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Simple pattern for crochet vest: The Carson

A simple and easy ribbed pattern for a crochet vest for children. Meet the Carson!

Crochet vests can be very versatile and I always love a good layering of clothes. You know the drill… you wear more layers to keep you warm when you go outside and you can remove any of them at any time.

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The Carson is an easy crochet vest pattern for boys and girls of all ages.

From 6 month old babies until 15 year old teenagers.

Featuring vertical ribbing and almost no sewing as it's made in one piece. Perfect for layering.

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That’s why I love a good crochet vest for my kids, too. I can dress them for warmth on the cold days and we can remove clothes when they start to play so they won’t overheat.

It also instantly ends the argument “But mom, I am hot!”. They feel safe and heard when I tell them they can remove a layer when they start playing and before they feel sweaty.

Every time we can avoid a screaming argument, it’s a win for both of us!

free crochet vest pattern for boys

So, I am here today to introduce to you the Carson vest! It shares the name and it’s in the same family as my Carson tea towel, from the Rustic Tea Towels Collection.

It’s a nice, easy, ribbed, sleeveless sweater pattern sized for children from 6-12 months until 14-15 years of age. That’s nine sizes for babies until teenagers.

The Carson vest could definitely be geared to boys due to its simple appearance and general looks, but it’s not. It can easily be worn by girls and boys, too, making it versatile and easy to hand down to other family members.

I believe I can call this design minimalistic due to its looks, plus the fact that it’s almost seamless.

This fine crochet waistcoat is made in one single piece, with vertical ribbing, from one side to the other.

Free crochet sleeveless sweater vest

You’ll only have to sew one side seam, which you can do with your crochet hook and the narrow shoulder seams.

That’s a blessing for me and my friends who love no sew crochet patterns!

Free crochet vest pattern

I believe the stitch I used looks so good on a garment, and if you know me, I love to create knit-look crochet patterns and I adore a good crochet ribbing.

And this is how the simple and timeless design for the Carson crochet vest was born.

Best yarn for a crochet vest

This sleeveless crochet top was made with a worsted weight yarn #4. I used the La Mia Natural Wool, which I already had on hand from an older project that didn’t turn out just right.

It’s one of my favorite yarns as it’s 100% wool without being too harsh as some other wool yarns do. I know, depending on the place you live in on this planet, it’s not always easy to find the same yarn I use.

And you don’t have to.

That’s why I am suggesting a few other yarn brands below, that may be more easily accessible to you.

crochet sleeveless top

Yarn substitutes

Brava worsted: A nice and durable acrylic.
Brava tweed: The same yarn as above in a tweed version. I bet the Carson vest for boys would look awesome in this tweed yarn.
Simply wool worsted: This is perfect for those of you who want a 100% wool yarn, similar to the one I used.
Wool-Ease: A blend of wool and acrylic yarn, perfect for almost any project.
Color theory: A nice acrylic yarn alternative.

More cardigan crochet patterns for children you may like:

In order of appearance: The Forest Fairy cardigan, Little Shepherd vest, and the Little Dot cardigan.

Materials

Worsted weight yarn #4
US I/5.50 mm crochet hook
Scissors
Yarn needle

Children’s Sizes: 6-12 mo (1-2 y, 2-3 y, 4-5 y, 6-7 y) [8-9 y, 10-11 y, 12-13 y, 14-15 y]

To fit chest sizes:

6-12 mo: 45.5 cm (18″)
1-2 y: 48 cm (19″)
2 y: 53 cm (21″)
4 y: 58.5 cm (23″)
6 y: 63.5 cm (25″)
8 y: 67 cm (26.5″)
10 y: 71 cm (28″)
12 y: 76 cm (30″)
14 y: 80 cm (31.5″)

crochet vest for girls

With finished garment chest sizes:

6-12 mo: 55 cm (21.75″)
1-2 y: 58 cm (22.75″)
2 y: 64 cm (25.25″)
4 y: 70 cm (27.5″)
6 y: 75 cm (29.5″)
8 y: 78 cm (30.75″)
10 y: 82 cm (32.25″)
12 y: 87 cm (34.25″)
14 y: 92 cm (36.25″)

crochet vest for baby

Yardage

Sizes: 6-12 mo (1-2 y, 2-3 y, 4-5 y, 6-7 y) [8-9 y, 10-11 y, 12-13 y, 14-15 y] will require approximately 280 (305, 375, 460, 545) [600, 670, 755, 820] meters, 305 (335, 410, 505, 595) [655, 730, 825, 895] yards of yarn to crochet the cardigan.

