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15 Minute Vest

Take your arm knitting skills to the next level with the 15 Minute Vest. This show-stopping statement piece is sure to turn heads and drop jaws. The 15 Minute Vest features a gorgeous color combo of plum and mustard-colored chunky yarns. This stylish knit vest pattern is fastened shut with a with your choice of clasps, so feel free to get creative. If arm knitting is your thing, then this arm knit vest pattern right up your alley.


Yarn Weight(6) Super Bulky/Super Chunky (4-11 stitches for 4 inches)


  • Rozetti Yarns Charade (75% acrylic, 7% metallic, 18% polyamide; 100g/13 yds)
    • 620-12 Heliotrope (MC) – 2 (3, 4) skeins
    • 620-04 Amber Waves (CC) – 1 (2, 2) skeins
  • Needles: Your arms!
  • Notions: Tapestry needle, sewing needle and thread


Varies from arm to arm!
Gauge achieved in sample in for which finished measurements are based:
1.75 sts x 2 rows = 4”



Extra Small/Small (Medium/Large, 1X/2X)
Shown in Small size


Back Width: 16 (20, 24)”
Height: 10½ (12¼, 12¼)”




This vest is worked by knitting with your arms. Knit as you would normally knit, except use your arms instead of knitting needles!
When changing colors, use the intarsia method, twisting the strands together to prevent holes from forming in your work.
Armholes in this vest are made by working a k2tog yo.

With MC, cast on 6 (7, 7) sts to your left arm.
Row 1: With MC, knit.
Row 2: With MC k4 (5, 5), with CC k2.
Row 3: With CC k2, with MC k4 (5, 5).
Rows 4 & 5: Rep Rows 2 & 3.
Row 6 (Armhole row): With MC k2 (3, 3), k2tog, yo, with CC k2.
Rep Rows 2 & 3, 0 (1, 2) more times.
Row 1: With CC k2, with MC k4 (5, 5).
Row 2: With MC k4 (5, 5), with CC k2.
Rows 3-8 (10, 12): Rep Rows 1 & 2.
Row 1 (Armhole row): With CC k2, with MC yo, k2 (3, 3)
Row 2: With MC k4 (5, 5), with CC k2.
Row 3: With CC k2, with MC k4 (5, 5).
Rows 4 & 5: Rep Rows 2 & 3.
Rep Rows 2 & 3, 0 (1, 2) more times.
Next row: With MC, knit. Bind off all sts using MC.
Secure ends with sewing needle and thread.
To wear, put your arms through the holes made by the k2tog-yos.




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I love the chunky look of this vest but have never arm knitted before, has anyone made this and how easy did you find it? Also does anyone have any recommendations for UK stockists on the internet that have this weight yarn as the main sites that I use do not stock yarn in this weight and searching for this specific yarn only brings up stockists in the USA. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

what does mc and cc stands in the abreviatons used on this pattern and what is a k2togyo

Hi jenetmuller 3246822, MC = main color; CC = contrasting color; k2tog = knit two stitches together; yo = yarn over. Hope this helps! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting


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