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Simply the Vest Cardigan

Simply the Vest Cardigan

It’s warm, comfortable and perfect for layering. Could this vest be any better? Nope, it is simply the vest. Scroll down for the free pattern, and get the yarn here!

The Simply the Vest drop shoulder hand knit vest by Bellish
Ball of yarn with artistically laid strand

The worsted wool-blend yarn makes this a quick and easy knit - and look! No sleeves!

For this sweater we used the Lion Brand yarn Wool Ease in Dark Rose Heather. You can get the same yarn HERE!

Cast on and Ribbing

Row 1
Cast on 224 stitches with US size 6 (4 mm) circular needles.

Ribbing
Work in [k2, p2] ribbing for 2 in / 5 cm, ending after a WS row. CO1, knit to end of row in stockinette stitch.

Transition to US size 7 (4.5 mm) circular needles. Begin pattern as follows:

Seersucker (Flat Instructions)

Row 1 (RS)
[K2, P1, K1], repeat between brackets to last st, K1

Row 2 (WS)
P1, [P1, K1, P2], repeat between brackets to end of row

Row 3 (RS)
[K1, P1], repeat between brackets to last st, K1

Row 4 (WS)
P1, [K1, P1], repeat between brackets to end of row

Row 5 (RS)
[P1, K3], repeat between brackets to last st, P1

Row 6 (WS)
K1, [P3, K1], repeat between brackets to end of row

Row 7 (RS)
[K1, P1], repeat between brackets to last st, K1

Row 8 (WS)
P1, [K1, P1], repeat between brackets to end of row

Next Row
Rep pattern until lower body measures approximately 12 in / 30.5 cm.

Divide for Sleeves

Next Row (RS)
Knit 54 stitches. Place the remaining 171 stitches on waste yarn so that they are out of the way as you work the Right front piece.

Next Rows
Working back and forth, continue knitting straight until front piece measures 4.25 in / 11 cm from where you divided the front and back sections. End after a WS row, ready to begin on the RS.

Neck Shaping

Decrease Row (RS)
K1, ssk, k to end

Next Rows
Continue in pattern, working a decrease row every 2 rows for a total of 38 rows.

Stitch Checkpoint
Right Shoulder: 36 st

Bind Off
Bind off on the next RS row in pattern with medium tension.

Left Shoulder

Leave the middle 117 stitches on the holder (these will become the back stitches). Slide the remaining 54 stitches onto your needles. Working back and forth, continue knitting as set until the front piece measures 4.25 in / 11 cm from where you divided the front and back sections, ending after a RS row. On the next WS row, purl to the end of the row.

Decrease Row (RS)
Knit to last 3 st, k2tog, k1

Next Rows
Continue in pattern, working a decrease row every 2 rows for a total of 38 rows.

Stitch Checkpoint
Left Shoulder: 36 st

Bind Off
Bind off on the next RS row in pattern with medium tension.

Back

Place the back section stitches onto your working needle and continue in stockinette stitch (knit the RS, purl the WS) until back piece is approximately equal to the height of the top of the shoulders on the front section.

Bind off the back section in pattern with medium tension.

Align the front and back sections so the shoulders match on top and the sleeve edges are even. Seam together the shoulder sections to the back section.

Neck

With US size 6 (4 mm) circular needles - or two sizes smaller than you used for the body of the sweater, pick up every stitch around the neckline, ending with a multiple of 4 + 2 for ribbing.

The neckline stitches fall between the first row of neckline decreases on the Left and Right fronts. The button band stitches will be picked up in the next section.

Ribbing Row 1
[K2, p2] repeat between brackets to end of row.

Ribbing Row 2
[P2, k2] repeat between brackets to end of row.

Continue working in ribbing as established until neckline measures 1.5 in / 4 cm

Bind Off
Bind off in pattern with medium tension.

