Sunday, 17 April 2011

Birthday Present Finished

I have finished my Sister in Law's birthday jacket in time for her birthday. I wish that I could say the same for my niece's jacket which has been put on hold. For this pictured jacket I used a pattern from Rowan called Buckland by Martin Storey. I followed the pattern for the 36" size but made the length as one of the larger sizes as my Sister in Law likes her jackets a little on the longer side. The Yarn is RYC Natural Silk Aran Shade 471 which I bought from Kemps for the bargain price of £1.79p a ball. The jacket has taken 15 x 50 gram balls.

It has a deep unusual rib with pockets. The ribbing is K1,sl1,K1, purl 3 on both wrong side and right side rows so it has a slipped stitch down the knit stitches on every row.

The colours are very subtle. There are slubs of a mink shade and even small flecks of blue. I think that I picked out most of the twigs and scratchy bits out of it as I went along. The yarn had long lengths of loose bits of yellow intertwined in it. I don't know if I was supposed to leave them in but I detached most of them as they too were a bit scratchy. The buttons aren't a very good match but I can't get to buy any different ones before her Birthday. They can always be changed at a later date.

The top buttonhole seems rather high but it was like this on the pattern so I left it in although I was in two minds. I don't think that my Sister in Law wears her jackets buttoned anyway. I do hope that it hasn't turned out too large for her as it is a heavy jacket. Luckily she won't mind hand washing it.

I was going to start some crochet flowers for the Islington Mill festival this afternoon but it took me longer than I thought to stitch the jacket up. I really have to continue my niece's chunky knitted jacket as she has waited patiently long after her Birthday for it. I will crochet her something else to make up for her long wait. When she calls for her Mum's cardigan I will let her browse in the stash room and pick some yarn and a pattern. The only stipulation is that it has to be crochet. I need a long break from knitting. Luckily my elder niece likes crochet for the summer.


Ana Luisa said...

I so envy your kniiting and crochet skills. The jacket looks lovely, well done!

June said...

Another lovely jacket done. You make so many beautiful garments.

crazymotheringchick said...

Oh, girl, that sweater is beautiful! Again, you do such wonderful work.