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Staccato Kaffe Fassett jacket
November 2006
September 1, 2009
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Staccato Kaffe Fassett jacket
Staccato by Kaffe Fassett
Needles & yarn
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
2,100 yards = 12 skeins
Rowan Yorkshire Tweed Aran
8 skeins = 1400.0 yards (1280.2 meters), 800 grams
The Knitting Garden
Rowan Yorkshire Tweed Aran
4 skeins = 700.0 yards (640.1 meters), 400 grams
The Knitting Garden

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13Apr2013: A new photo shoot and blog post for this wonderful piece! 3 years of regular use and it looks great. I <3 Yorkshire Tweed.

01Sept09: THREE YEARS AND FINALLY DONE!!!! I swear I’m going to have the biggest martini to celebrate this achievement!!

1) So. The re-setting of the drop sleeves to set-in sleeves (TWICE) just didn’t work. Because I wanted to finish this before dying of old age I decided to sew it in the way it should look (using slip-stitch crochet, my favorite seaming technique), machine sew near the seam and chop off the excess. See the pic. I’m happy with the results.

2) This piece absolutely needed a zipper. First, because it is annoying not to be able to close it in some way, and rather un-useful for a fall jacket, as it is meant to be in my vision. Second, because it is virtually impossible for someone to knit two sides of a jacket over three years and have them come out the same exact length. Normally it wouldn’t be so obvious in a cardigan, but the square/mitered corners draw the eye exactly to any mis-alignments. The zipper was able to fudge the inconsistency, although I don’t particularly like the hanging bottom corners at the opening. I think a perfectly sized zipper may have been better, although of course, how could I find a perfect zipper (with a great look/quality/material/zip AND seperable, mind you) for a random length? Not easy! So I went for the cool but shortened zipper, and it goes with the opening flaps on the side, anyway. If I ever find a perfect zipper, I can change it, so all is good (except that tackling this project again in ANY way gives me chills). All in all, it is a bit of an ‘older’ look (though I prefer the word vintage, here) but with the work that went into it, and the hardiness/warmth of the yarn, this one goes in the history books for me. Bravo! (I think I should be allowed to drop the modesty with this one, hee hee).

29Sept08: I think we’re almost at the two year mark, here (but to my credit, you can’t do this and watch TV/movies). I love Kaffe Fassett but please, man, learn about SHAPING. I’ve been struggling to put set-in sleeves on this (using Ann Budd’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns), and to not look like I have gorilla arms (too wide). My man said on Friday, while trying to clean up my exploding ‘knitting area’, “why don’t you work on THIS?” “Why do you ask?” “Because it’s nice!” Well, if HE noticed I haven’t been working on it, then so must the entire Western hemisphere. So, I was inspired to get most of a sleeve done this weekend. Except. I’m. Not. Happy. With. It.

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November 2006
September 1, 2009
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175 yards / 100 grams

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  • Project created: April 13, 2008
  • Finished: September 6, 2009
  • Updated: November 17, 2019