Gauge: 15 sts x 14 rows in pattern

Full written swatch instructions are available in the premium PDF.

crochet boy's vest

Notes

– All my patterns are written in Standard US terms.
– The Carson vest is worked in one piece from side to side and then is seamed at the side and the shoulders. It is separated into sections. The schematic with the full dimensions for every size is available on the premium PDF.
– A photo tutorial for an invisible side seam is also included in the premium PDF.
– The vest contains about 10 cm (4″) positive ease to each size.

Abbreviations

R: row
ch(s): chain(s)
hdc: half double crochet
st(s): stitch(es)
sl st: slip stitch
blo: back loop only
sc: single crochet
tlo: third loop only
inc: increase
dec: decrease
bpsc: back post single crochet

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Row chart

Use the chart below to check how many rows you will need for your size in each section.

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All sizes

Section 1

S1R1: ch 28 (28, 32, 36, 41) [42, 43, 46, 46] hdc in second chain from the hook and in each ch across, ch 1, turn (27, 27, 31, 35, 40, 41, 42, 45, 45)

S1R2: sl st in blo 6, sc in tlo in each st across until 1 st remains, inc in last st, ch 1, turn (28, 28, 32, 36, 41, 42, 43, 46, 46)

S1R3: hdc inc, hdc in each st across until last 6 sts, sl st in blo in last 6 sts, ch 1, turn (29, 29, 33, 37, 42, 43, 44, 47, 47)

S1R4: sl st in blo 6, sc in tlo in each st across until 1 st remains, inc in last st, ch 1, turn (30, 30, 34, 38, 43, 44, 45, 48, 48)

S1R5: repeat R3

S1R6: repeat R4

In R6 sizes 6-12, 1-2 y, and 2-3 y ignore “chain 1 and turn”. Instead ch 16, 17, 18, turn and continue with section 2.

Sizes 4-5 y and 6-7 y, repeat R5 and R6 once more. You have 8 rows. At the end of R8 ch 19, 21, turn and continue with section 2.

Sizes 8-9 y, 10-11 y, 12-13 y, and 14-15 y, repeat R5 and R6 two more times. You have 10 rows. At the end of R10 ch 22, 25, 27, 30, turn and continue with section 2.

Section 2

S2R1: hdc in second ch from the hook and in each st across until last 6 sts, sl st in blo in last 6 sts, ch 1, turn (47, 48, 53, 60, 67, 71, 75, 80, 83)

S2R2: sl st in blo 6, sc in tlo in each st across, ch 1, turn (47, 48, 53, 60, 67, 71, 75, 80, 83)

Repeat R1 and R2. Consult the diagram for how many rows in total you will have for section 2 for your size. You will end with a R1. Continue with section 3.

Section 3

S3R1: sl st in blo 6, sc in tlo …, sk last 6 (6, 7, 7,7) [7, 8, 8, 8] sts, ch 1, turn (41, 42, 46, 53, 60, 64, 67, 72, 75)

S3R2: hdc in each st across until last 6 sts, sl st in blo in last 6 sts, ch 1, turn (41, 42, 46, 53, 60, 64, 67, 72, 75)

S3R3: sl st in blo 6, sc in tlo in each st across, ch 1, turn

Repeat R2 and R3. Consult the diagram for how many rows in total you will have for section 3 for your size. You will end with a R3. At the last single crochet row (the last R3 for your size) chain 7 (7, 8, 8, 8) [8, 9, 9, 9] sts, to bring the height back for the shoulders to your original stitch size. Continue with section 4.

Section 4

S4R1: hdc in second ch from the hook and in each st across until last 6 sts, sl st in blo in last 6 sts, ch 1, turn (47, 48, 53, 60, 67, 71, 75, 80, 83)

S4R2: sl st in blo 6, sc in tlo in each st across, ch 1, turn (47, 48, 53, 60, 67, 71, 75, 80, 83)

Repeat R1 and R2. Consult the diagram for how many rows in total you will have for section 4 for your size. You will end with a R1. Continue with section 5.

Section 5 (decrease section)

S5R1: sl st in blo 6, sc in tlo 26 (26, 30, 36, 41) [44, 45, 48, 48] ch 1, turn 32 (32, 36, 42, 47) [50, 51, 54, 54]

S5R2: hdc dec, hdc in each st across until last 6 sts, sl st in blo in last 6 sts, ch 1, turn 31 (31, 35, 41, 46) [49, 50, 53, 53]

S5R3: sl st in blo 6, sc in tlo in each st across until last two sts, sc dec in tlo, ch 1, turn 30 (30, 34, 40, 45) [48, 49, 52, 52]

S5R4: hdc dec, hdc in each st across until last 6 sts, sl st in blo in last 6 sts, ch 1, turn 29 (29, 33, 39, 44) [47, 48, 51, 51]

Keep repeating R3 & R4 until you have (27, 27, 31, 35, 40, 41, 42, 45, 45) sts. Check the diagram “Section 5 decrease section” to confirm how many rows you should have. We are now proceeding with the increase section of Section 5.

