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Serenity Free Crochet Vest Pattern

Wrap up in a shimmery, cozy crochet shrug! This free crochet vest pattern is part prayer shawl, part vest and all gorgeous in self-striping Shawl in a Ball Yarn from Lion Brand.

A sea of gorgeous neutrals paired with a slight shimmer makes this free crochet vest pattern as stunning as it is versatile. Great beginner project made from two simple rectangles! The free pattern is below or you can purchase the ad-free, printable PDF here.


Ordering this Shawl in a Ball yarn was totally an impulse move. I was just captivated by how the all the neutrals played together wrapped up in the skein and figured I make a plan for it later.

Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball in "Namaste Neutrals" making a free crochet vest pattern. Very simple crochet shrug free pattern using Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball in Namaste Neutrals.

I set to work designing a very simple free crochet vest pattern that I hoped beginning crocheters could tackle with confidence and experienced crocheters could make in their sleep. It turned out to be really fortunate that I kept it so simple.

Last weekend, my dad suffered a brain injury mountain biking. Despite being a very experienced biker and wearing a helmet, he crashed into some very hard Rocky Mountain rocks. My week was filled with worry, hours in the ICU, more worry and luckily, some mindless crocheting to sooth my nerves.

This free crochet kimono pattern is made with two simple rectangles, making it a great beginner crochet project!I’m so happy to say my dad is recovering really well and just needs lots of time for his body to heal. While our world was turning upside down, priorities coming into crisp, urgent focus, I found myself so grateful to be able to crochet to bring some serenity a situation that was entirely out of my control.

I finished the last several rows of this free crochet vest pattern while sitting quietly in the ICU waiting room and even photographed it in a field right behind the hospital. Bless my sister, Mich, who was willing to model it for me even after a day of hospital stress, tears and cafeteria coffee. Now that is a good sister.

Wrap up in a shimmery, cozy crochet shrug! This free crochet vest pattern is part prayer shawl, part vest and all gorgeous in self-striping Shawl in a Ball Yarn from Lion Brand. This modern crochet vest pattern can be made to look bohemian or sophisticated depending on the colorway.

Because this Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball yarn has so much yardage per ball (enough to make an entire shawl, as you might have guessed by the name!), this free crochet vest pattern can actually be made with only two-three balls of yarn, depending on the size you’re making. I indulged my monochromatic-loving-heart with a colorway called “Namaste Neutrals,” but if vivid colors are more your thing, there are several beautiful color combinations in this line of yarn, all with a little shimmer of gold or silver woven throughout. (You can see them all here!)


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A sea of gorgeous neutrals paired with a slight shimmer makes this draped vest as stunning as it is versatile. The use of extremely simple stitches and construction allow the yarn’s beauty to shine through and make this pattern appropriate for beginners or more advanced crocheters looking for a good Netflix project.

• Lion Brand Shawl In a Ball (Weight: 4/Medium – 481 yds, 5.3 oz)
– Namaste Neutrals   2 (3, 3) skeins (see overall pattern notes)
• Tapestry needle
• Size J (6.0) crochet hook
• Stitch markers or safety pins

Sizes/Measurements when laying flat:
Sample pictured is a S/M.
S/M: 32” wide, 25.5” tall
L/XL: 38” wide, 30.5” tall
2XL/3XL: 44” wide, 30.5” tall

9 tr = 4”
4 rows = 4”

Abbreviations and Glossary (US Terms):
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
tr – treble crochet
RS – right side
WS – wrong side
rep – repeat
st – stitch
sk – skip
tch – turning chain
MC – main color

Overall Pattern Notes:
• If you’d like your vest to look fairly symmetrical in its striping and you’re purchasing yarn in a store, look for two skeins that are both wrapped with the same color of yarn on the outside. If you’re shopping online and unable to choose specific skeins, simply unwind one skein until you reach the color that the other skein begins with. Then reattach unwound yarn when the partial skein is finished. This isn’t foolproof, nor is symmetry necessary, but it’s just something to keep in mind if you’re interested.

• Instructions for size S/M are listed, with sizes L/XL and 2XL/3XL following in parentheses. S/M (L/XL, 2XL/3XL)

• Vest is created my making two large rectangles and seaming them together.


Make 2. If symmetrical-ish vest is desired, begin each rectangle with a new skein.

Foundation Row: Loosely ch 149 (159, 159)

Row 1: Loosely sc in second ch from hook and each ch to end of row; turn. 148 (158, 158)

Rows 2-4: Ch 1, loosely sc in each sc; turn. 148 (158, 158)

Row 5: Ch 4 (counts as tr), sk first sc, tr in each sc to end of row, tr in tch; turn. 148 (158, 158)

Rows 6: Ch 4 (counts as tr), sk first tr, tr in each tr to end of row, tr in tch; turn. 148 (158, 158)

Rep Row 6  14 (17, 20) more times.

