Easy Vest FREE knitting pattern “TRAFUL”. Newborn to 2 years.

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Easy Vest FREE knitting pattern “TRAFUL”

My TRAFUL Vest is worked flat in a breeze. Both fronts are knitted from bottom up and then joined in the same needle to knit the back from shoulders to the bottom edge. It has only 2 seams, one at each side. 4 sizes: 0 to 6 months, 6 to 12 months, 12 to 18 months, 2 years.

  • SKILL LEVEL: Advanced beginner / Easy
  • TECHNIQUES USED: garter stitch, ssk, k2tog, yo.

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THE ENTIRE PATTERN (written and charted) IS BELOW.

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PATTERN DETAILS

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Color codes are the same as in the written pattern.

0 to 6 months.

Length 9.75’’ (25 cm). Width: 9.75’’ (25 cm)

6 to 12 months.

Length 11’’ (28 cm). Width: 11’’ (28 cm)

12 to 18 months.

Length 12.75’’ (32.5 cm). Width: 12.25’’ (31 cm)

2 years. 

Length 14.25’’ (36.5 cm). Width: 13.75’’ (35 cm)

MATERIALS

  • 1 straight needle US 13 (9 mm) for Cast On and Bind Off sts.
  • 1 pair of straight needles US 11 (8 mm)
  • Super Chunky / Super Bulky weighted yarn: approx. 115 yd (105 m) / 145 yd (133 m) / 190 yd (174 m) / 236 yd (216 m). Or worsted / aran yarn used double (double the yardage)
    4 (4, 5, 5) large buttons
  • Tapestry needle to weave in yarn ends and scissors.

GAUGE

12 sts x 21 rows in garter stitch with US 11 (8 mm) needles = 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm)

ABBREVIATIONS

  • CO: cast on
  • BO: bind off
  • RS: right side
  • WS: wrong side
  • st: stitch
  • k: knit
  • yo: yarn over
  • k2tog: knit 2 sts together
  • ssk: slip 1 st as if to knit, knit 1 st, pass the slipped st over

 

INSTRUCTIONS

❖ BEFORE STARTING please note that, at some point, you’ll need 2 different balls of yarn, one to knit each front. Or to use both yarn ends of the same ball (inside end and outside end of the skein).

1) LEFT FRONT

I think it is better to start knitting the front that has no buttonholes in it, because you can use it as a model to determine the optimal position of the buttonholes on the right front. We will come back to this topic later.

– CO 17 (19, 21, 23) sts with US 13 (9 mm) needles, leaving a long tail of yarn. You will use it later to sew the left side.

I always cast on and bind off stitches with larger needles than I use for the main work. This prevent my cast on and bind off rows from being too tight.

– With US 11 (8 mm) work in garter stitch until you reach a total length of 6’’ (6.75’’, 7.5’’, 8.75’’) [15.5 cm (17 cm, 19 cm, 22 cm)], ending with a WS row.

Slip first stitch on every row as if you were to knit it, but without knitting it (except on the first row). It will form a nicer border and will allow you to make a quick and neat seam when you need to.

Now you are ready to shape the armhole 😊

Next row (RS): bind off the first 3 (4, 4, 5) sts. 14 (15, 17, 18) sts remain on needle.

Next row (WS): k all sts.

Next row (RS) (decrease row): k 1, ssk, k to end (13, 14, 16, 17).

Next row (WS): k all sts.

– Repeat the last 2 rows 1 (1, 2, 2) more times. 12 (13, 14, 15) sts remain in your needle.

– Keep knitting until you reach a total length of 8.5’’ (9.75’’, 11’’, 12.5’’) [21.5 cm (24.5 cm, 28 cm, 31.5 cm)], ending with a RS row.

Now you will shape the neckline.

Next row (WS): bind off the first 5 (5, 5, 6) sts. (7, 8, 9, 9).

Next row (RS) (decrease row): knit until 3 sts remain in your left-hand needle, k2tog, k1. (6, 7, 8, 8).

Next row (WS): k all sts.

– Repeat the last 2 rows 1 (2, 2, 2) more times. (5, 5, 6, 6) sts remain in your needle.

– Keep knitting until you reach a total length of 9.75’’ (11’’, 12.75’’, 14.25’’) [25 cm (28 cm, 32.5 cm, 36.5 cm)], ending with a RS row.

– Slip your stitches on a stitch holder. DO NOT cut the yarn, since you will be working from here when you are ready to make the back of your vest.

Left front
Finished Left Front. I always use an office foldback clip to secure the long tail of yarn left for sewing. They are pretty handy!

2) RIGHT FRONT

❖ BEFORE STARTING please note that you will be making the buttonholes in this front.

❖ The buttonholes are made by yarn over on the right side of the work. If you have any doubt, read my following post to find a step-by-step tutorial 👉 HERE

How to make each BUTTONHOLE:

Knit the RS row in which the buttonhole is to be made like it follows:

k 2, yo, ssk, k to end.

In the next row (WS) knit the yo through is front loop, allowing to form the hole.

❖ POSITION OF BUTTONHOLES IN EACH SIZE

Make a buttonhole as described before when the right front measures approx.:

– Size 0 to 6 months: 1’’, 3.25’’, 5.25’’ and 7.5’’ (2.5, 8, 13.5 and 19 cm)
6 to 12 months: 1.25’’, 3.75’’, 8.75’’ and 7.5’’ (3, 9.5, 16 and 22.5 cm)
12 to 18 months: 1’’, 3.25’’, 5.75’’, 8’’ and 10.5’’ (2.5, 8.5, 14.5, 20.5 and 26.5 cm)
2 years: 1.25’’, 4’’, 6.5’’, 9’’ and 11.5’’ (3.5, 10, 16.5, 23 and 29.5 cm)

❖ To ensure that buttonholes are distributed evenly, it is best to count the number of ridges of garter st in the left front and plan where they will be made. I show you an example in the next photo:

Buttonholes resized
The first buttonhole should be 1’’ or 1.25’’ (2.5 cm or 3 cm) from the edge. Measuring the left front, I planned to do it above the third ridge of garter stitch. Then I counted the remaining ridges and resolved that, to be evenly distributed, there should be 7 ridges between them.
Now you’re ready to knit the Right Front 😊

– CO 17 (19, 21, 23) sts with US 13 (9 mm) needles.

