Wow Chunky Vest

Beginners, this one’s for you! Learn how to make an easy crochet vest with my free crochet pattern. This Wow Chunky Vest is available in size XS up to 5XL including step by step video tutorial.

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Katia wow chunky vest unisex for beginners - free crochet pattern in size XS-5XL

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About this pattern

This crochet vest is made with Katia’s new chunky yarn which works up fast. It only took me 1 day to make it.

It’s a simple construction and designed keeping beginners in mind. This pattern only uses basic stitches such as half double crochet and slip stitches.

This pattern is available in size XS-5XL including a video tutorial which can be found below.

Katia wow chunky vest unisex for beginners - free crochet pattern in size XS-5XL

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About the yarn

For this bulky crochet vest I’ve used Katia Chunky, a new yarn in the Wow by Katia collection.

This medium weight yarn consists of acrylic, wool and alpaca. It works up extremely fast and is perfect for any oversized project.

Wow Chunky by Katia yarn

Wow Chunky Vest
free crochet pattern

Materials

Chunky from Wow by Katia (weight 6/super bulky, 82yds/75m, 3.5oz/100g)
4 (4, 5, 5, 6) (6, 6, 7, 8) balls in color 54
or 350 (385, 425, 465, 500) (575, 620, 660, 700) grams of similar yarn

– Crochet hook 10mm (US N/P)

– Measuring tape

– Tapestry needle

– Scissors

– Stitch markers (optional)

Sizes & Measurements

XS (S, M, L, XL) (2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)

INCH

To fit bust: 28-30 (32-34, 36-38, 40-42, 44-46) (48-50, 52-54, 56-58, 60-62)”

Bust: 30 (34, 38, 42, 46) (50, 54, 58, 62)”

Width: 15 (17, 19, 21, 23) (25, 27, 29, 31)”

Length: 21 (21, 21, 21, 21) (22, 22, 22, 22)”

Arm hole: 8 (9, 9, 10, 10) (11, 11, 12, 12)”

CM

To fit size: 28-30 (32-34, 36-38, 40-42, 44-46) (48-50, 52-54, 56-58, 60-62)

Bust: 76 (86, 97, 107, 117) (127, 137 147 157) cm

Width: 38 (43, 48, 53, 58) (64, 69, 74, 79) cm

Length: 53 (53, 53, 53, 53) (56, 56, 56, 56) cm

Arm hole: 20 (23, 23, 25, 25) (28, 28, 30, 30) cm

– For reference, model is 1.63m / 5’4″ tall with a 34” bust and wearing the vest in size S.

– If you’re in between sizes, size down.

Gauge

With hook size 10mm: 7 hdc x 4 rows = 4 x 4” / 10 x 10 cm

Stitches & abbreviations

– r: row

– st: stitch

– ch: chain

– sl st: slip stitch

– sl st blo: slip stitch worked in back loop only

– hdc: half double crochet

– hdc blo: half double crochet worked in back loop only

– hdc2tog: half double crochet 2 together; yarn over, insert hook into next st, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), insert hook into next st, pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all loops on hook.

* * repeat what is between the asterisks as many times as directed

< > amount of stitches you should have at the end of a row

Notes

– This pattern is written in US terminology

– Vest is worked flat and sideways. It’s made out of two rectangles sewn together. Neckline ribbing is worked separately.

– Pattern contains instructions for size XS with (S, M, L, XL) (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X) in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.

– Turning chains do not count as a stitch

Video tutorial

Tomorrow you can find a video tutorial of this vest here.

Click here to watch the video on YouTube

Written pattern

** An ad-free PDF version is available on Etsy and Ravelry.
It’s designed for printing and this way you can support me **

Back panel

With hook size 10mm: make a slip knot leaving a long tail end for sewing later (one side of the vest).

Ch 37 (37, 37, 37, 37) (39, 39, 39, 39)

Row 1:
1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook and each ch across, turn <35 (35, 35, 35, 35) (37, 37, 37, 37) hdc>

Row 2:
ch 2, 1 hdc in blo in each st across, turn <35 (35, 35, 35, 35) (37, 37, 37, 37) hdc>

Repeat row 2 until row 16 (18, 20, 22, 24) (26, 28, 30, 32)
or until width measures 15 (17, 19, 21, 23) (25, 27, 29, 31)” /
38 (43, 48, 53, 58) (64, 69, 74, 79) cm.

Length
Size XS, S, M, L, XL: 35 hdc should measure 21” / 53 cm.
Size 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X: 37 hdc should measure 22” / 56 cm.

Fasten off, leave a long tail end for sewing shoulder later.

