Another fantastic Harriet's Jacket is up on Ravelry. See here. I love the way knitters are naming this after the jacket recipient. Sarah's Jacket, Anna's Jacket, etc...
This is the day when the "shape" I've been working on starts to look
like something a person might wear. I work away at the garter stitch
ridges I started yesterday until I have 13 of them (I'm making size 36).
Then it's time to follow the instructions for putting the front neck
stitches on hold. I never, ever, use those rigid giant safety pin things
that are sold for putting stitches on hold. They're a one-way ticket to
disaster, as far as I'm concerned. They're way too stiff and the
stitches surrounding them inevitably get pulled out of shape. On top of
that, they prevent you from trying on a garment to check for fit, and
I'll want to do that before this day is out. The best thing to use for
holding live stitches is a length of contrasting yarn. Simply thread the
yarn through the stitches using a blunt needle, leaving nice long ends
that you can knot together to prevent those stitches from going
this photo I'm actually using doubled strands of worsted-weight wool,
the reason being that the wool is replacing a fairly fat needle. When it
comes time to put these stitches back onto a needle, they won't have
shrunk as much as if I'd used a skinny single strand of wool.
analyze what's happening here. This jacket has a V-neck. However, only
the lower portion of the V-neck opening is on the diagonal. The upper
part is totally vertical. It's that vertical bit that's getting put on
From here on, the knitting is going to be BACK AND FORTH,
not around and around. In some ways it's a relief to be done with
purling (except for the seam stitches, which will still be purled on the
wrong side. I'll be making 4 decreases at the back neck for a little
shaping, and decreases every second round continuously along the front
neck to make the "V". I'm still changing skeins every second round and
carrying the "resting" yarn loosely up the side of the piece. I have to
pay attention to what I'm doing here to get the decreases in the right
places. I'll keep track of my stitch counts every few rows, even though
I've made this jacket several times before. I never underestimate my
ability to make errors. For the first four right-side rows, I'll gain 2
stitches in total each pass (4 from the increases on either side of the
seam stitches minus two from the decreases at each end of the row). When
the back neck decreasing is done, I'll gain 3 stitches every right-side
row (4 from the same increases as before minus the one decrease at the
front neck). Hang in; there's not far to go.
To complete the left
bodice, I need to put the side stitches on hold and do 6 more rows on
just the back and the front. You'll see that the front has a short
section of stocking stitch to punctuate the border.
Soon everything is on hold,
and it's time to try the left side of the bodice on. Excuse me while I go and do that.