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Strawberries and Cream Vest

Strawberries and Cream Vest

If you are looking for a baby knit that is fast, easy and super adorable, then look no further! Scroll down for the free pattern, and get the yarn here!

The Strawberries and Cream Vest drop shoulder hand knit vest by Bellish
Ball of yarn with artistically laid strand

The Strawberries and Cream Vest is knit in DK weight, and is almost entirely stockinette stitch for quick and mindless knitting. We knit ours in cotton, so it is a perfect trans-seasonal option for all those Spring and Autumn babies.

To create this t-shirt here are some of our suggestions:

Cast on and Ribbing

Row 1
With CC1, cast on 176 stitches with US size 5 (3.75 mm) circular needles. Place marker and join to work in the round.

Work in [k2, p2] ribbing for 2 in / 5 cm, ending after a WS row. Knit one round in stockinette stitch.

Transition to US size 6 (4 mm) circular needles. Begin pattern as per the chart (be sure to carry colorwork floats loosely as you do). Cut CC1, then continue in stockinette stitch until lower body measures approximately 9 in / 23 cm.

Divide for Sleeves

Next Round (RS)
Cut CC1 and rejoin with MC. Knit 88 stitches. Place the remaining 88 stitches on waste yarn so that they are out of the way as you work the front side flat.

Next Rows
Working back and forth on the front, continue knitting straight until front piece measures 2 in / 5 cm from where you began working flat. End after a WS row, ready to begin on the RS.

Separate for Shoulders/Neck Shaping

Knit 36 stitches and slide these stitches onto waste yarn or a holder for later (these will become the left shoulder). Bind off the next 16 stitches in pattern with medium tension (this becomes the centre of the neckline). Knit across the remaining 36 stitches (these will become the right shoulder). Turn your work and purl back.

Right Shoulder

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

Next Rows
Continue in pattern, working a decrease row every 2 rows for a total of 30 rows.

Stitch Checkpoint

Right Shoulder: 21 st

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

Left Shoulder

Place the stitches from the holder or waste yarn back onto your needle. Beginning on the WS, 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 30 rows.

Stitch Checkpoint

Left Shoulder: 21 st

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


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.


With US size 5 (3.75 mm) circular needles - or 2 sizes smaller than needle used for body – pick up stitches around the neckline, ending with a multiple of 4 for neckline ribbing.

Work neckline ribbing as follows:

[K2, p2] repeat between brackets to end of round.

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

Bind Off
Bind off in pattern with medium tension.

Adjust your bind off tension, and/or the number of stitches you've picked up to create a tighter or looser neckline.


With US size 5 (3.75 mm) circular needles or DPNs, pick up approximately 68 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.

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.


weight |
8 ply

Main Color:

395 meters / 432 yards

Contrast Color 1:

246 meters / 269 yards


22 stitches and 28 rows in over 4 in / 10 cm with 6 US / 4 mm needles


Circular 6 US / 4 mm

Circular 5 US / 3.75 mm


Stitch markers

Darning needle to weave in ends


This pattern is knit to fit kids 6-8 years. 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 vest.

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Base illustration showing measurements

Bust Circumference:

32 in / 81.5 cm

Body Length:

9.0 in / 23.0 cm

Sleeve Circumference:

12 in / 30.5 cm

Positive Ease:

6 in / 15.0 cm

BOR: Beginning of round

CC1: Contrast Color 1

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

M1: Make 1 (increase 1 stitch)

MC: Main Color

P: Purl

PM: Place Marker

REP: Repeat

RS: Right side

SM: Slip marker

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

ST: Stitch

STS: Stitches

WS: Wrong side

Sweater icon
Children's Drop Shoulder Sweater
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Body Cropped

Neck Scoop

Sleeves Sleeveless

Swatch icon
Lower Body Colorblock 1
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Measuring tape icon
26 in / 66 cm
The Strawberries and Cream Vest by Bellish drop shoulder vest illustration