Front Bands

Beginning on the lower right side, pick up three of every four available stitches along the front band (starting at the bottom and working up to the top), ending with a multiple of 4 + 2 for ribbing. Work ribbed band as follows:

Ribbing Row 1
[K2, p2] repeat between brackets to end of row.

Ribbing Row 2
[P2, k2] repeat between brackets to end of row.

Right Band

Repeat these two rows for approximately 0.5 in / 1.5 cm. On the next RS row, work buttonholes into your ribbing using a (yo, k2tog) spaced evenly along the band. It will go something like this:

Buttonhole Row

K2, p2, yo, k2tog, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, yo, k2tog, etc...

Space your buttonholes as evenly as possible. It might be helpful to spread out your cardigan on a flat surface and have a play with the placement of your buttons so you know exactly where the holes needs to go.

Next Row
P2, [k2, p2] rep bet brackets to end of row

Next Row
K2, [k2, p2] rep bet brackets to end of row

Repeat these two rows until button band measures a total of 1.5 in / 4 cm. Bind off in pattern with medium tension.

Left Band

On the left front of your sweater, pick up the same number of stitches that you picked up on the other side, but start at the top of the band working down to the bottom. Work ribbing as follows:

Ribbing Row 1
P2, [k2, p2] rep bet brackets to end of row

Ribbing Row 2
K2, [k2, p2] rep bet brackets to end of row

Repeat these two rows until button band measures a total of 1.5 in / 4 cm. Bind off in pattern with medium tension.

Sleeves

With US size 6 (4 mm) circular needles or DPNs, pick up approximately 100 stitches around the arm, ensuring that you've picked them up equally around.

To do this easily, start at the center of the underarm and pick up half the stitches between the underarm and the top center shoulder seam. Then pick up the same number down the other side. If you'd like your sleeve to fit with a bit more room, you may pick up additional stitches as you work around.

Work in [k2, p2] ribbing for 1.5 in / 4 cm and bind off in pattern.

Finishing and blocking

Weave in ends and wet block your sweater, pinning flat and turning once as needed until dry. Attach buttons on the left front band to correspond to buttonholes.

Wet block sweater, soaking for at least 20 minutes, then press out excess water and pin flat to dry. Turn as needed for even drying.

Yarn

Worsted
weight |
10 ply

Main Color:

1379 meters / 1508 yards

Gauge

20 stitches and 26 rows in over 4 in / 10 cm with 7 US / 4.5 mm needles

Needles

Circular 7 US / 4.5 mm

Circular 6 US / 4 mm

Notions

Stitch markers

Darning needle to weave in ends

5 x Buttons

Size

This pattern is knit to fit an adult with 38 in/ 97 cm bust. If you would like to knit a different size, or to change anything else about the pattern, download Bellish for free to customize your own sweater.

Info
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Base illustration showing measurements

Bust Circumference:

46 in / 117.0 cm

Body Length:

12 in / 30.5 cm

Sleeve Circumference:

20 in / 51.0 cm

Positive Ease:

8 in / 20.5 cm

BOR: Beginning of round

CO: Cast on

DEC: Decrease/decreased/decreases

INC: Increase/increased/increases

K: Knit

K2TOG: Knit two stitches together (decrease 1 stitch)

KFB: Knit front and back

M: Marker/s

MC: Main Color

M1: Make 1 (increase 1 stitch)

P: Purl

PM: Place Marker

REP: Repeat

RS: Right side

SM: Slip marker

SSK: Slip, slip knit together (decrease 1 stitch)

ST: Stitch/stitches

STS: Stitches

WS: Wrong side

YO: Wrap yarn around the needle to create an extra stitch (it will leave an intentional hole)

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Base
Drop Shoulder Cardigan
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sections

Body Cropped Relaxed

Neck V-Neck

Sleeves Sleeveless

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embellishment
Lower Body Seersucker
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yarn
Worsted
weight
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size
38 in / 97 cm
The Simply the Vest by Bellish drop shoulder vest illustration