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Holiday Vest for Baby

By: Heather Lodinsky for Red Heart Yarn

Use this intermediate knitting pattern to create an adorable holiday vest for the smallest family member. This baby vest knitting pattern from Red Heart Yarn is full of color, but you do not have to switch yarns.Check out the matching holiday socks pattern shown in this picture.

Baby Holiday Vest


  • RED HEART® “Heart and Sole®”: 2 (3, 3, 4) skeins 3973 Christmas.
  • Knitting Needles: Vest - 3.25mm [US 3] straight and 16” circular and 3.5mm [US 4] straight. 
  • Stitch holders, stitch markers, yarn needle.
  • Pattern

Gauge: 28 sts and 36 rows = 4” in St st on size US 4 (3.5mm) needle.

Finished Sizes:
Vest Sizes: 6 (12, 18, 24) months
Finished Chest: 20 (22, 24½, 27)”
Length: 10 (11, 12, 13)”

Special Abbreviation:
SSK (slip, slip, knit) = Slip next 2sts knitwise, one at a time, onto right needle; insert point of left needle into fronts of these 2 stitches and knit them together from this position.




  1. With smaller needles, cast on 70 (78, 86, 94) sts.
  2. Next row (WS): (P2, k2) across row, ending with p2.
  3. Next row: (K2, p2) across row, ending with k2. Repeat last 2 rows for ¾ (¾, 1, 1)”, ending with a WS row.
  4. Change to larger needles and work in St st until back measures 5 (5½, 6, 6½)”, ending with a WS row.

Shape Armhole:

  1. Bind off 6 sts at beginning of next 2 rows, 3 sts at beginning of next 2 rows, 2 sts at beginning of next 2 rows and 1 st at beginning of next 4 rows [44 (52, 60, 68) sts]. Work even in St st until armhole measures 4½ (5, 5½, 6)”, ending with a WS row.

Shape Back Neck:

  1. K13 (15, 17, 19) sts, slip center 18 (22, 26, 30) sts on holder, attach another ball of yarn and knit remaining 13 (15, 17, 19) sts. Working both sides at the same time, dec 1 st at each neck edge every row 3 times [10 (12, 14, 16) sts]. Work even until armhole measures 5 (5½, 6, 6½)”. Bind off.


  1. With smaller needles, cast on 70 (78, 86, 94) sts. Work same as for Back until 2 rows before armhole shaping.

Neck Shaping:

  1. (RS): K34 (38, 42, 46), slip next 2 sts onto a holder or safety pin. Join second ball of yarn and knit remaining 34 (38, 42, 46) sts. Working both sides at the same time, shape as Back for armholes AND AT THE SAME TIME dec 1 st at each neck edge every 3rd row 11 (13, 15, 17) times [10 (12, 14, 16) sts]. Work even until piece measures same as Back to shoulders. Bind off.


  1. Sew shoulders seams.

Knit armhole bands:

  1. With smaller needles and RS facing, pick up 74 (82, 90, 98) sts. Work p2, k2 rib as for bottom of vest for ¾”. Bind off in rib.


  1. With smaller circular needle and RS facing, starting at right shoulder seam, pick up 4 sts down right back neck, knit across 18 (22, 26, 30) sts on holder, pick up 4 sts up left back neck, 38 (42, 46, 50) sts down left front neck, k2 sts at bottom of front neck, placing a marker between the two sts, then pick up 38 (42, 46, 50) sts up right front neck edge [104 (116, 128, 140) sts]. Place different color marker on needle to note beginning of round. Working in the round, work k2, p2 rib around entire neck.

Next round:

  1. Work in rib to 2 sts before marker at bottom of neck, k2tog, slip marker, ssk, work in rib to end of round.

Next round:

  1. Work in rib. Repeat the last 2 rounds until neck band measures ¾”. Bind off in rib. Sew side seams.
  2. Weave in ends.

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