Pattern: Toddler T-Shirt Vest, by Sam Lamb
Suggested Yarn: Dream in Color Classy
Suggested Gauge: 18.5 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
Suggested Needles: US 9 / 5.5mm
I'm just going to be honest. When a vest pattern says "worked in the round, raglan style", I'm in. I'm 100%, throw myself over the deep end without looking first, into the pattern. Vests are a must-make for charity knitters - they help keep people in a wide variety of climates warm while still keeping arms free for all the day will throw at them. It adds a layer around the precious torso, keeping your body warm while not adding bulk to your extremities.
Vests are where it's at, basically. If I hadn't already committed myself to being a hat maker, I'd be making vests on repeat.
The problem is, many vests have a large amount of shaping and fussy details around the yoke, and then you have to go back in and pick up stitches practically EVERYWHERE. And I just don't have brain space for that. (truth)
The Toddler T-Shirt Vest eliminates all but the armhole ribbing, and works top-down with raglan increases, taking almost ALL of the fussiness out of the equation. And that means I make vests!!
You can use any aran weight yarn with this pattern, which means if you've got some slightly scratchy wool laying about, unsure of what to do with it, this pattern is for you! Vests are always layered, so this is the ONLY TIME I would ever say scratchy yarn is okay.