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Versatile Vest Knitting Patterns

by | Sep 10, 2016 | Featured

Knitting Patterns for Versatile Vests. Most patterns are free

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These patterns are not my designs but links to other designers who have generously shared their patterns. If you have questions about how to knit a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.

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Free Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern for Vanna's Blanket Coat Vest

Vanna’s Blanket Coat Vest

Striped open front vest. Designed by Lion Brand Yarn. Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X. Excerpted from Vanna’s Lifestyle.

Free Knitting Pattern for Milford Vest

Milford Vest

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)

Free Knitting Pattern for Shawl Collar Vest

Shawl Collar Vest

This easy circle shrug / vest by Jennifer Miller is knit in chunky yarn. Great for multi-color yarn. Pictured project byTelse

Free Knitting Pattern for Fringed Cowgirl Vest

Fringed Cowgirl Vest

This western-style vest can be made with fringe or without. Quick knit in super bulky yarn. Designed by Barbara Breiter for Crystal Palace Yarns.

Free Knitting Pattern for Ruana Style Vest

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.

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Free Knitting Pattern for Buttonbox Vest

Buttonbox Vest

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Vested and Stylish

Vested and Stylish

Classic buttoned vest in bust sizes 30-32 (34-36, 38-40-42-44)”. Designed by Kathleen Sams for Red Heart

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Free Knitting Pattern for Crosshatch Vest

Crosshatch Vest

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Rib and Twist Vest

Rib and Twist Vest

Heather Lodinksy’s flattering vest features a unique construction and easily transitions from day-to-night. Chest 35″, 39″, 42″, 46″ 50″, 54″

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Free Knitting Pattern for Tyra Top

Tyra Top

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)

Free Knitting Pattern for Cable Cross Vest

Collar Cross Vest

This pullover vest from Universal Yarns is a quick knit in in super bulky yarn. (One knitter reported knitting the pieces in less than 4 hours.) Wide range of sizes Small (Medium, Large, 1X, 2X)

Free Knitting Pattern for Swing Vest

Swing Vest

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Cable Best Vest

Cable Best Vest

Buttoned best featuring large braided cables on a honeycomb cable background. Great in multi-color yarn! Sizes small – 2X. Designed by Heather Lodinsky for Red Heart

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Free Knitting Pattern for Seabrook Vest

Seabrook Vest

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Sailboat Askew Vest

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)”

Free Knitting Pattern for Midnight Sky Vest

Midnight Sky Vest

Jodi Snyder’s vest features a unique textured stitch that completments multi-color yarn.

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Vest Knitting Patterns with many free knitting patterns


Patterns for Purchase

Knitting Pattern for Loretto Vest

Knitting Pattern for Loretto Vest

Loretto Vest

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

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Knitting Pattern for Die Cut Vest

Die Cut Vest

When worn open the lapels of this lace vest by Sara Morris form a flattering drape, when closed it has a modern asymmetric look. Sizes 32 (36, 40, 44)” bust circumference

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Knitting Pattern for Nadia Tunic

Nadia Tunic

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)”

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Knitting Pattern for Easy Francis Vest

Francis Vest

Easy cocoon vest pattern is knit in Fishermen’s rib and is a quick knit on large needles. Woman’s S (M, L)

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Knitting Pattern for Breezy Mesh Vest

Breezy Mesh Vest

Easy vest pattern with a draped front is a quick knit. Woman’s S (M, L, XL, 2Xl)

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Knitting Pattern for Easy Caldew Vest

Caldew Vest

Easy draped front lace vest is essentially a rectangle with arm holes. Woman’s S (M, L, XL, 2XL)

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Knitting Pattern for Crosstown Vest

Crosstown Vest

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.

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Knitting Pattern for Big Montana Vest

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

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Knitting Pattern for Shawl Collar Vest

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 Matz

meTerry 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, 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!

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