Sunday, June 03, 2007

Nantucket Jacket: Finished!

That's right! I finished the Nantucket Jacket. I really enjoyed knitting this sweater. The cable/twisted stitch pattern is fun, and the gusset shaping is unique. I was dubious about making a wool sweater with elbow-length sleeves, but after wearing it around for a bit, I've decided I like that feature. Overall, it was an enjoyable project that produced an end result I am happy with. However, I am still unsure about the yarn, Berroco Pure Merino. It's very soft, but it stretches a lot. I will have to be very careful when I wash this sweater.

Pattern: Nantucket Jacket from the Winter 2006 Interweave Knits by Nora Gaughan
Needles: US 9 Denise Interchangeables
Yarn: 13 balls of Berroco Pure Merino
Notions: 6 5/8" buttons
Size: 34" chest

Modifications to the pattern: After knitting the waist decreases as written, I knit for 2 extra inches before I did the bust increases. For the sleeves, I knit the sleeves for the next size up, because some people had complained about the sleeves being too tight (however, I don't think this mod was necessary, since the yarn I used is so stretchy). When I crocheted the scallops on the sleeves, I did it with the RS facing and worked in rounds, instead of starting with the WS facing and turning after the first row. For the crochet on the button bands, I did the sc row in one hook size, then I went up two hook sizes for the scallop row. I also did the scallops as *sc, skip 1 st, dc/ch 1/dc/ch1/dc all in next st, skip 1 st* instead of *sc, skip 2 sts, dc/ch 1/dc/ch1/dc all in next st, skip 2 sts*. I found that this made the scallops stand out a bit better. Finally, I worked six buttonholes instead of five.

7 comments:

Andrea said...

Oh that is gorgeous! I love the lines that the cables make.

stitchywitch said...

Your Nantucket jacket is gorgeous! Great job!

pins&needles said...

ooohh, it looks so good on you! Great job!

elizabeth marley said...

This is really beautiful. I love it!

KnitXcorE said...

WOW!!!!!!!!!! you're so good. It's amazing. the cables and crochet look gr8!

Oksana said...

It's simply stunning! I think that you did a wonderful job--and you were finished pretty quickly, too!
I like that you modified the pattern to suit your needs as well as make it better: that shows a lot of skill :)

Gloria said...

Thanks for all of your kind comments, everyone!