Cardigan Coat + Vest In New Colors
A little kid in a handknit makes us feel extra cozy, like, “Place another log on the fire and get out the Parcheesi board!” With its wholesome good looks and cuddly soft vibes, our Cardigan Coat + Vest is the perfect get-up for just those kinds of evenings.
A very approachable knit, you’ll work from the bottom up in one piece, incorporating garter stitch edges and button bands as you go. Its drop shoulder construction has a no-shenanigans handmade vibe and makes shaping super simple.
In kid sizes 2 through 12, you can knit up the whole Cardigan Coat, or choose to forgo the sleeves and whip up a sweet little Vest instead. Make a bunch of both as the kid in your life grows!
And because the whole point is to wrap kids up in soft made-with-love goodness, we knit up our Cardigan Coat + Vest in our incredibly comfy Worsted Twist, a no-itch merino wool whose softness is extreme. Cast on for cozy!
Designed for Purl Soho by Laura Ferguson.
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- Purl Soho’s Worsted Twist, 100% merino wool, each skein is 164 yards/ 100 grams. (NOTE: We no longer offer Worsted Twist, but choose from one of our other worsted/aran weight yarns.)
- Cardigan Coat: 4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 7) skeins; approximately 545 (615, 675, 820, 910, 1035) total yards required. We used the color Red Poppy.
- Cardigan Vest: 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4) skeins; approximately 345 (385, 425, 515, 575, 655) total yards required. We used the color Peony Pink.
- US 8 (5 mm), 24- or 32-inch circular needles
- US 8, 16-inch circular needles (for Coat Sleeves only)
- US 7 (4.5 mm), 16-inch circular needles
- A set of US 8 double pointed needles (for Coat Sleeves only)
- Stitch markers
- Stitch holders or scrap yarn
- 5 (5, 5, 6, 6, 6) ¾-inch buttons. We used Purl Soho’s Large Round Buttons in the color Creme.
- A Cardigan Coat + Vest Pattern
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch, using larger needles
Child 2 (4, 6, 8, 10, 12)
To fit actual chest circumference of approximately 21-23 (23-25, 25-27, 27-29, 29-31, 31-33) inches, with 3-5 inches of positive ease
- Finished Chest Circumference: 25¾ (28, 29¾, 32, 34¼, 36) inches, buttoned
- Finished Length from Shoulder to Bottom Edge: 14 (14¼, 15½, 18, 19, 21) inches
- Finished Length from Underarm to Bottom Edge: 8½ (8¾, 9, 11, 12, 13½) inches
Sample: The Cardigan Vest shown here is size 4, and the Coat is size 8.
The Cardigan Coat + Vest Pattern is available for purchase as a PDF download only.
34 comments on “Cardigan Coat + Vest In New Colors”
I am looking for the adult version of this pattern. Is it no longer available?
This is lovely! I’ve made one baby sweater…it was a challenge! I’m going to try this for my 4 year old granddaughter. I love that there are no seams!
Another question…I love the yarn for this sweater but it says hand wash, which is tough for a mother of three small children…do you recommend an alternate washable Purl Soho yarn for this sweater?
I had the same thought—-LOVE this pattern and would love to get for an adult!
Please send me information on how I can obtain the adult version of the cardigan/vest pattern. Otherwise, I might be able to adjust it by my own measurements and the amount stitches/inch to fit my size. The pattern appears to be fairly straightforward from hip to under arm with adding additional stitches for shoulder cap.
Thanks for letting us know how to obtain the adult version of this pattern.
I’m working this pattern in the vest version in size 4. When beginning the left front, should I slip the first stitch on the right side and wrong side rows as I did for the body of the vest?
I’m working along on the vest and have encountered a problem. I’m at “Shape Right Front Neck” at the second to last step: “With wrong side facing you, rejoin yarn to remaining stitches and work in garter stitch for 6 more rows, ending with a right-side row.” What happens when I work in garter stitch the first two rows end up being stockinette fabric. I’m not sure what’s going on. Thanks for your help.
This part of the pattern is worked flat, only 6 rows of 15 stitches. I contemplated working it all in purl, but wondered if that would mess up the next step, when I have to pick up stitches for the collar. The entire pattern is worked flat.
Thanks for your help.
Same situation with the last instructions for “Shape Right Front Neck.” I could start the last instruction on the RIGHT side instead of Wrong Side as the pattern suggests. That gives me garter stitch for the ensuing rows. However, working 6 rows will have me end on a WRONG-side row. Should I work 5 or 7 rows to get me on the RIGHT side?
Thanks for your help.
Good afternoon, Purl Soho Friends,
I’ve grafted the shoulders and am ready to rejoin the yarn to the collar by picking up stitches. Before I begin I would like to clarify where the 3 “picked up stitches” occur. On my fabric, there is about a 1/2-3/4 inch of selvage between the grafted shoulder seam and the 18 stitches on scrap yarn of the Right Front Neck and Back Front Neck. Is this selvage where I pick up the three stitches on each side of the neck? Thanks again for all your advice.
Hello, I am just starting this pattern and have a very basic question. When you count rows are you counting the cast on row as row 1? Is the first row the right side or the wrong side?
Thank you, Jessica
Hi there, I am working the sleeve and realized that the stockinette portion has the wrong side on the outside. Not sure how this happened—any ideas? I Didn’t even notice until starting the last inch of garter stitches and the ridge is on the inside. I’m going to frog it and start over-any ideas how to avoid making the same mistake twice would be much appreciated.
As I am shaping the right front neck the directions say:
” Next Row (wrong side): Knit to the end of the row.”
Am I supposed to knit all the way to the end of this row and pick up the wrapped stitches on the way?
Should I already have picked up stitches on the left side when I was shaping the left front side? If so where? Because I did not pick up any stitches on the left side, The wrapped stitches are on my stitch holder.
As you edit this patterns, could you please note when we are supposed to pick up wrapped stitches.
I am now at the stage of doing the short rows. It says in the pattern: knit to 2 stitches before the marker, wrp-t. What marker are you referring to? the one that divides left front from the rest of the sweater? I don’t have any other markers!
thanks for your advice!, jessica
I am still struggling with the wrap and turn. So you wrap and turn the first stitch. Then you are purling? How or when do you work the second stitch….In the video it seems you wrap the first stitch knit wise and then you purl to the end? I am lost!