343 – How to Crochet an Easy Sweater Vest – Tutorial

343 – How to Crochet an Easy Sweater Vest – Tutorial

You can see Step by step instructions and a video tutorial on how to crochet a super easy and beginner-friendly sweater vest. This is a very simple crochet pattern and easy to make.

Be sure to check out my YouTube Tutorial Video. 

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You will need:

Total Yarn 250 g / 650 m/ 710 yds
Ball (50g) contains 130 m/ 142 yds (medium)
Hook Size 5 mm (US H/8, UK 6)

Size: M

Width: 47 cm / 18.4 inches
Length: 49 cm / 19.2 inches

Terminology:

st – stitch
sts – stitches
sl.st – slip stitch
CH – chain
SC – single crochet stitch
DC – double crochet stitch
SCBLO – single crochet back loop only

Instructions:

First, I’m going to make the edging. (Ribbed pattern)
To begin make 9 chains.
Row 1: skip chain and make SC in every chain across. Total 9 SCs.
Row 2: CH and turn; make SC in the back loop only (SCBLO) in every stitch across; Total 9 SCBLO
Continue repeat Row 2, to be a total of 75 rows or any odd number of rows
If you need a different size, make more or fewer rows. Measure on your body.
Vest edging is very stretchy.

Now, we’re going to crochet the body of the vest (FRONT).
Row 1: make single crochet stitches (SC). One row one loop (75 rows = 75 SC stitches).
When we do odd rows it will be the right side.
When we do even rows it will be the wrong side.
Row 2: chain one and turn; SC in the first st; *CH, skip st, SC *repeat this process to the end row
Row 3: CH 3 and turn, DC in every stitch across. Total 75 sts.

Rows 2 – 3 = Pattern

Continue repeat Rows 2 – 3, to be a total of 17 rows.
If you want, you can make more rows to make the vest longer.

In the next 7 rows (Rows 18 – 24), we will decrease stitches.

Row 18: decrease 3 more stitches on each side
4 slip stitches, CH, SC, *CH, skip st, SC *repeat this process to the last 3 sts, turn

In the next 6 rows (Rows 19 – 24) decrease one more stitch on each side
Row 19: CH 3, DC2tog, DC to the last 2 st, DC2tog, turn
Row 20: CH, SC2tog, *CH, skip st, SC *repeat this process to the last 2 sts, SC2tog, turn
Row 21: CH 3, DC2tog, DC to the last 2 st, DC2tog, turn
Row 22: CH, SC2tog, *CH, skip st, SC *repeat this process to the last 2 sts, SC2tog, turn
Row 23: CH 3, DC2tog, DC to the last 2 st, DC2tog, turn
Row 24: CH, SC2tog, *CH, skip st, SC *repeat this process to the last 2 sts, SC2tog, turn

Row 25: CH 3, DC in every stitch across. Total 57 stitches.
Row 26: chain one and turn; SC in the first st; *CH, skip st, SC *repeat this process to the end row
Rows 27 – 39: repeat Rows 25 – 26

When you finished row 39, put the stitch marker in the 20th stitch from the beginning of the row (11.5 cm / 4.5.inches). Repeat the process on the other side.

In the next 6 rows (Rows 40 – 45) decrease one stitch from the inside.
Continue to repeat the pattern.
Row 45: Total 14 stitches
Rows 46 – 51: Continue to repeat the pattern without decrease stitches (total 14 sts)

BACK

We do the back part the same as the front part all the way to row 26.
Rows 27 – 47: repeat Rows 25 – 26

When you finished Row 47, put the stitch marker in the 18th stitch from the beginning of the row (10.5 cm / 4.1.inches). Repeat the process on the other side.
In the next 4 rows (Rows 48 – 51) decrease one stitch from the inside.
Continue to repeat the pattern.

Use your yarn and sew two pieces together.

Edge – armhole: 
Rows 1 – 4: make single crochet stitches (SC)
Row 5: make slip stitches

Edge – around the neck:
Ribbed pattern
To begin make 7 chains.
Row 1: skip chain and make SC in every chain across. Total 6 SCs.
Row 2: CH and turn; make SC in the back loop only (SCBLO) in every stitch across; Total 6 SCBLO
Continue to repeat Row 2 as many times as you need.
Measure around the neck. When finished, sew with a needle and yarn.

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