 sts)


Rows 2 – 4: CH 1 and turn. HDC in the 1st ST and each ST across. (5, 6, 7, 8 sts)


Row 5: CH 1 and turn. HDC 3 (4, 5, 6), HDCDEC. (4, 5, 6, 7 sts)


For sizes 2(4) Only


Rows 6 – 7 (8): CH 1 and turn. HDC in the 1st ST and each ST across. (4, 5 sts)

For size 6 Only

Row 6: CH 1 and turn. HDC in the 1st ST and each ST across. (6 sts)


Row 7: CH 1 and turn. HDC 5, HDCDEC. (5 sts)


Row 8: CH 1 and turn. HDC in the 1st ST and each ST across. (5 sts)

For Size 8 Only

Row 6: CH 1 and turn. HDC in the 1st ST and each ST across. (7 sts)

Row 7: CH 1 and turn. HDC 5, HDCDEC. (6 sts)

Row 8: CH 1 and turn. HDC in the 1st ST and each ST across. (6 sts)

Row 9: CH 1 and turn. HDC 4, HDCDEC. (5 sts)

FO leaving a long tail for seaming.

Finishing:

Use tails from front panels to seam shoulder seams.  Weave in ends.

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Disclaimer:

Feel free to sell the item created by this children’s crochet vest free pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my blog: https://www.theloopylamb.com.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, or claim this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

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