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Free Bib Pattern Add-on

Helen Rose
14 April 2021

Hey LAD's!

Today’s blog is a cheeky little free add-on to a current pattern for you! The eagle-eyed of you may see that the bib in the blog header is a variation on our SweaterVest pattern – and you’d be right! And how cute does it look??!

'Simply The Vest' Sweatervest

We launched the sweater vest a couple of weeks ago and it got a lot of love (thank you!!) I can’t wait to see all your pictures – the colour choices for the kits have been SO gorgeous!

It’s an intermediate/advanced pattern so unfortunately not for beginners. There is a lot of shaping around the yoke and neck which we only recommend if you’re a confident knitter.

The sweater vest is a perfect throw on for this time of year, with variations to suit your style – two different necklines as well as flexibility on length, splits, and size.

But we thought we’d offer you even more!

This variation to the pattern allows you to make a lovely little ‘bib’ which is so easy to wear – especially under a coat without the bulk. Like a scarf to keep your neck warm without making you too hot! With knitted bibs being so popular right now, we thought we’d show you how to make your sweater vest into one. And it’s SO easy!

Instructions to make a Bib

You’ll need to purchase the original sweatervest pattern as that takes you up to the point where we adapt it.

Once you’ve got the pattern in front of you, follow the instructions until you reach the end of the third paragraph of the arm holes section. This one ⬇

Don’t carry on with the pattern any further, as you won’t need to do any further shaping or increasing from this point. All you need to do is to knit as you have been (Slip the first stitch of every row, knit all knit stitches and purl all purl stitches) until you are around 7cm shorter than you would like the finished bib to be. 

Now rib the following 8 rows, slipping the first stitch on each row. After 8 rows, cast off in rib and then pick up the stitches on the other side and repeat.

If you would like to have the bib the same length on the front and the back, make a note of how many additional rows you knit on the first side, and start ribbing at the same point. Otherwise you can make the back a little longer if you prefer.

And that’s it! Told you it was easy!

Our Bib is a size small, we knit another 6 rows after the armholes and before the ribbing, and we made ours in Moss (the latest Surprise Subscription box colour) – we are in love with this colour!!

So now you’ve not only got a sweater vest pattern with two different necklines, 4 different sizes, split/no split, long or short as you like – you’ve also got the instructions to make it into a bib too.

The perfect pattern to take you from Winter to Spring 😍 And the way the weather has been here in the South West over the last few weeks, we’re living those two seasons every single day!

Happy Knitting LAD’s – see you next time,

Helen xx

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