Size 6-12 mo only:

S5R5: sl st in blo 6, sc in tlo in each st across until 1 st remains, inc in last st, ch 1, turn (28)

S5R6: hdc inc, hdc in each st across until last 6 sts, sl st in blo in last 6 sts, ch 1, turn (29)

S5R7: sl st in blo 6, sc in tlo in each st across until 1 st remains, inc in last st, ch 1, turn (30)

S5R8: hdc inc, hdc in each st across until last 6 sts, sl st in blo in last 6 sts, ch 1, turn (31)

S5R9: sl st in blo 6, sc in tlo in each st across until 1 st remains, inc in last st, ch 16, turn and continue with section 6 (32)

All other sizes (Section 5 increase section)

S5R1: sl st in blo 6, sc in tlo in each st across, ch 1, turn (27, 31, 35, 40, 41, 42, 45, 45)

S5R2: hdc inc, hdc in each st across until last 6 sts, sl st in blo in last 6 sts, ch 1, turn (28, 32, 36, 41, 42, 43, 46, 46)

S5R3: sl st in blo 6, sc in tlo in each st across until 1 st remains, inc in last st, ch 1, turn (29, 33, 37, 42, 43, 44, 47, 47)

Keep repeating R2 & R3 until you have (32, 36, 42, 47) [50, 51, 54, 54] sts. Check the diagram “Section 5 increase section” to confirm how many rows you should have. You will end with a R3. At the last row of section 5, ch (17, 18, 19, 21) [22, 25, 27, 30] to bring the height up to the shoulder, turn and continue with section 6.

Section 6

S6R1: hdc in second ch from the hook and in each st across until last 6 sts, sl st in blo in last 6 sts, ch 1, turn (47, 48, 53, 60, 67, 71, 75, 80, 83)

S6R2: sl st in blo 6, sc in tlo in each st across, ch 1, turn (47, 48, 53, 60, 67, 71, 75, 80, 83)

S6R3: hdc in each st across until last 6 sts, sl st in blo in last 6 sts, ch 1, turn (47, 48, 53, 60, 67, 71, 75, 80, 83)

S6R4: sl st in blo 6, sc in tlo in each st across, ch 1, turn (47, 48, 53, 60, 67, 71, 75, 80, 83)

Repeat R3 and R4. Consult the diagram for how many rows in total you will have for section 6 for your size. You will end with a R3. Continue with section 7.

Section 7

S7R1: sl st in blo 6, sc in tlo 26 (26, 30, 36, 41) [44, 45, 48, 48] ch 1, turn 32 (32, 36, 42, 47) [50, 51, 54, 54]

S7R2: hdc dec, hdc in each st across until last 6 sts, sl st in blo in last 6 sts, ch 1, turn 31 (31, 35, 41, 46) [49, 50, 53, 53]

S7R3: sl st in blo 6, sc in tlo until last two sts, sc dec in tlo, ch 1, turn 30 (30, 34, 40, 45) [48, 49, 52, 52]

S7R4: hdc dec, hdc in each st across until last 6 sts, sl st in blo in last 6 sts, ch 1, turn 29 (29, 33, 39, 44) [47, 48, 51, 51]

Keep repeating R3 & R4 until you have (27, 27, 31, 35, 40, 41, 42, 45, 45) sts. Check the diagram Section 7 to confirm how many rows you should have.

You are done! Seam the side seam (start of section 1 with end of section 7) as shown in the photo tutorial below. Seam the shoulder when the garment is turned inside out with the whip stitch. Weave in your ends.

Neckline and armholes

Join new yarn at the bottom of the armhole and at any shoulder seam of the head opening.

R1: sc evenly around, sl st to join, ch 1

R2: bpsc in each st around, sl st to join. Cut the yarn and weave in all ends.

Repeat the same for the other armhole and then the neckline.

Congratulations! You have finished the Carson vest.

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Meet the Carson vest. A nice ribbed crochet vest pattern, perfect for boys.

Designed in 9 sizes from 6-12 month old babies till 14-15 years of age. An almost seamless free crochet vest pattern.

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