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Ana Sweater Shell

Posted on December 20, 2010

I present my crocheted toddler sweater vest shell. I have named this project the Ana Sweater Shell in honor of my sweet Granddaughter who this sweater was created for. The sweater is worked from the sides rather than from top to bottom as is with most crochet patterns. Because it worked with the stitching running up and down, it provides a unique and easy to finish crochet project.

I first saw this idea from a sweater shell that Guro crocheted over at her blog but she did not have a pattern written up. Well after checking with Guro, she said to just go ahead and feel free to be inspired by her project so this is my results. I worked my vest shell in half-double crochet stitching while hers was done in single crochet.

I really love this sweater as it is so versatile. It can be worn as a vest over a t-shirt or blouse and it can also be worn as a shell alone in warmer temperatures.


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My vest shell is about a children’s size 3 and should fit a toddler who is around 2 years old. It has a longer body so it’s a nice length for a toddler. The vest fits my Granddaughter who is 15 months old. The pattern has been written up and while I have not tested it, I believe it’s pretty solid but please email me if you have any questions or find any errors in my free crochet pattern below.

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Crocheted Toddler Vest or Shell Sweater Pattern

Finished toddler vest measures: 12 inches wide by 14 inches long
Size: Children size 2-3

Hook: Metal G (4-4.25 mm) US sized crochet hook

Materials:
6 ozs Caron Simply Soft Yarn in Lt. Country Peach
(315 yards/288 meters of 4-ply worst weight yarn)

1 inch Button for front closure

Row 1 (Back piece)
Ch 57

Row 2-10
Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea st across. (55)

Ch 2 and turn after each row.

Row 11 (Back Neck Opening)
Working from the bottom hem up, Hdc in ea st up to the last 4 sts at the top. Leave the last 4 sts unworked, Ch 2 and turn.

Row 12-23
Hdc in ea st, Ch 2 and turn.

Row 24
Working from the bottom hem up, Hdc in ea st up to top and Ch 6 and turn.

Row 25
Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea st Hdc st down to bottom. Ch 2 and turn.

Row 26-34
Hdc in ea st with ch 2 and a turn until 34 rows are completed. FO.

Finished Back Piece

Row 1 (Front piece)
Ch 57.

Row 2-10
Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea st across. (55)

Ch 2 and turn after each row.

Row 11
Hdc in ea st up front and leave the last 8 sts at the top unworked for front opening. Ch 2, turn.
(Front shoulder opening is about 2 inches long)

Row 12
Hdc in ea st down to the bottom, Ch 2, turn.

Row 13
Hdc in ea st up to the top. Ch 2, turn.

Row 14
Work 2 Hdc together (1 Dec) over the next 2 sts at neck, then Hdc in ea st, Ch 2, turn.

EDIT: 2/2014
Correction made to the row count below to fix an issue with the up and down row count.

Row 15-16
Repeat rows 13-14 once.

Row 17
Hdc in ea st back up to neck, leave 6 sts unworked. Ch 8 and turn.
(2 inch split at front)

Row 18
Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea st down to the bottom. Ch 2, turn.

Row 19
Hdc in ea st back up to the top, Ch 2, turn.

Row 20
Work 2 Hdc in 1st st, then Hdc in ea st down to the bottom. Ch 2, turn.

Row 21
Hdc in ea st, Ch 2 and turn.

Row 22
Work 2 Hdc in 1st st, then Hdc in ea st down to the bottom. Ch 2 and turn.

Row 23
Hdc in ea st up to top, Ch 10 for other shoulder. Turn.

Row 24
Hdc in 2nd st from hook and in ea st of chain (8 sts). Hdc in ea st down to the bottom.

Row 25-34
Ch 2 and turn. Hdc in ea st until 34 rows are completed. FO.

Finished Front Piece

Weave shoulder top seams together.

Weave up side seams to 5-1/2 inches from the top shoulder edge for arm opening.

Finishing neck and buttonhole:

Attach yarn to the right side (RS) of back center and Ch 1. Sc around the edge evenly by working around the neck and down around the front split. You will create a buttonhole on right flap. Sc up to the last 3 sts on right flap to begin your buttonhole. Ch 3 and Sc into top st at flap top and continue working Sc around the neck edge and join with a Sl St into top of Ch 1 beginning.

Sew button in place on left flap.

If you have any questions or find discrepancies in this pattern, please email me using contact tab above.

Abbreviations:
Ch – Chain
Dc – Double Crochet
Dec – Decrease
Ea – Each
FO – Finish Off
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Sc – Single Crochet
Sl St – Slip Stitch
St – Stitch

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10 Responses to “Ana Sweater Shell”

  1. Sara
    Dec 28, 2010

    Hey Cindy!

    Great job on this pattern, it looks adorable! I’m going to start on one right away! 🙂

    Thanks so much for the pattern and pictures!

    Sincerely,
    Sara


  2. Maria H
    Jan 19, 2011

    I could hardly believe my eyes that this cute vest wasn’t knitted! Beautiful and, yes, it could be worn all year round.
    Thank you so much for sharing this darling pattern!


  3. Thanks to the work of a beautiful vest


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  5. Janel
    Jan 22, 2014

    Confused on this and at a standstill. Following pattern of up down stitches, Row 11 is up, 12 down, 13 up, 14 down, 15 up, 16 down, 17 up. Then pattern calls Row 18: Hdc in ea st back up to neck, leave 6 sts unworked. Ch 8 and turn. (2 inch split at front)

    I’m working up to neckline on row 17 so can’t work up to neckline on row 18… :o( HELP!


  6. Cindy
    Mar 12, 2014

    @Janel – Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I have just re-worked the pattern and made corrections to the row counts to fix this issue. I emailed you also back in January so hopefully as you indicated in your email back to me that you were able to finish your vest. I’d love to see your finished item. Please email me should you have any other issues with this pattern.


  7. […] my Ana sweater vest pattern, I crocheted this vest using a sport weight yarn vintage yarn called Von-Cott in baby blue. I […]


  8. […] crocheted newborn baby sweater vest is a variation of my Ana sweater that I created. The Ana sweater vest pattern is for a toddler’s size 2-3 but several people have asked for a smaller size which I am happy […]


  9. Jane Haywood
    Apr 16, 2015

    Hello. Love this. Quick question – are the hdc in the back of the loops only or in both loops. I might just be seeing the picture wrong! Thanks! And I can’t wait to make this


  10. Cindy
    Apr 17, 2015

    @Jane — I work in both loops for the Hdc’s. Let me know if you have any further questions as you work the pattern.



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  2. […] my Ana sweater vest pattern, I crocheted this vest using a sport weight yarn vintage yarn called Von-Cott in baby blue. I […]

  3. […] crocheted newborn baby sweater vest is a variation of my Ana sweater that I created. The Ana sweater vest pattern is for a toddler’s size 2-3 but several people have asked for a smaller size which I am happy […]

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