Vests for Babies and Children Knitting Patterns
Vests are versatile garments for baby and children and easy projects for knitters. As an extra layer, vests won’t hinder little arms and legs and warms without overheating. And many can be worn as sleeveless tops in warmer weather. And with no sleeves, they are quick projects for knitters!
To get the knitting patterns, scroll down the page to the individual pattern you want and click on the link to that pattern.
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
Designed by MillaMia, this simple top features a fair isle pattern of sheep and hearts. To fit age 3-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-24 months, 2-3 years, 3-4 years, 4-5 years.
Angela Tong’s baby vest is knit in the round, seamlessly from the top down and uses a twisted-stitch honeycomb pattern to add insulation. Newborn, 3-6 months
Melika Lacy Baby Vest Top
marianna mel’s easy lace baby vest is knit in one piece with no seams. Two sizes: 6 months and 1 year.
Seeded Rib Vest
Jodi Lewanda’s classic boy’s vest also has a matching adult vest for dad. Child sizes: 2,4,6,8 years
Rockin’ the Ruffles Tunic
Jodi Lewanda at Red Heart designed this easy vest with a sweet ruffled collar with two versions for baby and child. Baby sizes: 6-24 months. Child sizes: 2,4,6 years
6-Stitch Plait Unisex Vest
Ratchadawan Chambers designed thisV-neck Unisex vest for children age 4-8 (approximately). that features a six stitch plait cable.
Rebecca Newman’s vest comes with a tiny pocket in front to stash a binkie or a toy like the felt owl friend pictured. Rebecca does provide a photo tutorial for the felt owl but no template I could find. You can knit an owl puff instead if you want. Sizes Newborn [3 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 18 months, 2T]
Slip Stitch Vest
Easy slip stitch colorwork makes a dashing baby vest from the KCN Design Team. The bowtie pattern is separate but also free. Sizes 6–12 (12–18, 18–24) months. Recommended yarn is available on pattern page
Raya Budrevich designed this easy unisex baby and toddler vest. Sizes Newborn – Kids 4.
Patterns for Purchase
Tycoon Baby and Child Vest
This cardigan vest features a simple slip-stitch texture pattern, front pockets, a deep v-neck and buttons up the front. Sizes 6 months(12 months, 18 months, 2, 4)(6, 8, 10, 12). Designed by Kate Oates
Knitting pattern for Hooded Vest for kids in chunky yarn featuring a cable yoke. Sizes 24(26,28,30-3/4, 32-3/4, 34-3/4)” Designed by James C Brett. Great with multi-color yarn!
Child’s vest with images of a baby elephant outlined in lace. Size 21 (22, 27, 28½)” chest circumference
- Get the knitting pattern at Interweave
- Also available in Interweave Knits, Summer 2011 (the price seems to be less for this magazine than the individual pattern)
- See more Elephant Knitting Patterns
Dulce Cabled Vest in Baby and Child Sizes
Pattern includes sizes: 6 mos (12 mos, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10)
Comfort Vest in Child and Adult Sizes
Great Mommy and Me pattern! Ekaterina Blanchard’s vest features pockets, brioche rib yoke, rolled neckline for sizes from 1 year to adult. Sizes: Child 1/2 (4/6, 8/10, 12/14) Adult 32/34 (36/38, 40/42, 44/46)
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!