Emu Fashion Striped Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann
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Emu Fashion Striped Jacket

Super Bulky (5-6 wpi) ?
10 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch on 7.5mm needles
7.5 mm
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
Finished jacket measures 122cm/48in around body

This was a free supplement pattern offered by post to readers of the “Stripes of Spring” article on pp.56-57 of the Sunday Times Magazine, around 1968-1969. The magazine had designed this UK version of Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Adult Surprise Jacket because her original design was not suitable for UK yarns. The free sheet was headed “Sunday Times Magazine (Emu fashion) Striped Jacket”. Because this was a Sunday Times adaptation, Zimmerman’s name is not on the free pattern sheet. This is a single sheet with photocopied typing on both sides.

The pattern uses 7 x 100g of the recommended yarn in colour A, and 8 x 100g in colour B, to be striped according to pattern instructions; circular needle 7.5mm x 100cm for body; circular needle 6.5mm x 40cm (or 4 x 6.5mm dpns) for cuffs; straight 6.5mm needles for neckband.

There is a line-drawing showing how to fold and seam the work. A photograph of the finished article would be necessary in a pattern for this project, but it is not provided with this printed pattern, which relies on the photographs in the above “Stripes of Spring” magazine article for reference. (It is unlikely that there were other sources for photographs of the BSJ in the UK at that time).

The idea of lengthening the hem of the jacket is not included, perhaps because it had not yet been developed when this pattern was printed. However the magazine designers did add cuffs to the jacket by picking up stitches from the ends of the sleeves after completion.