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I Love Lucy
Lucy by Kim Hargreaves
Needle and yarn
US 5 - 3.75 mm
Rowan Denim
656.5 yards in stash
13.5 skeins = 1363.5 yards (1246.8 meters), 675 grams

About the pattern -

the Good:

  • very fitted and structural jacket, classy, but with a modern flair;
  • attractive stitch pattern, which actually looks more woven than knit;
  • beautiful attention to details, i.e. pockets, buttons, crochet edgings, side seam and sleeve openings;
  • it could be dressed down with a floral shirt or a tee shirt, or dressed up with a crisp white shirt or a blouse.

the Bad:

  • used 2.5 more skeins than stated in the pattern, which is a major adjustment to the yarn requirement, and I used the recommended yarn;
  • the stitch pattern, though beautiful in the end, is not very fun to knit in a cotton yarn like Denim, but I guess no pain, no gain :)

…and the Ugly:

  • I was under impression that Kim’s patterns for Rowan Denim are designed with 10% shrinkage (it’s not obvious, but actually easy to calculate reading the pattern and comparing to the limited diagrams she provides). Anyway, the garment shrunk only 5% in my case. That could have been a disaster, but actually ended up being more of a blessing than the curse. Had it shrunk intended 10%, my armholes would have been too tight. This way they are perfect, but the length of the jacket is a bit more than expected, and the sleeves are more of a bracelet length than 3/4.
  • just kidding about the ugly, there is nothing ugly about this pattern. It’s quite wonderful!

Some additional notes and mods:

  • knit pocket linings in stockinette rather than textured pattern to avoid added bulk;
  • added buttons to the sleeves (just because I had 10, and it seems like a good idea); It was great fun to make them using button forms;
  • learned how to do “crab” stitch using YouTube videos; I loved it! It ended up being one of my favorite features of this knit!
  • used one-row buttonholes instead; they are placed on rows (not counting first 2 set-up rows) 35, 57, 79, 101, 123, 145, 167, 189.

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Will take modelled photos soon.

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April 13 2010
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by Rowan
Worsted / 10 ply
100% Cotton
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  • Project created: April 13, 2010
  • Finished: June 2, 2010
  • Updated: July 4, 2010