Knitting patterns for vests, most are free. Some that button on the sides, some in front, some that are draped, some with collars, some without. Updated 12/9/21.
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Timber Run Vest
Slalom stitch cable panels (aptly named!) adorn the asymmetrical front and the back of this cozy collared vest. Knits up fast with super bulky yarn. Sizes 32.5 (34, 37.25, 39, 40.5, 43.75, 47, 52) inches. Designed by Joann Rogers.
Cabled Vest With Pockets
Sleeveless cardigan sweater vest with Wandering Cables on front and back on seed stitch background. Sizes XS/S, M/L, 1X/2X. Designed by Lion Brand Yarn. Super Bulky weight yarn.
2 ways to get the free pattern:
- Get the free knitting pattern - web version - at Joanns
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Shawl collar cardigan vest with a ribbed hem, a fishing net cable panel on the back, gentle waist shaping and a ribbing. Sizes 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48 in. Designed by Alegria DaSilva. Bulky weight yarn.
Cabled cardigan-style vest with shawl collar. Bust 35" - 49" Designed by Katie Himmelberg. Bulky weight yarn. One of the patterns in the free ebook 5 Free Knitted Vest Patterns from Interweave.
- Get the free ebook 5 Free Knitted Vest Patterns
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- Also available in the book Knitting Green: Conversations and Planet Friendly Projects on Amazon (Kindle or Paperback)
Knee-length open vest with an option for a shorter version. Features pocket and contrasting band. Hip Circumference: 30” (35”, 40”, 45”). Designed by John Crane for Skacel. DK weight yarn.
This open front cardigan style vest with collar is perfect for bouclé textured yarns like Berber or Homespun. Bust: 38 (45½, 52¾)”. Quick knit in super bulky. Designed by Premier Yarns
This long, open-front vest features ribbed front edges, a pointed back collar, ribbed detail in back, and easy cap sleeves. Designed by Norah Gaughan for Berroco. Sizes Bust: 30 (34) 38 (42) 46 (50)” Pictured project by aisteb1973.
Designed by Berroco, the pattern has optional sleeves to make a cardigan. Sizes Small, Medium, Large, X-Large
More Free Patterns
Convertible Tunic, Vest, Cowl
Designed by Suzanne Resaul, this versatile convertible garment can be warn as vest, halter, tunic, cowl, scarf, and more.
Reversible Swing Vest
Designed by Andrea Maglisceau for Cascade Yarn, this vest is worked sideways in one piece. Vest is sized to fit S-M-L-XL
Sideways Garter Vest
Designed by Purl Soho, this versatile vest / wrap is a rectangle of garter stitch with two well-placed slits for armholes, nothing could be simpler to make. Can be worn many different ways, with the collar up or down.
Poetry in Motion Vest
Designed by Deby Lake for Universal Yarns, this vest gets its unique look from mixing two colorways of variegated yarn. Vest is sized to fit Women’s Small (Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X)
Designed by Laura Matthews for Cascade Yarn, this draped front vest features a cabled border. Vest is sized to fit S, M, L, XL 36 (40, 44, 48)”
Rose Trellis Shawl Vest
Designed by Vera Sanon for Cascade Yarn, this lace vest is designed like a shawl with armholes. Vest is sized to fit S, M, L, XL 36 (40, 44, 48)”
Spring Leaves Vest
Designed by Michael del Vecchio for Universal Yarns, this vest features a leaf lace border. Vest is sized to fit Women’s Small (Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X)
Designed by Vera Sanon, this vest is a poncho buttoned at the sides. Sizes XS (S, M, L) (XL, 2XL, 3XL)
Designed by Daria McGuire, this turtleneck vest is a quick project.
Agnese Vajevska designed this hooded vest knitted in one piece from the bottom up. Lacing can be replaced by buttons. Pictured project by GothKnitty
Patterns for Purchase
Lanesboro Vest No. 20155
No longer free. Easy cropped cardigan vest. Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Quick knit in Super Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Sarah Smuland for Blue Sky Alpacas.
Celtic Knot Vest
Cardigan vest with softly sloping cables on the front, feminine shaping and a stunning Celtic knot design at the back. Women sizes S-XL. Designed by Cardiff Bay Handknits. Aran weight yarn.
This draped open-front vest is knit from side-to-side in one piece, and features a simple texture stitch on the back. Quick knit in bulky yarn. Sizes XS/S (M/L, XL/2XL, 3XL/4XL). Designed by Elizabeth Smith
This vest by Kristen TenDyke lives up to its name with pockets, cables and a hood. Sizes About 31¼ (34½, 37½, 41, 44¼, 47¾, 51)” (79.5 [87.5, 95, 104, 112.5, 121.5, 129.5] cm) bust circumference, buttoned and including ½” (1.3 cm) overlap. One of the patterns in Finish-Free Knits: No-Sew Garments in Classic Styles.
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Short Row Vest
Designed by Carol Feller. Love the unusual shape and stripes! Sizes 30 (34, 38 1/2, 42 1/2, 46, 47 1/2)” bust circumference, buttoned
A simple knitting pattern for a versatile vest/wrap made of chunky weight yarn. Can be worn two different ways.
Lace vest perfect for layering in any season. To fit: S (M, L, XL, 2XL)
This lace knit vest almost looks crocheted. It’s knit as a circle with armholes so construction is easy.
Combination Vest and Cowl
This ingenious convertible pattern takes a strip of flat knitting like a scarf and with clever assembly makes a versatile accessory.