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Over and Out Baby Vest

Come in, Over. You have to see this free baby sweater pattern. This Over and Out Baby Vest is absolutely dashing. You don't need to know radio voice procedures or complicated knitting patterns to complete this cute vest. Just knowledge of a simple slip-stitch will do. This delightful sweater vest pattern uses classic color combinations and a rustic feel to create antique charm. You'll want to pull out a two-way radio to tell all of your friends about this perfect pattern. Roger that!


Knitting Needle Size4 or 3.5 mm, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)


  • Universal Yarn Infusion Handpaints (50% superwash wool, 50% acrylic; 100g/291 yds) 101 Be Strong – 2 skeins, all sizes
  • US Size 4 (3.5 mm) straight needles, set of dpns or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Tapestry ndl
  • Safety pin
  • Stitch holder

Gauge: 24 sts x 48 rows = 4” in Slip Stitch patt


  • Sizes: 3-6 (12-24) months
  • Finished Measurements: Chest: 20½ (22½)”, Length: 11 (12¾)”


Slip all stitches purlwise with yarn to the wrong side of the work.

Stitch Guide
Slip Stitch (multiple of 6 sts + 1)
Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2 (WS): Purl.
Row 3: * Sl 1, p5; rep from * to last st, end sl 1.
Row 4: Sl 1, * k5, sl 1; rep from * to end.
Rows 5 & 6: Rep Rows 3 & 4.
Row 7: Knit.
Row 8: Purl.
Row 9: * P3, sl 1, p2; rep from * to last st, p1.
Row 10: K1, * k2, sl 1, k3; rep from * to end.
Rows 11 & 12: Rep Rows 9 & 10. Rep Rows 1-12 for patt.

Cast on 63 (69) sts.
Row 1 (WS): Purl.
Row 2 (RS): Knit. Work 5 more rows in St st.

Establish Pattern
Row 1 (RS):
K1, work Row 1 of Slip Stitch patt to last st, k1.
Row 2 (WS): P1, work Row 2 of Slip Stitch patt to last st, p1. Cont in this manner, keeping 1 St st each edge until Back meas 7 (8)” from bottom of rolled hem, ending with WS row.

Shape Armholes
Cont in patt, bind off 6 sts at beg of next 2 rows – 51 (57) sts rem. Cont in patt until work meas 4 (4¾)” from bind-off, ending with WS row. Bind off all sts.

Work as for Back to Shape Armhole section.

Separate Fronts, Shape Neck
Next row: Bind off 6 sts, work over next 25 (28) sts in patt, place next (center st) on safety pin, place rem 31 (34) sts on holder for Right Front.

Left Front
Work a WS row even in patt.
Dec row (RS): Work in patt to last 3 sts, ssk, k1 – 1 st dec’d. Work 3 rows even in patt. Rep Dec row every 4 rows, 8 (9) more times – 16 (18) sts rem. Cont even in patt, if necessary, until Left Front meas 4 (4¾)”. Bind off all sts.

Right Front
Return sts to ndl.
Next row (RS): Work even in patt.
Next row (WS): Bind off 6 sts, work in patt to end.
Dec row (RS): K1, k2tog, work in patt to end – 1 st dec’d. Work 3 rows even in patt. Rep Dec row every 4 rows, 8 (9) more times – 16 (18) sts rem. Cont even in patt, if necessary, until Left Front meas 4 (4¾)”. Bind off all sts.

Sew Right Shoulder seam.

Neck Edging
With RS facing, pick up and knit 28 (32) sts down Left Front Neck, 1 st from safety pin in center, 28 (32) sts up Right Front Neck, and 19 (21) sts from Back Neck – 76 (86) sts.
Row 1 (WS): Purl.
Row 2 (RS): Knit to 1 st before center st, sl 2, k1, p2sso, knit to end – 2 sts dec’d.
Row 3 (WS): Purl. Rep Rows 2 & 3, 2 more times. Bind off all sts. Sew Left Shoulder Seam

Armhole Edging
With RS facing, pick up and knit 62 (70) sts evenly around Armhole Edge. Work 7 rows in St st. Bind off all sts. Sew side seams. Weave in ends and bloc


Over and Out Baby Best Chart 1

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am a beginning knitter and love the look of this vest, so really am happy that it was rated as EASY. When I look at the directions, I am confused. It seems that you start from the bottom and work up and when you get to where the arms are, you put the front stitches on a holder and finish off the back. Then when you finish the back, you go back and finish the front and then stitch together at the shoulder. Is this correct? Also, is it correct that you begin with the cast on row then follow the directions for Rows 1 and 2 under "BACK" and then Rows 1 and 2 under "Establish Pattern" and then Rows 1-12 under "Stitch Guide" and then continue Rows 1-12 under "Stitch Guide" until the vest measures 7(8) inches. Is this correct? Is there a place for me to look at common abbreviations? I don't understand what "St. st." is in Row 2 under "Back" (RS): Knit. Work 5 more rows in St st. Any assistance that you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Pam

Hi Pamj123456, I would suggest contacting the designer of this pattern, Universal Yarn. Their website is Good luck! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

I love this vest but I need it in a size 4 or 5...any ideas...


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