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Vests for Babies and Children Knitting Patterns

by | Mar 12, 2016 | Baby, Baby and Children, Baby Clothing

Knitting Patterns for Baby and Child Vests. Most patterns are free.

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.

All links on this site are for informational purposes, but please note that some links are to affiliate sellers that pay me a small commission on purchases.

Free Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern for 4 Row Repeat Eyelet Rib Baby Vest

Eyelet Rib Baby Vest

Pullover baby vest is knit with a 4 row repeat eyelet rib pattern. Designed by Anne Dresow. Sizes 0-3 months, 6-12 months. Available in English and Danish. Sport weight.

Free knitting pattern for Milly baby vest tank top with sheep motif

Milly Vest

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.

Free knitting pattern for Tummy Warmer baby vest

© MollyHA

Tummy Warmer

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

Free knitting pattern for Child's Side Buttoned Vest

Child’s Side Buttoned Vest

Heather Lodinsky designed this easy vest with circle asymmetrical front. Child sizes: 2,4,6,8 years

Free knitting pattern for Junion V-Neck baby vest

Junior Vest

Size: 1/3 – 6/9 – 12/18 months (2 – 3/4) years. DROPS Design created this v-neck buttoned best for your little sophisticate.

Free Knitting Pattern for Melika Lacy Baby Vest

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Baby Argyle Vest and Hat

Baby Argyle Vest and Hat

Jennie Harrell’s vest closes at the shoulder for easy dressing. Sizes newborn, 6 months, 12 months

Free knitting pattern for Rockin the Ruffles Tunic children's vest

Free knitting pattern for Rockin the Ruffles Tunic baby vest

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

Free Knitting pattern Prince George Christmas Photo Pullover Guardsmen Sweater | More Royal Family Knitting Patterns at

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.

Free knitting pattern for 6 stitch plait children's vest

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for baby Holiday Vest and Socks

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

Free knitting pattern for Woodland Tee baby vest with pocket

Woodland Tee

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]

Free Knitting Pattern for Baby Slip Stitch Vest

© Jaruboo

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Julian Vest for babies and toddlers

© heartofnature

Julian Vest

Raya Budrevich designed this easy unisex baby and toddler vest. Sizes Newborn – Kids 4.

Patterns for Purchase

Knitting Pattern for Clementine Baby Vest

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

Knitting Pattern for Tycoon Baby and Child Vest

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 Wise Owl Vest

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 with cable yoke

Hooded Vest

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!

Knitting Pattern for Elephant Lace Vest

Elephant Vest

Child’s vest with images of a baby elephant outlined in lace. Size 21 (22, 27, 28½)” chest circumference

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Knitting pattern for Dulce Cable Vest for babies and kids

Dulce Cabled Vest in Baby and Child Sizes

Pattern includes sizes: 6 mos (12 mos, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10)

Knitting Pattern for Comfort Vest in Child and Adult Sizes

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 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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