Free Child Crochet Hooded Vest Pattern

Free pattern for a crochet hooded vest suitable for children from 6 months to 3 years old


This child crochet hooded vest pattern has been designed for the little people in your life from sizes 6 months up to 3 years old.

This cute design has a special place in my heart. I have started designing when I was pregnant with my first son Jacob.

The lack of cool clothes for boys in the shops has led me to design my own. Secondly, how proud do you feel when you see your little one in something cute that you made yourself.

Crochet Hooded Vest Design Process

I love the simplicity of this crochet hooded vest design for kids. I have made two separate pieces – the front and back panel.

These are sewn together at the sides and shoulder seams to create the basic shape. The V shaped neckline adds a lovely design feature.

However, it is also super practical as it creates a wide neck opening. This makes dressing and undressing your little one so much easier.

The large hood is then worked onto the finished vest around the V neck opening. I think the hood really makes this kids crochet vest a lovely layering piece.

The pattern uses linen stitch, sometimes called the moss stitch too. Check out THIS PAGE for a quick tutorial to dust off your skills.

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MATERIALS FOR CROCHET HOODED VEST

  • Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky, 2 (3, 3, 4) balls in Misty Grey, 1 (1, 1, 1) ball in each Marine Blue and Pure White
  • 6 mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors

TENSION

17 sts x 16 rows measured over linen stitch = 10 cm square

CROCHET HOODED VEST FINISHED SIZE

SIZECHEST CIRCUMFERENCETOTAL LENGTH
6-12 months50 cm28 cm
1-2 years55 cm33 cm
2 years60 cm38 cm
3 years65 cm43 cm

STITCHES AND ABBREVIATIONS (US CROCHET TERMS)

ch- chain stitch

sl st- slip stitch

sc- single crochet

sc in blo- single crochet stitch worked through back loop only

sc2tog- single crochet the following 2 stitches together

sc3tog- single crochet the following 3 stitches together

rep- repeat

ch-sp – chain space

rem- remaining

st- stitch

PATTERN NOTES

  • 1 ch at the beginning of the row doesn’t count as a st throughout the pattern
  • 1 ch space when working the linen stitch counts as 1 st.

CROCHET HOODED VEST MAIN PATTERN

MAIN BODY FRONT

With Misty Grey and 6 mm crochet hook chain 6.

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

Row 2: 1 ch (doesn’t count as a st), 1 sc in blo across, turn. [5 sc]

Repeat Row 2 for 37 (43, 47, 53) more rows.

bottom hem on the vest

Do not turn after completing the last row.

Turn your work 90 degrees right and continue working across the long edge of the band.

Row 1: 1 ch (doesn’t count as a st), 1 sc in end st of each row, turn. [39 (45, 49, 55) sc]

Fasten off and change to Marine Blue.

Row 2: 1 ch, 1 sc in same st at the bottom of 1ch, *(1 ch, miss 1 sc, 1 sc in next st) rep across, turn. [39 (45, 49, 55) sc]

Fasten off and change to Pure White.

Row 3: 1 ch, 1 sc in same st at the bottom of 1 ch, 1 sc in next 1ch-sp, *(1 ch, miss next sc, 1 sc in next 1 ch-sp) rep across, 1 sc in last sc, turn. [39 (45, 49, 55) sc]

Fasten off, change to Marine Blue.

Row 4: 1 ch, 1 sc in same st at the bottom of 1ch, *(1 ch, miss 1 sc, 1 sc in next 1 ch-sp) rep across, turn. [39 (45, 49, 55) sc]

Fasten off and continue working in Misty Grey.

Repeat Row 2 & Row 3 for pattern until you have 28 (32, 36, 40) rows of the main body in total. Fasten off.

crochet hooded vest colour work


V NECK FIRST HALF

Miss first 2 sc and next 1 ch-sp, re-join yarn in next sc.

Row 1: 1 ch, 1 sc in the same st at the bottom of 1 ch, 1 sc in next 1 ch-sp, *(1 ch, miss next sc, 1 sc in next 1 ch-sp) rep 6 (7, 8, 10) times; 1 sc in next sc, turn leaving remaining sts unworked. [15 (17, 19, 23 sts]

Row 2: 1 ch, 1 sc2tog next 2 sc, *(1 sc in next 1 ch-sp, 1 ch, miss next sc) rep across, 1 sc in last st, turn. [14 (16, 18, 22) sts]

Row 3: 1 ch, 1 sc in same st at the bottom of 1 ch, *(1 sc in next 1 ch-sp, 1 ch, miss next sc) rep across, 1 sc in last st, turn. [14 (16, 18, 22) sts]

Row 4: 1 ch, miss the st at the bottom of 1 ch, *(1 sc in next 1 ch-sp, 1 ch, miss next sc) rep across, 1 sc in last st, turn. [13 (15, 17, 21) sts]

Row 5: 1 ch, 1 sc in same st at the bottom of 1 ch, 1 sc in next 1 ch-sp, *(1 ch, miss next sc, 1 sc in next 1 ch-sp) rep across, 1 sc in last st, turn. [13 (15, 17, 21) sts]

Repeat Row 2- Row 5 for pattern 2 (3, 4, 5) more times, working 13 (17, 21, 25) rows in total, ending with 9 (10, 11, 14) sts. Fasten off.

