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Simply Elegant Vest

Simply Elegant Vest

The beauty of this easy vest pattern lies in its simplicity. The Simply Elegant Vest is a beautiful basic knit you'll love layering in cold and warmer weather. It's a beautiful shade of cherry red that will bring out the rosiness in your cheeks. The Simply Elegant Vest is a gorgeous basic you'll have in your wardrobe for years to come, so pull out your knitting needles and get going! This pretty knit is too cute not to knit.


Knitting Needle Size6 or 4 mm

Yarn Weight(1) Super Fine (27-32 stitches to 4 inches)


  • Yarn: Qiviut Royal Blend, (1oz / 218 yds ea.), 4 (5, 5, 6) balls, color 4017 Royal Red
  • Needles: US 6 / 4.0mm or size to obtain gauge
  • Stitch markers

Women’s Small (Med, Large, X-Large)

Finished Measurements:
Bust (closed): 34 (38 ½, 42, 46 ½)”
Length: 24 (24 ½, 25, 26)”

22 sts and 29 rows = 4” in St st using size 6 (4.0mm) needles. Please take the time to check gauge.

This vest is knit bottom up. Stitches used are garter stitch (knit every side) and Stockinette stitch (knit all sts RS, purl all sts WS.)



CO 94 (106, 116, 128) sts. Beginning with a knit row, work in St st until piece measures 15” from CO edge, ending with RS facing.
Armhole and Back Shaping
Bind off 8 sts at beg of next 4 rows, then 7 sts at beg of next 2 rows, ending with RS facing – 48 (60, 70, 82) sts. Placing markers at each end of first and last row, work 8 rows even.
Increase 1 st at each end of next and every following 4th row 9 (9, 9, 10) times – 68 (80, 90, 102) sts. Work even until armhole measures 9 (9 ½, 10, 11)”, ending with RS facing. Bind off all sts.

CO 52 (58, 63, 69) sts. Starting with a knit row, work in St st until piece measures 15” from CO edge, ending with RS facing.
Armhole Shaping
Bind off 5 (5, 6, 7) sts at beg of next row. Work 1 row even. Dec 1 st at beg of next and every RS row 8 (9, 9, 10) more times – 38 (43, 47, 51) sts. Work even until armhole measures 9 (9 ½, 10, 11)”, ending with RS facing.
Shoulder and Collar Extension
Bind off 17 (22, 26, 30) sts (for shoulder), knit to end of row – 21 sts rem for collar extension. Work a further 3 (3 ¼, 3 ½, 3 ¾)”, ending with RS facing. Bind off.

Work as given for Left Front, reversing shaping.

Block pieces to finished measurements. Sew shoulder seams. Join seam at center back of neck extension and sew evenly to back neck opening. Sew side seams.

CO 7 sts. Working in garter st until piece measures 4 ½ (4 ½, 5 ½, 6)”. Bind off.
Wrap back tie around back of vest as pictured. Sew cast on and bound off edges together.

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I made this in one piece, divided at the armhole shaping and used a 3 needle bind off to put it together. It is quite fabulous.

I just finished this vest and proceeded to put it together and the pattern is wrong, what is the extension for. It calls for to bind off 30 st and continue to knit the remaining 21 st for 3 1/4 inch? The picture show a small shoulder? The shoulder should only be the 21 st not 30 plus the extension? Now I have to take both sides down to the armhole and start again. Not happy at all and there is no back tie showing. I think there is 2 patterns that have merged together .

This is a woman's vest, the extension in it is necessary to account for the bustline. If you make the pieces the same, they are going to stretch to bursting across the chest.

I would like to know if there is a tutorial for reversing shaping. Not sure how to do that.

I like the long lines of this vest and then I read that it's made with qiviut yarn. I've never knitted with this fiber and was waiting for a special project to try it. I have a daughter that would look fabulous in this.

I don't see a back of vest to see the back tie or where to put it.

Hi plattellen 2034193, There are more images of the vest in our free eBook, The Best of the East Fashion Show & Marketplace Favorites: 7 Knitted Scarf Patterns, Free Knit Tops & More. Please find it under the "Free eBooks" tab on the upper left side of the homepage. Hope this helps! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

I love the look of this basic vest.

Looking forward to knitting this


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