Crochet Poncho Vest

This is probably one of the easiest and fastest garment patterns out there: crochet a sleeveless poncho vest with my free pattern and video tutorial! Perfect for yourself or as a gift for family and friends. All you need to know is how to make chains and double crochet stitches. Pick your favorite Scarfie color and stay warm this season!

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Crochet Poncho Vest

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Crochet poncho vest made with Lion Brand Scarfie yarn - free crochet pattern

About the design

After the big success of my Perfect Gift Poncho I decided to continue working on different types of garments made with Scarfie yarn. All patterns use the same yarn, same stitch and same simplicity for beginners. And the best thing: they all work up extremely fast!

This Crochet Poncho Vest is worked in one piece from side to side without breaking yarn, then sewn together on both sides. It’s probably the easiest garment pattern you’ll ever see! Perfect for beginners who want to give their first crochet garment a try.

Crochet poncho vest - free crochet pattern made with Scarfie yarn

About the fit

This pattern is available in sizes S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL. For reference, model is 1.68m/5’6″ tall with a 36” bust and wearing the cardigan in size S. It’s a short design that falls at high or mid-hip and sits fairly close to your torso, even when worn open. If you want to make al longer version, you can find the free pattern here.

Crochet poncho vest - free crochet pattern

About the yarn

For this pattern you’ll need Lion Brand Scarfie. Scarfie is a soft wool blend yarn with unique self-striping ombré effect. It beautifully shades from one color to the next and works up fast. It’s perfect for making warm garments, accessoires and afghans.

You’ll only need 1 ball for size S, 2 balls for size M-3XL and 3 balls for 4XL & 5XL to make a vest. It’s also a great project to make from leftover Scarfie yarn.

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Crochet Poncho Vest

Crochet poncho vest - free crochet pattern with lionbrand scarfie yarn - pinterest pin

Materials

Lionbrand Scarfie (Weight 5/bulky | 312 yds/5.3oz | 285m/150g)
1 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3) balls
or 150 (170, 200, 220, 260, 280, 320, 345) grams

Crochet hook 10 mm (US N/P 15)

Tapestry needle

Measuring tape

Sizes

S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL

Measurements

S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL 5XL
Bust 34 38 42 46 50 54 58 62
Length 20 20 21.5 21.5 23 23 24.5 24.5

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

Gauge

2.8 ch-sp x 5 rows equal 10 cm / 4”

Stitches & abbreviations (US terms)

– st: stitch
– ch: chain
– dc: double crochet

* *: repeat what is between the asterisks as many times as directed
( ) at end of a row: amount of stitches you should have at the end of that row

Notes

– This pattern is written in US terminology

– Pattern is worked in one piece from side to side without breaking yarn, then sewn together on both sides.

– Turn your work at the end of each row

– 3 turning chains do not count as a stitch

– Pattern contains instructions for sizes S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL. Directions for sizes are in parentheses such as “chain 76 (76, 82, 82, 88, 88, 94, 94)” whereas ch 76 stands for size S, 76 for M, 82 for L, 82 for XL, 88 for 2XL, 88 for 3XL, 94 for 4XL, 94 for 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.

Video

In this video you can see how to make the vest.

Click here to watch the video on YouTube

Pattern

** Note: You can purchase the ad-free PDF version of this pattern on Etsy and Ravelry. The PDF is designed for printing and this way you can support me! **

Chain 76 (76, 82, 82, 88, 88, 94, 94), 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 (25, 25, 27, 27, 29, 29, 31, 31 ch-spaces)

Row 2 – 8 (9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15):
ch 3, (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in each ch-sp across, turn (25, 25, 27, 27, 29, 29, 31, 31 ch-spaces)

Row 9 (10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16):
ch 3, (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in next 13 (13, 14, 14, 15, 15, 16, 16) ch-sp, ch 39 (39, 42, 42, 45, 45, 48, 48), turn (13, 13, 14, 14, 15, 15, 16, 16 ch-spaces & 39, 39, 42, 42, 45, 45, 48, 48 chains)

Row 10 (11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17):
(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 (25, 25, 27, 27, 29, 29, 31, 31 ch-spaces)

Row 11 – 17 (12-19, 13-21, 14-23, 15-25, 16-27, 17-29, 18-31):
ch 3, (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in each ch-sp across (25, 25, 27, 27, 29, 29, 31, 31 ch-spaces)

Finish off, weave ends.

