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Ivory Leaves

Knitting
November 2008
Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi) ?
975 yards (892 m)
47.5 (50.5, 54)" / 120.5 (128.5, 137) cm chest circumference

Cropped jacket with the air of a knitted lace shawl features leaf motifs worked from a chart. Heavier yarn accentuates the rich texture of the knitted lace motifs. Lower body is worked in one piece to the armholes; then back and fronts are divided and worked separately to the shoulders. Sleeves are worked in the round from cuffs upward, then attached to the body by binding off live sleeve sts together with sts picked up around the armhole opening using three-needle bind-off method.

Sizing Notes: The jacket has an oversize fit (6” / 15 cm or more of ease). 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: 47.5” / 120.5 cm chest; 15.5” / 39.5 cm length
  • Size B: 50.5” / 128.5 cm chest; 16” / 40.5 cm length
  • Size C: 54” / 137 cm chest; 16.75” / 42.5 cm length

Yarn: 3 hanks (all sizes) Henry’s Attic Texas Big Horn (55% mohair, 45% merino; 325 yd / 297 m = 8 oz / 227 g). Shown in Natural.

Gauge:

  • Size A: 18 sts and 26 rows = 4” / 10 cm in stockinette on larger needles. 17 sts and 21 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Ivory leaves pattern from chart on larger needles.
  • Size B: 17 sts and 25 rows = 4” / 10 cm in stockinette on larger needles. 16 sts and 20 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Ivory leaves pattern from chart on larger needles.
  • Size C: 16 sts and 24 rows = 4” / 10 cm in stockinette on larger needles. 15 sts and 19 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Ivory leaves pattern from chart on larger needles.

Needles:

  • Size A: Body and sleeves - US 7 / 4.5 mm, 24” and 16” / 60 and 40 cm circular needles. Bottom border, cuffs, and front border - US 5 / 3.75 mm, 24” and 16” / 60 and 40 cm circular needles.
  • Size B: Body and sleeves - US 8 / 5 mm, 24” and 16” / 60 and 40 cm circular needles. Bottom border, cuffs, and front border - US 6 / 4 mm, 24” and 16” / 60 and 40 cm circular needles.
  • Size C: Body and sleeves - US 9 / 5.5 mm, 24” and 16” / 60 and 40 cm circular needles. Bottom border, cuffs, and front border - US 7 / 4.5 mm, 24” and 16” / 60 and 40 cm circular needles.

Notions:

  • Stitch markers
  • Smooth cotton scrap yarn for holders

Techniques (included in book):

  • Three-needle bind-off
  • Chart reading
  • Pick up by knitting