A good sweater vest is a wardrobe staple in my book: adds a bit of cozy wool and pop of color to any outfit, keeps you warm when it’s cool but not quite cold enough for a sweater, and is perfect for layering when the weather’s unpredictable.

Vilcanota incorporates simple cables into a classic sweater vest shape with modern details. Slightly cropped in the front, it hangs lower in the back thanks to a split hem. Cables frame swathes of stockinette and reverse stockinette forming contrasting “rivers” on the front and back. A deep v-neck and moderate waist shaping create a feminine silhouette.

This pattern is part of the Juntos: Knits for Togetherness collection.



Sizes: XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X); finished bust circumference: 32 (36 ½, 40, 44 ½, 48, 52 ½)”/81 (93, 102, 113, 122, 133.5) cm
Sample shown in size S, with approx. 1”/2.5 cm +ease.

Gauge: 18 sts and 26 rnds = 4”/10 cm in st st in the rnd, blocked

Yarn: Magpie Fibers Domestic Worsted, 100% Domestic SW Merino, 200 yd/100g (180 m/4 oz): 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6) skeins in 501s; or approx. 575 (650, 750, 850, 975, 1100) yd/525 (595, 685, 775, 890, 1005) m worsted/Aran weight yarn

Needles: US 8/5 mm 16-24”/40-60 cm circular needle, or size to obtain gauge
US 7/4.5 mm 16-24”/40-60 cm circular needle, or 1 size below gauge needle
Set US 7/4.5 mm DPNs, or one size below gauge needle

yarn needle
stitch markers
cable needle
stitch holders or scrap yarn
spare circular needle