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Long Scarfie Vest

The Long Scarfie Vest is an easy pattern in size S-5XL that works up quickly. All you need to know is how to make chains and double crochet stitches. Stay warm with your very own sleeveless Scarfie Vest made with self-striping yarn!

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Long Scarfie Vest

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Crochet vest cardigan made with Lionbrand Scarfie yarn

About the design

After the success of my Perfect Gift Poncho and Poncho Dress, I was inspired to design various garment using Scarfie yarn. All patterns utilize the same yarn, stitch, and simplicity, making them ideal for beginners. The best part? They all work up remarkably quickly!

About the pattern

This pattern is available in sizes S/M, L/XL, 2X/3X, and 4X/5X. For reference, the model is 1.68m/5’6″ tall with a 36” bust, wearing the vest in size S/M.

The vest is worked lengthwise from side to side, eliminating the need to break yarn. It is then assembled on both sides, with the optional collar ribbing completed last.

About the yarn

For this pattern, you’ll need 2 skeins of Lion Brand Scarfie. Scarfie is a soft wool blend yarn with a distinctive self-striping ombré effect, transitioning seamlessly from one color to the next. Its fast workup makes it ideal for crafting warm garments, accessories, and afghans.

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Long Scarfie Poncho Vest - Free Crochet Pattern

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Long Scarfie Vest

Free crochet pattern



  • Lionbrand Scarfie (Weight 5/bulky | 312 yds/5.3oz | 285m/150g)
    2 balls or 180 (210, 230, 260) grams

Crochet hook


Sizes & Measurements

S/M: To fit bust 32-38″, width 16″ / 40.5 cm, length 29.5″ / 75cm

L/XL: To fit bust 40 – 46″, width 18″ / 45.5 cm, length 31″ / 79 cm

2X/3X: To fit bust 48 – 54″, width 20″ / 51 cm, length 31″ / 79cm

4X/5X: To fit bust 56 – 62″, width 22″ / 56 cm, length 32.5″ / 83cm

For reference, model is 1.68m / 5’6″ tall with a 36” bust and wearing the vest in size S/M.


With a 10mm hook:
3 v-st x 5 rows =
4 x 4” / 10 x 10 cm

Stitches & Abbreviations

  • st: stitch
  • ch: chain
  • ch-2 sp: chain-2 space, which is a space created by 2 chains
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • dc: double crochet
  • v-st: (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) worked in one stitch
  • **: repeat what is between the asterisks as many times as directed
  • < >: amount of stitches you should have at the end of a row


  • This pattern is written in US terminology.
  • The pattern is worked in one piece from side to side without breaking yarn, then sewn together on both sides. Collar ribbing is worked last.
  • The first 3 turning chains do not count as a stitch.
  • The pattern contains instructions for sizes S/M, L/XL, 2XL/3XL, 4XL/5XL. Directions for sizes are in parentheses such as “ch 127 (133, 133, 139),” where ch 127 stands for size S/M, 133 for size L/XL, 133 for size 2XL/3XL, and 139 for size 4XL/5XL. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow the pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

Written pattern

This pattern is also available as a PDF on Etsy and Ravelry.
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We’ll begin chaining for the total length of the vest (front + back)

Ch 127 (133, 133, 139), turn

Row 1:
(1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in 4th chain from hook, *skip 2 ch, (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in next ch* repeat across, turn (42, 44, 44, 46 v-st)

The length should now measure approximately 59 (62, 62, 65)” / 150 (157, 157, 165) cm. This includes the total length for the back panel + front panel.

Row 2 – 8 (9, 10, 11):
ch 3, (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in each ch-sp across, turn (42, 44, 44, 46 v-st)

It’s time to add a neckline

Row 9 & 10 (10 & 11, 11 & 12, 12 & 13)
ch 3, (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in next 21 (22, 22, 23) ch-sp, turn (21, 22, 22, 23 v-st)

Now we’ll add stitches again for the second half of the vest.

