Whether stolen, borrowed or inherited, sporting a garment that once belonged to someone special brings a certain comfort or strength to your day. Maybe it’s because of the smell or the attached sentimentality. Whatever the reason, it’s why kids love to sleep in their dad’s shirts; why women wear the same oversized man’s sweater day in and day out; and it’s why I cherish my grandmother’s old clothes.

The Purl Soho Cardigan Coat + Vest was undeniably inspired by this phenomenon. If my grandmother had had this sweater, I would most definitely and most shamelessly have stolen it! This piece is meant to be worn a lot and by many, even by those who aren’t its original owner. Its timeless design makes it an insta-hand-me-down.

This simple sweater is knit in Purl Soho’s new Worsted Twist, a yarn-lover’s merino,  classic and hearty, but with an elegant loft and touch. Designing this Coat, I channeled my admiration for Elizabeth Zimmermann to create a modular vibe and a thoughtful construction. I strategically combined stockinette and garter stitches to add a graphic and modern edge to a seemingly vintage cut.

You can pick up The Purl Soho Cardigan Coat + Vest Pattern right here! I hope you enjoy knitting this sweater as much as I did, daydreaming all the while of who will wear it after me. I have a feeling it won’t be in my grips for long! -Laura

Materials

To make a Coat or Vest for Child’s 2 (4, 5, 6, 10, 12, Women’s XS, Small, Medium, Large, XL), measuring 25 3/4 (28, 29 3/4, 32, 34 1/4, 36, 36, 37 3/4, 42 1/4, 46 1/4, 50 1/4) inches around the chest, you will need…

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Gauge

4 1/2 stitches and 6 rows = 1 inch in stockinette stitch, using larger needle

Sizes

Child’s 2 (4, 6, 8, 10, 12, Women's X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, 1X-Large)

  • Finished Chest Circumference: 25 3/4 (28, 29 3/4, 32, 34 1/4, 36, 36, 37 3/4, 42 1/4, 46 1/4, 50 1/4) inches, buttoned
  • Finished Length from Shoulder to Bottom Edge: 14 (14 1/4, 15 1/2, 18, 19, 21, 21 1/4, 22, 22, 23 1/4, 24) inches
  • Finished Length from Underarm to Bottom Edge: 8 1/2 (8 3/4, 9, 11, 12, 13 1/2, 13 3/4, 14, 13 1/2, 14 1/4, 15) inches
  • Ease: designed with 2 to 4 inches of ease.

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