Oct 21, 2010

Milo Vest {Simple Knits}

On the lookout for a top-down vest pattern for kids and babies that whips up quickly and can be used for either a boy or a girl, I was super excited to come across Milo in time to knit it up for baby Lu who was just born in San Fransisco.


Knit in the round, this vest only has two tails that need to be woven in - once at the top and once at the bottom. The sleeves divde quick and easy, and the body comes with six different pattern choices - or can be left plain stockinette.

I opted to use one of the cabling options, spacing the cables out a bit farther each time as the vest gets longer. I also knit the vest in a 3 month size using one size larger needles than recommended, in the hopes that Lu can rock this not just as a vest as she gets a bit older, but also as a dress in the meantime.


I love that Milo's pattern reflects all knitters, yarn types, and sizes - you can use a wooly yarn as the pattern calls for or knit it with Caron Simply Soft {purchased at Walmart} like I did. It can be knit up for a boy or a girl, and will fit kids from newborn through pre-school with ease. A more advanced knitter can add cabling and colorwork to their heart's content, and a novice knitter can use this pattern to practice both stockinette and garter stitch while knitting in the round.

I'll definitely be knitting this vest again, and will use the pattern frequently for charity knitting. If you're looking for a first-time project for knitting in the round, or a new vest pattern to add to your arsenal, this is definitely it.
Check out my Ravelry project page for all my notes, and check out Milo's pattern page on Ravelry to purchase your own copy!

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