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Elegant Autumn Knit Vest

This knit vest pattern is an instant classic.

Updated July 28, 2022
Elegant Autumn Knit Vest
Elegant Autumn Knit Vest
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The Elegant Autumn Knit Vest has it all, from subtle ribbed detailing to the most versatile neutral color. The best part is that this knit vest pattern is graded as easy, meaning it's a piece of cake to complete. The gorgeous Brushed version of the old standby super saver yarn offers a cost-effective alternative to expensive mohair blends while giving you the same glorious halo. You're going to keep this wardrobe staple forever, so it might not be a bad idea to knit it up in multiple colors so you don't always have to wait until laundry day to pick it back up again!

NotesThe instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus ( ).

Easy

Knitting Needle Size9 or 5.5 mm

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge17 sts and 23 rows = 4" [10 cm] in stocking st

Materials List

  • Red Heart® Super Saver Brushed™ (5 oz/142 g; 253 yds/231 m) in colorway Soft Mink (5030) - 4 (5, 6, 7, 9, 11) balls
  • Size U.S. 9 (5.5 mm) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Stitch markers
  • 6 stitch holders
  • Yarn needle

Instructions

Sizing Notes

To fit bust measurement

XS/S: 28-34" [71-86.5 cm]
M: 36-38" [91.5-96.5 cm]
L: 40-42" [101.5-106.5 cm]
XL: 44-46" [112-117 cm]
2/3XL: 48-54" [122-137 cm]
4/5XL: 56-62" [142-157.5 cm]

Finished bust

XS/S: 37" [94 cm]
M: 41" [104 cm]
L: 45" [114.5 cm]
XL: 49" [124.5 cm]
2/3XL: 56" [142 cm]
4/5XL: 63" [160 cm]

Vest Pattern

  1. BACK

    **Cast on 79 (87-97-105-119-135) sts.

    1st row: (RS). K1. P1. *K1tbl. P1. Rep from * to last st. K1.
    2nd row: P1. K1. *P1tbl. K1. Rep from * to last st. P1.

    Rep last 2 rows for 4" [10 cm], ending on a WS row.

    Sizes XS/S, L, XL and 4/5XL only:
    Next row: (RS). K1. P1. (K1tbl. P1) 5 (7-7-9) times. K26 (32-36-47). K2tog. K27 (31-35-46). (P1. K1tbl) 5 (7-7-9) times. P1. K1. 78 (96-104-134) sts.

    Sizes M and 2/3XL only:
    Next row: (RS). K1. P1. (K1tbl. P1) (6-8) times. Knit to last (14-18) sts. (P1. K1tbl) (6-8) times. P1. K1. (87-119) sts

    All sizes:
    Next row: P1. K1. (P1tbl. K1) 5 (6-7-7-8-9) times. Purl to last 12 (14-16-16-18-20) sts. (K1. P1tbl) 5 (6-7-7-8-9) times. K1. P1.
    Next row: K1. P1. (K1tbl. P1) 5 (6-7-7-8-9) times. Knit to last 12 (14-16-16-18-20) sts. (P1. K1tbl) 5 (6-7-7-8-9) times. P1. K1.

    Rep last 2 rows until work from beg measures 16" [40.5 cm], ending on a WS row.

    Shape armholes:
    Next row: (RS). K1. P1. (K1tbl. P1) 5 (6-7-7-8-9) times. Slip last worked 12 (14-16-16-18-20) sts just worked onto st holder. Knit to last 12 (14-16-16-18-20) sts. Turn. Slip rem unworked sts onto st holder.
    Next row: P54 (59-64-72-83-94).

    Sizes 2/3XL and 4/5XL only:
    1st row: (RS). K1. ssk. Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1.
    2nd row: P1. P2tog. Purl to last 3 sts. P2togtbl. P1.

    Rep last 2 rows (1-3) time(s) more, then 1st row once. (73-76) sts.

    Next row: Purl.

    All sizes:
    1st row: (RS). K1. ssk. Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1.
    2nd row: Purl.

    Rep last 2 rows 3 (3-3-5-3-3) times more. 46 (51-56-60-65-68) sts.**

    Cont even in stocking st until armhole measures 10 (10-11-11-12-12)" [25.5 (25.5-28-28-30.5-30.5) cm], ending on a purl row.

    Shape right shoulder and back neck:
    1st row: (RS). K7 (9-10-11-12-13). K2tog. Turn. Leave rem sts on a st holder.
    2nd row: P2tog. Purl to end of row.
    3rd row: Knit. Cast off rem 7 (9-10-11-12-13) sts. With RS facing, slip next 28 (29-32-34-37-38) sts onto a st holder. Join yarn to rem sts.

