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! Most patterns are free.
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Wee Baby Vest
Knit in garter stitch with minimal seaming. Sizes To fit chest measurements 6 months: 17" [43 cm] 12 months: 18" [45.5 cm] 18 months: 19" [48.5 cm] 24 months: 20" [51 cm]. Designed by Bernat. Worsted weight yarn.
Fair Isle Sleeveless Jacket
Vest knit with a shawl collar, a boucle lining to resemble sheepskin, and colorwork design. To Fit Age: 6-8-10 years. Designed by Bergère de France. DK weight yarn.
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.
- Get the free knitting pattern
- See the Ravelry page
- Get the recommended yarn on Etsy
- See more Sheep and Lamb Knitting Patterns
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. Pictured project by MollyHA.
Child’s Side Buttoned Vest
Heather Lodinsky designed this easy vest with circle asymmetrical front. Child sizes: 2,4,6,8 years
Size: 1/3 – 6/9 – 12/18 months (2 – 3/4) years. DROPS Design created this v-neck buttoned best for your little sophisticate.
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
More Free Patterns
Baby Argyle Vest and Hat
Jennie Harrell’s vest closes at the shoulder for easy dressing. Sizes newborn, 6 months, 12 months
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
- Get the free knitting pattern for the child version
- Get the free knitting pattern for the baby version
- Get the recommended yarn at Red Heart
Prince George Christmas Photo Pullover
Amie Richan designed this sweater after the marching guardsmen sweater Prince George wore in the family Christmas photo. Sizes S, M, L.
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.
Baby’s Holiday Vest & Socks
The self-striping yarn does all the colorwork for you in this matching set by Heather Lodinsky. Sizes 6-24 months
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. Pictured project by Jaruboo.
- Get the free knitting pattern for free registration at Annies
- Get the free Bowtie Knitting Pattern at Red Heart
- Get the video tutorial for this and two other patterns for $3.99 – not necessary to get the free pattern
Raya Budrevich designed this easy unisex baby and toddler vest. Sizes Newborn – Kids 4. Pictured project by heartofnature.
Patterns for Purchase
Cabled Baby Vest and Sweater
Pullover baby sweater with options for crew neck or v-neck, long sleeves or sleeveless. Sizes (0-6; 6-12) months; (1-2; 2-3) years. Designed by Sirdar. DK weight yarn. A kit is also available.
- Get the pattern at Deramore's
- Get the kit to knit both sweater and vest for less than $26
- Get the recommended Sirdar Snuggly 100% Cotton yarn
Clementine Baby Vest
Open front cardigan vest with lace edges. Sizes 0–6m (6–12m, 12–18m, 18–24m, 2T–3T, 4y, 6y). Designed by Carrie Bostick Hoge
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
- See more pics and get the pattern at Loveknitting
- Get the recommended Cascade 220 Superwash yarn on Loveknitting
- See more patterns by Kate
Wise Owl Vest
The pattern is made for three sizes: 6-9 months, 9-12 months and 12-18 months.
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!
- Get the knitting pattern at Loveknitting
- Get the recommended yarn at Loveknitting
- See more Little One Hoodie Knitting Patterns
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)