Fasten off.


• The only noticeable difference between the “right” side and the “wrong” side of your rectangles will be evident in the single crochet rows. Be sure to seam vest with either the RS or WS facing out on both rectangles.

How to make a crochet shrug with two very simple rectangles. This draped vest can fit well on a variety of body shapes.

BACK SEAM: Lay rectangles out flat with initial Foundation Row chains touching. Use stitch markers or safety pins to pin a seam length of 68 (71, 71) tr stitches. With a doubled over piece of MC yarn, join rectangles from the bottom up using the mattress stitch.

SIDE SEAMS: Use stitch markers or safety pins to pin a seam length of 24 (27, 27) tr stitches. With a doubled over piece of MC yarn, join rectangles from the bottom up using the mattress stitch. Repeat for second side.

Take a deep breath, wrap yourself in your Serenity Vest and count your blessings. 🙂

Here are some free crochet shrug and sweater patterns you might like to make next!

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2. Navajo Blanket Shrugfree crochet pattern and video tutorial
3. The Stonewash Shruggreat free crochet pattern for beginners
4. Canyonlands Boho Top – beautiful lace made with cotton bamboo yarn


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  • Tracy
    August 8, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Jess and Mich and the rest of the family, I am so glad that your daddy will recover and is doing well. As always great design and tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing a free version :). I really appreciate it.

    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 9, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      Thank you so much, Tracy! I really appreciate your kind words and digital love. 🙂


  • Amanda Erickson
    August 11, 2017 at 4:30 am

    Sending best wishes and healing prayers. One question…. Is the treble an actual treble stitch or is it a US double?

    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      September 6, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      Thanks so much, Amanda. It’s the US treble, so it’s a triple essentially. 🙂

  • Jeane Parker
    August 12, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Sweet Jess amd Mich,

    Gentle hugs to you and your family. Crocheting rescues us almost everytime we pick up hook and yarn. This vest is gorgeous!


  • Brenda Marshall
    August 12, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Sending mega healing glows for your dad and your whole family.. May each day bring progress in your dad’s road to full recovery, Thank you for taking time to share your beautiful works.

    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      September 6, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      Thank you Brenda. I appreciate your healing glows, especially the mega ones. 🙂



  • Nichole
    August 12, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Soooo happy to hear he is doing alright! Sending lots of love and quick healing to you and your fam. 💕💕 It’s amazing how comforting having those fibers and hook in your hand can be during a time like that.. beautiful pattern as well, can’t wait to try it out! And love to your sis for being there for ya in a stressful time as well! 💕💕

  • Siobhan McGrath
    August 14, 2017 at 1:16 am

    Wishing you and your family lots of love and a speedy recovery for your dad. P.S. your sister is a fab model

    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      September 6, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      Thank you so much, Siobhan. I appreciate your loving thoughts. 🙂

      I think my sister is a pretty fab model too!


  • Lynn
    August 14, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Sorry to hear about your dad’s accident; glad he is coming along. Thank you for sharing your unique patterns with us. I am finding new things and ways to make things.especially the C-2-C graphgans and I really needed the tutorial on “crochet mending. THANK YOU!

    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 16, 2017 at 4:26 pm

      Thank you so much, Lynn. I appreciate your kind words. (And your love of c2c–me too!) 🙂


  • Jo
    August 19, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Thank you for your beautiful work. I’m glad your Daddy is doing better. Having experienced trauma, I know the value of a crochet needle and some yarn. Be Well.

    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 22, 2017 at 9:59 pm

      Gosh, isn’t that true? I don’t know what I’d do without crochet. I’m glad to hear you’ve benefited from it’s “therapy” too. 🙂


  • Carolyn
    September 6, 2017 at 5:14 am

    Really love your designs. As an experienced hooker, I appreciate the beauty, but especially the ease of the patterns. Linked to this one from Moogly HOHD but have been a subscriber for a while now. They come together so quickly. Thank you!

    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      September 6, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      Hey Carolyn,

      Thanks so much for your kind words. I’m happy to have you here hooking along beside me! 🙂


  • Carole Milligan
    October 15, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    I hope your Dad is well on the road to complete recovery and that he can return to his full activities soon if he hasn’t already done so.
    I have been looking for an easy ruana pattern. The way you adapted your initial poncho pattern to this vest is basically the design I had in my head. Thank you for the pattern and inspiration!

    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      October 16, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      Thank you, Carole! He’s really doing well! I’m so relieved.

      I hope you enjoy this pattern!


  • aussiebushgirl
    October 29, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Hi Jess. I’m so happy and relieved to hear about your Dad’s steady progress, and trust that he will continue to go from strength to strength. Your freebies are hugely welcome, and I adore that you’re so generous with them. Thank you muchly! ~ heather x


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