Another free pattern from The Wee Sheep!
This pattern was created entirely as an experiment. I saw a technique (knitting on the diagonal), knew my kids could always use quick and easy layers and I was off! This pattern is completely customizable. All dimensions are based on the wearer’s body measurements. It is easy, straight- forward, adjustable to multiple sizes and makes a cute finished product! Personalize it, be creative, have some fun!
ETA Errata in bold.
Yardage required will vary depending on the size vest you are making. You can determine how much you might need using the wraps-per-inch method found at Wool Festival. You could also make a 1×1 inch garter stitch swatch, unravel and measure your yardage. Then multiply that yardage by your total number of inches in the longest side of each piece. Of course, it is always best to buy more than you think you might need and return any unused skeins. I used two skeins of Sensations Bellezza Dolcetto in peach, which has been discontinued. However, any bulky yarn will work. Be aware that striped or varigated yarn will produce a very different looking product. Buy enough to match stripes or color patterns as desired!
Size US9 (5.5mm) straight needles
Size US5 (3.75 mm) DPN’s
Stitch markers if desired
My sweater is a child size 2T. It measures 14 inches wide x 15 inches long with an armhole depth of 5 inches. Determine the size you desire by measuring the length, width and arm hole depth of a favorite sweater or by using general clothing size dimensions.
20 sts per 4 in/10 cm over garter stitch on the diagonal.
CO- cast on
k2tog- knit two stitches together
m1- make 1
To make I-cord: CO 3 sts using size 5 DPNs. K 1 row. Without turning the needle, slide sts to the opposite end of the needle. K the next row using the working yarn brought from the bottom st. Repeat until you have reached your desired cord length. BO by k2tog twice, sliding sts to the opposite end. K2tog. Cut yarn and pull through the last st.
Determine your desired measurements for length and width of the back. This is most easily determined by measuring a well-fitting sweater belonging to the intended wearer. You want to have a few inches of positive ease as this is an outside layer.
CO 3 sts using long tail cast on. Turn.
Row 2: K1, m1, k1, m1, k1.
Row 3 and all subsequent rows: K1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1.
Repeat until your edges measure your desired width (mine measured 14 inches).
If your back will be a square, begin dc 1 st each side as follows: k1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
If your back will be a rectangle, begin dc 1 st on one edge only as follows until you piece measures your desired length:
k1, k2tog, k to last st, m1, k1
k1, m1, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
When you reach your desired length, begin dc on each edge as written for square. Continue dc pattern until you have 3 sts on your needle. BO.
Make 2 pieces, one should be 1 inch wider than the other for overlap at the front closure (mine measure 7×15 and 6×15 inches).
CO and knit as written for back.
Sew shoulder seams and side seams using mattress stitch. Sew side seams leaving room for armholes (mine measure 5 inches).
Make 4-6 inch long I-cord (mine is 4 inches) over 3 sts using size 5 DPN’s and attach inside the smaller front in desired location for closure (mine is about half way between top and bottom). Sew button on larger front (mine is sewed 2 inches in from the center edge).
Tack down lapels if desired.
Block and enjoy! If you find errors, please let me know!
**This is a free pattern. You may use it for al the non-commercial purposes you like. You may not reproduce this pattern to sell, and you may not sell what you make with it.