– With US 11 (8 mm) work in garter stitch (do not forget the buttonholes!) until you reach a total length of 6’’ (6.75’’, 7.5’’, 8.75’’) [15.5 cm (17 cm, 19 cm, 22 cm)], ending with a RS row. You can check the measurement by counting the ridges on the left front, from the start to the armhole. You should have the same amount here.

Now you are ready to shape the armhole.

Next row (WS): bind off the first 3 (4, 4, 5) sts. (14, 15, 17, 18).

Next row (RS) (decrease row): k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k 1 (13, 14, 16, 17).

Next row (WS): k all sts.

– Repeat the last 2 rows 1 (1, 2, 2) more times. (12, 13, 14, 15) sts remain in your needle.

– Keep knitting until you reach a total length of 8.5’’ (9.75’’, 11’’, 12.5’’) [21.5 cm (24.5 cm, 28 cm, 31.5 cm)], ending with a WS row. Again, do not forget the buttonholes.

Now you will shape the neckline.

Next row (RS): bind off the first 5 (5, 5, 6) sts. (7, 8, 9, 9).

Next row (WS): k all sts.

Next row (RS) (decrease row): k 1, ssk, k to end (6, 7, 8, 8).

Next row (WS): k all sts.

– Repeat the last 2 rows 1 (2, 2, 2) more times. (5, 5, 6, 6) sts remain in your needle.

– Keep knitting until you reach a total length of 9.75’’ (11’’, 12.75’’, 14.25’’) [25 cm (28 cm, 32.5 cm, 36.5 cm)], ending with a WS row. Cut the yarn.

3) BACK

By now, hoy have both fronts knitted:

Right and left fronts side by side

– Slip the left front back into the same needle the right front is:

Right and left fronts in needle

– Knit all the sts of the left shoulder, cast on 9 (11, 11, 13) new sts for back neckline, and knit all sts from the right shoulder. You now have 19 (21, 23, 25) sts in your needle. Your vest will look like this:

Cast on neck stitches

– Knit 1 row.

Next row (RS): increase 1 st at each side of the new sts by making a yo. In other words, work as follows:

k 5 (5, 6, 6), yo, k 9 (11, 11, 13), yo, k 5 (5, 6, 6)

You now have 21 (23, 25, 27) sts in your needle.

Next row (WS): k all sts. Both yo of the previous row should be knitted twisted to avoid making a hole. If you never did this, or are not sure how to do it, please visit my tutorial 👉 HERE.

Keep knitting until you reach a length of 2.75’’ (3.25’’, 3.5’’, 4’’) [7 cm (8 cm, 9 cm, 10 cm)] from the back neckline, ending with a WS row.

Now you are ready to shape the armholes.

Next row (RS) (increase row): k 1, yo, k until 1 sts remain on needle, yo, k1 (23, 25, 27, 29).

Next row (WS): k all sts, twisting both yo of the previous row.

– Repeat the last 2 rows 1 (1, 2, 2) more times. (25, 27, 31, 33) sts remain in your needle.

Next row (RS): cast on 3 (4, 4, 5) new sts at the end of the row (28, 31, 35, 38).

Next row (WS): cast on 3 (4, 4, 5) new sts at the end of the row (31, 35, 39, 43).

– Keep knitting until you have the same number of ridges on your back, from the armhole to the lower edge, as in the front:

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– Bind off loosely with US 13 (9 mm) needle. When you finish binding of, the yarn should be on the right side of the vest. Cut the yarn leaving a long tail to sew.

4) FINISHING

Sew sides. I usually do this using the knots left by the side k stitches:

Sewing garter -pattern
The seam is made with contrasting yarn to show the technique better.

Seam - pattern

– Weave in all yarn ends. Be careful to secure especially the yarn end that was left on the neckline.

– Sew on buttons.

Enjoy your work!!

 

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© Cecilia Fameli, 2018.
You’re welcome to sell your items produced from Oh La Lana! patterns! But you may not re-sale or re-distribute commercially my patterns in any manner. Thank you in advance for being respectful with my work!

HAPPY KNITTING!!

Ceci

You can also purchase this pattern in a high quality PDF file for HERE or in my Etsy Shop HERE. 

12 Comments on “Easy Vest FREE knitting pattern “TRAFUL”. Newborn to 2 years.

    • Thank you! It’s also a great option for some charity knitting 🙂 xo

      • We do an outreach at school every year. We knit for babies who have extended stays in hospitals. This would make a nice coming-home outfit.

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  2. would it be possible to knit both front pieces at the same time?

    • Yes, of course. Just remember to make buttonholes in one of them.

  3. Great easy to follow pattern love it thank you

    • Thank you Jennie! I’m happy you like it 😀

  4. Great pattern so easy to follow love it ,could I make it in double knitting wool,please thank you jennie.

    • Cecilia did you get my last message regards useing double knitting wool?

      • Hi Jeannie! I just read it, I was writing a new post 🙂 Yes, you can use double yarn. In fact, that’s exactly what I did to knit the one in the photos! I used worsted yarn held double. I hope this info helps!
        xo

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