A slightly fitted vest knit in one piece from the bottom up with armbands and collar picked up.

This pattern uses short rows and the three-needle bind off for the shoulders. You will need to know how to pick up wraps for short rows and how to pick up stitches.

I had several awesome great-aunts with cool names – this is the first of several vests I have named in their honor. My Aunt Aileen was one of my favorite people. She raised beef cattle on a farm and lived in a beautiful, unusual, rambling, understatedly grand old house that fascinated me as a child. You are probably picturing a rough and ready, weathered, mannish woman, but she was attractive, petite, stylish, and well-educated. She was my grandmother’s closest sister (there were six girls in the family). The older I get, the more I realize just how amazing she was. By far the coolest octogenarian I’ve ever known. I hope I’m fortunate enough to be even a little bit like her when I’m 80.

Note: front flaps have been raised about an inch and a half from the sample shown.

Sizes available (actual garment measurement at bust in cm, with an overlap at the front of 12.5 cm for the smallest size and 15 cm for the other sizes): 81, (91.5, 103, 114.5, 128)

Gauge: 21 stitches and 28 rows to 10 cm in stockinette

Note: Though conversions to the metric system have been made on this page for your convenience, the pattern itself uses American measurements.


  • Knitting pattern for simple vest with overlapping fronts
  • Schematic included
  • Suitable for intermediate knitters

Materials you need at home:

  • Approximately 780, (915, 1005, 1125, 1280) m of sport-weight yarn. Sample was knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Sport (100% merino wool)
  • 3.75 mm/US 5 circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge. You will need 40 cm circulars (or DPNs) for the armhole ribbing and longer ones for the body
  • Stitch markers
  • Stitch holders, spare needles, spare cables, and/or waste yarn for holding stitches
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
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Laura Aylor

If ‘knitting designer’ had been one of the job choices for those aptitude tests they give you in high school, I wouldn’t have spent so many years trying to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. My best subject in high school was math; my best classes in college were logic, drawing, and a commercial art class. After careers in computer programming/analysis and child-rearing, knit design snuck up on me, but I think it’s the perfect use of my odd skill set! I love every step of the process, from figuring out how to actually make what I’ve envisioned to putting the finishing touches on a pattern, not to mention all the knitting that comes in between!

I also love reading and hiking and spending time on Brier Island in Nova Scotia every summer.

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