Columbia River Jacket by Kay Hopkins

Columbia River Jacket

Knitting
February 2019
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette using medium needles (size 5)
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
1100 - 1950 yards (1006 - 1783 m)
FInished Msmts: Bust: 31.5(33, 35, 37, 39, 42.5, 44.5, 48, 51.5) inches / 80(84, 89, 94, 99, 108, 113, 122, 131)cm
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Columbia River is a versatile jacket that can be worn buttoned or zipped like a Bomber jacket all the way to the top of the collar.

I designed this sweater to give you a color work cardigan that avoids the typical pitfalls or points of angst for so many knitters:

• There are no steeks.
• Use only one color per row.
• Wrong side rows are “resting rows

There are no floats to deal with as the simple color work technique uses only one color on any given row. What a great introduction to color work -- without the hassle of carrying two strands of yarn at once!

Plus, it’s worked top-down and seamless so you can try it on as you go and know that it fits! You can also get exactly the length you want. I think it would be super cute a little shorter than shown…maybe at about the top of your hip-bones? (I think I made my sample too long….)

The easy color work technique makes for a dramatic yoke with a sweet echo of the color work design at the cuffs and hemline. Strongly contrasting colors are advised for the most dramatic effect in the yoke.

See link to Yarn Kits above. The sample shown was worked in Sweet Georgia Mohair DK with the color work done using Sweet Georgia Party of Five (Tough Love Sock) held double in color Swell. I used 3 of the 5 colors and transitioned one strand at a time for a subtle gradient. Too much color change in the CC and the color work design “gets lost”.

Wear this sweater jacket with a pair of jeans (or leggings) and boots for a casual look or with slacks or a skirt to the office.

Make several in different color combinations and be ready for Columbia River to become your favorite “go to” sweater jacket!

The instructions include charts for use of colors, all else is written instructions, and the pattern has been professionally tech edited and tested.
 
FINISHED SIZES
XS(S, S2, M, M2, L, L2, XL, XXL) Designed to be worn with 2” ease at bust. Choose size that is 2” larger than bust measurement.

Finished Bust: 31.5(33, 35, 37, 39, 42.5, 44.5, 48, 51.5) inches / 80(84, 89, 94, 99, 108, 113, 122, 131)cm

Length at Side Seam: 13(13, 14, 14, 15, 16, 17, 17, 18) inches / 33(33, 35.5, 35.5, 38, 40.5, 43, 43, 46)cm

RECOMMENDED YARN
MC: Sweet Georgia: DK; Mohair Silk DK (90% merino, 5% silk, 5% goat-mohair); 218 yds (200m)/3.5 oz (100g); shown in color Snowfall.

CC: Sweet Georgia: Fingering; Tough Love Sock “Party of Five” gradient (held double) shown in color Swell. OR use a DK held single.

Estimated Yarn Required:
Total: 1100(1200, 1250, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1750, 1950) yds / 1001(1092, 1138, 1183, 1274, 1365, 1456, 1593)m.

MC: 909(988, 1014, 1038, 1112, 1183, 1251, 1366) yds / 827(899, 923, 945, 1012, 1077, 1139, 1243)m.

CC: Sample used 300 yds of fingering held double for size M2.

Yarn usage will vary depending on gauge and specific yarn used as well as options chosen.
 
EXPERIENCE LEVEL:
Accessible to an advanced beginner/intermediate level knitter.
 
Skills Used: Decreases, increases, slipped stitch (mosaic) color work, picking up stitches for neck ribbing and front bands, German Short Rows, crochet slip stitch edging for picking up sts for front bands, optional buttonholes or zipper, spacing increases evenly in yoke. Links provided to tutorials.