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Crochet Vest Free Pattern – Running Rings Around Granny

I am thrilled to have Fiona of Cosy Rosie UK sharing a new crochet pattern with us this week!

About the designer

Fiona lives in the UK with her husband and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Emily. Her dog shares her passion for crochet and all things yarn, acting like a kitten around yarn – Emily loves to nibble on the yarn bands if left unattended. 

Fiona’s favourite projects to design are patterns that allow beginners and improvers add a new technique to their skills as they make beautiful size inclusive garments and homeware patterns that make home a happier, cosy place to be. 

You’ll usually find Fiona curled up under a crochet blanket on the coach with a new project in progress. 

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Woman wearing a crochet vest, called the Running Rings Around Granny vest.

About the Pattern

I am a huge fan of the granny stitch and you will find the stitch snuck into many of my designs from my 3D Flower Granny square through to other patterns in the Running Rings Collection.

The Running Rings Collection started it’s life as a teapot cosy with a very vintage feel. This way of working the granny stitch in the round is unique in the way that the pattern increases unlike other flat crochet circles. 

This crochet vest pattern has a festival ware/Coachella feel when the optional fringing is added. It will move with you whether you’re strolling through the sand at the Hangout Festival or across the muddy paths of Glastonbury. 

The crochet vest pattern is started with a granny circle which is roughly squared off and there is minimal sewing as the side panels are worked directly onto the square. The only sewing is across the shoulders, which joins the side panels to the top of the square.

The square is over increased to produce a spiral appearance and decreased through the edging for a flat fit across the top of the neck. 

Running Rings Crochet Vest Pattern

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Materials 

  • 300-800 yds of any worsted yarn – 
    • I used Valley Yarns Southwick (52% Cotton 48% Bamboo, 250g (8.8oz) in shade Mineral Green (16)
  • 5.5mm Crochet Hook
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • 4 x Stitch Markers 

Abbreviations

US Terms

Ch Chain

Ch sp Chain space

Sl St Slip Stitch

Sc Single Crochet

Dc Double Crochet

3Dc Work 3dc into same chain/chain space/stitch as indicated

RS Right side

WS Wrong side

Pattern Notes

  • Get in touch if you need any help completing the pattern – [email protected]
  • This pattern is worked in the round and in turned rows in the “Granny” style, making a square then adding the sides and front panels in rows.
  • The fringing is optional.
  • Beginning ch-1 does NOT count as a stitch. 
  • Beginning ch-3 DOES count as a stitch. 
  • Please read through entire pattern before beginning; if preferred, highlight appropriate stitch counts for your size which will be written in size order. XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)

Finished Size

See Size Chart

Size chart for the Running Rings Crochet Vest.

Gauge

  • 4 [3dc, ch1] stitches and 8 rows = 4 inches (10cm) in pattern using a 5.5mm hook. Use a larger or smaller crochet hook to obtain the correct tension.

Back Square

Round 1: RS. Ch4, sl st into 1st ch to form ring, ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 11dc into centre of ring, sl st to top of ch3 to join round. (12) 

Round 2: Ch3, dc in same, 2dc in each st around, sl st to top of ch3 to join round. (24)

Round 3: Sl st in space between next 2 dc pair, ch3, 2dc in same sp as ch-3. working between 2 dc pairs only, working between 2 dc pairs only, 3 dc in each sp between 2 dc around, sl st to top of ch-3 to join. (36)

Round 4: Sl st to nextsp between 3-dc group, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp, working between 3-dc groups only, 4 dc in eachsp between each 3-dc group around, sl st to top of ch-3 to join. (48)

Round 5: Sl st to sp after 2nd dc of 4-dc group, ch 3, dc in same sp, *2 dc in next sp between 4-dc group, skip 2 dc, 2 dc in sp after 2nd dc; repeat from * around, sl st to top of ch-3 to join. (24 groups of 2Dc)

Round 6: Sl st to sp between next 2-dc group, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, 3 dc in each sp between 2-dc groups around, sl st to top of ch-3 to join. (24 x 3dc)

Round 7: Sl st to next sp between 3-dc group, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, 3 dc in each sp between each 3-dc group around, sl st totop of ch3 to join.(24 x 3dc)

Round 8: Repeat Round 7.

