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Northwest Celtic

Knitting
November 2008
Bulky / 12 ply (7 wpi) ?
1500 - 1750 yards (1372 - 1600 m)
48 (51, 55)" / 122 (129.5, 139.5) cm chest circumference

Celtic designs, knit from charts, grace this Salish-style shawl-collared jacket. Body is worked in the round to the shoulders, with steeks for the front opening and armholes. Two-color stockinette sections are worked using the largest needle (the one used for the swatch), and the plain, one-color sections of the body (but not the sleeves) are worked using a needle one size smaller to create subtle shaping. This may be eliminated for a roomier fit.

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!

Measurements:

  • Size A: 48” / 122 cm chest; 25.25” / 64.5 cm length
  • Size B: 51” / 129.5 cm chest; 27.25” / 69.5 cm length
  • Size C: 55” / 139.5 cm chest; 29.25” / 74 cm length

Yarn: Brown Sheep Company Lamb’s Pride Bulky (85% wool, 15% mohair; 125 yds / 114 m = 4 oz / 113 grams). 9 (9, 10) skeins main color (shown in #M-06 Deep Charcoal); 3 (3, 4) skeins Contrast Color (shown in #M-03 Grey Heather).

Gauge:

  • Size A: 15 sts and 18 2/3 rows = 4” / 10 cm in two-color stockinette on largest needles
  • Size B: 14 sts and 17 1/3 rows = 4” / 10 cm in two-color stockinette on largest needles
  • Size C: 13 sts and 16 rows = 4” / 10 cm in two-color stockinette on largest needles

Needles:

  • Size A: Body and sleeves - size 10 / 6 mm, 24” and 16” / 60 and 40 cm circular needles, and set of 4 double-pointed needles. Body plain stockinette shaped section - size 9 / 5.5 mm, 24” / 60 cm circular needles. Cuffs - size 8 / 5 mm set of 4 double-pointed needles. Body lower edge, collar, and front bands - size 7 / 4.5 mm, 24” / 60 cm circular needles.
  • Size B: Body and sleeves - size 11 / 8 mm, 24” and 16” / 60 and 40 cm circular needles, and set of 4 double-pointed needles. Body plain stockinette shaped section - size 10 / 6 mm, 24” / 60 cm circular needles. Cuffs - size 9 / 5.5 mm set of 4 double-pointed needles. Body lower edge, collar, and front bands - size 8 / 5 mm, 24” / 60 cm circular needles.
  • Size C: Body and sleeves - size 13 / 9 mm, 24” and 16” / 60 and 40 cm circular needles, and set of 4 double-pointed needles. Body plain stockinette shaped section - size 11 / 8 mm, 24” / 60 cm circular needles. Cuffs - size 10 / 6 mm set of 4 double-pointed needles. Body lower edge, collar, and front bands - size 9 / 5.5 mm, 24” / 60 cm circular needles.

Notions:

  • Stitch markers
  • Smooth cotton scrap yarn for holders
  • Five 1” / 2.5 cm buttons

Techniques (included in book):

  • Steeks
  • Chart reading
  • Three-needle bind-off
  • Backward-loop increase
  • Pick up by knitting
  • Short rows