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I've been a 'crafter' all my life, and especially enjoy fiber arts. My first professional design was published in 2005, and since then I've had my designs published in knit.wear, Knitscene, Creative ...

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Jile Vest

from Desert Rose Fiber Arts
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Jile Vest
Jile Vest
Jile Vest
Jile Vest
Jile Vest
Jile Vest

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • purl
  • increase & decrease
  • picking up stitches
  • fair-isle helpful
  • buttonholes helpful
  • grafting or seaming helpful

Pattern Description:

Happy child recipe:
Take one child, add their favorite clothing and finish off with "Jile Vest". Then send them out to play!

Under a jacket in colder weather or by itself in warmer weather - your child will be warm & happy wearing this vest.

The sideways knit body compliments the fair-isle inspired front panels. And with the neckline trim giving shape to the back neck, the hood becomes an optional feature.

Using yarn with a long-stripe colorway really makes the 'color blocking' and front panels fun. The front panels are a great introduction to fair-isle and are shaped only on the neckline edge. Then add some fun buttons and this vest will see lots of wearing time.

The sample shown was knit using Classic Elite Liberty Wool, a superwash wool perfect for kids garments. It comes in lots of fun colorways suitable for girls and boys. This is a yarn I will use again.

Originally published in the Winter 2011-12 issue of Knitcircus, the modeled photos are courtesy of Jaala Spiro/Knitcircus.


21 sts and 28 rows = 4 inches in St st using smaller needles
23 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches in Colorwork pattern using larger needles

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Child's size 6 (8, 10, 12)
  • Finished chest: 28 (30, 31 1/2, 33) inches
  • Finished length: 13 1/2 (15, 1/2, 17, 18) inches


  • 610 (610, 732, 732) yds light worsted weight yarn - MC
  • 122 (122, 244, 244) yds light worsted weight yarn - CC
  • US 7 (4.5mm) straight needles
  • US 6 (4.0mm) 16 and 24-inch circular needles

You Will Also Need:

  • 3 (4, 4, 5) - 7/8 inch buttons
  • stitch markers
  • tapestry needle

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