Rounds 9-11: Repeat Rounds 4-6, upon completion of Round 11, place marker in next sp between 3-dc group, [count 12 3-dc groups, place next marker in next sp] 3 times. (4 markers with 12 3-dc groups between each) 

Round 12: Sl st to next sp between 3-dc group, ch 4 (counts as tr), (2 tr, ch 2, 3 tr) in same, [3 dc in next 2 sps, 3 hdc in next 2 sps, 3 sc in next 3 sps, 3 hdc in next 2 sps, 3 dc in next 2 sps, (3 tr, ch 2, 3 tr) in next marked] 3 times, 3 dc in next 2, 3 hdc in next 2, 3 sc in next 3, 3 hdc in next 2, 3 dc in next 2, sl st to top of ch 4 to join. (24 tr, 4 ch-2 sps, 48 dc, 48 hdc, 36 sc)

For All Sizes 

Round 13: Sl st to next ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in same, [(3 dc, ch 1) in each sp between groups across to next corner, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in next ch-2 sp] 3 times, (3 dc, ch 1) in each sp between groups across, sl st to top of ch3 to join. (48 3-dc groups, 4 corners)

XS & S: Move onto Right Arm Hole. Square should measure 12″.

M: Repeat Round 13, continue to Right Arm Hole. Square should measure 13″.

L & XL: [Repeat Round 13] 2 times, continue to Right Arm Hole. Square should measure 15″.

2XL: [Repeat Round 13] 3 times, continue to Right Arm Hole. Square should measure 17″.

3XL – 5XL: [Repeat Round 13] 3 times, continue to Right Arm Hole. Square should measure 18.5″.

Right Arm Hole – Worked in Rows

With RS Facing

Row 1: Sl st into corner ch-2 sp, ch 4, [3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] 2 (2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5) times omitting last ch-1 and leaving remaining ch-sps unworked, turn. (3 (3, 4 ,4, 5, 5, 6, 6) 3 dc groups, 1 ch-4 sp)

Row 2: Ch 4, (3 dc, ch 1) in each ch-sp across, omitting last ch-1, turn.

[Repeat Row 2] 1 (1, 3, 3, 3, 5, 5, 7, 7) times, turn.

Right Panel – All Sizes:

Row 1: WS. Ch 42 (42, 45, 45, 48, 48, 54, 60, 60), 3 dc in 6th ch from hook (skipped chs count as (dc,ch 1)), ch 1, skip 2 chs,*3 dc in next, ch 1, skip 2; repeat from * across to 1st ch-sp of previous row, (3 dc,ch 1) in each ch-sp across, omitting last ch 1, turn. (16, 16,17, 17, 18, 18, 20, 22, 22 3 dc groups, 1 ch-4 sp)

Close up image of the crochet vest project.

Row 2: Ch 4, (3 dc, ch 1) in each ch-1 sp across, omitting last ch 1, turn.

[Repeat Row 2] 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 3, 3, 3, 3) times.

Right Panel – Continued 

Row 4 (6): Ch 4, [(3 dc, ch 1) in next ch-1 sp] 8 (8, 10, 11, 11, 12, 13, 13, 13) times, dc in next ch-1 sp, leave remaining unworked, turn. 9 (9, 11, 12, 12, 13, 14, 14, 14) 3-dc groups

Row 5 (7): Ch 4, (3 dc, ch 1) in next and in each ch-1 sp across omitting last ch-1, turn.

Row 6 (8): Ch 4, [(3 dc, ch1) in next ch-1 sp] 7 (7, 9, 10, 10, 11, 12, 12, 12) times, dc in next ch-1 sp, leave remaining unworked, turn. 8 (8, 10, 11, 11, 12, 13, 13, 13) 3-dc groups

Row 7 (9): Repeat Row 5.

Row 8 (10): Ch 4, [(3 dc, ch 1) in next ch-1 sp] 6 (6, 8, 9, 9, 10, 11, 11, 11) times, dc in next ch-4 sp, leave remaining unworked, turn. 7 (7, 9, 10, 10, 11, 12, 12, 12) 3-dc groups

Row 9 (11): Repeat Row 5.

XS/S: continue to Right Panel – Final Rows.

