Like most knitters, I have more than one project going at a time – a fun but more complicated project (usually a design), a quickie to work on in the evening after the girls have gone to bed, and something simple for when my brain needs a break. While small baby items or accessories usually fall into the “quickie” category for me, vests also easily fill that niche as they’re all the fun of a garment without the longer-term commitment of sleeves.
Below are just a few of my favorite sleeveless designs in case you, too, are looking for a quick cast on!
Camisole no. 3
Technically a summer knit, this vest by My Favourite Things would look fabulous in Skipper, but I’m currently imagining it as a cosy winter layer in Andorra. (how great would it look in caramel over a striped long sleeved tee?)
I designed Bascom exactly with the idea of a classic, simple knit in mind. A rarity for me, the body is knit in the round so no mattress stitch is involved! Knit in Germantown Bulky in a classic textured ribbing, I’d make mine in honey.
Much more feminine than I usually go for, I really love the embroidery on this vest by Lærke from Fiber Tales. Another one that would look great in Lucky, I could also see it in a more modern styling with a bright color of Germantown like salmon.
An elevated basic, Kelso is a lovely, simple tank designed by Meghan Kelly and knit in Mojave. I’d make mine in smoke gray, but am also considering one in Germantown to have a lovely little layering piece through the fall and winter!
High Tide Shell
Okay maybe an all-over stranded colorwork fingering weight vest is not, by definition, a “quickie”, but Bruntsfield by Ysolda is just so lovely AND has steeking, which is incredibly satisfying. And a vest is still less knitting than a full sweater! I’d make mine in Camper.
The Ezra Vest by Orlane Sucche feels like it would fit really seamlessly into my wardrobe. I like how there is a bit of visual interest and lovely detail (like the deep v neck and texture pattern) but is still simple and classic. I’d make mine in Cricket in moss.