Once upon a time, I knew very little about stranded knitting, but I happily went and bought some yarn color combinations — 3 balls of one color, and 1 of another, thinking I’d knit some colorwork sweaters with them. Gah! If only I’d stopped to think, even for two seconds, I’d have realized that stranded knitting takes more yarn, not the same amount of yarn, as an unstranded sweater. (Duh…)
So I had these nice balls of dark and light gray with me, and I’d wanted to knit something for my sis with them. Having already tried out stranded colorwork by then, I’d realized that they will certainly not turn into a full-length sweater. My very-understanding sis said she’s fine even if it turns out shorter than I’d hoped for, so I started knitting with them nevertheless. Of course, I knit in a top-down manner so I’d see my progress and control when I’d stop. And that’s how we make a jacket! 😀
The yarn is of a heavier weight, and combined with the stranded colorwork, it has made for a cozy jacket. ❤ Not too cozy, though, and that’s why it doesn’t close fully and is a one-button jacket. (Kidding. 😉 We liked how it looks and decided to keep it one-button.) The button is from a bunch that we ordered online, and it fits the jacket in a weird way…
Finally. I’ve been wanting to write about this bulky jacket, but properly photographing the jacket was just not happening. This jacket was pretty difficult to pose in and click, and it’s the only one that made me feel like buying a mannequin for displaying it. 😉
Anyway, I’ve done the best I can (without a mannequin, of course), and here it is — It reaches the middle of my waist.
This is a top-down jacket, and I knit it without worrying about gauges. That’s what’s fun about bulky yarn. 😀 The initial, topmost portion is stockinette stitches radiating outward on a base of reverse stockinette stitches. Once I crossed the shoulders, I moved to plain stockinette stitches. Not for long, though. The body was beginning to look too plain, so I added a quick decoration — a trio of unaligned, different-sized vertical lines made of eyelets. They stretch a bit when I wear them, and are more visible then. I also shaped the garment slightly by decreasing a stitch or two along the way.
The edging is plain 2×2 ribbing. I stitched two buttons in the end, too — no buttonhole planning was required since the bulky yarn left holes in the garment big enough for these buttons to fit comfortably in.
I wish I could have made the sleeves longer, but the jacket didn’t really look good then, so I ended them where I did.