Row 10 (12): Ch 4, [3dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] XS (S, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 10, 10) times, dc in next ch-4 sp, leave remaining unworked, turn. XS (S, 8, 9, 9, 10, 11, 11, 11) 3-dc groups

Row 11 (13): Repeat Row 5. 

M/L/XL: Continue to Right Panel – Final Rows.

2XL/3XL/4XL/5XL

Row 14: Ch 4, [3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] XS (S, M, L, XL, 8, 9, 9, 9) times, dc in next ch-4 sp, leave remaining unworked, turn. (9, 10, 10, 10) 3-dc groups

Row 15: Repeat Row 5. Continue to Right Panel – Final Rows.

Right Panel – Final Rows

Row 1: Ch 4, *3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; repeat from * across to end, omitting last ch 1, turn. 7 (7, 8, 9, 9, 8, 10, 10, 10) 3-dc groups, 1 dc

[Repeat Row 1] 3 (3, 3, 5, 7, 3, 5, 7, 7) times. Fasten off.

Close up image of the crochet vest project.

Left Arm Hole

With RS Facing

Row 1: Join yarn in 3rd (3rd, 4th, 4th, 5th, 5th, 6th, 6th) ch-1 sp from bottom corner space, ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in same, ch 1, [3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] 2 (2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5,5) times, dc in last ch-sp, turn. 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6) 3-dc groups, 1 dc, 1 ch-4 sp

Row 2: Ch 3, 2 dc in same, ch 1, *3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; repeat from * across to end, dc in top of ch-3, turn. 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6) 3-dc groups, 1 dc

Repeat Row 2: 1 (1, 3, 3, 3, 5, 5, 7, 7) times.

Upon completion of last repeat, join another strand to ch-3 at the beginning of last row worked, ch 40 (40, 43, 43, 46, 46, 52, 58, 58) Fasten off.

Left Side Panel – All Sizes:

Row 1: Continue with working yarn, ch 3, 2 dc in same, ch 1, *3 dc in next, ch 1; repeat from * across to start of added ch, 3 dc in 1st ch, ch 1, skip 2 chs, *3 dc in next, ch 1, skip 2 chs; repeat from * across to last 2, dc in last ch, turn.16 (16, 17, 17, 18, 18, 20, 22, 22) 3-dc groups, 1 dc

Row 2: Ch 3, 2 dc in same, ch 1, *3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; repeat from * across to end, dc in top of ch-3, turn.

[Repeat Row 2] 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 3, 3, 3, 3) times. Fasten off.

Row 4 (6): Join yarn in 10th (10th, 12th, 13th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 15th, 15th) ch-1 sp from bottom of panel, ch 4, *3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; repeat from * across to end, dc in top of ch-3, turn 9 (9, 11, 12, 12, 13, 14, 14, 14 3-dc groups, 1 ch-4 sp

Row 5 (7): Ch 3, 2 dc in same, ch 1, *3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; repeat from * across to ch-4 sp, dc in ch-4 sp, turn. 9 (9, 11, 12, 12, 13, 14, 14, 14 3-dc groups, 1 dc)

Row 6 (8): Ch 4, *3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; repeat from * across to end, dc in top of ch-3, turn. 8 (8, 10, 11, 11, 12, 13, 13, 13) 3-dc groups, 1 dc, 1 ch-4 sp)

[Repeat Rows 5-6 (7-8)] 1 (1, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3) times. The number of 3-dc groups will reduce by one group on each repeat ending with 7 (7, 8, 9, 9, 8, 10, 10, 10 3-dc groups, 1 dc) upon completion of the last repeat.

[Repeat Row 5 (7)] One time for all sizes.

Left Side Panel – Final Rows

Row 1: Ch 4, 3 dc in 1st ch-1 sp, ch 1, *3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; repeat from * across to end, dc in top of ch-3, turn. 7 (7, 8, 9, 9, 8, 10, 10, 10 3-dc groups, 1 dc)

Row 2: Ch 3, 2 dc in same, ch 1, *3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; repeat from * across to end, omitting last ch 1, turn.

[Repeat Row 2] 1 (2, 2, 4, 6, 2, 4, 6, 6) times. Fasten off. Blocking to size is suggested.

Woman wearing a green crochet vest with fringe.

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