If you love classic granny squares, give this easy crochet vest a try!

Each granny square is created individually, then joined to the last one worked with crochet using the JAYGO (join-as-you-go) method for a gorgeous and seamless look!

An interesting feature in this pattern is that it is really easy to customize the size; make more or less granny squares to make a larger or smaller vest, then add as much or little width as you want!

This Granny Square Vest is a great design to crochet because:

  • You can use most weight 4 yarns you already have on hand!
  • Learn how to make a granny square, and the JAYGO method!
  • This project is easy to size as you go, so you’ll have fun making the perfect fit!
  • You’ll get to practice a lot of crochet skills: Motifs, joined rounds, joining motifs, complex stitch and row repeats, shaping, stitch and row gauge, size and fit, finishing techniques & more!

Before you get started…

Need some inspiration? Check out other finished projects, here:

If you need help learning how to make a granny square, watch this video:

If you need help learning how to work the JAYGO method (slip stitch joining), watch this video:

Let’s get started!

Pattern Designed By: Salena Baca Crochet. This pattern is copyright protected; it is unlawful to distribute this pattern in any form (free, sale or trade).

Click Here for a downloadable PDF version of this pattern!

Yarn: Caron Cotton Angel Cakes (60% Cotton, 40% Acrylic; 8.8 oz / 250 g; 530 yds / 485 m):

  • Dark Cocoa 2 (2, 2.5, 3, 3, 3.5, 3.5) Cakes 
  • or 900 (950, 1250, 1350, 1650, 1750) yards

Materials: 

  • US H/8 (5 mm) Crochet Hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Gauge: 

  • 1 granny square = 4” square
  • 4 pattern rows = 4”, 12 pattern Sts = 4”

Stitch Key: Ch(s) = chain(s), Dc = double crochet, St(s) = stitch(es), Sl St = slip stitch

Specialty Stitch & Technique Key: 

Sizes (Finished Measurements):

  • Small: 43” bust x 24” long (1 Panel = 48” long x 7” tall)
  • Medium: 48” bust x 24” long (1 Panel = 48” long x 8” tall)
  • Large: 52” bust x 28” long (1 Panel = 56” long x 9” tall)
  • X Large: 57” bust x 28” long (1 Panel = 56” long x 10” tall)
  • XX Large: 62” bust x 32” long (1 Panel = 64” long x 11” tall)
  • XXX Large: 66” bust x 32” long (1 Panel = 64” long x 13” tall)

Notes:

  • For the best fit, measure around arms and bust at largest part, follow size with:
    • Fitted: closest bust. 
    • Oversized: up to 10” larger bust.
  • Vest worked in 4 parts: Joining Squares, Panels, Side Seams, Back Seam.
  • Block Joining Squares / Panel fabric before Side and Back seams are worked.
  • Granny Square and Joining Squares diagrams available on final page
  • Video: How To Make A Granny Square

INSTRUCTIONS 

Joining Squares (all sizes; complete twice)

Beginning with square 2, attach each square with Right Side facing to the last. Join on one side with JAYGO method for: 2nd Ch of Ch-3 corner, Ch-1 space, Ch-1 space, Ch-1 space, 2nd Ch of Ch-3 corner (figure 2).

Round 1 (Right Side): Form adjustable loop, Ch 3 (first Dc, here and throughout), work 2 Dc into loop, [Ch 3, 3 Dc] 3 times, Ch 3, Sl St into top of beginning Ch-3 to join – 24 Sts; 12 Dc + 4 Ch-3 spaces

Round 2: Sl St into each of next 2 Dc, Sl St into Ch-3 space, Ch 3, (2 Dc, Ch 3, 3 Dc) into same Ch-3 space, Ch 1, [(3 Dc, Ch 3, 3 Dc) into next Ch-3 space, Ch 1] 3 times, Sl St into top of beginning Ch-3 to join – 40 Sts; 24 Dc + 4 Ch-3 spaces + 4 Ch-1 spaces

Round 3: Sl St into each of next 2 Dc, Sl St into Ch-3 space, Ch 3, (2 Dc, Ch 3, 3 Dc) into same Ch-3 space, Ch 1, (3 Dc, Ch 1) into Ch-1 space, [(3 Dc, Ch 3, 3 Dc) into next Ch-3 space, Ch 1, (3 Dc, Ch 1) into Ch-1 space] 3 times, Sl St into top of beginning Ch-3 to join – 56 Sts; 36 Dc + 4 Ch-3 spaces + 8 Ch-1 spaces

Repeat round 1-3 (JAYGO for the last round of squares 2-12 (12, 14, 14, 16, 16) until 12 (12, 14, 14, 16, 16) squares are complete. 

Panel (complete twice): S (M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL) 

With Wrong Side of Joining Squares facing, attach yarn into first unworked Ch-3 corner from Joining Squares (across longest side of entire strip). 

Row 1: Ch 3 (first Dc, here and throughout), Dc into same St, Ch 1, (3 Dc, Ch 1) into each Ch-1 space and Sl St join across, work 2 Dc into 2nd Ch of last unworked Ch-3 corner – 145 (145, 169, 169, 193, 193) Sts; 109 (109, 127, 127, 145, 145) Dc + 36 (36, 42, 42, 48, 48) Ch-1 spaces

Row 2 (Right Side): Ch 3, turn, work 1 Dc into each St across – 145 (145, 169, 169, 193, 193) Dc

Row 3: Ch 3, turn, Dc into same St, Ch 1, [skip 3 Sts, (3 Dc, Ch 1) into next St] across row until 4 Sts left unworked, work 2 Dc into last St – 145 (145, 169, 169, 193, 193) Sts; 109 (109, 127, 127, 145, 145) Dc + 36 (36, 42, 42, 48, 48) Ch-1 spaces

Repeat row 2 and 3 until 12 (14, 16, 18, 20, 22) rows complete (ending on a row 2 repeat), do not fasten off, continue on to Side Seam.

Side Seam: S (M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL) 

Fold panel in half by length, holding Wrong Side of row 12 (14, 16, 18, 20, 22) together.

Row 1: Sl St into BLO of both thicknesses across row 12 (14, 16, 18, 20, 22) until 7 (7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5)” left open for arm, fasten off.

Back Seam: S (M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL) 

Hold half the length of Joining Squares together, with Wrong Sides facing. Attach yarn through both thicknesses of BLO in 2nd Ch of unworked  Ch-3 corner.

Row 1: Sl St into BLO of both thicknesses of fabric evenly across 5.5 (5.5, 6.5, 6.5, 7.5, 7.5) Joining Squares, fasten off.

Finishing

Sew in all ends, trim excess.

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Salena

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