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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 seamless vest is worked mostly in the round in stockinette stitch from the bottom up. You will first work the bottom section of the vest in the round, before splitting at the underarm point to work the back panel flat, followed by the front panel where you will shape the V-neck. You will join the shoulder seams to create the neck hole and armholes using the Three Needle Bind Off method. The neck and sleeve trims are worked in the round by picking up stitches along the neck hole/armhole edges. The lemon is then worked onto the front of the vest in Duplicate stitch.


Skill Level
Confident Beginner


XS (S, M, L, XL) (XXL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)
Finished bust: 36.2 (40.2, 44, 48, 52.8) (56.6, 60.6, 64.6, 68.6)” / 92 (102, 112, 122, 134) (144, 154, 164, 174) cm, blocked
Recommended ease: This vest is designed with 6.3–8.3 inches / 16–21 cm of positive ease.
Sample shown is knit in Size S.
Full sizing chart is included in the pattern.


Aran weight, Cowgirlblues, Aran Single (80% Wool, 20% Mohair), 131 yds (120 m) per 100-g skein, shown in Hot Pink (MC) and Lemon (CC) colorways (and scrap Aran weight yarn for leaf).


Any Aran weight yarn can be used for this pattern as long as it matches gauge.


Yarn estimates are approximate and refer specifically to the recommended yarn.
2 (3, 3, 3, 4) (4, 5, 5, 6) skeins of MC
1 (1, 1, 1, 2) (2, 2, 2, 2) skein(s) of CC


For body: US 10 (6 mm) 32- to 40-inch (80- to 100-cm) circular needle
For bottom ribbing: US 7 (4.5 mm) 32- to 40-inch (80- to 100-cm) circular needle
For neck and sleeve trims: US 7 (4.5 mm) 24- to 32-inch (60- to 80-cm) circular needle

Zesty Vest Pattern

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