A fitted vest that hangs open a bit with a pretty slipped-stitch cable detail down the fronts. This works up quickly in aran-weight yarn. Knit in one piece from the bottom up with armbands and collar picked up. Designed to be worn with an inch or so of positive ease for best fit. The cable is a modified version of a slipped double cable from Barbara Walker’s book A Treasury of Knitting Patterns.

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, how to pick up stitches, and how to do a cable cross.

This is the second vest in a series named after my awesome aunts. Ardys was another of my grandmother’s sisters. She was the youngest and I didn’t know her very well because she lived so far away, but I always thought she had such a pretty name!

Sizes available (actual garment measurement at bust, in cm): 82.5, (89.5, 94.5, 101.5), {106.5, 113.5, 120.5}

Gauge: 17 stitches and 24 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 classic vest
  • Schematic included
  • Suitable for intermediate knitters

Materials you need at home:

  • Approximately 505, (525, 550, 595), {620, 685, 755} m of aran-weight wool yarn. Sample knit in Madelinetosh Chunky
  • 5.0 mm/US 8 needles, or size needed to obtain gauge. Circulars are recommended. 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
  • Cable needle if needed
  • 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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