Practical Crochet Baby Vest For Premature Babies – Free Pattern

Free Preemie Crochet Baby Vest Pattern

This is a practical crochet baby vest pattern that is suitable for prematurely born babies. It is easy to dress and undress your little bundle of joy.


This cute wrap over vest will make dressing and undressing your precious bundle easy!

It is a simple design where the two front panels simply wrap over and get secured with a simple tie.

This way, it will not get in the way of any tubes your little one may need! This crochet baby vest is easy to put on, as you do not have to manipulate fragile arms.

You simple lay the vest flat, place your baby on top of it and wrap over the front panels. You can gently secure them with a simple tie at the front or side.

I have designed this cute pattern as part of the Preemie Crochet Challenge organised by Sunflower Cottage Crochet.

Helen curated a great collection of crochet patterns that are suitable for prematurely born babies. Throughout the duration of the challenge, you will be able to download free preemie crochet patterns.

Each download of a pattern is a pledge to make at least one of that item to donate to a NICU or similar in November for Preemie Awareness Month.

This year, we are also including a crochet pattern bundle. As this event is foremost a charitable event, all the proceeds (minus payment processing fees) will be donated to two charities – Project Sweet Peas and Bliss.

You can find more information on the main round up on Helen’s blog.

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MATERIALS FOR CROCHET BABY VEST PATTERN

CROCHET BABY VEST FINISHED SIZE

30 cm chest circumference, 18 cm length – suitable for preemie 2-3 lbs size

TENSION

18 sts x 12 rows = 10 x 10 cm

STITCHES AND ABBREVIATIONS (US CROCHET TERMS)

ch- chain stitch

sc- single crochet

sc in blo- single crochet in back loop only

sl st- slip stitch

hdc – half double crochet

For abbreviations master list as set out by Craft Yarn Council, please CLICK HERE.

PATTERN NOTES FOR CROCHET BABY VEST

  • the vest is worked in one piece starting with the bottom hem of the back panel
  • the front panels are worked straight onto the back panel once you reach the top of shoulders
  • the back panel is split into two halves to create the front panels
  • the neck opening is shaped to allow for the neckline
crochet pattern for a baby vest for premature babies

CROCHET BABY VEST MAIN PATTERN

BOTTOM HEM BACK PANEL

Chain 6.

Row 1: starting in 2nd chain from hook, 1 sc across, turn. [5 sc]

Row 2: 1 ch (does not count as st throughout), 1 sc, 3 sc blo, 1 sc in last, turn. [5 sc]

Repeat Row 2 another 25 times. Do not fasten off.

BACK PANEL

Turn the bottom hem 90 degrees and continue working across the long edge. You will be working around the end sc stitches of each row.

Row 1: 2 ch (doesn’t count as st throughout), 1 hdc in each end st across, turn. [27 hdc]

Row 2: 2 ch, 1 hdc in each st across, turn. [27 hdc]

Repeat Row 2 another 16 times. Do not fasten off, continue with FIRST FRONT HALF.

crochet baby vest front panels

FIRST FRONT PANEL

Row 1: 2 ch, 12 hdc, turn leaving the remaining stitches unworked. [12 hdc]

Row 2: 2 ch, hdc across, turn.

Row3: 2 ch, hdc across until last st, 2 hdc into last st, turn. [13 hdc]

Row 4: 2 ch, 2 hdc into first st, hdc to end, turn. [14 hdc]

Row 5: 2 ch, hdc across until last st, 2 hdc into last st, turn. [15 hdc]

Row6: 2 ch, 2 hdc into first st, hdc to end, turn. [16 hdc]

Row 7: 2 ch, hdc across, turn. [16 hdc]

Repeat Row 7 another 11 times. Do not fasten off, continue with BOTTOM HEM FRONT PANEL.

BOTTOM HEM FRONT PANEL

Chain 6.

Row 1: starting in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc across the chain just made, sl st to same st on front panel, sl st to next st on front panel, turn. 5 sc

Row 2: 1 ch, 4 sc blo across sts from Row 1, 1 sc in last, turn. 5 sc

Row 3: 1 ch, 1 sc, 4 sc blo, (sl st to next st on front panel) twice. 5 sc

Row 4: 1 ch, 4 sc blo across sts from previous row, 1 sc in last, turn. 5 sc

Repeat Rows 3-4 across all stitches of the front panel. Fasten off.

crochet baby vest open front

SECOND FRONT HALF

Attach yarn in last st of the back panel and continue pattern as for FIRST FRONT PANEL. Please note there are 3 sts between the two front panels that remain unworked to allow for wider neck opening.

CROCHET BABY VEST FINISHING INSTRUCTIONS

To create the ties, attach yarn in end of row 9 of the back panel and chain 30, fasten off. Repeat on the other side.

Sew in all ends.


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed this tiny crochet flowers garland pattern. I have more free crochet patterns and tutorials that you might enjoy right here on the blog. 

Other crochet patterns you might like:

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About Veronika Cromwell

Hi, I’m Veronika! I design modern and wearable crochet garments, accessories and homewares. Grab your hook and find your next project!

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8 thoughts on “Practical Crochet Baby Vest For Premature Babies – Free Pattern

    1. You need to press the “download here” button at the bottom of the post, the PDF will open in a new window, then save to your computer.

  1. pdf requires a code even though the blog says it don’t. Where can I get the code to save to work on pattern this winter

    1. Linda, you need to press the “download here” button at the bottom of the post, the PDF will open in a new window, then save it to your computer.

  2. What a beautiful pattern; Practical Crochet Baby Vest For Premature Babies.
    These babies are so small and delicate and a person wonders how to hold them in order to dress or feed them but this pattern certainly will help with the dressing of the tiny infant. Your ability to think of such a design and bring it into being is a fantastic gift that you have been given.
    Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you for your kind words Trish! I remember how fragile my first boy was when he was born, so I can not even imagine dressing a prematurely born baby! I hope this vest will be a useful pattern for many.

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