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22 Knitted Vests for the Whole Family

By: Ashley Alfirevic, Editor, AllFreeKnitting.com
Updated May 16, 2018
Knitted Vests for the Whole Family

Sweater vests keep you warm and give an air of sophistication to your outfit. We have a free knit vest pattern for everyone in your family. Whether you need an easy vest for your stylish daughter, picky husband, easygoing son, or cute baby, we have a vest for you. Knitting a vest is easy, especially for those knitters who dread making sweaters.

Even with an intricate vest pattern, you will never have to stitch or sew on sleeves, which really simplifies things! This list is full of the best vests our site has to offer, including tons of on-site full patterns. Check out some fan favorites like the Four Seasons Knit Vest or the Melika Lacy Baby Vest. You'll love these vests so much, you'll want to knit one for everyone in the family!

Knitted Vest Pattern Ideas for Women

Country Nights Cabled Vest

Women love layering clothes in the fall and winter seasons. The best part about knit vests is that they look great over casual shirts or dresses. Wear a vest over a collared shirt to switch up your work outfits or add a lace knit vest to a fancy ensemble. A lot of people think that knitted vests are too manly for women, but that's because they're not looking at the more feminine styles. The ones we've compiled here are exactly what you're looking for if you want to rock the vest and stay ladylike.

You're not limited to frilly, lacy vests if you're a woman, however. There are plenty of ways for vests to improve an outfit that don't necessarily scream "femininity." The Cozy Waffle Stitch Vest is a great place to start if you're more of a no-fuss tomboy, since the waffled design and notched hem gives an outfit intrigue, but doesn't doll it up at all. Alternatively, the Button Up Vest will still give you a flattering silhouette while still being serious enough for work. Which vest best suits your personal style?

Knitted Vest Pattern Ideas for Girls

Sweet Seed Stitch Vest

These days, girls from children to teens love anything cute and hipster-chic, which is exactly what vests personify. Big prints, animal themes, and bold patterns are in. Your girl will love to add these knitted vests to her wardrobe, no matter what her age.

The cyclical nature of fashion is a tricky one, and many people didn't expect vests to make their way back into the limelight, but they've made their way back and it looks like they're here to stay. Give your daughter or granddaughter the perfect '50s or '60s look with these knitted vests. She'll be able to wear them to school, out with her friends, or even just at home during a cozy day in.

Baby Vest Knitting Pattern Ideas

Over and Out Baby Vest

Everyone loves knit baby vests! There's just something extra adorable about a little tike wearing such a sophisticated piece of clothing. They also look dashing in these vests in family photos, but because the vest is knit, they retain a sense of comfort and relaxation.

It certainly helps that your little one will feel bundled up and and warm, so he won't be as fussy when you're trying to get a nice portrait taken! Knit the baby multiple because they're so quick to work up.

Vest Pattern Ideas for Men

Classic Men's Vest

Making a vest work in a man's outfit is exceptionally easy. Men can throw on a knit vest to stay professional while switching up the shirt-and-tie look. He can even wear these classics when going out to golf or a casual business lunch. Men are lucky in that vests work almost all the time for them, no matter the occasion. That makes knitting these lovely accent pieces for men all the more fun, because you can get away with so many more styles.

He can find as many vests as he wants at the store, but how many lucky men can say that their wife, sister, or grandmother knit a vest especially for him? Give the gift of comfort and versatility by making him one of these knitted vests. If you knit it in his favorite color or designs, he'll feel so lucky to have such a versatile bespoke article of clothing. Heck, even men who knit will find joy in wearing a vest straight off the needles.

For whom are you knitting a vest next?

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