Versatile Vest Knitting Patterns
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Free Knitting Patterns
This easy open front vest is knit in a two row repeat garter rib stitch and is buttoned the on sides. Designed by by Irina Poludnenko for Lion Brand Yarn. XS/S (M/L, 1X/2X)
Shawl Collar Vest
This easy circle shrug / vest by Jennifer Miller is knit in chunky yarn. Great for multi-color yarn. Pictured project byTelse
Ruana Style Vest
Susan Nadel’s design is knit in a rectangle with slits for the cable belt and seamed to form armholes. This versatile style features cables and ribbing in a vest suited to all sizes that can be dressed up or down. Great with multi-color yarn.
Elizabeth McCarten’s vest features a modified gansey pattern with french knots and pockets. Knitters have customized this pattern for other stitch textures, without the pockets, or deeper shawl collar. Great range of sizes XS/S-3X. Pictured project by Tricodentelle
This versatile accessory by Robyn M. Schrager can be worn many different ways. Knit one rectangle in a drop-stitch cable and garter pattern and then make a clever Y-shaped seam to fashion the armholes. You can now wear the Crosshatch as a swing vest, a sleeveless jacket: with tuxedo cutaway styling, or draped with a handkerchief neckline and fastened at the shoulder with a shawl pin. Knit in lace yarn on large needles.
This easy pattern by Irina Poludnenko has fascinated me for a long time because of its keyhole shawl shoulder fastening. It’s more than a shawl because it has a band on the lower back, yet it’s more than a top because it is made for layering. So I’m calling it a vest! Rate easy by the designer and Ravelrers, it is sized for X-Small (Small/Medium, Large/XL, 2X)
This easy-to-wear vest by Nancy J. Thomas uses mitered squares in garter stitch to create a drape that flatters any figure and easily becomes a dressy look. Great with multi-color yarn. Sizes small/medium, Large, 1X/2X
This draped vest by Amanda Keep Williams is super easy. Just knit a single rectangle with armholdes in seed stitch at a loose gauge and it drapes naturally. Pictured project by lippyone
Sailboat Askew Vest
Amy Gunderson’s high-low vest features an asymmetric front. Great with multi-color yarn. Wide range of sizes 34 (38, 42, 46, 50, 54)”
Patterns for Purchase
Love the detailing on this vest including cabled bodice, collar, waist shaping, and shoulder shaping. Sizes: 33 (37, 41, 45, 49, 53)” finished bust circumference. Designed by Cassie Castillo. Pictured project by Freddycat
This statement piece is an A-line sleeveless pullover featuring eastern motifs with cables and tassels. Bust: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60)”
Easy cocoon vest pattern is knit in Fishermen’s rib and is a quick knit on large needles. Woman’s S (M, L)
Breezy Mesh Vest
Easy vest pattern with a draped front is a quick knit. Woman’s S (M, L, XL, 2Xl)
Easy draped front lace vest is essentially a rectangle with arm holes. Woman’s S (M, L, XL, 2XL)
Designed by Norah Gaughan, this intriguing vest can be worn with the center front straps crossed in the front, or uncrossed and open. Knit in one piece from the bottom to underarms, then split to work the back and two fronts separately.
Big Montana Vest
Fast knit in super bulky yarn. Cecily Glowik MacDonald’s sleeveless pullover sweater features an oversize cowl and lace front. Finished Size 30 ¼ (34 ¾, 39, 43 ½, 47 ¾)” bust circumference. Pictured project by meisje
Shawl Collar Vest
The 242 Vest by Devrie Metcalf is a cozy cardigan vest that is perfect for layering and a fast knit with several strands of bulky yarn.
Terry is a knitting late-bloomer, learning to knit as an adult from Internet tutorials, because she wanted a craft that was useful, fun, and portable. Knitting hats for cancer patients inspired her to design her own patterns—available for free at her blog, intheloopknitting.com. Terry met her husband Ken at a science fiction convention and moved to the Kansas City area to be with him more than 30 years ago. Terry supports her yarn stash by creating websites and other digital media. Terry firmly believes in Knitting in Public—it's a great conversation starter!