FREE Vintage Pattern – Knitted Lacy Baby Vest/Singlet

This is the first FREE pattern in my vintage baby knitting series.

This pattern was taken from a vintage Australian Home Journal magazine:  Baby Book Number 3, published in the 1940s.

This kind of pattern is ideal for our Australian climate, and particularly my Queensland one – where babies often run around in just a singlet and nappy in the hotter months.

This is a versatile pattern – knit it in the recommended 2 ply wool for winter warmth and heirloom quality, or try it in 2 ply baby acrylic for washability.  It would do equally well in 4 ply sock yarn or plain wool and would also be fabulous in a 4 ply cotton or cotton/wool blend for warmer months.  Make the pattern stretch into the later years by knitting it in a soft cotton/wool blend 8 ply yarn.

Vintage FREE Pattern - knitted lacy baby vest in 2 ply (laceweight) wool or similar

Materials Required:

25 – 50g of wool, acrylic, cotton etc…

Straight needles, 9 inch, in a size to suit the yarn weight.

2 ply (laceweight) – 1.75 to 2mm (0-3 months)

4 ply (fingering) – 2.5 to 2.75mm (6-9 months

8 ply (DK weight) – 3.75mm to 4mm (12-18 months)

Abbreviations:

s = slip

k = knit

p = purl

st/s = stitch/es

p.s.s.o – pass slipped stitch over

w.f – wool forward

DIRECTIONS:

Make 2 pieces (front and back)

FRONT:

Cast on 56 sts and work in stocking st for 60 rows, increasing to 59 sts in the last row.

Repeat the 12-row pattern below, twice. (24 rows of pattern):

Row 1:  K 6, * s. 1, k 1, p.s.s.o, k 5, wf, k 1, wf, k 1, wf, k 1, wf, k 5, k 2 tog, k 2.  Repeat to last 4 sts, k 4.

Row 2 and alternate rows:  K 6, * s. 1, p 1, p.s.s.o, p 15, p 2 tog, k 2.  Repeat from * to last 4 sts, k 4.

Row 3:  k 6, * s. 1, k 1, p.s.s.o, k 4, wf, k1, wf, k 3, wf, k 1, wf, k 4, k 2 tog, k 2.  Repeat from * to last 4 sts, K 4.

Row 4:  repeat row 2

Row 5:  K 6, * s. 1, k 1, p.s.s.o, k 3, wf, k 1, wf, k 5, wf, k 1, wf, k 3, k 2 tog, k 2.  Repeat from * to last 4 sts, K 4.

Row 6:  repeat row 2

Row 7:  K 6, * s. 1, k 1, p.s.s.o, k 2, wf, k 1, wf, k 7, wf, k 1, wf, k 2, k 2 tog, k 2.  Repeat from * to last 4 sts, K 4.

Row 8:  Repeat row 2

Row 9:  K 6, * s. 1, k 1, p.s.s.o, k 1, wf, k1 wf, k 9, wf, k1, wf, k 1, k 2 tog, k 2.  repeat fom * to last 4 sts, k 4.

Row 10:  repeat row 2

Row 11:  K 6, * s. 1, k 1, p.s.s.o, wf, k 1, wf, k 11, wf, k 1, wf, k 2 tog, k 2.  Repeat from * to last 4 sts, k 4.

Row 12:  repeat row 2

Neckline:

Now K 1, P 1 over 16 sts, cast off 27 sts loosely, then K 1, P 1 over remaining 16 sts.

Work on one side of 16 shoulder sts for 2.5 inches.  cast off ribwise.

Repeat for the other 16 shoulder sts.

BACK: work exactly the same as FRONT

Making Up:

Press carefully, sew up shoulder and side seams.  Crochet a beading/edging around neck and edging around armholes (see below).  Crochet the same edging around lower edge.

Crochet Edging:

* 3 chain, 1 treble (U.S. – DC) into edge, 1 DC (U.S. – SC) 1/4 inch further along the edge.  Repeat from * all around.

Feel free to print this pattern for your use and may be freely distributed.  Pictures of the finished product are welcome.  please e-mail:  info (at) yarnover (dot) com (dot) au.

PATTERN CORRECTION/ALTERNATIVE!

I have had some comments that this pattern is not working out. The original book is very vague regarding the lace pattern – it simple says “repeat the 12 rows of pattern”. There are actually two lace patterns in the book which are used – one for the coat and the second 12-row repeat pattern is used for the bonnet, panties and other small items. The 12-row pattern repeat used above is the one for the coat – try this one below which is used for the sleeve and other smaller items:

Row 1: K 2, * s 1, k 1, p.s.s.o, k 5, wf, k 1, wf, k 1, wf, k 1, wf, k 5, k 2 tog, k 1. Repeat from * to the end of the row.

Row 2 and alternate rows: K 2, * s 1, p 1, p.s.s.o, p 15, p2 tog, k 2. Repeat from * until end of row.

Row 3: K 2, * s 1, k 1, p.s.s.o, k 4 wf, k 1, wf, k 3, wf, k 1, wf, k 4, k 2 tog, k 2. repeat from * until end of row.

Row 4: repeat row 2

Row 5: K 2, * s 1, k 1, p.s.so, k 3, wf, k 1, wf, k 5, wf, k 1, wf, k 3, k 2 tog, k 2. Repeat from * until end of row.

Row 6: repeat row 2

Row 7: K 2, * s 1, k 1, p.s.s.o, k 2, wf, k1 wf, k 7, wf, k 1, wf, k 2, k 2 tog, k2. Repeat from * until end of row

Row 8: repeat row 2

Row 9: K 2, * s 1, k 1, p.s.so, k 1, wf, k 1, wf, k 9, wf, k 1, wf, k 1, k 2 tog, k 2. Repeat from * to end of row

Row 10: repeat row 2

Row 11: K 2, * s 1, k 1, ps.s.o, wf, k 1, wf, k 11, wf, k 1, wf, k 2 tog, k 2. Repeat from * until end of row.

Row 12: repeat row 2

I hope this helps – please e-mail with any questions/problems!

Happy Knitting!

Gabrielle

7 Replies to “FREE Vintage Pattern – Knitted Lacy Baby Vest/Singlet”

  1. Hi Gabrielle
    I love this singlet and have started knitting. I’ve gotten to the 24 row pattern section and the number of stitches is not working out. I’ve searched the archives of home journal to no avail. Please could you check that the pattern is correct?
    Thanks in advance!

  2. the number of stitches doesn’t add up to 59 stitches per row.
    what does wool forward mean, is that a yarn over?
    please help me out as I want to make this fabulous pattern.
    thank you,
    Nancy

    1. Hi Nancy,

      Wool forward means to yarn over. I will have to check that I have transcribed this pattern correctly as I have had a few other knitters with similar issues. 🙂

      Gabrielle

  3. hi Gabrielle
    please post any corrections if necessary so I can get started lol
    thank you
    Nancy

    1. Hi Nancy,

      I am away on a crochet course until Friday – please feel free to e-mail me directly to remind me – I have to try and find the book I transcribed it from! LOL!! My e-mail is:

      info (at) yarnover (dot) com (dot) au

  4. hi Gabrielle
    you asked me to remind you to look for the book that this pattern came from.
    thanks so much,
    Nancy

  5. Gabrielle,
    I am going to knit this beautiful little singlet for my newest grandchild, and wondered if you’d resolved the number of stitches in the pattern, as mentioned by Nancy. Thanks.

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