Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Holly's Jacket

It is finished and it is even cuter with the button than I could have imagined! Gee that sound immodest didn't it? I didn't mean it too, I am just so excited that it has turned out just as I envisaged it and that is always just a smidgen surprising.

The Pattern

300g worsted weight yarn for a generous size 1 jacket (I used Cleckheaton Merino Supreme for the prototype which is now out of production, chose any of the gorgeous worsted weights around)

4 stitch markers

5mm 80cm circular

5mm DPNs

5mm crochet hook

Waste yarn


Darning needle

Gauge: 16 sts / 10cm


pm – place marker

kfb – knit front and back

slm – slip marker

yo – yarn over

Finished Size

Length minus ruffle - 26cm
Chest - 30cm
Underarm - 10cm


CO 36 stitches using the circular needle.

Row 1: kfb, kfb, pm, kfb, k4, kfb, pm, kfb, k18, kfb, pm, kfb, k4, kfb, pm, kfb, kfb

You have now created the right front, right sleeve, back, left sleeve and left front between the markers.

Row 2: knit across

Row 3: kfb, k2, kfb, slm, kfb, k6, kfb, slm, kfb, k20, kfb, slm, kfb, k6, kfb, slm, kfb, k2, kfb

Row 4: knit across

Row 5: kfb, knit to stitch before next marker, kfb, slm , kfb, knit to stitch before next marker, kfb, slm, , kfb, knit to stitch before next marker, kfb, slm, , kfb, knit to stitch before next marker, kfb, slm, kfb, knit to last stitch, kfb.

Row 6: k4, purl to 4 stitches before end, k4

Continue repeating rows 5 and 6 until the two front sections each have 18 stitches

Row 7: knit to stitch before next marker, kfb, slm , kfb, knit to stitch before next marker, kfb, slm, , kfb, knit to stitch before next marker, kfb, slm, , kfb, knit to stitch before next marker, kfb, slm, kfb, knit to end

Row 8: k4, purl to 4 stitches before end, k4

Repeat rows 7 and 8 until there are 52 stitches between the middle two markers (the back of the jacket).

Create the sleeves: k to first marker, place the sleeve stitches onto waste yarn, knit back stitches, place the other sleeve stitches onto waste yarn, knit to end

Next row: k4, purl to 4 stitches before end, k4

The body:

Row 1: knit all stitches

Row 2: k4, purl to 4 stitches before end, k4

Continue repeating rows 1 and 2 until you have reached your desired length (12cm from underarm or so).

Bottom Ruffle:

Ruffle increase row: kfb on every stitch

Purl next row

Repeat ruffle increase row

Purl next row

BO loosely


Evenly space the sleeve stitches on 3 DPNs.

With the right side facing, locate the centre bottom of the sleeve opening. Pick up two stitches from the left of the opening and continue knitting the round, picking up two additional stitches onto needle 3 (42 stitches total)

Knit 2 more rounds

Decrease Round: k1, k2tog, knit to last 3 stitches, ssk, k1

Decrease every 4th round a further 5 times (30 sts)

Knit next round

Ruffle increase round: kfb on every stitch

Knit next round

If you want a fuller ruffle like the bottom of the jacket:

Repeat ruffle increase round

Knit 2 rounds

BO loosely


Crochet a button loop on the right front of the jacket and attach a button to the left.

Sew in ends.

About the Stripes.....

The stripes are merely an artifact of not having enough of either coloured yarn. For the record they are 20 row repeats on this one.

This pattern is provided free for your own personal use. You may knit it for yourself, as a gift, a swap or for charity. This pattern is not intended for commercial use. Any intended commercial use requires permission in writing.


Sam said...

you finished! looks great. That stripe is soo not green though! Camera lighting has done weird things to that cream!

Jack said...

Actually it has a greenish tinge to it next to the pink. It is odd how colour combinations work sometimes.

Anonymous said...

What age baby approximately is the jacket sized for? I'm in the US and don't know what size 1 means... I looked at the finished garment measurements and was confused even after converting to inches.

Jack said...

It fits approximately a 12 month old.

Anonymous said...

Anybody got the math skills to convert it to a newborn size? I'm dying to make this but it is for a newborn baby gift.

Jack said...

Pretty simple really, just stop increasing when it is wide enough. :)

Vanessa Hubbard said...

This is a fantastic pattern - no sewing up!

Unknown said...

Another!!Awesome!! thanks!! Perfect for a baby gift I need!!!

perigrine said...

Ok, I've read through the pattern and I *think* I can make it, but just for the record, you turn at the end of each row? I can't see anything that says to join. I'm confused.

Jack said...

That's right, you are knitting back and forth.

perigrine said...

I have just finished a jacket using your pattern, tweaked slightly. You can see a pic here - - for the record I used 8ply yarn x 4.5mm needles = 23cm length, 26.5 width @ 20st to 10cm. Guesstimate it to fit 1-3 months..don't have a baby handy, sorry.

Anonymous said...

I have a question: what does "knit to stitch before next marker" mean.

Jack said...

Knit until there is just one stitch left before the marker on the left needle.

Johnblog222 said...

help! i have finished the body of the jacket but am having trouble with the sleeves. when i pick up stitches with the DPNs, i wind up with big holes in the sleeves in underarm area. what am i doing wrong?

Jack said...

I am not sure without a photo. If all else fails, there is very little that can't be fixed with a darning needle. ;)

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