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Dakota on the Side

Knitted Jackets: 20 Designs from Classic to Contemporary
Knitting
November 2008
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
2442 yards (2233 m)
49 (52, 55)" / 124.5 (132, 139.5) cm chest circumference

Jacket with Asian flare features texture and color achieved by using slip stitches, a simple two-color knitting technique that requires only one color per row. Each half of the body is worked flat from the center back outward. The two completed halves are joined at center back with a three-needle bind-off. Sleeves are worked circularly down from the armholes, and cuffs and front borders are worked in seed stitch.

Sizing Notes: The size of the jacket is determined by the needle size -- the larger sizes are made using larger needles. For this reason, doing a gauge swatch is very important!

  • Size A: 49” / 124.5 cm chest; 28.5” / 72.5 cm length
  • Size B: 52” / 132 cm chest; 31” / 79 cm length
  • Size C: 55” / 139.5 cm chest; 34” / 86.5 cm length

Yarn:

  • 2 hanks Main Color - Cheryl Oberle’s Dancing Colors Hand-dyed (45% merino, 55% mohair; 485 yd / 443 m = 8 oz / 227 g). Shown in Evening.
  • 8 balls Contrast Color - Brown Sheep Company Nature Spun Sport (100% wool; 184 yd / 168 m = 50 g). Shown in 601 Pepper.

Gauge:

  • Size A: 24 sts and 32 rows = 4” / 10 cm in stockinette on largest needle; 24 sts and 36 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Dakota Pattern worked flat using largest needle.
  • Size B: 22 sts and 30 rows = 4” / 10 cm in stockinette on largest needle; 22 sts and 34 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Dakota Pattern worked flat using largest needle.
  • Size C: 20 sts and 28 rows = 4” / 10 cm in stockinette on largest needle; 20 sts and 32 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Dakota Pattern worked flat using largest needle.

Needles:

  • Size A: Body and sleeves - US 4 / 3.5 mm, 24” and 16” / 60 and 40 cm circular needles. Lower border - US 2 / 3 mm, 24” / 60 cm circular needles. Cuffs and front band - US 1 / 2.5 mm, 16” and 29” / 40 and 74 cm circular needles.
  • Size B: Body and sleeves - US 5 / 3.75 mm, 24” and 16” / 60 and 40 cm circular needles. Lower borders - US 3 / 3.25 mm, 24” / 60 cm circular needles. Cuffs and front band - US 2 / 3 mm, 16” and 29” / 40 and 74 cm circular needles.
  • Size C: Body and sleeves - US 6 / 4 mm, 24” and 16” / 60 and 40 cm circular needles. Lower border - US 4 / 3.5 mm, 24” / 60 cm circular needles. Cuffs and front band - US 3 / 3.25 mm, 16” and 29” / 40 and 74 cm circular needles.

Notions:

  • Stitch markers
  • Smooth cotton scrap yarn for provisional cast-on and holders

Techniques (included in book):

  • Provisional cast-on
  • Slip stitches
  • Three-needle bind-off