Remember way back when I made the shocking claim that everyone should buy Knitting Nature? Well, I'm putting my money (and knitting time!) where my mouth is and knitting that jacket pattern that was screaming my name. Here's a reminder in case you forgot what it looked like:
As I mentioned before, I've had this idea for a little swing shaped jacket all sketched up in my "someday later" pile of sweater ideas (which, after seeing the fall runways is now twice as tall as it was last month, but that's for another day). Not only is this version already written and sized, but it also had the interesting neckline twist, which adds just enough interest to make it an unusual piece. In case you didn't read the book yet (and why haven't you!?!), this is called the "Ram's Horn Jacket" and the collar is knit in the shape of said horn. See how it's wider on one side than on the other? So ingenious! So subtle! So cute!As you all know, I rarely knit from other's patterns, so falling head-over-heels for this little jacket kind of caught me by surprise. And aparently all the stars were in alignment because I happened to have just ordered the perfect yarn to make this out of: Cascade 220 in a gorgeous navy blue.
I like this thing so much, I already finished the back and one front. See?
The color is very true on my monitor, but needless to say it's hard to photograph such a dark color accurately. I'm actually surprised you can even see the hem's turning row in this photo!The pattern so far is perfect and easy to understand, and I really like the proportions and sizing. I'm knitting the smallest size and am pleased to report that she's got shorter armholes (8" on this size) and narrower sleeves (12") than most knitting patterns, which happily means I don't have to alter a thing! How refreshing!
In my mad love for this little jacket I've also been daydreaming about sewing a lining into it. With maybe a pocket inside one of the fronts, to make it more like a "real" jacket. I'm imagining a slightly-inapropriate fabric choice, like maybe huge 70's polka dots or that sushi fabric I've seen on some websites . . .
Now, I don't sew. Not really, anyway. I own a sewing machine that's been used exactly twice: I made DPN holders and a skirt that never got worn. I know enough about sewing to know that sewing a lining is one of the more advanced things you can do in sewing. Add in that it's sewing a lining into a knitted fabric, and you can see why my coworker looked at me with a "pity the fool" look when I mentioned it to her.
And really, I wouldn't normally consider such a bold move into unknown crafting territory.
BUT. And here's where you can be privy to my ability to rationalize just about anything.
Reasons why this just might work:
Anyone forsee problems I haven't thought of? Or better yet, solutions to problems I haven't thought of?
Oh, and just because this hasn't already broken enough of my "I don't usually's," I joined the KAL for Knitting Nature. Really! I even put it in the sidebar!