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Book Woman Jacket

Stitching in the Stacks
Knitting
June 2013
Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi) ?
15 stitches and 27 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
US 9 - 5.5 mm
1269 - 2538 yards (1160 - 2321 m)
XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL) - shown in size XS

Sarah Barbour designed this stunning jacket in honor of the “book women” -- that is, the librarians employed by the Works Progress Administration from 1935-43, who rode pack horses out to remote homes and schools to deliver books.

This cold-weather jacket elegantly holds up to the elements. The gentle shaping and the cabled front with its inset buttonholes provide style, while the broad collar, double-vested front and cozy pockets will keep you warm, on horseback or off.

Finished Measurements

Chest: 38.25 41.5, 46.75, 50, 55.25, 60.75” / 97 105.5, 119, 127, 140.5, 154.5cm

Length: 18 18, 19, 20, 22, 22” / 45.5 48, 50, 55.5, 55.5cm

Materials

Valley Yarns Berkshire 85% wool, 15% alpaca; 141 yds / 129m per 100g ball; color: Tan Heather; 9 9, 10, 12, 15, 18 balls

US #9 / 5.5mm circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
1 set US #9 / 5.5mm double-point needles
24-inch (or longer) US #8 / 5mm circular needle

6 stitch markers
Eight 1” buttons
2 stitch holders or scrap yarn
Cable needle
Yarn needle

This pattern is in the book Stitching in the Stacks, which is available in both print and digital format via Cooperative Press (the digital edition is also available here on Ravelry).