V NECK SECOND HALF

The linen stitch creates reversible fabric, so you can turn the front over, miss first 2 sc and next 1 ch- sp and join yarn the other end of the front part.

Repeat the pattern as for V NECK FIRST HALF leaving 3 (5, 5, 3) sts in the middle unworked.

neckline on crochet hooded vest

MAIN BODY BACK

Repeat pattern as for FRONT for 28 (32, 36, 40) rows. Fasten off. Miss first 2 sc and next 1 ch-sp, re-join yarn in next sc.

Row 1: 1 ch, 1 sc in same st at the bottom of 1 ch, 1 sc in next 1 ch-sp, *(1 ch, miss next sc, 1 sc in next 1 ch-sp) rep across until last 4 sts, 1 sc in next sc, turn leaving the rem 3 sts unworked. [33 (39, 43, 49) sts]

Row 2: 1 ch, 1 sc in same st at the bottom of 1 ch, 1 sc in next 1 ch-sp, *(1 ch, miss next sc, 1 sc in next 1 ch-sp) rep across, 1 sc in last st. [33 (39, 43, 49) sts]

Row 3: 1 ch, 1 sc in same st at the bottom of 1 ch, *(1 ch, miss next sc, 1 sc in next 1 ch-sp) rep across, 1 sc in last st. [33 (39, 43, 49) sts]

Repeat Row 2 & Row 3 for pattern 5 (7, 9, 11) more times. Fasten off. Line up the front and back and sew together at shoulders and sides.

front panel of the crochet vest for kids

HOOD

Counting from the bottom of V neck opening, join Misty Grey in the end st of 8th (10th, 12th, 14th) row.

Row 1: 1 ch, 2 sc in end st of each row of the V neck opening, continue across the back panel working 2 sc in each 1 ch-sp, 1 sc in each sc, working down the other side of the V neck opening 2 sc in end st of each of the next 6 (8, 10, 12) rows, turn. [47 (61, 71, 79) sts]

Row 2: 1 ch, 1 sc in same st at the bottom of 1ch, *(1 ch, miss 1 sc, 1 sc in next) rep across, turn. [47 (61, 71, 79) sts]

Row 3: 1 ch, 1 sc in same st at the bottom of 1 ch, 1 sc in next 1ch-sp, *(1 ch, miss next sc, 1 sc in next 1 ch-sp) rep across, 1 sc in last sc, turn. [47 (61, 71, 79) sts]

Repeat Row 2 & Row 3 for pattern for 28 (35, 42, 49) rows in total. Fasten off, fold the hood in half and sew together on the wrong side.

start of hood on the crochet vest for kids

FINISHING OFF

Join Marine Blue in the end st of first row at the bottom of V neck opening.

Row 1: work 1 sc into end st of each row around the V neck opening and the hood, 3 (5, 5, 3) sc into the missed sts at the bottom of the neckline at the front, sl st to 1st dc. [73 (93, 111, 127) sc]

Fasten off and join Pure White.

Row 2: 1 sc around, sl st to 1st st. [73 (93, 111, 127) sc]
Fasten off and join Marine Blue.

Row 3: 1 sc in each st around until last 3 (4, 4, 3) sts, 1 sc3tog, 0 (1, 1, 0) sc in last, sl st to 1st st. Fasten off.

crochet hooded vest finished

THIS PATTERN WAS DESIGNED AND WRITTEN BY VERONIKA CROMWELL OF BLUE STAR CROCHET COMPANY. PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL AND DO NOT SHARE, COPY, ALTER OR RESELL THIS PATTERN IN PART OR IN FULL AS YOUR OWN. YOU CAN SELL FINISHED ITEMS PRODUCED FROM THIS PATTERN WITH A LINK TO THE ORIGINAL PATTERN AND CREDIT TO ME AS THE DESIGNER. THANK YOU.


Final Thoughts

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

If you have house full of kids, you might want to check out Raglan Crochet Sweater For Kids – Free Pattern that will be perfect. 

Secondly, my Free Crochet Cardigan For Girls – Frances Cardigan Pattern is equally cute.

Also take a look at 10 Free Baby Crochet Pattern Ideas if you are expecting or know someone who is! These patterns are super cute!

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Free Crochet Hooded Vest Pattern For Kids

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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