Abstract We study a generalization of the vertex cover problem. For a given graph with weights on the vertices and an integer k, we aim to find a subset of the vertices with minimum total weight, so that at least k edges in the graph are covered. The problem is called the k-partial vertex cover problem. There are some 2-approximation algorithms for the problem. In the paper we do not improve on the approximation ratios of the previous algorithms, but we derive an iterative rounding algorithm. We present our technique in two algorithms. The first is an iterative rounding algorithm and gives a (2 + Q/OPT)-approximation for the k-partial vertex cover problem where Q is the largest finite weight in the problem definition and OPT is the optimal value for the instance. The second algorithm uses the first as a subroutine and achieves an approximation ratio of 2.