    Shape left shoulder and back neck:
    1st row: (RS). ssk. Knit to end of row.
    2nd row: Purl to last 2 sts. P2togtbl.
    3rd row: Knit. Cast off rem 7 (9-10-11-12-13) sts.

  2. FRONT

    Work from ** to ** as given for Back.

    Cont even in stocking st until armhole measures 7½ (7½-8-8-8½-8½)" [19 (19-20.5-20.5-21.5-21.5) cm], ending on a purl row.

    Shape right front neck:
    1st row: (RS). K10 (12-13-14-15-16). K2tog. Turn. Leave rem sts on a st holder.
    2nd row: P2tog. Purl to end of row.
    3rd row: Knit to last 2 sts. K2tog.
    4th row: Purl.

    Rep last 2 rows once more, then 3rd row once. 7 (9-10-11-12-13) sts.

    Cont even until armhole measures same length as Back to shoulder, ending on a purl row. Cast off.

    Shape left front neck:
    With RS facing, slip next 22 (23-26-28-31-32) sts. Join yarn to rem sts.

    1st row: (RS). ssk. Knit to end of row.
    2nd row: Purl to last 2 sts. P2tog.
    3rd row: As 1st row.
    4th row: Purl.

    Rep last 2 rows once more, then 1st row once. 7 (9-10-11-12-13) sts.

    Cont even until armhole measures same length as Back to shoulder, ending on a knit row. Cast off.

  3. FINISHING

    Pin pieces to measurements. Cover with a damp cloth leaving cloth to dry. Sew right shoulder seam.

    Collar:
    With RS facing, pick up and knit 15 (15-17-17-19-19) sts down left front neck edge. K22 (23-26-28-31-32) from front st holder, dec 1 (0-1-1-0-1) st(s) at center. Pick up and knit 15 (15-17-17-19-19) sts up right front neck edge. Pick up and knit 2 sts down right back neck edge. K28 (29-32-34-37-38) from back st holder, dec 0 (1-0-0-1-0) st(s) at center. Pick up and knit 2 sts up left back neck edge. 83 (85-95-99-109-111) sts.

    1st row: (WS). P1. *K1. *P1. Rep from * to end of row.
    2nd row: K1. *P1. K1. Rep from * to end of row.

    Rep last 2 rows until work from pick up row measures 2" [5 cm], ending on a WS row.

    Next row: (RS). K1. P1. *(K1. yo. K1) in next st. P1. (K1. P1) 4 (4-4-5-5-5) times. Rep from * to last 1 (3-3-1-7-1) st(s). Rib across last 1 (3-3-1-7-1) st(s). 99 (101-113-
    115-127-129) sts.
    Next row: P1. *K1. P1. Rep from * to end of row.
    Next row: K1. *P1. K1. Rep from * to end of row.

    Rep last 2 rows until work from pick up row measures 7" [18 cm], ending on a WS row. Cast off in rib.

    Sew left shoulder and Collar seam, reversing 5" [12.5 cm] for turnback to RS.

    Left Armband:
    1st row: (RS). [K1. P1. (K1tbl. P1) 5 (6-7-7-8-9) times] from front armhole st holder. PM.

    Pick up and knit 85 (85-93-93-103-103) sts along armhole edge of Front and Back. PM. [(P1. K1tbl) 5 (6-7-7-8-9) times. P1. K1] from back armhole st holder.

    Proceed in (K1tbl. P1) ribbing as given for Back as follows:
    2nd row: P1. K1. *P1tbl. K1. Rep from * to last st . P1.
    3rd row: (Rib to 2 sts before marker. Sl1. K2tog. psso. PM) twice. Rib to end of row.

    Rep last 2 rows until work from pick up row measures 1½" [4 cm], ending on 3rd row. Cast off in rib.

    Rep for Right Armband. PM on each side of Front and back, 8" [20.5 cm] from cast on edge.

    Sew armband seams and side seams to markers.

Abbreviations

K
Knit
K1tbl
Knit next stitch through back loop
K2tog
Knit next 2 stitches together
P
Purl
P1tbl
Purl next stitch through back loop
P2(3)tog
Purl next 2(3) stitches together
P2togtbl
Purl next 2 stitches together through back loops
PSSO
Pass slipped stitch over
Sl1
Slip next stitch knitwise
Ssk
Slip next 2 stitches knitwise one at a time. Pass them back onto left-hand needle, then knit through back loops together
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