This crocheted granny vest is my first fall garment of the season and I’m so pleased with how it turned out!
One of the most popular patterns on my blog last year was the Arlo Granny Cardigan. It was also made with neutral colors and simple shapes, but I’m really appreciating the hooded style on this one. It was fun to see so many granny sweaters in store windows this past year in New York City! I love how this vintage crochet style has made a come back.
This vest is made up of several squares crocheted from the classic granny pattern and it features cozy pockets and a hood. I love that it can be layered over short or long sleeves. The black and tan contrast is bold yet totally wearable and not too “busy”. However, if you love color, you can rock this in some amazing tones! This is a stash buster at it’s best. Lion Brand is offering the kit in several pretty color options (here). And, like most of my patterns, the entire hoodie’s made up of simple shapes.
When trying to decide on a yarn for this hoodie, I knew I wanted something warm and soft. The Touch Of Alpaca yarn is super practical and the look and feel is high quality so it was the winner. The color choices are also really lovely, so feel free to have some fun with color! Black is a super popular color to wear, but I often avoid crocheting and knitting with it because it can be hard to see the stitches. However, because of the simple stitch patterns, it’s really not hard to work with in this case! Promise! You just have to make sure to use a good lighting if working at night or in dark spaces. Anyone else love wearing black?
It’s fall, friends – let’s grab a cup of coffee, cozy up and get to this perfectly autumn pattern! OH! And if you’ve never worked basic granny squares before, you might want to take a look at my Modern Granny Square Hot Pad Pattern (HERE) which has a step by step picture tutorial on classic granny squares. This might give you a feel of what you’ll be doing with the vest.
This vintage inspired vest features classic granny squares and an on-trend design. Comfy as can be, the alpaca blend yarn is both soft and warm while the hood will keep you perfectly cozy. An awesome layering piece for fall and winter alike.
US Size I, 5.25 hook
5 (5,6,6,7) skeins Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca Yarn in Black (100g) Kit Available in Four Color Options HERE
1 skein Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca Yarn in Taupe (100 g)
Pattern uses approximately 417g (465 g, 509 g, 556 g, 603 g)
Skill Level: Easy +
Sizes: Five sizes available. Small, Medium, Large, XL, XXL. Follow key throughout the pattern, with smallest size first and other sizes in parentheses.
Key: S (M, L, XL, XXL)
Bust (approximate): 36” (40”, 44”, 48”, 52”)
Width (approximate): 18” (20”, 22”, 24”, 26”)
Length: Approximately 24 ¾ ”
Gauge: Completed 3 round granny square in pattern measures close to 4.25” x 4.25”
5 ¼ rows & 12 stitches of of double crochet in 4” x 4” swatch
This vest is made by crocheting several granny squares and seaming them together. You will then create a back panel and two front panels. These panels are then sewn together, a hood is added, and finishing details are completed. Optional pockets can be added at the end. Check gauge before beginning. Adjust hook size as necessary to obtain correct gauge in order for sizing to turn out correctly.
Abbreviations (US) & Skills:
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
sp – space
sl st – slip stitch
sts – stitches
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
Hooded Granny Square Vest -Free Crochet Pattern
Granny Square Pattern
All Sizes: Make 14 Black & Taupe Squares
Use Black on Rounds 1 & 3 and Taupe for Round 2
Make 16 Black Squares
Use Black for all rounds
With Black, ch 4, sl st to join and form a ring
Round 1 Ch 3 (counts as dc st here and throughout pattern), 2 dc in ring, ch 2, *3 dc in ring, ch2; repeat from * 2 more times, sl st to join in top of ch 3. (12 dc sts or 4 sets of 3dc)
Round 2 Ch 3, 2 dc in same ch2 corner sp, *ch1, 3dc in next ch2 corner sp, ch2, 3dc in same corner sp; repeat from * 2 more times around, ch 1, 3 dc in next corner sp, ch 2, sl st in top of 1st st to join. (24 dc sts)
Round 3 Ch 3, 2 dc in same ch2 corner sp, * ch 1, 3dc in next ch1 sp, ch 1, 3dc in ch2 corner sp, ch 2, 3dc in same corner sp; repeat from * around, 2 more times, ch1, 3 dc in next ch1 sp, ch 1, 3 dc in ch2 corner sp, ch 2, sl st in top of 1st st to join.
Tie off and weave in ends.
Back & Front Panels
Back Panel (Make 1)
Alternate granny squares by placing one Black & Taupe square next to a Black Square. Using a flat slip stitch seam or preferred seaming method, seam squares together so the panel measures 5 squares tall by 4 squares wide. Weave in ends.
Sides of Back Panel
Next, attach yarn at upper corner, side of the panel.
Ch 3 (counts as dc)
Next work one row of dc stitches by making a dc in each stitch across, working lengthwise/vertically. Size S, tie off and weave in ends. All other sizes, continue with pattern instructions, making additional rows of dc stitches as indicated.
For each size make 0 (1, 2, 4, 5) more rows of dc stitches. Tie off and weave in ends.
Repeat above “Sides of Back Panel” instructions for opposite side of back panel.
Panel should measure approximately 18” (20”, 22”, 24”, 26”) wide
*Feel free to adjust the pattern for your specific sizing needs. Add more rows of double crochet to the sides of the Back Panel or the side of the Front Panel to make vest wider. Keep yarn needs in mind.
Front Panels (Make 2)
Seam 5 granny squares together vertically to make the front panel. Place a Black & Taupe square at the top, followed by one Black square, followed by another Black & Taupe, and ending with 2 Black squares at the bottom. Weave in all ends.
Side of Front Panels
Next, attach yarn at upper corner, side of the panel.
Ch 3 (counts as dc)
Next dc in each stitch across working lengthwise/vertically.
For each size make 3 (4, 5, 7, 8) more rows of dc stitches. Tie off and weave in ends.
Do not repeat on opposite side as was done with the Back Panel.
Block to shape and size all panels as needed or desired.
Next, place Front Panels on top of Back Panel, with double crochet edges on the outside edges and seam at shoulders.
Next, with your tapestry needle and length of black yarn, seam up each side leaving openings for the arms.
Place 2 stitch markers, one on each Front Panel inner collar, approximately 4.5” down from shoulder seam. Attach yarn at first marker, ch 3, dc across to opposite stitch marker. Ch 3, turn, dc across. Continue making rows of dc stitches until hood measures approximately 14” tall. Seam top of hood closed. Weave in ends.
Attach Black yarn at bottom, inner corner of vest. Half double crochet evenly across, working along collar and hood to opposite, bottom corner of vest. Next, work two more rows of double crochet stitches. Tie off and weave in ends.
Attach Black yarn to bottom corner of vest. Work dc stitches evenly across the bottom edge. Next, work 2 more rows of dc stitches. Tie off and weave in ends.
Create two Black Granny Squares.
Attach yarn to upper corner and work one row of dc stitches evenly around three sides (two sides and bottom of pocket), making three dc sts in each corner. Work one row of sc along top of pocket. Tie off and weave in ends. Repeat this for both squares.
Using the tapestry needle and length of yarn, sew pockets to lower section of front panels leaving the top of each pocket open.
Block vest as desired to shape and size.
Below: The hood is worked in rows and then folded and seamed at the top. Note stitch markers along collar to mark where hood is attached.
Below: Completed vest causally laid flat. Two front panels are sewn in place and hood is seamed and finished.
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This post was sponsored by Lion Brand Yarn. All opinions are 100% my own.