From brisk mornings to balmy afternoons, this time of year can have that proverbial seesaw effect on all of us. That’s why sleeveless vests have such mass appeal, when it comes to adding a cosy layer they are by far the most versatile garment pieces. Set your sights on the season’s best designs from breezy beach wraps to casual weekend toppers, this selection of top ten vests has a style to suit all tastes and skill levels.
Look at what’s showing up in yarn shops this season from Katia’s S/S Collection, multi-toned cotton tape in a new polar weight for days spent soaking up the sun. This stylish vest is worked without side seams and combines a border in stocking stitch with an uncomplicated mesh pattern. Knit on 8 mm needles in Tropic. Tahiti (shown above).
Catch the breeze in a swingy wrap vest, an easy to wear crocheted style worked up in a shell stitch pattern and finished off with short and sweet fringe detail. Choose from one of eleven gelato-hues in this lightweight cotton, Jaipur from Katia.
Polish and panache go a long way on this dressy vest, designed to flatter with a wide waist panel that gives a gentle cinching detail. Choose either the v neck or shawl collar option. Knit in Soukie DK from Sirdar, a cotton blend threaded with tiny paillettes to reflect the light. Endless Days (shown above).
Off for a walk around the block with the dog or a bike ride to the park with the kids? This casual hoodie may become your new BFF. A cosy layering piece outfitted with handy slash pockets for keeping your cell phone and keys right at your fingertips. Knit in cool, comfortable Belice, a wash n wear mix of cotton and acrylic. Look for Lilac (shown above) and more inspiring colourways at your lys.
A quieter neutral palette combined with crisp seed stitch texture makes this vest all the more tempting. An easy breezy project for novice knitters requiring no buttonholes, just a pretty shawl stick as a closure, this design is knit in Mali, a natural cotton with an unique twist available in eighteen shades. Beige (shown above).
Looking for that pie-in-the-sky project to keep your fingers busy this spring? Don’t be fooled by the complex look of this cotton vest, it really is much easier to knit than it looks. The back is knit in straightforward garter stitch and the fronts are constructed by domino knitting, a technique which applies centre decreases to form a block which leads right into the next one without any seams. Knit in Tropic, a multi-hued cotton ribbon yarn from Katia. Curacao (shown above).
Play up those summer whites with this Kool-Aid inspired vest from Katia’s Casual Collection. Wear it loose and flowing or tied at the midriff for a figure-flattering fit. Knit in Jaipur, a lace weight cotton yarn featuring eleven self-striping picks.
Make waves at the beach with a trendy shawl vest, knit from side-to-side in one piece mixing pretty openwork with garter stitch. Knit in Tahiti from Katia, a cotton tape showcasing an eye-catching range of vibrant hues. Surf (shown above).
Without a doubt, linen is the shining star of sultry weather. It has a carefree vibe and offers plenty of air circulation on hot, sticky days. This openwork vest is ideal over sleeveless tops and knits up in the blink of an eye with double wrapped stitches. Knit in Iris by Katia, a lightweight blend of linen enhanced with a metallic sheen. Lavender (shown above).