Mini Thermal Vest

Pattern: Mini Thermal Vest, by Claire Russell (free Ravelry download)

Yarn: dk weight through aran weight

Needles: sizes US 7 / 4.5mm, US 8 / 5.0mm, or US 9 / 5.5mm

Winter has reached the Midwest, and while in many areas of the US there's still warmth to be found, for those in need, the cold is setting in quickly ... and it can be extremely dangerous.

The Mini Thermal Vest can help keep little ones of a variety of ages warm, thanks to the free pattern and wide size range! You get the different vest sizes by changing gauge, which means you can make this vest to fit anywhere from infants to two year olds simply by switching needles and yarns!

While I mostly knit hats, this vest is going to be on my needles on repeat this winter, hopefully using up the bulk of the wool I have left on-hand to make vests for Syrian refugees. A vest is perfect for charity knitting, and especially for donation to refugees. A vest will provide warmth to the body, keeping vital organs warm, while not adding bulk to extremities (like arms), keeping mobility as high as possible. This means people will stay warm while still being able to do work, walk for weeks at a time (as many are), and carry their children and their belongings as they go.

For little ones, like this pattern is meant for, this type of warmth is even more important. Keeping warm while not adding bulk can mean the difference between life and death for these tiny refuge children! Wool is best in this case, although the vest can also be made in acrylics and donated to local homeless shelters for little ones in your area.