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Bloomsbury Jacket

Knitted Jackets: 20 Designs from Classic to Contemporary
Knitting
November 2008
Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi) ?
1674 yards (1531 m)
40.5 (44, 48)" / 103 (112, 122) cm chest circumference

A tribute to the Bloomsbury group of young, modern, early-twentieth-century writers in the Bloomsbury area of London, this jacket, knit from a chart, features cables on garter stitch ground, garter stitch shawl collar, and garter stitch borders.

Lower body is worked in one piece to the armholes; then back and fronts are divided and worked separately to the shoulders. Stitches for sleeves are picked up around the armhole and sleeves are worked circularly down to the wrist.

Fit: Standard (2-4” / 5-10 cm)

Measurements:

  • Size A: 40.5 / 103 cm chest; 22” / 56 cm length
  • Size B: 44” / 112 cm chest; 23” / 58.5 cm length
  • Size C: 48” / 122 cm chest; 23.75” / 60.5 cm length

Gauge:

  • Jacket size is determined by the needle size used - the larger sizes are made using larger needles. For this reason, doing a gauge swatch is very important!!!
  • Size A: 17 sts and 25 rows = 4” / 10 cm in stockinette stitch on largest needles. 22 sts and 25 rows = 4” / 10 cm in cable and garter pattern from Body chart on largest needles.
  • Size B: 16 sts and 24 rows = 4” / 10 cm in stockinette stitch on largest needles. 20 sts and 24 rows = 4” / 10 cm in cable and garter pattern from Body chart on largest needles.
  • Size C: 15 sts and 23 rows = 4” / 10 cm in stockinette stitch on largest needles. 18 sts and 23 rows = 4” / 10 cm in cable and garter pattern from Body chart on largest needles.

Yarn: 18 balls for all sizes, Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran (85% wool, 10% silk, 5% cashmere; 93 yds / 85 m in 50 grams). Model shown in #106, Batik.

Needles:

  • Size A: Body and sleeves - US 7 / 4.5 mm, 24” and 16” / 60 and 40 cm circular needles. Bottom border and cuffs - US 4 / 3.5 mm, 24” and 16” / 60 and 40 cm circular. Collar and front borders - US 5 / 3.75 mm, 24” / 60 cm circular.
  • Size B: Body and sleeves - US 8 / 5 mm, 24” and 16” / 60 and 40 cm circular needles. Bottom border and cuffs - US 5 / 3.75 mm, 24” and 16” / 60 and 40 cm circular. Collar and front borders - US 6 / 4 mm, 24” / 60 cm circular.
  • Size C: Body and sleeves - US 9 / 5.5 mm, 24” and 16” / 60 and 40 cm circular needles. Bottom border and cuffs - US 6 / 4 mm, 24” and 16” / 60 and 40 cm circular. Collar and front borders - US 7 / 4.5 mm, 24” / 60 cm circular.

Notions:

  • Stitch markers
  • Smooth cotton scrap yarn for holders
  • Cable needle
  • Five .75” / 2 cm buttons

Techniques (included in the book):

  • Backward-loop increase
  • Three-needle bind-off
  • Pick up by knitting
  • Short rows