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Strawberry Wafer Vest

Strawberry Wafer Vest

It’s comfy, it’s cozy, it looks like it has been dipped in white chocolate. How could you not want to make yourself one of these extra toasty vests? Scroll down for the free pattern, and get the yarn here!

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

Super Bulky yarn makes this an incredibly quick and easy knit, and the sleeveless option is a perfect pairing for thicker yarns as it lets you keep your middle warm without as much bulk. We love layers!

For this sweater we used the Lion Brand yarn Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Terracota as the main color and Fisherman as the contrasting color. You can get the same yarn HERE!

Cast on and Ribbing

Row 1
With CC1, cast on 108 stitches with US size 11 (8 mm) circular needles. Place marker and join to work in the round.

Work in [k2, p2] ribbing for 2 in / 5 cm. Knit one round in stockinette stitch.

Transition to US size 15 (10 mm) circular needles. Continue in stockinette stitch until lower body measures approximately 12.5 in / 32 cm.

Divide for Sleeves

Next Round (RS)
Cut CC1 and rejoin with MC. Knit in pattern for 54 stitches. Place the remaining 54 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 until front piece measures 6.75 in / 17 cm from where you began working flat. End after a WS row, ready to begin on the RS.

Separate for Shoulders/Neck Shaping

Knit 23 in pattern stitches and slide these stitches onto waste yarn or a holder for later (these will become the left shoulder). Bind off the next 8 stitches in pattern with medium tension (this becomes the centre of the neckline). Work the remaining 23 stitches in pattern (these will become the right shoulder). Turn, and work the next row in pattern.

Right Shoulder

Decrease Row (RS)
K1, ssk, knit in pattern to end

Next Rows
Continue in pattern, working a decrease row every 2 rows for a total of 12 rows.

Stitch Checkpoint

Right Shoulder: 17 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, knit to the end of the row in pattern.

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

Next Rows
Continue in pattern, working a decrease row every 2 rows for a total of 12 rows.

Stitch Checkpoint

Left Shoulder: 17 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 pattern 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 11 (8 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 3 in / 7.5 cm

Bind Off
Bind off in pattern with medium/loose tension. Edge should not be restrictive - if it is, bind off more loosely.


With US size 11 (8 mm) circular needles or DPNs, pick up approximately 54 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.


Super Bulky
weight |
20 ply

Main Color:

631 meters / 690 yards

Contrast Color 1:

326 meters / 357 yards


9 stitches and 14 rows in over 4 in / 10 cm with 15 US / 10 mm needles


Circular 15 US / 10 mm

Circular 11 US / 8 mm


Stitch markers

Darning needle to weave in ends


This pattern is knit to fit an adult with 40 in/ 102 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 vest.

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Base illustration showing measurements

Bust Circumference:

49 in / 124.5 cm

Body Length:

12.5 in / 32.0 cm

Sleeve Circumference:

25 in / 63.5 cm

Positive Ease:

8 in / 20.5 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
Drop Shoulder Sweater
Garment pattern section icon

Body Cropped Regular

Neck Mock Turtleneck

Sleeves Sleeveless

Swatch icon
Full Body Colorblock 1
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Super Bulky
Measuring tape icon
40 in / 102 cm
The Stawberry Wafer Vest by Bellish drop shoulder vest illustration