Sunday, November 10, 2013

Vest for prems

Hello beautiful people.
Sorry there were no patterns last week. I had nothing scheduled and was so flat out with some other things I simply didn't have time. Its been a very up and down few weeks. 

Today I have a new pattern and something a little different. The idea for this came from necessity as I found myself needing to whip up an outfit for a friend on short notice.
This little vest has side button shoulders to help with dressing and will fit a bub of around 36 weeks gestation or in the 4-5 lb bracket. Of course this will vary from bub to bub but it is easily adjusted. Works as a burial item and as a wearable for a prem that no longer needs tubes or wires. Remember to use nice soft yarn.

You will need: 
dk weight yarn in a main and contrasting colours.
4mm hook
2 buttons
sewing needle

With Contrasting colour
R1: chain 50, join
R2: ch3, dc in each st around, join.
R3: Repeat R2
End off contrasting colour and join main colour.
R4-R8: Repeat R2
R9: slst in the first 3 stitches, dc in the next 20 stitches
R10: ch2, turn, dc in the first 10 stitches
R11: ch2, turn dc2tg, dc in the next 6 stitches, dc2tg
R12: ch2, turn, dc in the first 6 stitches, dc2tg
R13: ch2, turn, dc2tg, dc in the last 5 stitches
R14: ch2, turn, dc across
R15-16: Repeat R14
Finish off, weave in ends.

R17: With front of piece facing you count back 11 stitches from the dc's on R10, join main colour yarn. Dc in the same stitch and the next 9 stitches
R18: ch2, turn, dc2tg, dc in the next 6 stitches, dc2tg
R19: ch2, turn, dc in the first 6 stitches, dc2tg
R20: ch2, turn, dc2tg, dc in the last 5 stitches
R21: ch2, turn, dc across
R22-23: Repeat R21
Finish off and weave in ends.

Making the back:
R24: Withh the front of the vest facing away from you, on R9 join yarn in the second unworked stitch from the RIGHT side, dc in the same stitch and the next 26 stitches
R25: ch2, turn dc2tg, dc in the next 22 stitches, dc2tg
R26: ch2, turn, dc2tg, dc in the next 20 stitches, dc2tg
R27: ch2, turn, dc across
R28-29: Repeat R27
R30: ch2, turn, dc in the first 5 stitches, sc in the next 10 stitches, dc in the last 5 stitches
R31: Repeat R30
End off main colour and weave in ends.

With back facing up change to contrasting colour on right hand shoulder corner.

ch1, sc in the next 2 stitches, sl st in the next stitch, ch10, slst back into the same space as previous slst, sc in the next 14 stitches, slst in the next, ch10, slst back into the same stitch again, sc in the next 2 stitches.

Continue down the side of the armhole and evenly around the entire opening. Join when you get back to the first sc.

Attach buttons to the front of the shoulders, the loops created on the contrast edging round will hold the shoulders closed. Make sure the buttons are down a few cm's so the shoulder seams will overlap a little when it is buttoned up.


  1. (It is so... hard finding a baby vest pattern, found yours and I love it tho I would like to know how to enlarge you pattern to fit a 3-6 month old baby! As I am getting my first Grandchild come September and would like to include this beautiful vest into my Layette! Can you please help me with the enlarging of it! Thank you kindly!)

    1. Hi there Karen,

      Because prem babies, and babies at 3-6 months have vastly different body proportions, I wouldn't recommend upsizing this one. It'd need a lot of reshaping for it to fit correctly, and would be an entirely new pattern by the time I finished figuring it out.

      I do have plans for some more larger vests, but at this stage I don't know what the timeframe will be for them.

    2. Aww to bad loved the style of it, I will be sure to check out the larger vests when they come out! Love your site and have done a few of your patterns! I find you make things a lot more understandable, simpler to follow! keep up the good work and great patterns! I wished that I had known your site 16 years ago, as I had to go out and buy a baby doll for burial wear for my daughter as I was 22w gest, when we lost her! I did however manage to knit a bonnet for her! now I prefer crocheting as it is easier on my carpal tunnel and arthritis!