Purl Soho Cardigan Coat + Vest

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


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…



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


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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66 Responses to Purl Soho Cardigan Coat + Vest

  1. Ria says:

    Tosh Merino isn't handspun, it has a 'handspun look'. Sorry to knit pick, but this is how knitting rumors get started! Gorgeous pattern, from one Italian pit knitter to another.

  2. Margaret says:

    Is there any pay pal options on your check out list please
    I checked out but only found credit card details.
    Please come back to me by I really wanted this pattern soon.
    Many thanks.

  3. purl bee says:

    Thank you. I am going to go back into that comment and edit it right now. I appreciate you taking the time to write in to us. We definitely want to be accurate (and avoid spreading roomers).

  4. purl bee says:

    Hi Margaret-

    We don't currently take Paypal. Sorry! If it would make you more comfortable to be checked out over the phone instead of online please give us a call: 800-597-PURL

    Thank you!


  5. Helen says:

    Glanced at this coat the other day and decided to come back for another look. A superlative piece of work !!!! Clean, simple lines with what I call stitch interest that isn't too busy. I am a tall gal with generous curves,,, thinking this design will be figure flattering. Plan to use some cream colored wool and wooden buttons for the final touch. Kudos to you for your immense creatively and thanks so much for sharing this with us. SMILE
    A fan in the Peach State

  6. Kiwikow says:

    I'm currently working on this wonderful jacket and I have one question about shaping of the neck on the BACK-section. I may misunderstand the pattern, because I end up with the neck -part built upwords in the middle (which is the opposite of what is usual for sweaters/jackets). Is that correct for this jacket?
    Thank you

  7. purl bee says:

    Hi Kiwikow,
    Wonderful question! These few short rows at the center of the back are to bring the back of the collar up, taller than the front, for extra warmth of course and also to give a nice line as the collar comes around the neck to the front. There aren't many short rows. Obviously, feel free to omit them if you'd like. I'm always curious how people decide to modify patterns to make them their own. I do hope you enjoy the pattern and please let us know if you have any questions.

  8. Kiwikow says:

    Hallo Laura,
    thank you for the instruction! I just had to ask to be sure :) I want it exactly as in the original pattern, no modifications.
    I'm really enjoying making this jacket and I'm looking forward to wearing it.
    Thank you so much!

  9. lucy ortiz h says:

    Tienen un maravilloso blog todo lo que ponen es interesante me gusta este chaqueta gris ….pero seria posible que pongan traductor…el ingles no lo entiende o crean otra pagina en ESPAOL.

    Muchas gracias.

  10. purl bee says:

    Hola Lucy-

    Desafortunadamente no hablamos espaol lo suficientemente bien como para tener traducciones aqu. Tal vez usted podra tratar de usar Google Translate para comprender nuestros patrones? Lo sentimos, no podemos ser de ms ayuda.


  11. Kate says:

    When do you plan on having PayPal for downloads? C'mon, get with it, go digital! Who actually mails stuff out anymore?

    Love, Grandma

  12. purl bee says:

    Hi Kate-

    All our Purl Soho patterns are currently available as downloads as well as hard copies but we hear you on the PayPal front and are planning to add that option very shortly!

    Thanks for getting in touch!


  13. Elsa says:

    Hi Laura,

    Love the pattern, and just started making it! Any suggestions on how to make the buttonholes a bit larger? I wanted to use buttons that were either 1 inch or 1 3/8 inches. Do you think there’s a enough stretch in the yarn (I’m using the worsted twist) that one yarn-over will give ma button hole big enough to fit the larger button, or do I some how need to make a large button hole? Thanks!!

    • Laura from the Purl Bee says:

      Hi Elsa.
      Oh how I wish our buttonhole tutorial list was more robust. I hate to send you to another site, but I find this post (link below) extremely informative in regards to buttonholes. Please let me know what you think and which method you end up going with! I’m curious to hear your thoughts. As with all things in knitting there are so many techniques and of course certain ones work better with certain stitch patterns or yarns, but I am sure there is something that will work for you here:
      Thanks for writing in.

  14. ann says:

    I am making the coat version. I am on the first front part and am confused on the 15-18 short rows. For rows 15 and 17 do I turn at the same stitch i did on row 13? Seems like a lot of wraps on the same stitch.

    • Laura from the Purl Bee says:

      Hi Ann.
      Yes, for Rows 15 and 17, you turn at the same stitch as you did for Row 13. In Row 13, after working the stitches, please note that it says “…do not wrap, turn.”
      Does not wrapping that stitch help? You are right, that would be a lot of wraps on the same stitch.
      Please let me know if you have any questions.

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