Moto Vest Pattern

Posted on July 09 2015

While in France last year, I found myself inspired at every turn. Rustic gear, farms and beautiful sheep... reminding me of home. The country's ancient architecture offered an amazing backdrop of texture and color. Ahhh, just the memory makes me smile!
On a cool French day, I saw a woman wearing what I refer to as a vesty thing... and I was inspired! She looked so comfortable in it; as if she could wear it to shop for fresh produce at the outdoor market, gather her chicken’s eggs, walk her dog, ride her motor bike or relax at a café sipping her cappuccino... all while wearing her vesty thing.
The vesty thing became my inspiration for the Moto Vest Pattern; a versatile piece that can be worn over shirts and lightweight jackets or under coats. Flip the collar for a scarf-shawl-like look. Change the gauge or type of yarn . I’ve used T-Shirt yarn for a summer version, light worsted weight yarn for a thinner cold weather version, Habu yarns for an artsy every day wear version and Stash yarns too! Just figure out your gauge on said yarn, how wide or narrow you want your vest, cast on for that width and away you go on your Moto adventure! To make my first 'Moto Vest' A.K.A. 'Vesty Thing', I used 'RADIUS' and a size 15 needle. To purchase this Moto Vest Pattern, go here:
Errata: The cast on is always a number divisible by 4 plus 2 so that you end with the same stitch as you started. Knit in: K2, P2 rib for 43" Row 1: K2, P2, *; K2. Row 2: P2, K2, *; P2. Repeat row 1 & 2 for 43". bind off in pattern.
moto vest variations
Notes to amend pattern for different yarns:
If you want to use a different yarn, just figure out your gauge on said yarn, how wide or narrow you want your vest, cast on for that width and away you go on your Moto adventure. In order to begin and end with the same stitch, make sure the number you cast on is a number divisible by 4 plus 2. It just looks better :)
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Above tryptic shows how you will lay your piece out to seam the sides.


  • carolyn james: September 24, 2015

    Reading instructions it says to cast on foi back but then mentions markers and pucking up stitches. Can you explain?

  • Ashleigh: April 21, 2015

    Hello! can you tell us what gauge and yarn you are working with?

  • Carmen: April 21, 2015

    Could you tell me what number stitches I should use to make the MOTO VEST in a size 3X, (52-54") bust. I am awful at changing pattern numbers. Any help would e appreciated. I bought the pattern. Thxs, Carmen

  • Ashleigh: April 21, 2015

    It’s going to vary when you change yarn and needles.(which Shelli does often) You should be safe with 500 yards but it will depend on how long/wide you make it. For the back we measure and mark how wide we want it then pick up between markers. Hope that makes sense. Come in if you need help or ask away here.
    Happy Knitting!

  • Betty: April 21, 2015

    When I saw the great look I bought the pattern for the MOTO vest and did not look at the size. I am size 6. The pattern looks like one size fits most. I want to knit it in worsted wool. I think that I will cast on the number of stitches that will give me 18" width and pick up a number of stitches that will give me 8- 12 inches across the back. How much worsted wool will I need in yards? Thanks so much.

  • Ashleigh: April 21, 2015

    what yarn are you planning to use?

  • Susan Rogers: April 21, 2015

    I bought the pattern, but it doesn’t specify the yardage of yarn. (only grams) How many yards does this pattern take? Thank you

  • Amylynn: April 21, 2015

    Looking for my next project after I finish my 64 crayons blanket and I think my wardrobe needs a few Moto vests:-) I am curious about making t shirt yarn and I hit the link above but it didn’t have a location. I am currently not local but will be moving into the area in July and look forward to being a future local customer.

  • Brigit Rollins: April 21, 2015

    Hello Thea! Do you live in the Petaluma area? If so, come in to Knitterly and they can help you. If not, let me know and I’ll see what I can do for you?

  • Thea: April 21, 2015

    I’m confused on how and when to pick up stitches for the back peice

  • Ashleigh: April 21, 2015

    Hello! I just replied to another question regarding the t-shirt yarn. We cannot get it in anymore but try the Habu A-184 Natural Cover Cotton. This one will be GREAT for summer as well.

  • Ashleigh: April 21, 2015

    Hello! We cannot get the T-shirt (Hoooked- yes, 3 o’s) yarn in the USA anymore :( Recently, Ashley Yousling, of the podcast Woolful ( made one out of Habu A-184 Natural Cover Cotton. This one will be GREAT for summer as well.

  • Amylynn: April 21, 2015

    I tried to hit the link about the t shirt yarn but it didn’t show anything. I am curious how you made it, this would make a perfect summer weight vest! Finishing up my current project and looking forward to making some of these for my spring and summer wardrobe????

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