NO SEW Vest - Knit Along Part I

Time to start our latest Knit Along!

Here is a little about this Vest project before we get going:

The NO SEW VEST is knit in the round. We begin at the Waist Edge and work both the front & back at the same time by knitting a tube. Since it is knit in the round, you won't have any side seams to sew together!

The gauge for this sweater is 12 sts to 4" over stockinette stitch (k 1 row, p 1 row) on size US 10 1/2 needles or size needed to obtain gauge.

Find your size:

X-Small (Small, Medium, Large, X-Large)
Fits bust sizes: 30 (32, 34, 36, 38)"

Time to Knit!

Using 24" circular size US 10 1/2, cast on 84 (88, 92, 96, 100) sts.

  • If you need help casting on in the round, check out our tutorial on the Fair Isle Mystery Hat
  • Be sure to place a stitch marker at the beginning of the round. When you reach the end of a round, you will NOT turn your work. Simply slide your marker and follow the instructions for the next round.
1. Work in a knit 2, purl 2 rib until vest measures 7 (7, 8, 8, 9)" from the beginning.

  • A little note on this wide rib: It is VERY figure flattering. The rib kind of hugs your body to make your waist appear thinner, now how great is that!!!
  • If you've never worked a rib before, it's very easy! Just keep repeating (knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches) all the way around. Every round will be the same. You will begin to notice the rib pattern emerge and you will see that you are knitting on top of your previous knit stitches and purling on top of your previous purl stitches.

2. Continue Body: Work in st st (knit every round) until garment measures 13 (13, 14, 14, 15)" from the beginning. Have fun! Our NEXT VEST KNIT ALONG DATE will be FRIDAY, November 16th.

As always, if you have questions please post. Chances are others have those questions too!

  • Design tip! Here is where you will adjust the sweater to fit YOU perfectly. We wrote this to hit just at the top of your hip. Do you like your sweaters a little longer or shorter? Measure yourself from just under the arm to where you want your sweater bottom edge to be. It's also a good trick to lay out a few of your favorite sweaters and measure them from under the arm to the bottom edge. You may need to add or subtract a few inches from lengths listed above to get your perfect fit. Just remember, if you ADD length you may end up needing more yarn.