18 of the best sweater vest patterns this season

Published on 16 September 2021 3 min read

Knitted sweater vests are getting a revamp! Whether it's a remixed cabled classic or a campus-cool knit in lollypop shades, this crop of knitted sweater vest patterns are making cosy layers cool again. From preppy to classic, statement or minimalist, sleeveless silhouettes are back. Which one is your favourite?

1. Vicky's Vest

For a bright preppy knit that will bring some zing to any outfit Vicky's Vest is a top pick. Designed in lollypop shades, these college cool knits are beginner-friendly so even knitting newbies can amp up the handmade style stakes at work or on campus!

Vicky's Vest
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Vicky's Vest

By vickyknits

2. Neve tank top

This irresistible snow-soft cashmere and merino tunic-style tank sees plump cables flow through its longline silhouette for maximum impact. Dressed up or dressed down, you'll love curling up with this unforgettable Debbie Bliss pattern on long winter nights!

Neve Top - Knitting Pattern For Women in Debbie Bliss Iris
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Neve Top - Knitting Pattern For Women in Debbie Bliss Iris

By Debbie Bliss

3. The Classic V-Neck Vest 

This chic and slouchy classic V-neck vest by Bethany Mulcahy is effortlessly cool. Knit in one piece from back to front for a knitted sweater vest that's superb for layering when the weather gets chilly.

The Classic V-Neck Vest
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The Classic V-Neck Vest

By Bethany Mulcahy

4. Anyday Vest

This beautiful Anyday Vest by Lily Kate France is a top pick for makers and there's no wonder! With its beautiful minimalist chunky design and flattering shape that can be worn any day of the week, it's certainly on our knit-list this autumn!

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Anyday Vest

By Lily Kate France

5. Keaton Vest

Remixing the iconic Annie Hall-style with modern cropped cut, the Keaton Vest is an instant classic. Designed by Two of Wands, this cabled pattern is best for experienced knitters with a few stitches under their belt. Great for teaming with a dress or wearing with jeans for a cosy fashion ode to the city that never sleeps!

Keaton Vest
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Keaton Vest

By Two of Wands

6. Lana Vest 

For a knitted sweater vest that reminds us of windswept walks and beaten coastal paths, the Lana Vest is sure to ignite the imagination with its whimsical collision of cables. Ambitious yet classic, with its slouchy v-neck and loose fitting drape, we can't get enough of this charming vest by Irene Lin!

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Lana Vest

By Irene Lin

7. Caroline Vest 

This beautiful beginners knitted vest pattern in oatmeal coloured yarn is a wardrobe staple. Worked top down this minimalist Caroline vest by Vanessa Pellisa is designed in DK worsted yarn for a chic and versatile knit you can layer to your hearts content!

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Caroline Vest

By Vanessa Pellisa

8. Contrast Vest 

In case you had major style envy for the kid's version of the Contrast Vest, you're in luck! This adult sized version is just as cool for grown ups. Crammed with modern fairisle motifs like its miniature, this edition boasts an elongated shape and effortlessly slouchy fit that you'll love wearing as a statement piece.

Contrast Vest My Size
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Contrast Vest My Size

By Sarah & Oliver

9. Hazel top

This beautiful classic design reminds us of wild walks and cream teas. The Hazel tank top by Debbie Bliss is so easy to make, even beginners can knit up!

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"Hazel Top" - Top Knitting Pattern For Women in Debbie Bliss Iris

By Debbie Bliss

10. Sugar Maple vest

For those chilly days nothing beats a low-key woolly knit that you can pair with jeans for immediate comfort. We can't get enough of this beautiful boxy Sugar Maple Vest by Evin Bail O'Keeffe.

Sugar Maple Vest
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Sugar Maple Vest

By Evin Bail O'Keeffe

11. Latke Vest by Alix Kramer

We absolutely adore this cheeky sweater vest design by Alix Kramer. This Hanukkah colourwork vest is worked in panels for the body and uses intarsia, or duplicate stitch to add the cheeky phrase to the front. If you want to buff up on your intarsia first, follow along with Merion's How to Knit Intarsia video

Latke Vest
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Latke Vest

By Alix Kramer

12. Vest Slipover

This fab beginner's aran Vest Slipover by Knitty Little Thing is so easy to make with its classic design. Easily adapted for a fitted look, with positive or negative ease, this classic knitted sweater vest will keep you cosy and on-trend through the changing seasons.

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Vest Slipover

By knitty_little_thing

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