Black Jacket (2009)
|Pattern: Drops pattern #103-1 (for “Eskimo” or “Silke-Alpaca” Drops yarn).
Yarn: Briggs & Little “Heritage”
Method: Hand knit
Completed: April 3, 2009.
I always like Briggs & Little yarn — it’s very much wool, and therefore slightly scratchy. But, it has really great “bounce”, and it knits up into something light and warm and sturdy.
Something odd occurred here, though — the post-project row gauge is different from what I had gotten in my test swatch (which also had been washed and dried before measuring). This means the jacket is 2 – 3″ shorter than it should be. I do think it would be better at the original length. Oddly — I don’t think the sleeves shortened as much. I’ll have to see if re-washing and blocking more carefully (to stretch the length) helps at all.
Also, if I had it to do again, I would probably not keep the exaggerated flare at the bottom of the sweater (at least, not unless I had a very drapey yarn and expected it to just … drape).