This time of year I tend to get a little obsessed with the idea of knitting vests. While I’m still deep into wearing sweaters, I’m starting to think about layers for warmer weather (or wearing a vest under my sweater for a little extra warmth on the super cold days, not going to lie).
Vests are a great gateway to knitting sweaters because they use some of the same skills but you don’t have to knit sleeves. Which, let’s be honest, are pretty boring. If you’ve never knit a sweater before, try one of these easy vest knitting patterns to get you started.
The Abrazo Slipover from Caidree on Etsy is a great basic super bulky vest that you can probably stitch up in a weekend. It comes in nine sizes and has 5-10 cm of positive ease built in.
Kara Eng’s Funfetti Vest is another super bulky option that has rounds of purl ridges that can be worked in a contrasting color or you can do it all in the same color if you don’t have scraps to use. It’s available in nine sizes. You can get the pattern on Ravelry.
Vest No. 3, Spring Edition from My Favourite Things Knitwear uses a combination of lace and DK weight yarns to make a super bulky gauge. It’s worked from the top down with a little shaping for the neckline and arm openings. It’s available in five sizes and the pattern is in English, Danish and Norwegian. You can get it on Ravelry.
If you’re looking for a lighter weight vest, the Vest 01 from Daisy And Peace is worsted weight vest worked flat in pieces from the bottom up. It comes in six sizes and you can download the pattern from Ravelry.
How about an open vest? These are so cute over a button-down shirt and can be belted or worn open. The long Autumn Vest by Merri Fromm is worked mostly in ribbing, and it is available in four sizes. You can download the pattern from Blue Sky Fibers.
Here’s another one that uses ribbing as a design feature and has deep armholes for ease of wearing. The part below the armholes is worked in the round. It uses worsted weight yarn and comes in five sizes. You can get it from Warm House on Etsy in English and Dutch.
Casual Knits Studio on Etsy has a great classic vest pattern worked in chunky yarn with deep armholes so it’s easy to layer it over just about anything. It’s worked from the bottom up in two pieces and then the ribbing is worked after it is sewn together. The pattern comes in three sizes and is available in English, French and German.