Front panel

With hook size 10mm: ch 37 (37, 37, 37, 37) (39, 39, 39, 39)

Row 1:
1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook and each ch across, turn <35 (35, 35, 35, 35) (37, 37, 37, 37) hdc>

Row 2:
ch 2, 1 hdc blo in each st across, turn <35 (35, 35, 35, 35) (37, 37, 37, 37) hdc>

Row 3:
Repeat row 2

Size XS:
Move on to row 4.

Sizes (S/M/L/XL) (2X/3X/4X/5X): 
Repeat row two (1, 2, 3, 4) (3, 4, 5, 6) more times. Move on to row 4.

Note: You should now have 3 (4, 5, 6, 7) (6, 7, 8, 9) rows completed from beginning.

All sizes:

Row 4:
ch 1, sl st blo in first 5 st, 1 hdc blo in each st across, turn <30 (30, 30, 30, 30) (32, 32, 32, 32) hdc>

Row 5:
ch 2, 1 hdc blo in each st across until last 4 hdc, hdc2tog, hdc2tog, skip last 5 sl st, turn <28 (28, 28, 28, 28) (30, 30, 30, 30) hdc>

Row 6:
ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc2tog, 1 hdc blo in each st across, turn <26 (26, 26, 26, 26) (28, 28, 28, 28) hdc>

Row 7:
ch 2, 1 hdc blo in each st across until last 4 hdc, hdc2tog, hdc2tog, turn <24 (24, 24, 24, 24) (26, 26, 26, 26) hdc>

Row 8:
ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc2tog, 1 hdc blo in each st across, turn <22 (22, 22, 22, 22) (24, 24, 24, 24) hdc>

Sizes 2X/3X/4X/5X only: 
Repeat row 7 & 8 one more time. You should have 22 hdc and 20 hdc at the end of those rows. Continue with row 9.

Note: You should now have a total of 8 (9, 10, 11, 12) (13, 14, 15, 16) rows completed from beginning.

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All sizes:

Row 9: 
ch 2, 1 hdc in blo in each st across, turn <22 (22, 22, 22, 22) (20, 20, 20, 20) hdc>

Row 10:
ch 2, 2 hdc blo in first 2 st, 1 hdc blo in each st across, turn <24 (24, 24, 24, 24) (22, 22, 22, 22) hdc>

Row 11:
ch 2, 1 hdc blo in each st across until last 2 st, 2 hdc blo in last 2 st, turn <26 (26, 26, 26, 26) (24, 24, 24, 24) hdc>

Row 12:
ch 2, 2 hdc blo in first 2 st, 1 hdc blo in each st across, turn <28 (28, 28, 28, 28) (26, 26, 26, 26) hdc>

Size 2X/3X/4X/5X only:
Repeat row 11 & 12 one more time. You should have 28 hdc and 30 hdc at the end of those rows. Continue with row 13.

Note: You should now have a total of 12 (13, 14, 15, 16) (20, 21, 22, 23) rows completed from beginning.

All sizes:

Row 13:
ch 2, 1 hdc blo in each st across until last 2 st, 2 hdc blo in last 2 st, ch 7, turn <30 (30, 30, 30, 30) (32, 32, 32, 32) hdc>

Row 14:
1 hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, 1 hdc blo in each st across, turn <35 (35, 35, 35, 35) (37, 37, 37, 37) hdc>

Row 15:
ch 2, 1 hdc blo in each st across, turn <35 hdc>

Repeat row fifteen 1 (2, 3, 4, 5) (3, 4, 5, 6) more times.

Note: You should now have a total of 16 (18, 20, 22, 24) (26, 28, 30, 32) rows completed from beginning.

Fasten off and leave a long tail end for seaming shoulder.

Neckline ribbing

– Use loose tension when working ribbing
– Measure ribbing on a smooth surface

With hook size 10mm, ch 4

Row 1:
1 sl st in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, ch 1, turn <3 sl st>

Row 2:
1 sl st in each st across, ch 1, turn <3 sl st>

Repeat row 2 until row 77 (77, 77, 77, 77) (93, 93, 93, 93)
or until ribbing measures 28 (28, 28, 28, 28) (34, 34, 34, 34)” /
71 (71, 71, 71, 71) (86, 86, 86, 86) cm.

Assembly

Lay front panel on back panel and seam sides together using a tapestry needle. Start at the bottom, working your way up, leaving 8 (9, 9, 10, 10) (11, 11, 12, 12)” / 20 (23, 23, 25, 25) (28, 28, 30, 30) cm open for the armhole. 

Seam shoulders using a tapestry needle.

Seam neckline ribbing to v-neck using a tapestry needle. Tip: you can use stitch markers to prevent ribbing from moving while seaming.

Fasten off, weave all ends.

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1 Comment

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    Marita
    25 January 2023 at 10:42 pm

    I love the simplicity of how you wrote this pattern and I plan to use to make my first ever crochet sweater. Will let you know how it turns out.

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