Short Vest

from Desert Rose Designs

Short Vest Pattern


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Knitting: Short Vest
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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details

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Women, Petite, Tall



Skill Level:

medium skill level requirement Intermediate

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • purl
  • basic lace
  • knit in the round helpful
  • 3-needle bind off helpful

Pattern Description:

This waist length, lacy vest will flatter your figure ~ while sequined yarn adds pizzazz to your outfit! And it's easier to knit than it looks.

Knit in "Soft Payette" by Rozetti, the body features a variation of "Fern Lace" which is bordered by a simple waist band. The waist band is knit flat, then the body is picked up from the band and knit in the round to the underarms. From there, the fronts & back are finished separately and joined at the shoulder using the 3-needle bind off technique.

This is a project that knits up pretty quickly. The lace pattern is easy to memorize and 'read'. I can see this vest in tone-on-tone variations, or in a muted handpainted colorway - as well as the vibrant red.

Photography by Shane Baskin / Blackbox Studios


22 sts and 25 1/2 rnds/rows = 4 inches in Fern pattern, blocked
21 sts and 32 rows = 4 inches in Waist Border pattern

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Finished bust: 32 3/4 (38, 43 1/2, 49, 54 1/2) inches
  • Finished length: 15 1/2 (16 1/2, 17, 17 1/2, 18) inches


  • DK weight yarn ~ 448 (672, 672, 672, 896) yds/200 (300, 300, 300,400) grams
  • US 6 (4.0mm) 24-inch circular needle
  • US 5 (3.5mm) straight needles
  • (2) 7/8-inch buttons

You Will Also Need:

  • stitch markers
  • stitch holders
  • coil-less safety pin
  • tapestry needle

About Designer

About Designer

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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 Knitting, Love of Knitting, Knitcircus, Twist Collective, Three Irish Girls Yarns, Universal Yarns, and Cascade Yarns, along with several books by DRG Publications.

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