drop collar jacket
i've wanted a bulky cabled sweater ever since one of my co-workers started wearing one instead of a jacket. i drew up a few ideas, knit a few swatches, but i still wasn't sure what i was looking for. then i came across the first issue of the debbie bliss knitting magazine, and i knew exactly what i was going to make.
i think it was the 3/4 length sleeves that got me at first. it would be the perfect cabled jacket for layering over a long-sleeved shirt during transitional weather here in new england. i was right. the temperatures were in the mid-fifties today and this worked out to be the perfect little jacket.
the daylight usually disappears just a few minutes after i get home from work, so i managed to get only one decent photo. the rest went pretty much like this:
pattern: drop collar cabled jacket by debbie bliss
needles: us10 and us10.5
yarn: debbie bliss donegal chunky tweed (dark green), almost exactly 7 skeins.
mods:i knit the smallest size, but added a few extra decreases because i knew it would grow with blocking. i added 2 inches to the body, but kept the 3/4 sleeves. i'm short, and i have short arms, so they're more like bracelet length on me. i knit the body in pieces, but the sleeves in the round.
i sewed on the buttons in a fit of finished sweater excitement, and did a lousy job, so i'll have to reposition that pesky middle one.
the pattern does have some errors in the directions for the second front, but they're pretty obvious. just knit to the lengths previously established in the first side, and you'll be fine.
this is a quick knit, despite the fact that it languished in a corner for most of the 2 months it was on the needles. i blame all those small projects that kept distracting me.
now pardon me while i go obsessively knit cute hats from boutique knits. i'm finishing up the side slip cloche from the cover right now, then going straight for the sideways grande. there are some seriously cute hats in this book.