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Kate Oates is the designer for Tot Toppers & When I Grow Up. She enjoys designing hats and garments for babies and children in particular, these projects often reflect a whimsical spirit. Kate's When ...

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Mini Cardi Vest

from Tot Toppers
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Mini Cardi Vest
Mini Cardi Vest
Mini Cardi Vest
Mini Cardi Vest
Mini Cardi Vest
Mini Cardi Vest

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Pick up stitches
  • Three needle bind-off
  • basic increasing & decreasing
  • stranded colorwork

Pattern Description:

This vest is worked in one piece from the bottom up featuring crossover ribbing and a sweetheart colorwork design on front. Ribbing at armholes and front is picked up once sweater and hood are knit. Design is a kid-friendly version of Kate' s adult pattern, the Mary Swanson Cardi-Vest. Included are instructions to knit a shorter waist length sweater (shown in size 4) or a longer, hip-hitting sweater. Full schematic included.


14 sts and 16 rows per 4 inches in stockinette on larger needles

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Size: 2(4, 6, 8){10, 12-14, 14+}
  • Finished Chest: 24.25(26.75, 29, 31.25){33.5, 35.75, 38}"


  • Yarn: 320(370, 415, 480){550, 620, 675} yards A (add'l 35(40, 40, 45){45, 50, 55} yards for hip length sweater), scraps each B and C bulky weight yarn
  • Tools: Size 8(5 mm) needles and set of 5 DPNs (for armhole ribbing), Size 9 (5.5 mm) needles, stitch markers

You Will Also Need:

  • Notions: 4(4, 4, 4)4, 5, 5 1-inch buttons or 10(11, 12, 14){15, 16, 17}-inch zipper (add'l 2 inches for hip length sweater)

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Plucky Knitter Plucky Bulky

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