Manchester Jacket by Alice Halbeisen

Manchester Jacket

December 2008
Aran (8 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch on larger needles
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1160 - 1595 yards (1061 - 1458 m)
31½ (36, 40, 45, 49, 54, 58)" bust circumference
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Pattern Description from Interweave Knits, Winter 2008: “An alpaca-and-merino blend makes even simple textures lush in Alice Halbeisen’s Manchester Jacket. An A-line silhouette, a carefully shaped collar, and clever piping-effect welting and I-cord make for a beautifully tailored sweater, coat, or both. Functional and decorative buttons line up for a traditional double-breasted shape. I-cord edgings add dimension in a plush yarn.”

Finished Size: 31½ (36, 40, 45, 49, 54, 58)“ bust circumference. Sweater shown measures 36”, modeled with about 2” positive ease.

Yarn: Alpaca With A Twist Highlander (45% baby alpaca, 45% merino, 8% microfiber, 2% viscose; 145 yd 133 m/100 g): #2011 heather in bloom (purple tweed), 8 (8, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11) skeins.

Needles: Size 6 (4 mm): 24” circular (cir) and double-pointed (dpn). Size 5 (3.75 mm): 24” cir. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Six 1 1⁄8” (27 mm) buttons; removable markers (m); tapestry needle.


  • To pick up two stitches per one bound-off stitch for collar, pick up first stitch through both loops of the edge stitch; pick up second stitch through front loop only.
  • Applied I-cord: For a rounded corner that will lie flat at the start of the I-cord edging and collar points, knit the three stitches without attaching them to a picked up stitch for one row, transfer them back to left-hand needle, work one row attaching them, then one more row without attaching them; continue with edging as established.
  • for a more prominent cord, when picking up stitches, lift the back loop only (as the work faces you) along the neckline and the front loop only when you come to the collar. There is a definite right side when stitches are picked up from the front loop.

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