This is the garment I didn’t think I wanted in my closet but actually really love! I’ve been trying my Holiday Slipover on with all of my dresses and billowy sleeved tops and experimenting layering this vest with the rest of my wardrobe. It’s a great transitional weather piece too, especially here in Texas, when it gets cold but not that cold or if you want a warm torso but not sweaty arms, ha.
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This was a really fun and satisfyingly quick knit – the perfect pallet cleanser after making my Miles Tee in fingering weight yarn! This only took me about 3-4 days to casually knit and I enjoyed it so much that I knit two versions!
The pattern is the Holiday Slipover by Petite Knit and calls for 2 strands of worsted or Aran held with 1 strand of lace weight yarn. Or you could always use a bulky weight yarn instead of holding multiple yarns together.
I used what I had in my stash and held two strands of worsted weight yarn. This caused my gauge to be off slightly so I knit a size up from my measurements and made a size M which ended up a great fit for me! The pattern is easy to follow, but there are also video tutorials on Petite Knit’s website for specific steps if you need an extra visual.
I knit the gray vest first in Knit Picks Simply Wool Worsted (color way Winkle) which was nice to work with and knit up really squishy. I already had this yarn wound up into different sized balls since it was from a previously abandoned project so I’m not sure how many skeins I used…it’s always a good idea to have extra, just in case!
For the caramel brown version I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in the color Brass Heather which is really gorgeous color! I used 6 skeins total with some leftover – and used it in my granny square vest, aka The Agnes Sweater.
There are a view mods I did to change the fit and look a bit. I knit the body shorter and stopped at 15″ before starting the ribbing – I find that I like the short length better for layering over dresses and tops. I also knit the bottom ribbing shorter – 3″ in the front and 4″ in the back. At the neckline and armholes I only worked 4 rounds of ribbing for a slightly narrower ribbing.
I used the sewn tubular bind off (with the two set-up rounds) instead of the Italian bind-off technique that the pattern recommends. They look very similar but they are worked differently. I found this video helpful in describing the difference and showing how to knit both:
The deep armholes are great for layering over tops with voluminous sleeves and the chunky knit adds such a great texture to an outfit. I’m really glad I tried a new-to-me style of knitwear because I have been wearing these sweater vests more than I thought I would!
Thanks for reading and happy knitting!