I think my cardigan might be a vest

I might have mentioned before that I am working on two cardigans. My Audrey in Unst is the first and this was meant to be the second. I decided to try knitting a top down cardigan with after thought set in sleeves without a pattern one day, despite the fact that I’ve only ever knit a sweater with set in sleeves once in my life.


I think I might have knit a vest instead. The arm holes are really deep and the shoulders are really narrow. Those features aren’t so great on a cardigan, but they work well on a vest.


Unfortunately, when it is in the 40s out, a vest isn’t as useful as a cardigan. I’m going to try knitting a sleeve and see what happens. I’m not sure if the shoulder is really too narrow or if it is just folding in on itself because there is nothing to keep the 3×1 ribbing from doing that.


This is my primary use for DPNs now. Haha! Ever since I learned how to magic loop, I only use my DPNs to hold shut cardigans that don’t have button bands yet.

Anyways, I’m hoping to get it to work out as a cardigan, but if I can’t, it’s not a total failure. I’ll just slap some edgings on and have a vest.

Sorry for the sweater on sweater look here. I took these pictures a few minutes before I ran to class when I realized that it would be dark by the time I got back. For those of you that are curious, that is my only sweater that I’ve knit with set in sleeves.

ETA: Thanks for all the recommendations in my last post! I found loads of good blogs to start reading.






13 responses to “I think my cardigan might be a vest”

  1. I know it might not be entirely practical – but I love it as a vest! That lace is stellar, and I love the cropped length!

  2. I have been reading for a while and just wanted to comment, I love that as a vest! And while not completely practical, with a long sleeved top you would be fine, so long as you had a warm coat and some gloves for out doors.
    How are you finding the weather here actually? A girl on my MA course is studying here in Sheffield and in the US she lives near Berkley, CA and she is finding it really cold! We are a little further down the country from Lancaster, but still, the weather this week has been awful.

    1. Thank you!

      And the weather is cold, but tolerable. I normally go to University in Washington state so I’ve had time to learn how to dress for cold weather. I’m always way more bundled up than everyone else, though!

  3. I can see the cardigan waiting to emerge, but I also like it as-is (a vest). It’s a win win!

  4. I know I commented on it on rav but I just had the thought, it’d be really cute either way, so if you publish it as a pattern maybe you could have it be 2 ways, cardi and a vest! I love when patterns do that type of thing!

  5. “Sorry for the sweater on sweater look here.”

    What? You mean you don’t always layer your sweaters ๐Ÿ˜‰ And when I scrolled down to the picture of you using the dpns to hold the sweater I actually laughed out loud ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the pattern so if you decide to go for the vest I think it’ll be great.

  6. I think it looks great as a vest! And I’m not a vest-y person. But for this pattern…I might be ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I love it as a vest! This is so stylish and on point right now…it reminds me of those designer cable knit rust colored short shorts/underwear (?) that I’m seeing everywhere.


  8. I’m not sure my comment went up…so this is a test. Ill write it again…this vest is really stylish – the color and knit reminds me of these very stylish short shorts I keep seeing everyone. Know the ones?

  9. I love the vest idea. The pattern stitch is very nice. I like how it’s growing out of the side seam!

  10. This is beautiful! Is it a pattern you’re working on or a pattern that’s available?

    1. It’s a project I’m working on. I’m not sure if I’m going to put it together into a pattern.

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