Crochet Sweater Vest Pattern For Women – Milana Vest

This is a free crochet sweater vest pattern for women featuring textured stitches. It is a versatile layering crochet garment designed as size inclusive project in sizes XS-5XL.


Are you looking for a fun and easy crochet project that will add some style to your wardrobe? Look no further than the Milana crochet sweater vest pattern for women!

This versatile piece is perfect for layering over a blouse or dress, adding an extra touch of warmth to your outfit.

With its classic design and customizable pattern, you can make a vest that perfectly fits your style and personality.

All you need are just a few basic stitches and some practice. You can create beautiful and functional pieces that will last for years to come.

And with the variety of yarns and colors available, the possibilities are endless when it comes to making your own crochet sweater vest.

Whether you’re a seasoned crocheter or just starting out, you can make a crochet sweater vest to fit your unique style.

So grab your crochet hook and some yarn! Get ready to create a beautiful and functional piece that you’ll love to wear!

Whether you’re making it as a gift for a friend or as a special treat for yourself, a crochet sweater vest is a fun and rewarding project that anyone can enjoy.

Crochet Sweater Vest Design

The vest is constructed from bottom up. You will start working on the bottom hem that uses single crochet worked through back loop only.

Once you reach your chosen size chest circumference, you will join it into a round hem.

You will then work the main body around the long edge of the bottom hem. The bottom part uses crochet rice stitch that is crocheted in closed rounds.

I have a handy tutorial on my blog Crochet Rice Stitch In Round And Rows – Free Video Tutorial. Check it out first if you would like to learn the stitch.

Once you reach the armholes, you will then work up the front and back panels separately.

Both panels use half double crochet through third loop only aka camel stitch. I have a quick video on my YouTube channel to demonstrate.

YouTube video

The front panel is further shaped and has a V shaped neckline.

You will only have the sew the front and back panels together at the shoulders.

The crochet sweater vest is then finished off with a couple of rounds around the V neck opening to tidy it up.

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Crochet Sweater Vest Materials

  • Swish (DK weight; 100% Fine Superwash Merino Wool; 123 yards /112m per 50g ball) x 5 (6, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) balls in Dusk and 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8) balls in Squirrel Heather
  • for substitute yarn you will need approx. 525 (625, 710, 820, 915, 1025, 1110, 1245, 1355) yards in main color and 290 (340, 405, 475, 540, 635, 705, 795, 895) yards in secondary color
  • for substitute yarn you will need 480 (572, 649, 750, 837, 937, 1015, 1139, 1239) metres in main color and 266 (311, 371, 435, 494, 581, 645, 727, 819) metres in secondary color
  • Please note the yarn quantities have been calculated to the best accuracy. However, the overall amount you will need is tension dependant.
  • 4 mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors

Tension

19 sts x 15 rnds = 4 x 4 inch /10 x 10 cm measured over rice st

20 sts x 13 rows = 4 x 4 inch /10 x 10 cm measured over hdc tlo

crochet sweater vest pattern

Stitches And Abbreviations (US Crochet Terms)

ch – chain stitch

sc – single crochet

sc in blo – single crochet stitch through back loop only

sl st – slip stitch

st(s) – stitch(es)

dc – double crochet

rep – repeat

hdc – half double crochet

rnd(s) – round(s)

sc3tog – single crochet 3 sts together

fpdc – front post double crochet- work double crochet stitch around the post of the next st inserting hook from front to back to front

bpdc – back post double crochet- work double crochet stitch around the post of the next st inserting hook from back to front to back

rice st – (1 fpdc, 1 bpdc) repeat across on row 1; (1 bpdc, 1 fpdc) repeat across on row 2 WATCH HERE

hdc tlo – half double crochet worked through third loop only WATCH HERE

fhdc- foundation half double crochet – yarn over, insert hook into last st and pull up loop, yarn over and pull through 1 loop, yarn over pull through 2 loops. To start next st, yarn over and insert hook into first ch created by first yarn over and pull through of the previous st.

