I’ve wanted a hard-wearing and beautiful knitted jacket to wear out of doors for a long time. Knitted in garter stitch, like the traditional Bavarian jackets, but designed to be worn every day, in the countryside and in the city, not only for the Oktoberfest. I finally found the right yarn (more about Wendelstein wool here), so I only had to knit …
Which turned out to be rather tedious, because with small needles (no. 2,5) and in garter stitch it really takes time. Especially if you have to rip back bits of it, for example if the hood is just not fitting right, too small at first, then too big. But finally, the third attempt was right, now it fits!
The zipper is a two-way metal zipper, like you can get at good haberdashery shop (in Munich e.g. in Orag Haus at Jakobsplatz) in the desired length. To cover the binding of the zipper I made a bias tape with a bias tape former, a very practical tool! I let the bias tape continue round the inside of the hood to cover the row where I added stitches for the edging. An additional design element that I like very much, as well as the shiny zipper, on the otherwise simple jacket.
The jacket has been finished for a while now and has already been tried and tested in all weathers. A bit of rain does no harm at all! The photo above clearly shows the not-so-good weather we have right now … Many thanks to Holger Borggrefe, who was neither deterred by closed gates nor by an approaching thunderstorm and who took great photos!
For this jacket i will grade te pattern in several sizes. With my summer cardi “Ruth” I have already done this, but with this model I will definitely need support. The set-in sleeves and hood make it a bit more demanding. If someone knows a competent Tech-Editor I would be glad about a recommendation.
A variation of this jacket is already planned, this time from dyed wool – at the moment I imagine a grayish blue with bright yellow edging – and with a stand-up collar instead of hood. And I am thinking about pockets … More soon!
I just had to do that after I finished: Because I had leftover fabric from making the bias tape tape, I embroidered a small label. And if you are wondering if the jacket itches – no, it doesn’t! The merino wool becomes soft and blooms after washing (in the wool washing cycle with a special wool detergent), a bit like fleece.