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This pattern can also be found in my book Fast and Fabulous Knits: 18 Speedy Sweater and Top Patterns for Busy Knitters, which can be purchased via this link:


This vest is worked mostly flat in reverse stockinette and charted cables from the bottom up. You will first work the back panel flat, followed by the front panel. You will join the shoulder seams to create the neck hole using the Grafting method. To create the armholes, you will use the Mattress stitch to seam the sides together. The neck and sleeve trims are worked in the round by picking up stitches along the neck hole/armhole edges. Instructions on how to adjust the body length of your vest are included.


Skill Level


XS (S, M, L, XL) (XXL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)
Finished bust: 32.2 (36.2, 40.2, 44, 48)
(52, 56, 59.8, 64.6)“/ 82 (92, 102, 112, 122) (132, 142, 152, 164) cm
Recommended ease: This vest is designed with approximately
2.4–4.3 inches / 6–11 cm of positive ease
Sample shown is knit in Size S.
Full sizing chart is included in the pattern.


Super bulky weight, Cardigang, Chunky Merino Wool (100% merino wool), 87 yds (80 m) per 200-g skein, shown in Flossy Pink colorway.

Any super bulky weight yarn can be used for this pattern as long as it matches gauge. A good substitute would be Wool and the Gang, Crazy Sexy Wool or Malabrigo, Rasta.


164 (190, 209, 241, 273) (306, 350, 416, 448) yds / 150 (174, 191, 220, 250) (280, 320, 380, 410) m


For body: US 19 (15 mm) straight needles or 32-inch (80-cm) circular needle
For bottom ribbing, neck and sleeve trims: US 17 (12 mm) 32-inch (80-cm) circular needle

Heartstrings Vest Pattern

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