Crochet Sweater Vest Finished Size

crochet sweater vest finished size

Pattern Notes

  • the vest is worked bottom up starting with the hem
  • bottom hem is worked in short rows of single crochet through back loop only which creates the ribbed texture
  • the hem is then folded in half and joined into a continuous circle
  • you will do this by crocheting the last row with the underside of the foundation chain together
  • the main body is then worked around the long edge of the bottom hem band
  • you will be working around the edge single crochet at the end of each row of the bottom hem
  • the main body uses rice stitch worked in rounds
  • it is alternating front and back post double crochet stitches and reverse on the next round to create a subtle texture
  • once you reach the armholes or required length from the armholes down, you will change to contrast color yarn
  • the top of the vest is worked in half double crochet stitch worked through the third loop only aka camel stitch
  • back panel is worked separately across half of the stitches of main body
  • the top part is worked at a right (90) degree angle to the last main round, very much like ribbing
  • front panel is shaped and consists of full rows, decrease and increase rows (to create the V neck opening) and full rows for the other shoulder
  • the front and back panel are then sewn together at the shoulders
  • the V neck opening is finished off with rows of single crochet to pick up the end stitches of short rows used to create the V neck opening

Schematic

crochet sweater vest schematic

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Crochet Sweater Vest Main Pattern

Bottom Hem Band

With 4 mm hook and main color chain 11.

Row 1: starting in 2nd ch from hook, 10 sc, turn. [10 sc]

Row 2: 1 ch (doesn’t count as a st here and throughout), 1 sc in blo across, turn.

Repeat Row 2 x 142 (160, 178, 196, 214, 238, 256, 274, 298) more times.

Fold the bottom hem in half and using crochet hook and sc st or yarn needle join together the last row and the underside of the foundation chain together to form a band.

Turn your work 90 degrees right and continue working into end stitch of each row across the long edge of the band. 144 (162, 180, 198, 216, 240, 258, 276, 300) rows

crochet sweater vest back view

Crochet Sweater Vest Main Body

Rnd 1: 1 ch (doesn’t count as a st), work 1 sc into each end st around the hem band, sl st to top of first st. 144 (162, 180, 198, 216, 240, 258, 276, 300) sc

Rnd 2: 3 ch (counts as first st), 1 dc in each st around, sl st to top of first st. 144 (162, 180, 198, 216, 240, 258, 276, 300) dc

Rnd 3: 2 ch (doesn’t count as a st throughout), 1 fpdc around the beginning 3 ch from prev rnd, 1 bpdc around next st, * 1 fpdc around next st, 1 bpdc around next; rep from * around, sl st to top of first fpdc. 144 (162, 180, 198, 216, 240, 258, 276, 300) sts

Rnd 4: 2 ch, * 1 bpdc, 1 fpdc; rep from * around, sl st to top of first bpdc. 144 (162, 180, 198, 216, 240, 258, 276, 300) sts

Rnd 5: 2 ch, * 1 fpdc, 1 bpdc; rep from * around, sl st to top of first fpdc. 144 (162, 180, 198, 216, 240, 258, 276, 300) sts

Repeat Rnd 4 – Rnd 5 until your piece measures 9.5 (10.2, 10.4, 11, 11, 11, 11, 12, 12) inches OR 24.2 (26, 26.5, 28, 28, 28, 28, 30.5, 30.5) cm.

Fasten off.

Back Panel

With right side facing join secondary color in first st and place stitch marker in 72nd (81st, 90th, 99th, 108th, 120th, 129th, 138th, 150th) stitch.

Chain 41 (43, 46, 49, 51, 54, 56, 59, 61)

Row 1: starting in 3rd ch from hook (first 2 ch counts as first hdc), work 1 hdc in each ch across, sl st into same st on main body, (sl st into next st on main body) twice, turn. 40 (42, 45, 48, 50, 53, 55, 58, 60) hdc

Row 2: 1 hdc tlo across the row working last st into top of beginning 2 ch from previous row, turn. 40 (42, 45, 48, 50, 53, 55, 58, 60) hdc

Row 3: 2 ch (counts as first hdc), 1 hdc tlo across, (sl st into next st on main body) 3 times, turn. 40 (42, 45, 48, 50, 53, 55, 58, 60) hdc

Row 4: 1 hdc tlo across the row working last st into top of beginning 2 ch from previous row, turn. 40 (42, 45, 48, 50, 53, 55, 58, 60) hdc

Repeat Row 3 – Row 4 until you until you have worked into the stitch before the marked stitch. Do not fasten off, continue with front panel.

Milana crochet sweater vest for women

Front Panel

With yarn still attached sl st into the next st.

Chain 41 (43, 46, 49, 51, 54, 56, 59, 61).