Assembly

Match the side seams and sew both sides together with needle and thread. You can also use single crochet stitches: work 2 sc in each ch-2 sp, 1 sc in the spaces in between. Begin at the bottom, working your way up, leaving 7″ (7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5) / 17,5 cm (19, 20,5, 21,5 23, 24, 25,5, 36,5) open for the arm hole. Weave in all ends.

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I would love to see the vest you made and the different yarn/color choices. Please share some pictures on Facebook and Instagram, you can tag me on Instagram with my username @wilmawestenberg. Don’t forget to add this pattern to your Ravelry queue here.

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Ginger
    19 November 2019 at 2:34 am

    I’m a happy girl, getting another Wilma pattern in my inbox!

  • Reply
    Sarah
    19 November 2019 at 2:08 am

    Gorgeous, and the vest is pretty too! Thank you so much for sharing! (*-*)

  • Reply
    Darlene Ross
    19 November 2019 at 12:37 am

    Is this pattern supposed to be crocheted very loosely? I have the first 8 rows done and I cannot believe how tiny it is. I should have been paying more attention, but was too excited to get this crocheted. Haste makes waste? LOL My gauge has always been spot on with other patterns. I decided to watch the video and it looks like she is crocheting way, way loose. Is that what I need to do? If so, couldn’t that have been explained in the written pattern? Yes, I am using Lion Brand Scarfie and US size N-10mm crochet hook. Please help because I love this vest!

    • Reply
      Wilma
      19 November 2019 at 12:40 am

      Hi Darlene, sounds like your tension is quite tight. You can find the gauge in the pattern, make sure to make a swatch before your start 🙂

  • Reply
    Vikki
    19 November 2019 at 12:25 am

    Hello, this vest is a beautiful design! I’m really anxious to make one! However, I need a longer version. For some reason, the link to the longer version you mention in your posting takes me to the Easy Crochet Cardigan that doesn’t look anything like this vest.
    Maybe something’s wrong? Can this be fixed? Thank you

    • Reply
      Wilma
      19 November 2019 at 12:41 am

      Hi Vikki, thank you for letting me know. I linked to the wrong pattern and I’ve changed it now, the longer version is here: https://wilmade.com/crochet-poncho-cardigan/

      • Reply
        Vikki
        20 November 2019 at 12:12 am

        Oh this is such beautiful simplicity… I think the longer version is even more beautiful! The way each row forms scallops along the hem is so so pretty. I will start one right away!
        Thank you so much for sharing your designs and for fixing the link. You’re very talented!

  • Reply
    Cindy Kinney
    18 November 2019 at 8:58 pm

    Hi, Wilma. You have not put out a pattern that I haven’t just adored. I have been a subscriber to your channel for quite a long while. I love and appreciate your creativity. I have just recently noticed that you have been face-front in your photos and without make a big issue here, I just want to say that you are beautiful and I am so happy to see the face behind these amazing patterns and creations that you so lovingly share with us all. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving (if that’s a holiday you celebrate) and continued success with your business and channel.

    • Reply
      Wilma
      19 November 2019 at 12:41 am

      Hi Cindy, thank you so much for your lovely comment, I really appreciate it! ❤

  • Reply
    Lisa Nason
    15 November 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Gorgeous poncho vest and great tutorial video (probably one of the best tutorials I’ve seen). I definitely want to make this vest for my next project! Thank you kindly!

    Lisa

    • Reply
      Wilma
      19 November 2019 at 12:43 am

      Wow, thank you so much Lisa! Happy to hear ❤❤

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