Easy Crochet Vest for Women- Billows Vest Free Pattern

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I love this vest! I love how it billows around me (that’s why it is named Billows Vest), I love how light it feels even giving warmth at the same time. I love the styling ideas with this crochet vest, I also love that it is easy to make.

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As mentioned before, this is an easy pattern to make. It is made from top to bottom with decreasing at the bottom part. This tapering creates a curved effect so that the lapels do not drag down too much.

How long will it take?

If you are committed to this projects, you can finish it in two weeks and some days, so I would say between 15 and 25 days. You can also finish it in less days depending on how fast you crochet. Of course, you can also go at your own pace, no rush here.


It is highly recommended that you block this vest. Before blocking this vest, it was hip length and not ‘sitting’ well on me, after blocking you can see from the photos that it has stretched. It also moves with the wind.

How to block:

Dip it in water (add a little conditioner (or not); hair conditioner works fine), let it soak a few minutes, take it out and then squeeze water out bit by bit by twisting in a semi-round, not scrunching. Lay it flat, stretch it out while simultaneously pinning it down. Leave to dry completely.

Billows Vest- blocking

Those used to be our children’s playmats, I saved them for all the blocking I’m doing.


It is no secret that my favourite yarn weight is DK or light 3 as it is also known. It is the perfect balance of really light and heavy especially when it comes to making garments. I personally like my crochet garments to feel light while also having some warmth.

Billlows Crochet Vest-yarn

I have used Hayfield baby Changes DK for the Billows Crochet Vest pattern. This yarn is a self-stripping 100 percent acrylic (for those of you who prefer natural fibers I will put links to substitutes below). It is such a soft yarn and the colour strips beautifully.

Unfortunately, this is not a currently popular yarn as I have hardly seen it sold online, (mine was bought from a local yarn store about 3 years ago). I think it may have been discontinued, but there are plenty substitutes one can use instead.

Substitute with

Natural Fibers



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Gauge: 11 Puff sts across x 16 rows (SC+Puff st)= 4 inches

Finished Size (approximate after blocking)

S/M- 38” wide (just below the armhole)/31.5” tall

L/1XL- 40” wide/31.5” tall

2XL/3XL- 42” wide/32” tall

Sizing- the sizing of this vest is taken from shoulder width using the CYC (craft yarn council) measurement guide for women

Shoulder width15-16 inches17-17.5 inches18 inches


  • This pattern uses DK weight, medium 3 cotton yarn.

Hayfield Baby Changes DK 1,320, (1,650, 1,650) mtrs- meters is written from smallest to largest size

  • 4mm hook
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Stitch markers


  • SC- single crochet
  • HDC- half double crochet
  • SL ST- slip stitch
  • CH- chain
  • Special stitch- 2HDC Puff Stitch- yarn over, go into chain space, yarn over pull out a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, go into same space, yarn over pull out a loop (5 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all loops.  


I am really excited about creating another design for the Underground Crafter. In January 2020, I designed the Cover Me Ruana, it was (is) a well loved pattern that is super cosy and stylish too, and it has pockets, awesome!

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Easy Crochet Vest for Women

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