Row 11 (12, 13, 14):
ch 3, (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in each ch-sp across, ch 66 (69, 69, 72), turn (21, 22, 22, 23 v-st & 66, 69, 69, 72 ch)

Row 12 (13, 14, 15):
(1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in 4th ch from hook,
*skip 2 ch, (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in next ch* repeat across,
skip last 2 ch, (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in each ch-sp across, turn (42, 44, 44, 46 v-st)

Row 13 – 19 (14 – 21, 15 – 23, 16 – 25):
ch 3, (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in each ch-sp across (42, 44, 44, 46 v-st)

If you want to add a collar ribbing, don’t break yarn yet.

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Fold the front panel to the back panel. Match the side seams and sew both sides together with a tapestry needle. Alternatively, you can use single crochet (sc) stitches: work 2 sc in each ch-2 space, 1 sc in between the spaces.

Begin at the bottom, working your way up, leaving 7″ (8, 9, 10) / 18 cm (20, 23, 25) open for the armhole. Weave in all ends.

Collar ribbing (optional)

You can add a collar to make the front panels wider.

Pick up the yarn where you ended the vest.

Row 1:
ch 3, 2 dc in each ch-2 sp across, turn.

Row 2 & 3:
ch 3, 1 dc in each st across, turn.

Fasten off, weave in all ends.

End of pattern.

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  1. I’ve made two of these and an attempting a third. Each time was more and more problematic. I followed the pattern to a tee, one side is always longer. I am about 80% done with my last one and I’m very close to throwing it in the garbage. Each time it’s a new adventure. I love the vest, but just can’t figure this out. Help!

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  3. I made this vest, but one side is several inches longer than the other, even with the same number of stitches. I don’t know if I just wasn’t consistent in the looseness of the stitches. and I can’t figure out how to fix it, other than undoing it all and starting over. Please help.

    1. Hi Elise, I’ve crocheted a long time and wondered why my afghans got wider toward the end of it. Recently learned that as you begin each stitch, hold down your working stitch (the one that’s always left on the hook as you finish last stitch) with your index finger of the hand that’s holding the hook. Hope this helps. I haven’t made anything since learning this earlier this year!

  4. This is a neat pattern. My mom mentioned that she wanted something like this, but to her knees. How to I make it longer?

  5. I absolutely love this vest! Thanks for a great pattern. I was wondering…….do you think it would work with cotton?

    1. Also, I wanted extra rows on the front, but the neck was becoming too high, so I worked from dc to hdc to single for the back of the neck, that turned out nicely!

  6. Hi Wilma, I hope you are well. This cardigan looks very nice! I would like to shorten it (I’m only 4’11”). Do you have any pointers on how to shorten it?

    I signed up for your emails and look forward to seeing your work.

    Mary McCane, Clayton, Georgia, USA

  7. Thank you for the pattern. I made one for my sister. It is an easy pattern and looks great. Liked it so much I just finished one for myself. Your directions are very easy to follow.

  8. This pattern isn’t right it’s way to short I’m doing a 2x/3x and it’s just long enough for my grand baby and it’s way to small where is the right size pattern

  9. Hi! This is the best vest I’ve seen and would love to make it, but my yarn is Super Bulky 6, not 5 as suggested. How can I adjust the pattern to fit a small asian woman?

  10. Thank you for the pattern for the long sleeveless vest. I spent last evening looking for that, it’s just what I was wanting thank you againl

  11. Love your work Wilma. I am in Perth, Western Australia, but my parents were both born in Holland. I’m making your poncho-cardigan for my 7yo grand daughter. She loved the pattern so I’m adjusting it to suit her size. My friends said she had good taste and I agree .
    Thank you so much. Wendy

  12. The S/M is the correct size for me except for the length. If I deduct from beginning chain and side (arm hole) chain, will it be even? I’m 5’2″

  13. Hi, if I want to make a vest i L/XL, do I then need to get two balls of yarn of 180g or do I just need 180g in total? It’s so pretty and I want to make it as a present^^

  14. I’m trying this pattern in the charcoal magenta color. This is the first time using this yarn and mine is very fuzzy and thick in some places, doesn’t look as smooth as the yarn in the pictures or video. Not sure if this is normal for this yarn or if I have some bad ones.

    1. Idk it sounds to me like the “shawl in a ball” yarn. It was the same way as that. But this scarfie yarn has not been that way for me.

  15. That sleeveless Sweater came out real nice. Cant wait to make one. I was wondering if you have made one like it with sleeves?

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