Braided Riding Jacket
Pattern Description from Interweave Knits, Winter 2009: “Coralie Meslin’s Braided Riding Jacket is a study in textures: a wave cable edging, a wrapped stitch at the yoke and sleeves, and a large-repeat allover cable for the bodice. Wide cable strands enclose diamonds of bobbles, while narrower strands trace them for an intricately woven effect. Surprise: Separate diamonds only cross in one place - the basketweave effect is an illusion.”
Design Elements and Sizing: “In the Braided Riding jacket, the cable patterns are worked over large repeats, Larch motifs can create complications in sizing a pattern. To avoid changing the look of the cabled sections across sizes, a filler pattern of ribs is worked at the sides of the lower body. As the sizes get larger, this section of ribbing gets larger. The result is that the larger sizes will look different than the sample, having more ribbing, but the overall aesthetic and design elements are maintained.”
Finished Size: 33½ (36½, 39½, 42½, 44½, 47½)” bust circumference, buttoned and including 2½” front band. Jacket shown measures 36½”, modeled with 1–2” positive ease.
Yarn: Tahki Tweedy Alpaca (60% wool, 30% baby alpaca, 7% acrylic, 3% viscose; 81 yd 74 m/50 g): #013 olive, 19 (21, 23, 24, 26, 28) skeins.
- Edging, sleeves, and upper body—size 10 (6 mm): 32” circular (cir).
- Peplum—size 9 (5.5 mm): 32” cir. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Cable needle (cn); small amount of waste yarn; stitch holder (optional); tapestry needle; six ⅞” buttons (see Notes, page 62).
- 15 sts and 22 rows = 4” in St st on smaller needles
- 16 sts and 22 rows = 4” in rib and bobble patt on smaller needles
- 19 sts and 28 rows = 4” in wave cable patt on larger needles;
- 22 sts and 15 rows = 4” in wrapped st on larger needles
- 34 (68) sts of Front (Back) Cable from charts measure about 6¼ (12½)” wide on smaller needles
- 68 rows of both cable charts measure 12¼” high on smaller needles
- The lower body is worked in one piece from the bottom up. The two sleeve/upper body pieces are worked as mirror images of each other from the cuffs toward the center, then seamed together at center back. The upper edge of the lower body is sewn to the lower edge of the assembled upper body.
- The wave cable pattern of the front band forms natural buttonholes between the repeated cable crossings. The sweater shown has six buttons, the lowest positioned abut 2” up from the lower edge and the highest at the start of the neck shaping, but you may use a different number of buttons with different spacing as long as each button is opposite a hole in the band.
- When working shaping in the wrapped stitch pattern, if there are not enough stitches to work a complete 3-stitch wrap, work the stitches in stockinette instead.