Row 1: starting in 3rd ch from hook (first 2 ch counts as first hdc), work 1 hdc in each ch across, sl st into same st on main body, (sl st into next st on main body) twice, turn. 40 (42, 45, 48, 50, 53, 55, 58, 60) hdc

Row 2: 1 hdc tlo across the row working last st into top of beginning 2 ch from previous row, turn. 40 (42, 45, 48, 50, 53, 55, 58, 60) hdc

Row 3: 2 ch (counts as first hdc), 1 hdc tlo across, (sl st into next st on main body) 3 times, turn. 40 (42, 45, 48, 50, 53, 55, 58, 60) hdc

Row 4: 1 hdc tlo across the row working last st into top of beginning 2 ch from previous row, turn. 40 (42, 45, 48, 50, 53, 55, 58, 60) hdc

Repeat Row 3 – Row 4 until you have 14 (16, 18, 20, 22, 26, 28, 30, 34) rows. Mark the end of last full row. Continue with shaping the neckline.

Shaping the V neckline on Your Sweater Vest

Decrease row 1: sl st across the next 3 sts leaving them unworked, 2 ch (counts as first hdc), 1 hdc tlo across, (sl st into next st on main body) 3 times, turn. 38 (40, 43, 46, 48, 51, 53, 56, 58) hdc

Decrease row 2: 1 hdc tlo across the row until last 2 sts, turn leaving the remaining 2 sts unworked. 36 (38, 41, 44, 46, 49, 51, 54, 56) hdc

Repeat decrease rows 1 & 2 until you have 10 (11, 12, 13, 14, 14, 15, 16, 16) decrease rows in total.

You should have 20 (20, 21, 22, 22, 25, 25, 26, 28) sts.

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Sizes XS, M, XL, 2XL, 4XL, 5XL only

Increase row 1: 3 ch, starting in 3rd ch from hook (first 2 ch count as first hdc), 1 hdc, 1 hdc tlo in each st across, (sl st into next st on main body) 3 times, turn. 22 (-, 23, -, 24, 27, -, 28, 30) sts.

Increase row 2: 1 hdc tlo across the row working last st into top of beginning 2 ch from previous row, work 2 fhdc, turn. 24 (-, 25, -, 26, 29, -, 30, 32) sts

Repeat increase rows 1 & 2 until you have 10 (-, 12, -, 14, 14, -, 16, 16)

increase rows in total.

You should have 40 (-, 45, -, 50, 53, -, 58, 60) hdc

Sizes S, L, 3XL only

Increase row 1: 1 hdc tlo across the row working last st into top of beginning 2 ch from previous row, work 2 fhdc, turn. – (22, -, 24, -, -, 27, -, -) sts

Increase row 2: 3 ch, starting in 3rd ch from hook (first 2 ch count as first hdc), 1 hdc, 1 hdc tlo in each st across, (sl st into next st on main body) 3 times, turn. – (24, -, 26, -, -, 29, -, -) sts.

Repeat increase rows 1 & 2 until you have – (11, -, 13, -, -, 15, -, -) increase rows in total.

You should have – (42, -, 48, -, -, 55, -, -) hdc

All sizes

Repeat Row 3 – Row 4 of the front panel until you have 14 (16, 18, 20, 22, 26, 28, 30, 34) rows marking the end of first full row.

Fasten off.

Turn wrong side out and using a crochet hook or a yarn needle, sl st or sew front and back panel together at the shoulder seams across the full rows marked out with stitch markers.

crochet sweater vest V neckline stitch diagram

Neckline

Attach yarn around the end stitch of the neck opening row on the back panel, 1 ch (does not count as a st), then work 2 sc around each end hdc across the back panel.

Continue working down the V neckline on left hand side working 1 sc around the end hdc, 1 sc into top of each hdc missed at the end of decrease rows. Place marker (PM) into the sc stitch at the lowest point of the neckline.

To work across the right side of the V neckline, work 1 sc into each underside chain of the 2 hdc  at the end of increase rows and 1 sc around the end hdc.

Slip stitch into the first sc.

Rnd 2: 1 ch, 1 sc into each st until 1 st before marked st, work 1 sc3tog across the next 3 sts, 1 sc into each st to end, sl st to top of first sc.

Fasten off.

Sew in all ends. Block to dimensions if needed.

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